Sunday, 27 January 2013

FREESTANDING BATHS - Tips & Advice on Choosing a New Bath

Over the past few years, freestanding baths have quickly become the most sought-after choice for anyone looking to create a beautiful bathroom. They are both elegant and bold and are one of the easiest ways to create the ‘wow-factor’ in any home. The new flat I will move into next month has one and it looks amazing so if you too are a fan, read this guest post from the folk at Victorian Plumbing for some good pointers on finding your perfect bath.

"Those who have not had a freestanding bathtub before can find the task of choosing one brings many questions, whether it’s about your plumbing or budget or even about finishes and choices available.
We’re here to help answer those so you can focus on creating a bathroom that’s perfect for you.

What makes a bath ‘free-standing’?
Well, to put it simply it’s a bath that isn’t attached to a wall. Though, these days it’s a term used to describe a style and movement in bathroom design where inspiration is taken from traditional copper bathtubs. The bath is allowed to come away from the wall and stand as a beautiful, well-designed piece of furniture that makes a statement every time you enter the room.

Is a freestanding bath right for my room?
Normal baths are standard for a reason; they make use of the space available in what can be quite small rooms. That’s not to say that free standing tubs are a no-no for the smaller room, it just means some clever planning is needed in terms of bathroom furniture and accessories.

The main issue when buying a free-standing bath is plumbing. As standard baths have panels and hidden spaces available to hide unsightly pipes and fixing solutions, fitting is normally easy. With a freestanding model, you’ll need to work out if you can run your plumbing under the floor and where the waste pipes will run to. Your plumber can help you with this, and normally an exposed waste will be well-designed, so your bathroom will still look great.  

What styles are available?
When most people close their eyes and think of a freestanding bath, they will think of the traditionally-styled freestanding bath, where designs mirror the bathtubs of the past. This design is normally roll-top, with height added to one end.

A double-ended freestanding bath is one which is all one level, similar to a standard bath, but has a beautiful roll-top design. These may also have dramatic claw-foot legs too, and recently we’ve seen an increase in home owners choosing coloured options.

These two designs are thought of as being cast-iron baths. While these are available, weight issues and price concerns for some home-owners have become issues of the past. Beautiful and moderately priced acrylic freestanding baths are now easily the most popular option.

Modern or Traditional?
We’re noticing traditional Burlington bathrooms becoming our most popular range, though our own selection of freestanding baths with modern features is close behind.

Those looking for bathroom brands and designers should check out the range of Royce Morgan baths we have. 

Tips & Advice:

Weight: Think about joist positions and where would be best to put the bath (get the weight of your bath, and ask how heavy it is when full.) We’ve found it handy to draw a floor plan which includes joist and pipe positions before laying out to-scale cut outs onto it to help make decisions

Taps: Think about your tap options. Are you having freestanding taps too? Maybe you could place a modern tub near the wall with statement wall-mounted bath filler?

Furniture: What other pieces will you be using to go with the bath? We really like a free-standing single ended bath tubs with a large shower head mounted to the wall."

*Post written by Victorian Plumbing, a leading online bathroom retailer who has a huge stock of freestanding baths, furniture and more. High quality bathrooms at affordable, family-friendly prices. I was compensated for the links in this post.