5 Tub Styles You Should Consider For Your Next Bathroom Remodel
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The bathtub has a long history. It was the way royalty washed and luxuriated in hot water. Eventually, it grew in popularity with commoners as well. Soon enough, a tub was part of bathrooms with indoor plumbing.
Though the shower was introduced in the 1760s, it didn’t become a regular part of homes until the 20th century. This is why bathtubs remained the primary form of bathing for many decades. Still, there was a period where homes and apartments featured only a shower.
Return Of The Bathtub
The bathtub returned in a big way toward the end of the 20th century. With a shift toward larger bathrooms, home developers had space to add circular tubs along with showers in the master bathroom. This gave the owners more options.
Yet, these fixtures were still a luxury instead of a necessity. Then, with a sudden surge in the late 2010s, the bathtub made a comeback. However, this wasn’t the standard built-in model. It came in the form of a standalone tub popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Tubs For Your Remodel
You may be considering a bathtub for your own remodel. This is a good idea as this fixture has several advantages. Not only does a classic bathtub look good in your bathroom, but it also eases chronic pain related to conditions like arthritis. On top of this, Sitting in a hot tub expands blood vessels to allow you to breathe better.
Overall, it’s better to have a separate shower and bathtub area if you have the space. This provides a choice and could help increase the value of your home when you’re ready to sell. Here are some tubs to consider for your next bathroom remodel.
The alcove tub is one seen in most modern homes. It could be a model you have in your own space. It’s a practical style that combines design and functionality.
This bathtub form is surrounded by three walls, usually covered with tile or acrylic. Though this type is sold as a standalone, a showerhead is installed in some homes. This is when the alcove tub is placed in a smaller bathroom.
Dimensions vary per type. The width of an alcove tub ranges between 30 and 36 inches. The average length is five feet.
The alcove tub is normally white. However, it can also be purchased in black, off-white, and other unique finishes. Aqua Eden models also provide an anti-skid surface to prevent injury by its users.
Drop-in tubs are known for their long and luxurious designs that run between 60 and 72 inches. As the name says, the tub is literally dropped into a frame. Thus, its profile is minimized while surface space is maximized.
These tubs are made of high-quality acrylics. As a result, it maintains its beauty and durability for its lifetime.
One of the most sought-after drop-in collections is Aqua Eden. These vessels have 19th-century beauty and 21st-century construction & functionality. Aqua Eden drop-in tubs fit into both contemporary and antique designs.
Unlike the drop-in and alcove versions, a pedestal tub is a standalone fixture. They have a deeper and larger interior that creates an immersive experience when filled with water and your favorite soaps. Additionally, pedestal tubs are for those who want a new take on classic standalone designs.
Instead of resting on feet, a pedestal tub rests on acrylic or cast iron plinths that are raised above the floor. Those in the Aqua Eden collection are enameled in glossy white and come in double-sided or slipper-sided versions. In other words, it has equal sides or resembles a shoe.
The clawfoot tub is the classic standalone design. The vessel stands on two pairs of legs. Original models sat on what looked like animal claws. Today’s models feature legs in a variety of styles.
Among the standalone tubs, the clawfoot remains unique. These tubs are available with predrilled holes on the vertical wall of the tub or on the deck or horizontal rim of the tub, as well as without drill holes. This is for homeowners that rely on wall-mounted faucets or other means to fill the tub.
Size is another difference. Models like the Aqua Eden VCT3D543019NT5 are only 54-inches long. This means they could fit in small bathrooms. Meanwhile, something like the Aqua Eden KCT7D7231C8 fits in a larger area with a 72-inch length.
While some clawfoot tubs are acrylic, a majority of vessels are made of cast iron enameled in a glossy white. The legs of these Aqua Eden tubs are comprised of different materials. They come in polished chrome, oil-rubbed bronze, and brushed nickel.
The freestanding tub isn’t supported by a plinth or legs. On the contrary, it stands on a simple and sturdy base. When examined, it has a spa-like appearance.
This vessel type can be installed anywhere in your bathroom to maximize flexibility. Comprised of high-quality acrylics, they measure between 50 and 72 inches long.
The freestanding tubs of the Aqua Eden collection mix 19th-century style with contemporary features. Take the VRTRS573224 Arcticstone. It’s a 57-inch tub made of white stone. On the other hand, the VTRO535322 is a 53-inch round vessel that resembles a hot tub.
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The five tubs mentioned above provide numerous advantages in a bathroom remodel. Not only do they enhance the beauty of this space, but they also provide a space to relax and restore your energies. Overall, soaking in a tub does wonders to improve your mood.
However, if you aren’t sure which bathtub to choose, then reach out to one of our experts at Kingston Brass. We’ll work with you to determine your remodeling needs and what tub fits your needs.