Standard Bath Sizes UK
Bath Sizes Explained
When it comes to remodelling, size matters. With a bathroom makeover baths are generally the focal feature of the room, so it’s important to make a perfect choice. However, finding the ideal model to feature in your home isn’t all about aesthetics. It is vital to consider size and proportionality.
Every space presents its own unique challenges when it comes to layout. If you’re new to remodelling, you might find yourself wondering: well, what’s the UK standard? Surely, the average bath size will work for me.
Is there a standard size?
Previously in the UK, when the imperial measuring system was the standard, the typical bath size was 5’6” in length. Now, the metric system is used to measure UK bath size, and the current standard bath size in the UK is a 1700mm length and a 700mm width.
So, if this is the standard size, surely that’s what everyone should be going for? Not quite! Many great bath options are smaller or larger than the standard. Every customer should consider the distinctive criteria of their home, to see if the standard UK bath size will actually work at all.
Some customers might be working within a limited space, or within an unconventional layout that requires an unconventional bath (for example rooms with nooks or slanted walls). These customers might consider a small bath or a corner bath, which falls below the UK standard size.
On the other hand, some customers might be looking for a large bath to look proportional within a larger space. Others might seek a double-ended bath to accommodate bathing with a partner.
Others might simply be drawn to the grandeur of an especially deep, luxurious free-standing bath, which is generally a larger and deeper size bath than the UK standard.
Others might want a tub that aligns perfectly with their tiled wall. Plus, there are other modern and quirky designs such as the L-shaped, P-shaped, and B-shaped baths which might catch the eye of customers looking for something a little bit different.
Read on to find out our tips, tricks, and hacks for measuring your current bath and choosing your new tub. Plus, screenshot our detailed information on bath size dimensions to keep handy on your remodelling journey.
Measuring A Bath
So, if you’re spoiled for choice with various shapes and bath sizes, how do you make the correct decision for your new bathroom? The first thing to do is measure your bathroom wall and floor space dimensions, then measure the length, width, height, and depth of your current bath.
This will let you know the dimensions you’re working within, and how flexible you can be with size when selecting a new model.
How to measure the length of a bath
First, record the length. Place a tape measure at the head of the bath, and stretch it across the top of the bath lengthways, in a straight, non-diagonal line. Make sure you begin at the widest part of the rim on a curved or corner bath. Record the measurement.
How to measure the width of a bath
Find the widest point in the bath, and stretch the tape measure across the width of the bath in a straight line. Record the measurement.
If you have an unconventional shape, such as an L-shaped, P-shaped, or B-shaped bath, record the widest part and the slimmest part of the bath so you have all the dimensions you could need when planning your layout.
If you are considering implementing a tiled wall, you might need to consider the space the tiles will take up when installing your bath.
How to measure the height of a bath
Place the tape measure on the floor next to the bath. Stretch the tape measure upwards until you reach the edge of the bath. Record the measurement.
How to measure the depth of a bath
To workout the maximin depth of water your bath will hold place the tape measure at the bottom of the inside of the bath to begin recording the interior depth. Measure from the deepest part of the bath to the overflow.
To workout the full depth of your bath use somthing straight like a wooden ruler or a piece of wood, lay it across the width of the bath (being careful not to scratch the bath)
Then measure from the bottom of the bath to the underside of the wood that you have placed across.
General Bath Dimensions
Bella Bathrooms have compiled a handy size guide to dimensions in various shapes and models. Whether you think you have a large bath, a small bath, or somewhere in-between: use this guide to contextualize your measurements and see which new bath will work within your space.
Single Ended Baths
Based on the Linton standard single ended bath
Double Ended Baths
Based on the Asselby standard double ended bath
Based on the Pilot corner bath
L Shaped Shower Baths
Based on the Nuie L shaped shower bath
P Shaped Shower Baths
Based on the Nuie P shape shower bath
B Shape Shower Baths
Based on the Nuie B shape shower bath
|Nuie Greenwich||1740 mm||800 mm||715 mm||555 mm||270 litres|
|Hudson Reed Rose||1510 mm||760 mm||555 mm||425 mm||160 litres|
|Hudson Reed Bella||1495 mm||720 mm||540 mm||410 mm||175 litres|
|Hudson Reed Grace||1500 mm||760 mm||550 mm||420 mm||150 litres|
Which bath size is right for me?
As discussed, the perfect tub isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. There’s space, practicality, design, and the matter of personal preference to consider.
Not everyone has the same taste, but everyone wants their bath to look good, feel comfortable, and fit properly. Here are some tips for matching your style and to your space if you have no idea where to start!
Stick with the classic
If you want a simple, classic, no-frills tub that gets the job done, we’d recommend a single-ended bath around the standard in UK bath sizes (1700mm in length and 700mm in width). You can’t go wrong with this option.
For larger bathrooms that you’re not sure how to fill, why not consider a double-ended bath? These models are larger and offer a greater presence in the room and a greater sense of luxury whilst bathing. Double-ended tubs can usually accommodate two people, which is a great option for couples and families alike.
Space-saving corner baths
Conversely, if you are concerned about the size limits of your bathroom, corner baths can be a great way to save space. These baths are ideal for rooms that don’t offer extended, straight walls for an elongated standard bath.
These space-saving models can transform most difficult spaces by utilizing corners… all the while looking cool, contemporary, and resourceful.
Letter shaped bath
For other contemporary, modish styles, why not consider an L-shaped, P-shaped, or B-shaped bath? These baths add a fashionable flair to the room and can perfectly complement a statement tiled wall.
A touch of vintage
If you’re won over by the classical vintage theme but are worried about the size of a free-standing model when you’re short on space, all is not lost! A standard single-ended straight bath can achieve an elegant, vintage look with a timeless panel. Check out our traditional straight bath panels.
However, if you dream of vintage bathrooms with Parisian flair and have the space, you should consider a classic-look freestanding bath. Who can resist a quintessential bubble bath in an ultra-luxurious cast-iron tub?
Whether you want a streamlined modern tub, or an old-fashioned fantasy, the perfect size, shape, and style are out there for you. Measure up your bath, then browse our site to figure out the ideal option for your remodel.
What are standard bath sizes?
The standard bath size in the UK is 1700mm in length and 700mm in width. It is estimated that across the UK’s bathrooms, the standard bath size is approximately 2.3m x 2.7m in size.
What is a good size for a soaking tub?
A deep soaking bath is fantastic for those who love to relax, unwind and relieve stress in a tub that offers a fully immersive soaking experience.
Taking the plunge with a soaking tub generally means accommodating a significantly larger bath, so you may need more space in your bathroom to fit this size tub.
The size of soaking tubs depends on the level of luxury the customer is seeking, but they are generally significantly above the average height and length.
They can range from around 60” in length to a tremendous 90” (2286mm!) or more. We’d recommend ensuring that your soaking tub has a depth of 14” to 15” at minimum.
Some Japanese soaking tubs are over 20” deep to ensure the opportunity for users to fully submerge when they soak.
Are small baths any good?
Small baths aren’t right for everyone, but a slightly smaller model is the ideal option for many customers. Large baths don’t work in all homes. Some people are working within a tricky layout, or need to accommodate a separate bath and shower.
In these cases, smaller baths aren’t just good; they’re an excellent option for maximizing space and costs.