Bathtubs are not a new concept but the evolution in their design has always produced something new and refreshing. An example is the freestanding tub, which has stood the test of time and still enthrals designers to experiment with it.
A freestanding tub is one which is simply placed on the bathroom floor. The entire profile of the bathtub is exposed which makes the freestanding bathtub an excellent aesthetic element. This variety of the bathtub is frequently adopted to add a touch of luxury to the bathroom. A range of shapes, colors, designs and materials have contributed to make the freestanding bathtub an object of desire. A few commonly used materials are acrylic, fiberglass, porcelain, stone, copper and wood.
Freestanding tub varieties
A popular version of the freestanding bathtub is the Clawfoot tub. These tubs are characterised by the typical claw-shaped feet on which the tub stands. The clawfoot tub lends an ethnic touch to the bathroom interiors. The freestanding tub can also be pedestal mounted; this variety being commonly known as the pedestal tub. The pedestal provides a stable base to the tub and also conceals the plumbing fixtures. Another popular tub design which preferably adopts the freestanding design is the soaking tub. Soaking tubs are deep tubs which allow the person to comfortably sit inside it submerged till the neck. Its seating design enables one to enjoy bathing, rather soaking for a longer duration. As these tubs are deep they have a smaller circumference, thus taking up lesser floor space. So, if you are short of bathroom floor space and still want to opt for a bathtub, the soaking tub is the best option. However, cleaning the soaking tub is cumbersome due to its depth.
Freestanding tub benefits
The freestanding bathtub offers numerous benefits. They are easier to install than other bathtub varieties. Also, you can easily dismantle and move the freestanding tub just like any other furniture. This allows you to go for a bathtub even if you are in a rented accommodation, provided the bathroom has sufficient space. Another advantage with the freestanding tub is that it takes up less floor space than built-in tubs and thus makes the bathroom appear roomy. The faucets serving the freestanding bathtub are usually exposed, giving you the opportunity to go for beautiful designer faucets to accessorize the tub.