Would you believe that there are many different things to consider when choosing the right bath for your bathroom?
Firstly, you should work out what space you have available for your bath and what shape would best suit there.
Think about how your bath will be used. For example will it be an indulgent place for you to relax and unwind after a long day? Or rather somewhere for the children to splash about and get clean? What about bathing the dog? Or maybe your needs are for all of the above?
Are you wanting your bath to be a statement piece for your bathroom? Or are you happy for it to blend in and be more about practicality and convenience?
There are so many different styles and price points to choose from. In this week’s blog we have a few handy tips to help you with your selection;
First things first
Before you start shopping, getting all your measurements together can be helpful with giving you a starting point for what to look for.
You want to ensure the inside of your bath is the right width and length for your family’s requirements. Buying an amazing bath only to find your feet will have to dangle over the edge for you to stretch out is not what you want! Tall people will need a bath that is deep and long to be comfortable.
Similarly, your bath should also suit the proportions of the rest of your bathroom as well as be able to fit through all the access points to get it in there.
So, make sure that you consider bath length and width (both inside and out) as well as height (overall and soaking depth) and its weight. Some baths are very heavy without the added weight of water, so this consideration is an important one.
If you are unsure about what measurements and/or weight is ideal for you space then speak with a professional. Speaking with an engineer, an interior designer and/or plumber will give you some guidance and can highlight any issues.
Try before you buy!
Don’t be afraid to sit or lay in a few baths in the showroom to get a feel for what you like and need.
What types of baths are there to choose from?
When choosing the right bath for your space, three of the most popular types of baths to consider include freestanding, built-in and corner baths.
A freestanding bath is as its name suggests – a bath that stands alone without connecting to any walls for support.
There are a variety of different shapes of freestanding baths available on the market today to complement different tastes and styles.
All freestanding baths ooze the sense of luxury and sophistication, but a claw-foot bath is a classic beauty.
Positioned on 4 clawed feet, this bath has a couple of variations in shape. A double ended bath has equal sized slopes at both ends whereas a slipper tub features a high slope on just one end.
For a more contemporary feel but just as luxurious in style, opt for a freestanding bath which sits directly onto the floor. This type of bath can range in shape from rectangular to oval – with oval being the most popular in many homes these days.
Things such as plumbing and drainage need to be considered before installing a freestanding bath, especially if the bathroom is a renovation and not a new build.
Also, be sure to allow adequate space around the bath for easy cleaning. No-one wants to have a gap between the wall and bath which is too small to get a mop behind.
Built-in (or recessed) bath
This style of bath is one of the most common varieties to be installed in Australian homes. It’s usually recessed against walls on two or three sides and can often house a shower head above with a glass screen on one side.
A built-in bath is easy to install and will fit nicely into smaller bathrooms. These baths are cost effective and and a practical choice for both families with young children and the elderly alike.
A corner bath is a great solution to a small bathroom space.
As the name suggests, they are positioned in a corner and are quite often enhanced with jacuzzi jets. Corner baths take up limited room and are usually triangular in shape.
Now you are armed with a few different options for helping you to choose the right bath.