Bath Or Shower?

This has been a debate which has raged on for the last forty years or so, so don’t expect an answer from me!!!

What I can say is that from my experience, taking a bath far surpasses a shower – and for many reasons too. A bath forces you to take a timeout and first off plan it, then spend time soaking and letting the stresses of life drift away. It would be silly to spend the time running a bath to quickly jump in and then out again, hence you usually give yourself a good relaxing soak.

A shower is quite different and people are more keen to get out of the shower as soon as they are in it, and while some people will say this is a quick invigorating fix I would disagree – we really need to spend more quality time than rushing about like headless chickens.


There are lots of health reasons why bathing is better, allowing your body to soak in relaxing essences helps your skin revive and  also helps to ex-foliate what is basically dead skin from your body.

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Baths Sizes – Our Handy Guide

Bath sizes vary greatly depending on type & design. Small bath tubs may be designed to be deliberately smaller in scale than their full-size counterparts. A curved shower bath may be designed to double as a shower tray, whilst a corner bath can be left-hand, right-hand or squared!

A typical freestanding bath with "feet".

A typical freestanding bath with “feet”.

With the majority of bath manufacturers quoting their bath sizes in millimetres, it can be a little difficult to visualise your new bath in your bathroom. And we’d be somewhat upset if our valued customers bought the wrong sizes of baths!

So, we’ve created a guide which gives an approximate conversion between millimetres and inches. The left column are standard bath sizes, and the right column is that measurement in inches. Please bear in mind that we’ve approximated the inches for convenience.


Milimetres Inches (approx)
700 28″
750 30″
800 31″
1200 47″
1300 51″
1400 55″
1500 59″
1600 63″
1700 67″
1800 71″
1900 75″

The Benefits Of A Freestanding Baths

Baths come in all shapes, sizes and designs (much like the people who buy them!). Their styles are varied to ensure they blend in perfectly with your existing bathroom suite, so you don’t need to buy a whole bathroom suite to get that new look you’ve been promising yourself for such a long time.

One trick that many of our customers have discovered is replacing your current bath with a freestanding bath tub. Just as the name suggests, these top quality baths don’t need to be mounted against a wall, so they create an eye-catching design feature in addition to serving a purpose.

Usually, freestanding baths appear in larger bathrooms, where placing a freestanding bath away from a wall won’t compromise space. In reality, they’re also suited for an “average” sized bathroom and can still add a bit of a WOW factor without having to redecorate your bathroom.

With freestanding baths forming the top end of any manufacturer’s range of baths, the best quality materials and construction are always used, creating a bath tub which will outlast most others. Some manufacturers, such as Waterlux, have a unique manufacturing process to add further quality & durability.

Free-standing baths tend to be heavier than standard baths, in order to maintain their shape and strength when full of water. This has the added benefit of offering better heat retention & insulation, keeping your bathwater warmer for longer and allowing a relaxing hot soak at the end of a busy and tiring day at work!

Whilst there are freestanding baths which are completely freestanding, most will need bath feet or a stand or “cradle”, which are sometimes included with the bath and are available in a variety of colours and styles to suit your taste. We recommend that customers be aware that if you choose to buy a “cradle” type stand for your new freestanding bath, it’s generally better to buy one from the same manufacturer as the bath, as this will ensure a safe and secure fit due to manufacturers designing specific cradle designs for each bath.

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