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 Carron, 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.
A typical freestanding bath with “feet”.
A freestanding bath featuring a “cradle”-type stand.
A fully freestanding bath, not requiring feet or a cradle.
Freestanding baths are perfectly complemented by freestanding bath taps. These allow the bath to be sited away from walls and don’t require drilling tap holes in the bath sill. Often, a bath manufacturer will also have a range of freestanding taps which are a similar style and complement the design of your new bath perfectly. Fortunately, with freestanding bathtubs being “separate” from the bath itself, customers can choose any style of freestanding bath tap they wish, offering complete control over the precise look and feel of your bathroom suite.