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Posted: 15th July 2021

Category: Baths

How to choose the right freestanding bath for you

Traditional or contemporary?

For an on-trend bath, there's a whole array of shapely freestanding designs available to give your scheme the wow factor. The style and design aesthetics of your freestanding bath is very much a personal choice to you and comes down to what you like and what works for you and the rest of your home.

That being said, there are a several baths which can work as a chameleon, pulling together both contemporary and traditional elements, one of which is a painted boat bath. A traditional bath shape, painting it in on-trend colours or accessorising with modern pieces places it firmly into the 21st Century.

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Weight it up

A lot of people forget that it is vitally important to check the weight of your bath, especially if you are going for heavier material like metal, cast iron or even solid surface. Don’t forget to also take into account how heavy it will be when it is full of water and you are in it, as well as the empty weight.

If you’re in doubt about the structure of your house and the strength of your floor, do check with a builder or structural engineer before you decide to install a freestanding bath; the last thing you want is for it to fall through the ceiling.

Size matters

People often associate freestanding baths with huge bathrooms but this doesn’t have to be the case as several of the best-selling models on the market are available in a smaller footprint; around the same size of a standard sized shower. These smaller footprint baths average around 1500mm in length. If you do have the space, consider placing the bath in the centre of the room as a standalone piece but if space is limited, consider a short roll-top or slipper bath, or a back-to-the wall design.

If you are using a bathroom design company, they have all the expertise to help you choose the best position for your freestanding bath. Depending on the size and shape of the room, there may only be one sensible location or several options. Take a look at the windows in the room – often, this is an awkward place to fit washbasins or WCs. Could your bath go under the window?

If you have an alcove, corner or a feature wall, carefully positioning your freestanding bath can set the space off beautifully. If you are lucky enough to have a huge space to work with, centring it in the middle of the room is a great option as it will great plenty of wow factor.

We’ve also seen some really clever use of space and position of baths. If you have recently converted a loft, often there is limited space under slopping roofs. This can be the perfect opportunity to add a freestanding bath under the eaves – maximising space that was otherwise unusable.

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Another key consideration that is often overlooked is whether or not your boiler has the capacity to generate enough hot water to fill a larger bath. One way to check is to have a look at your boiler manual or if you are still unsure ring a plumber.

Brassware maketh the bath

There are three types of bath mixer; floor-mounted bath taps, deck-mounted taps or a wall-mounted tap. The majority of freestanding baths won’t have pre-drilled holes so you can decide as to what works best for you.

Wall-mounted taps are installed through the bathroom wall so work well if your bath isn’t in the middle of your bathroom. Alternatively, deck-mounted taps are installed to the side of your bath or and floor-mounted taps directly from the floor. Deck-mounted taps are the most cost-effective option, and you can choose to have them fitted at the end of the bath or in the middle – great for bath time of children so no one is arguing about who has the tap end!

One area to consider when choosing a freestanding bath, is plumbing and pipework as if you need to move it to facilitate a freestanding bath, it can add significantly to your overall bill.

Brassware is vitally important to completing the finished look you are wanting. Your brassware will be partially dictated by whether you opt for traditional or a contemporary bath but there are instances where you can mix the two.

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No bath is complete without the added luxuries

So you have picked your bath and decided where you would like to place it in your bathroom. Now is the time to think about those added luxuries - plush toiletries, ambient candles and relaxing-smelling fragrances - …and where to put them.

If you’ve centred your bath in the middle of the room, consider adding a side table or in-built shelves as a way of ensuring the essentials are at hand. Half walls are a great way to achieve this and can lower the cost of your plumbing by also being a way of installing your brassware.

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