A freestanding bath is not only a practical solution but can also double as an incredibly elegant style statement that gives your bathroom an undeniable wow factor. However before taking the plunge, there are a number of important factors that you’ll need to consider. To help you choose the perfect freestanding bath which suits your home and style of bathroom suite, we’ve come up with this must read buyers guide!
One of the main areas freestanding bath buyers get caught out on is size. While standard bath sizes sit at 1700mm x 700mm, freestanding baths are generally larger and more luxurious, thus requiring a bigger space. It’s also important to think about whether or not your boiler has the capacity to generate enough hot water to fill a larger bath in a reasonable amount of time. The best thing to do is check your boiler manual or call a plumber! If you’re opting for an extra-large heavy set bath, it is also advisable to contact a builder or construction engineer to check that your floor joists are strong enough to support the weight.
While visual aesthetics are important, it’s also essential to consider the configuration of your drainage and plumbing when deciding where to place a freestanding bath. Functionality should also be taken into account as the placement of freestanding baths will need to allow enough space to easily slide in and out of the bath.
Are you trying to create a chic, contemporary look or do you prefer the timeless class of traditional styles? Thankfully, there are a huge range of freestanding baths to choose from that suit every bathroom style. Models featuring clawed feet will serve as the centrepiece of a traditional bathroom while sleek, minimalist models emit a striking presence in contemporary homes.
Lightweight, durable and warm to the touch, acrylic is by far the most popular choice when it comes to freestanding baths. The material is used to manufacture both budget models and premium quality designs, with the more expensive options featuring reinforced construction, double layer insulation and stylish designs. If you want a show stopping feature bath, cast iron and stone designs will give your bathroom an incredibly luxurious feel, however keep in mind that they are much heavier.
Unlike conventional styles, many freestanding baths don’t cater for taps which means you may have to choose wall mounted or freestanding floor designs. The taps you choose can have a significant effect on the overall look of your bathroom so if possible, it’s advisable to choose the highest quality fixtures. Be sure to check the water pressure of your bathroom and choose taps that are powerful enough to efficiently fill your bath.
After considering these five factors, you should be able to choose a freestanding bath that perfectly suits the style, size and functionality of your bathroom suite! Here at Bella Bathrooms we have a fantastic range of freestanding baths that can become the focal point for your dream bathroom space.