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Freestanding Or Inset? How To Choose A Bathtub

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Spring is in the air and for many of us, that means starting home improvement projects. One such project may be the re-vamping of your current bathroom, giving it an updated appearance.

If this is the case, you will no doubt, be considering replacing the bathtub. But which should you opt for – the freestanding bath or an inset bath?

The freestanding bath

The freestanding bath makes a statement, not least for its central position in a large bathroom, as was common from many decades ago. Large and luxurious, they enjoyed a resurgence in their popularity in recent years. If you have the space, a freestanding bath could be the right tub for you.

It is a style statement in itself but raising a freestanding bath to new heights by placing it on a platform in your bathroom gives it even more of an impact. Opt for statement taps and stylish, detailed feet and you truly set the scene in your new bathroom.

There are many different styles, sizes and shapes but one that has been gathering interest of late is the on-trend freestanding slipper bath.

It makes more of the Victorian roll top freestanding tub that many people have come to associate with modern styles in the bathroom. The slipper bath has a deeper ‘back’ giving it more depth and thus more luxury in the bathroom.

It certainly looks the part and if your budget will stretch to it, a cast iron freestanding slipper bath will really make something of your bathroom. There are, of course, cheaper alternatives which once dressed with statement taps and the like will certainly have the same impact.

The freestanding bathtub is great for;

  • bathrooms that have a larger floor space, although there are some freestanding tubs that can be accommodated in the more bijou bathroom
  • bathroom renovation projects where the budget is more generous too

The inset bath

Also known as the built-in bath, the inset bath sits flush to the wall, the complete opposite of how most people use the freestanding tub in a bathroom design.

As with its freestanding counterpart, there are many different sizes and styles of in-built baths. For example, there are corner tubs, great for making the most of the space in a bathroom as well as smaller sizes for the compact bathroom. There are also those that come complete with jets making it into a very luxurious spa type bath.

An inset bath can also be used with an overhead shower, something that with a freestanding bath is hard to accomplish.

The inset bath is great for;

  • any size bathroom
  • any size budget
  • any style of bathroom
  • using with over the bath showers

What about plumbing?

When replacing like for like, there is usually no issue with plumbing. However, if you are moving the location of the bath, whether it is a freestanding one or a built-in tub, there will need to be a change in the plumbing.

To find out more about freestanding and inset baths, why not pop along to view our range here at the showroom? You find us at 9 – 11 Colquhoun Avenue, Hillington, Glasgow G52 4BN – or you can book an appointment with our design team by calling us on 0141 882 7799.




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