Freestanding Baths

Often considered the luxury item to aspire to, the freestanding bath requires space but really oozes style! Available in traditional roll top or more contemporary designs, there are freestanding baths to suit most dreams or budgets.

 

They can be more complicated to install especially the models without legs as the waste usually runs down into the floor (although some models have waste holes at the back). A way to get around this is by creating a step/raised floor section which would give a void to carry the waste. You also need to consider the exposed pipes and waste as they might be on show so metal chrome plated versions are available (and other finishes are possible). If there is a tap ledge on the bath then the taps can be fitted directly onto the rim of the bath. If there is no ledge then you can pick for floor or wall mounted fillers with or without a handset for cleaning the bath or washing hair. Do pay attention to see if the bath has an overflow hole or not as no overflow could lead to the possibility of the bath filling and flooding the room if left unattended. Although there are some clever waste options available if you don't have an overflow where the plug at the bottom opens up when a certain water pressure level is reached to avoid this issue.

 

Different materials range from the lower cost Acrylic (plastic) to more harder wearing Stone Resin, Cast Iron, Copper, Natural Stone, Steel. There are a lot of options for different finishes available including bespoke painted, and even cladding the exterior in wood, leather, and the fabric of your choice.  

Straight Baths

Possibly the most common type of bath, but definitely the most practical type, these rectangular models come in various sizes and the most common is 1.7m by 0.7m, but is available up to 2m by 1m.

 

Two main options are for single ended (where the waste and overflow are down at one one) and double ended (where the waste and overflow are in the centre) . The single ended is more suitable for a single bather and for showering as the end with the waste has more vertical sides (therefore more flat base) for standing. The double ended has two back slopes at either end for anyone who likes to share a bath. 

 

The different materials available include the more common Acrylic (plastic in both standard or reinforced thicknesses) as well the stronger options of steel and mineral resin. The acrylic and mineral resin baths are usually supplied with no tap holes which can be drilled on site if required. It is recommended to order the steel baths with the tap holes required as it is tricky to cut and can void the warranty. These baths usually come with adjustable legs and the acrylic models normally have a matching acrylic bath panel option. Wood and resin bath panels ones are also available for straight baths but the option of tiling the side can give a high end finish although it makes access tricky. Non-slip base of the bath and grips on the side are sometimes an option depending on the model.

Shower Baths

Characterised by having a larger area at one end of the bath for showering. There are two common forms: the ‘L’ shape, which has a square side to the shower area, topped by an ‘L’ section screen, and the ‘P’ shape which has a rounded side to the shower area, topped by a curved screen. Shower baths are a good compromise to having a decent sized shower area and being able to keep a bath in a smaller bathroom. One disadvantage of the shower bath is that they take a larger volume of water when used as a bath.

 

The most common material is Acrylic (plastic) which you can sometimes get in a reinforced thickness if you are concerned about the bath flexing and causing leaks. These are supplied with no tap holes as they are drilled on site). Stronger steel models are also available but have a much higher price tag.

Inset & Under-mounted Baths

These type of baths are designed to either drop onto a hole in a tiled or solid top (Inset) or fit underneath the hole in a solid top (Under-mounted) which will then require finished edges on the inside of the top (tiles are normally not possible to finish the edge well enough for under-mounted). Solid tops are usually made of natural stone, marble or granite. 

 

These baths can be rectangular, oval or round shapes and come in materials such as Arylic (plastic) , Reinforced Acrylic and Steel.  

 

 

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