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What’s the Difference Between a Freestanding Bathtub and a Pedestal Bathtub?

What’s the Difference Between a Freestanding Bathtub and a Pedestal Bathtub?


The clawfoot tub that first appeared in the 19th century was made of cast iron and lined with porcelain. Today, tubs inspired by the clawfoot tub can be found in the most modern bathrooms. Both the freestanding and pedestal tubs evolved from the original clawfoot tub design while offering all the modern convenience required by today’s standards.

The Freestanding Bathtub

A freestanding bathtub is a tub that has all four sides exposed as opposed to the alcove tub that is surrounded by one, two, or three walls. A freestanding tub will typically sit directly on the floor of the bathroom with no feet or platform supporting it and function the same way as an alcove or built-in tub.

Freestanding tubs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes including the single slipper, double slipper, double-ended, single-ended, and Japanese soaking tub. This type of tub offers advantages over pedestal tubs, especially in smaller bathrooms where the room can look larger with a tub that consumes less space.

The Pedestal Bathtub

The pedestal bathtub is similar to a freestanding tub but features a pedestal or plinth to raise the bathtub from the floor. While all four sides are exposed, the pedestal offers additional height compared to the freestanding tub.

This tub design can add elegance to any bathroom decor from Victorian to modern minimalist. The addition of the pedestal adds a vintage charm to bathroom decor without the additional maintenance required for the clawfoot tub. The pedestal tub is available in a variety of shapes and sizes similar to the freestanding tub.

The Materials

Whether you choose a pedestal or freestanding tub, you’ll find not only a variety of styles, but a variety of materials from cast iron with white porcelain enamel finish to Articstone solid cast that offers both beauty and durability.

To find out more about the wide variety of styles and designs available in both freestanding and pedestal bathtubs, visit our website or contact our team of Bath and Kitchen Experts available to discuss your dream design toll-free at 1-877-252-7277.

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