When remodeling your bathroom, one of the most important questions to ask yourself is if you want to include a bathtub or not. Bathtubs are available in various styles, materials, and colors. There are also bathtubs that include special features such as air jets and whirlpools. Bathtub and shower combos are also available.
Deciding on a style of bathtub depends not only on your personal taste but on the size, space, and physical restraints of your bathroom.
Bathtubs are perfect for relaxing sore muscles and bathing small children. On the flip side, bathtubs take up a lot of space and require a large amount of water. They can also be difficult for older or mobility restricted people to get in and out of.
Free-standing bathtubs are finished on all sides and do not need to be up against a wall. These types of tubs can be placed in the center of the room or near a wall(s). Because the tub is finished on all sides, placing it near a wall may make cleaning the exterior of the tub more difficult.
Free-standing tubs are available in various styles, sizes, colors, and materials. Styles include slipper, clawfoot, and soaker tubs
There are a few downsides of free-standing bathtubs. You will typically need a larger bathroom to accommodate this type of tub. Because free-standing tubs are not connected to a wall, the plumbing will be exposed. Specialty plumbing is available. There also are not any shelves or storage areas to keep shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc.
Alcove bathtubs—also known as recessed bathtubs—are the cheapest and easiest to install of all bathtubs. The tub fits into a three-sided wall enclosure. The walls are either tiled or fitted with panels. Only one side of alcove bathtubs is accessible.
Alcove bathtubs are almost always rectangular in shape. And the common length is 60 inches. They are available in several different styles and colors. They are also available in tub/shower combos.
Drop-in bathtubs are enclosed by a deck or peninsula that juts into the bathroom. The tub is installed in the structure and the rim of the bathtub is flush with the top of the platform. Undermount drop-in bathtubs are also available. With undermount bathtubs, the rim is covered by the surrounding platform.
Drop-in bathtubs can be installed in an alcove or in an open floor space. Because of the platform surrounding it, these tubs can be difficult to get in and out of.
Corner bathtubs—which can be triangular or rectangular in shape—take up a lot of floor space. You will need a large bathroom to accommodate a corner tub. It will also need to be up against two walls—hence the name corner tub. It also requires a lot of water to fill it up.
Corner tubs provide an in-home spa experience. Air jets and whirlpools are common features in corner bathtubs.
Walk-in bathtubs are designed for people with mobility issues. These tubs feature high walls, a molded seat, handrails, and non-slip surfaces. A watertight door in the side allows for access. The downside of these tubs is that the person using it must sit in the tub while it fills with water and remain in the tub as the water drains.