Do you love a long, hot, relaxing soak in the tub? You’re not alone! It’s well known that bath lovers are more relaxed, sleep better, have fewer aches and pains and have better skin – and a decent soak can even sweat out more calories than a walk around the block! A true bath lover may tell you to skip the standard choices and go the whole hog for a grand freestanding bath – because there’s no doubt that’s how the celebs soak up every second of a truly luxurious lie in the tub. But is a freestanding bath really all it’s cracked up to be for the rest of us?
To get the answer, we’re going to have to take a deep dive into the freestanding bathtub and explore all the pros and cons:
The Pros of Freestanding Bathtub
Undoubtedly, they’re the trendiest and most eye-catching choice for your next Gold Coast bathroom renovation.
1. The look
Forget the practicality just for a moment, and let’s start with the obvious one: stand-alone bathtubs simply look the best. If you want what celebrities have, there’s no doubt that freestanding tubs are a luxurious choice.
2. The options
Opting for freestanding tubs doesn’t mean you have to be ushered into a stylistic corner because the bathroom design options are actually pretty much endless. From the classic claw-foot to the ultra-modern egg-shaped freestanding bath, there’s no longer any limit to the shape, style and size you’re looking for.
3. The install
If you ask the tradies about how hard it is to install freestanding bathtubs, the answer will be simple: It’s not hard at all. In fact, you can almost certainly forget the tiler and the decorator and simply call a plumber. They’ll do the rest, and it will be a simple job.
4. The location
When it comes to freestanding baths, the emphasis is on the word ‘free’. Fancy positioning your new tub as a centrepiece right under a skylight? No worries! Other bath designs need to use the room in one way or another to fit in, but with a freestanding tub, plonk it where you like!
The Cons of a Freestanding Bathtub
Ok, so we won’t lie: a freestanding bath is not necessarily the most practical choice.
1. The expense
Easier to install, yes. But there’s no denying that the cheapest freestanding bath you can find will cost more than the cheapest bath full stop, even though you’ll save some money with the simple installation.
2. The weight
You’ll have to look into whether your existing bathroom floor can support the hefty weight of a freestanding tub, but there are lighter materials you can go for if need be.
3. The practicality
There’s also no doubt that for smaller bathroom designs, combining a freestanding bath with a fully-fledged shower is harder, so you might need to choose between one or the other. Freestanding tubs are also not quite as practical in terms of storage ledges, and cleaning the bath and washing kids and pets will probably be harder in your luxurious tub.
We install freestanding bathtubs every day!
Got any more questions – or are you ready to ask Gold Coast Plumbing Experts to get started on your bathroom plumbing renovations with a freestanding tub as the centrepiece? Our friendly Gold Coast plumbers have the qualifications, insurance and experience to help you tick off your bathroom renovation in exactly the way you’re dreaming of – so get in touch with Gold Coast Plumbing Experts today.