A freestanding bathtub is without question the centerpiece of the bathroom–a stunning work of art that grabs your attention every moment you enter the room. These beautifully crafted tubs have become increasingly more popular with homeowners who wish to have a high-end, spa-like atmosphere of luxury and sophistication–allowing for an escape to their own private, peaceful paradise. Generally larger than most tubs, freestanding tubs are perfect for master bathrooms—many allowing for romantic bathing for two. In the past, freestanding tubs were quite pricey, but they have become much more affordable and therefore have been more in demand.

The freestanding bathtub is a focal point that typically is meant for a large room; however, your professional contractor can help you plan and design allowing for your bathroom to accommodate your new glorious tub. In your planning process, keep in mind that normally you will need a separate showering area since these tubs are mainly designed for long luxurious deep soaking. However, many homeowners will place their soaking tub inside their walk-in shower room for a total wet room experience.

The freestanding tub requires more space of course, but no additional surround is needed as with built in tubs. You must, however, make sure the structure of your home can accommodate a freestanding tub—not only for space requirements–but for weight, since freestanding tubs are larger and hold more water. Before deciding on which freestanding tub is right for you, it is recommended that you confirm with your project manager that your bathroom can accommodate the specific weight. Once that is settled, placement of your tub allows for abundant creativity as they have less restrictions than built-in tubs that need one or more walls for the install. Also, the installation is relatively trouble-free and normally would only require minimum plumbing work.

STYLES

Whether your tastes are contemporary or more traditional, there are plenty of styles to choose from to fit with your bathroom decor–as well as materials and fixtures to compliment your new bathing masterpiece.

While making your decision regarding the style of your freestanding tub, think about the main purpose your new tub will serve. If the purpose is for luxurious deep soaks–you will be pleased with a tub designed for comfort. Take into consideration who will be using the tub the most, if it should be extra long, extra wide, extra deep etc. The basin of a freestanding tub is often supported by decorative feet or pedestal. Some are modern egg shape or slipper style. If you find your bath time is normally with your partner, you might consider a double-slipper style tub that allows for generous space for two to soak the time away. Below are some basic freestanding styles you could choose from:

Clawfoot style (traditional, vintage)
Pedestal style (modern to traditional)
Corner or back to wall (modern to traditional)
Egg Shape Style (modern elegance)
Slipper Style (maximum long soak comfort with one high back)
Double Slipper Style (both sides high back for dual soaking)
Japanese Soak Tub (for maximum deep soaking)

MATERIALS

The most common freestanding tubs are made with:

  • Acrylic: Being one of the more popular freestanding tub materials, acrylic is strong and a relatively lightweight and is easy to care for. Acrylic resists scratching and fading and comes in a variety of contemporary designs.
  • Wood: An eye catching spectacular piece, the freestanding wood tub is the perfect choice for a home that is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious. Constructed of solid wood such as oak or cedar, these tubs offer a beautiful warm look and feel. Wood tubs preserve heat more than other tub materials, thus they are perfect for long soaking.
  • Copper / Stainless Steel: Copper tubs are offered in both traditional and modern styles with designs including Japanese soaking tubs and nickel-plated tubs. Modern tubs made with stainless steel add significant sparkle to your bathroom and are easy to maintain.
  • Stone: These tubs are carved from materials such as granite, marble or travertine. With the weight of the stone tub, it is important that the floor of your bathroom can support as much as 2,000 pounds.
  • Cast Iron: Cast iron tubs may be heavier, yet they are sturdy, resistant to scratching, and hold heat longer. They have a classic look and are a beautiful choice for an old-fashioned restored bathroom. Some are on pedestals to accentuate their elegance. If, however, the tub is damaged, it is not a simple/inexpensive fix.
  • Solid Surface: Solid surface tub designs are usually contemporary and come in resin or Pure Acrylic. Resin tubs are stone-like in appearance, yet their weight is significantly less than a stone tub. Resin is also durable, and can be formed into various shapes and sizes.

FIXTURES

Freestanding tub fixtures come with several choices:

  1. A) Installation Types: Wall Mounted, Deck Mounted, Floor Mounted
    B) Features: LED, Waterfall, Thermostatic, Handshower
    C) Finishes: Chrome, Bronze, Antique Brass, Brushed Nickel/Brushed Brass, Gold, Polish Brass, Black
    D) Style: Contemporary, Modern, Traditional
    E) Body Material: Brass, Stainless Steal

Whether you are a homeowner who enjoys entertaining and showing off the beauty and uniqueness of your home; or whether your desire is just to be one with your tub in your own peaceful bathing sanctuary, a freestanding tub is the perfect choice that will bring pleasure, satisfaction, tranquility, and keep you longing for tub time for years to come.