1800mm Freestanding Baths
Is a Freestanding Bath the Right Choice for You?
More and more in the popular decorating magazines and websites, we are seeing bathtubs located in the center or off center of a room rather than the traditional placement against a wall. This center placement has a more contemporary feel to it and has become quite popular in recent years. It is, however, not as modern an idea as one would think. Freestanding baths were very popular way back in the Victorian era. In fact, an elegant claw footed bath was often the centerpiece among the more wealthy of that time.
Freestanding baths were also popular in Edwardian times in the United Kingdom, as well in Australia, who tended to follow the British trends closely, both in fashion and in decorating. In fact, it wasn't until around the 1930s that these freestanding baths were finally replaced by the familiar rectangular baths we are accustomed to seeing today. In recent years, however, we have seen a trend toward more original bathroom fixtures, and that includes some very unique, freestanding bathtubs. There are some marvelous choices out there, including new versions of the popular claw foot bathtubs.
If you are considering a bathroom remodel, you might want to keep this in mind. Instead of placing your tub against a wall, why not let your new bathroom make a real splash by going with a freestanding bathtub yourself? There are many from which to choose.
Choosing a Freestanding Bath
There are a lot of options to consider when choosing a freestanding bath. For instance, do you want a tub that sits directly on the floor, or do you prefer one of the many footed varieties available? For ascetics, most bathroom showrooms feature baths in a vastly spacious area that likely has little in common with your own, much smaller, bath. Wouldn't we all love to have that much space to luxuriate in, complete with a burst of bubbles, and candles - and wine? But realistically, most people's bathrooms are relatively small, so don't get taken in by a fancy display. Picture the bathtub as it will look in your own bathroom.
Consider also the size of the bathtub itself because there too you will find a variety of choices. Take good measurements so you can pick one that fits well in the area you have in mind. The standard size for a freestanding bath is around 1800mm, but you may find the smaller – 1500mm - more suitable for your purposes. You also need to factor in the height of the bath as well as the shape. Freestanding baths come in oval shapes to roll top baths to various geometrical styles - squares and rectangles.
A very important consideration is the weight of the freestanding bath you choose. Depending on where you intend it to go, weight could be a major obstacle. Some freestanding tubs, such as those made of stone, are extremely heavy - even before water is added to the mix. Is the floor strong enough to bear such a weight or will you need to reinforce it first? And don't forget to consult with a plumber before making your final purchase.
These are all considerations. But it will all be worth the fuss when you see your final results.