Baths are the centre piece of a bathroom and choosing the right one says a lot about the room itself. The right bath will change your whole room around and turns the bath from being a functional item, to something that is an unwinding, soothing article of luxury.
Baths are the centre piece or focal point of bathrooms and so need to be considered carefully in the context of every other piece of furniture. The amount of room the area has itself is one of the main factors in the sort of bath you can choose. However, for those with plenty of space the world is their oyster and they can even choose a freestanding bath or even circular tub.
We would say to take into account the area as a whole when choosing a bath, as some bathrooms just doesn’t suit a specific sort of bath. Currently, the market is split between the free standing with their beautiful rounded shapes and the traditional panelled bath.
Though the circular free standing bath is very attractive, it often isn’t just as practical as the freestanding bath. The traditional bath will fit into a smaller bathroom with more ease and is also ideal for showering in with the addition of the correct equipment. Shower baths with rounded ends also allow for great bathing in a small bathroom. We have also seen baths with tapered ends – ideal for odd shaped bathrooms and areas where there is little room for bathroom suites.
Baths come in an array of materials, from the classic cast iron to the acrylic, to natural materials.
Acrylic is the cheapest option and it retains heat and is the most commonly found for these reasons. However, it can discolour and often doesn’t wear as well as some of the other options, especially if harsh cleaning products are used on it.
Steel is also common and very durable. It’s hygienic, easy to care for and there is little worry about abrasion. It’s also often guaranteed for a long period.
Cast Iron is a heavy but beautiful solution and is what most freestanding baths are made of. Some models have two layers of enamel and are also under sealed, meaning it is a comprehensive solution that will last as long as you will.
Baths also come in other materials such as stone, marble, granite and stone resin. These are beautiful, but you should certainly check the amount of weight a floor can hold before you purchase a bath like this. However, they are very attractive albeit more expensive.
This is also important and the classic size is 1700mm x 700mmx 750, though larger options are available depending on the size of the bathroom, which has to be considered.
Cormac Reynolds writes for Kings Bathrooms and has written numerous DIY and Home Improvement articles across the web.