Freestanding Bath vs Built-in Tub: Which One Should You Choose?

Freestanding Bath vs Built-in Tub: Which One Should You Choose?

A freestanding bath will make a great feature in any modern, on-trend bathroom. Most homeowners pick them because they appear unique and are often associated with luxury. Compared to a built-in tub they’re also painless to install and lend themselves to a more relaxing and indulgent soak but before you splash out on a new bath let’s weigh up some facts and determine which type will be best for you.

What is a Freestanding Bath?

A freestanding bath essentially means a bath that’s not fixed to a wall and it’s an up-to-date version of the original tub, finished on all sides and not just two. They also make a popular choice for Leeds homeowners carrying out renovations and they come in all shapes and sizes in a diverse range of styles, are self-supporting with plenty of flair.

Benefits of a Freestanding Bath

One great thing about freestanding baths is that they offer better space and functionality. Technically, they take up more room but actually, they give the illusion of more valuable space. They’re additionally, distinctive and charming and can be installed just about anywhere within a bathroom so you’re not forced to have your bath crammed into a corner, you can show it off like it deserves.

Other Things to Consider

Some downsides now to freestanding baths are things like price and weight. They’re pretty heavy and this can up the cost as they often require reinforced floor. Another issue is convenient storage because most standalone baths have very thin or classic roll tops. This means you can’t balance your drink, you’ll have to hold it instead – oh well some things are worth doing.

What is a Built-in Tub?

A built-in tub is an old fashioned favourite, reliable and for a good reason. They’re sensible and do what it says on the tin but they must be installed up against a wall. For this reason, some people find this type of bathtub to be a bit samey but they do have their benefits such as being economical like you will find out here…

Benefits of a Built-in Tub

Other main benefits of built-in bathtubs are that plumbing is nicely concealed. Because they are also flush to the wall they offer more room in terms of space and storage. They’re additionally easy to clean because they’re usually smaller than a freestanding version and they’re often more affordable for some purely because this type of bath is more available.

Other Things to Consider

Some other things to consider with a standard built-in tub is that obviously position is not flexible, there’s only so many ways they can be fitted in a bathroom. Then there’s the choice of styles available because there’s not many options for built-in baths. They also need sealing, mounting, and often a surround whereas a freestanding bath does not.

Freestanding Bath vs Built-in Tub: Which One Will You Choose?

Thank you for reading this week’s post exploring these two types of baths. If you’d love to add a touch of class to your bathroom, at Direct Heating we can certainly help. A talented team with a passion for bathroom renovations, we’ve installed many a freestanding bath in Leeds but if you can’t decide on the type we also do surveys and are happy to advise on the best option for you! Please get in touch to discuss your bathroom renovation project.

Freestanding Bath
Freestanding Bath vs Built-in Tub: Which One Should You Choose?
Image source: A recent project featuring a freestanding bath by Direct Heating Installations.

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