There is something ever so indulgent, yet thoroughly deserving about sinking into a roll top bath and letting your cares dissolve with the bubbles. But don’t forget to think about aesthetic issues such as exposed pipes and how you plan to incorporate a shower, either over the bath or as a separate facility if this is something you are considering. There are all kinds of bathtub options available today and what you choose for your bathroom will depend on a combination of your personal taste and any physical constraints the bathroom offers. Here are 5 common ways in which a bathtub can be installed in a bathroom.
Also known as Alcove. Usually, walls on three sides surround alcove tubs. The front side is then covered with either tiles or an integral tub apron. 3-wall alcove tubs are the most common tub type and are designed to maximize space.
Similar to recessed tubs, corner tubs are installed in bathroom corners. This can be either along the wall to save floor space or diagonally to give the tub a more open feel. Corner tubs are available in a wide variety of designs to suit most bathroom decors. They are commonly installed next to a set of cabinets or a vanity to save on space.
3. Free Standing
The free-standing or traditional bathtub offers the most versatility when it comes to placement, as the installation is very simple. No special faucet drilling is required and the single drain makes plumbing connection simple. Available in a variety of styles, the freestanding tub offers a classical look that will fit into most traditionally styled bathrooms. The most common design is roll top, claw foot tubs and slipper tubs, which have a high back that offer a comfortable sitting position.
Walk-in bathtubs are most suitable for people with limited mobility of physical disabilities. As the name suggests, walk-in tubs have a door on the side that can be opened so there is no need to step over the side as in the case of ordinary tubs. Many walk in tubs have a built-in chair height seat for additional comfort and ease of use.
Also known as drop-ins, are, as the name suggests, they are meant to sink into a raised platform or placed in a cavity in the floor. This enables them to fit into many bathroom styles with ease. Because they are placed in an opening, they are among the more difficult of bathtubs to install and the initial cost of buying and installing one of these is usually higher than with other models of tubs. However, the fact that they are placed in a cavity means that no external finishing is required.