The idea of a new bathtub installation can be a very exciting prospect. Along with kitchens, a bathroom is not something we normally change on a regular basis. We redecorate our walls and maybe change the carpets but we tend to live with our kitchens and bathrooms for a very long time. Deciding to refit your bathroom with a new suite, or just a new bath, can get the creative juices flowing nicely. The question is, there are so many styles and ideas out there, where do you begin?
1 - Recess or Alcove Baths
These are definitely the most common types of bathtub. Most bathrooms are designed to have a recessed or alcove bath, which, unless you start pulling walls down, limits your choice of style. The first thing you should always do is make sure that whatever bathtub is your chosen type, that the floor underneath it will be strong enough to support. If your current bath is plastic molded or steel with an enamel coating it will be set onto a floor which is capable of taking that weight, with the bath full of water and an average sized person in it without starting to strain the floor. If you are looking to buy a cast iron bath check your floor strength first.
2 - Claw Foot Baths
Claw foot baths are very attractive features with a very deep bath for a fine bathing experience. If you choose a claw foot bath, the chances are you might be looking for a Victorian style bathroom and a claw foot will definitely compliment that. Again, there is an issue with the floor strength if you go for cast iron styles but you can get them in steel form.
3 - Drop-in Baths
These would be better explained as partially sunken. They are usually set onto a framed platform where the top of the bath is more or less flush with the platform itself. You can sit easily on the edge of the platform frame and swing your legs over comfortably and drop into the bath. Drop in baths can come in square, rectangle, oval or round styles so you can decide which will best suit the space you are putting your bath into. As with the previous baths there are issues of whether the floor will support a heavier version than the existing one and also, with drop in or framed platform baths you need to decide whether you have enough room around it to benefit.
4 - Corner Baths
Corner baths are usually square on the outside of the frame but oval recessed on the inside, with a cut out on the front edge. They are better suited to bathrooms where there are long walls to suit the style. Corner baths can be space savers for smaller rooms too, because they are not as long as regular rectangle recess baths. Having said that, they do come in larger sizes, so choose a size suitable for your bathroom.