Finding the perfect bathtub is a daunting task. It is after all the largest item in the bathroom, and by far the hardest to replace; should you decide you’ve made a mistake. Especially if you’re looking for a freestanding bath tub.
The bath tub is going to be the centrepiece of any bathroom, and the main focal point of your design. Making a mistake with your choice could prove to be expensive and cumbersome. To make things easier there are several key things to consider before you make the purchase.
WHAT SIZE DO YOU NEED
With the popularity of freestanding bath tubs on the rise, you can now find tubs of all shape and sizes. From luxuriously big and double ended, to compact with a flat edge. There is a shape and design to suite any budget or bathroom size.
Double-ended freestanding bath tubs are perfect for large bathrooms and budgets. Compact tubs with a flat edge are more suited to smaller budgets and bathrooms where space is at a premium.
The key is to measure up and work within the confines of your bathroom. Although this sounds obvious, getting it wrong will prove an expensive mistake.
Remember that freestanding bath tubs are typically larger than standard tubs. This means you may need to move some of the plumbing. Other fixtures in the bathroom may also need replacing to accommodate the larger tub.
PRICING AND BUDGET
When you think of freestanding bath tubs it conjures up images of luxury. Although freestanding tubs are now much more affordable, they still cost more than your average tub. Material will also impact the price you pay.
You also need to consider additional costs such as re-plumbing, and factor them into your overall budget.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
Don’t be afraid of climbing into tubs at the showroom. This will give you a good indication if the size and style suits your needs. You also need to know if the bath tub is comfortable. If you’re planning on sharing your bath time with a significant other, then testing is doubly important.