From the bold and contemporary to the elegant and traditional, freestanding baths are available in an array of styles to suit any taste. But with so many designs to choose from, this can make your choice a little tricky. So, if you’re considering a freestanding bath for your new bathroom, but not sure where to start, this handy buying guide will help you choose the perfect one.
Choosing a freestanding bath
Freestanding baths are available in a variety of designs and styles ranging from the contemporary to the truly elegant and traditional to enhance any bathroom scheme. A freestanding bath doesn’t require any panels to complete its look. Some freestanding baths, mainly traditional styles, include decorative feet, while modern designs sit directly on the floor.
A freestanding bath is usually positioned in the middle of the bathroom rather than close to the wall. By fitting your bath in the centre of the room, it will be the first thing that catches your eye when you open the door. A large freestanding bath creates a spa-like bathroom and a sense of luxury and indulgence. They are a great option for large bathrooms and are ideal for those who want to make a statement.
If you’re serious about bathing and want the ultimate in luxury, a freestanding bath is well worth the investment. You can even make a real feature of your freestanding bath by raising it up on a platform.
A freestanding bath is also a practical option, as the surrounding space makes it easier to reach into the bath making it very easy to wash the kids before bed.
At BigBathroomShop, we also sell small freestanding baths, which are ideal if your bathroom is more on the compact side. These measure 1500mm in length to make the most of your bathroom space.
How is a freestanding bath made?
Freestanding baths are manufactured using a unique method of production, which involves two sheets of acrylic that are reinforced and bound together with a polyester casting resin. To improve heat retention, a thermal vacuum is created between the outer and inner acrylic sheets – this process results in a strength and durability that will last many years.
Freestanding roll top baths
The elegant roll top freestanding bath is the ideal option for a traditional bathroom. This style can have a single or double ended design. A double ended design is where the taps have a central position so you can bathe comfortably at either end. Roll top baths include decorative feet in a choice of styles and finishes.
Freestanding slipper baths
A freestanding slipper bath features one end at a higher level than the other – this provides shoulder and back support for a truly relaxing and indulgent soak. Slipper baths incorporate the classic roll top design and stand on decorative feet. They are a great option for adding a vintage feel to your bathroom.
Contemporary freestanding baths
Contemporary freestanding baths are available in various designs from the smooth and curvy to the sleek and geometric. So if your tastes are modern, then this is the choice for you. If you want to add drama to your bathroom, our black freestanding bath by Milano is perfect, or why not opt for a silver finish for the ultimate in luxury?
Taps for freestanding baths
Due to the various designs of freestanding baths, you’ll need to consider the plumbing requirements for each. Some freestanding baths have pre-drilled tap holes, which means you can choose from a range of deck mounted bath filler or bath shower mixer taps. Some baths are supplied without pre-drilled tap holes and are not suitable for drilling, this means that you’ll have to choose a freestanding bath tap or a wall mounted tap if the bath is positioned against the wall. Traditional roll top baths require an exposed waste system and standpipes to connect the taps to the water supplies.