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Need help choosing a new bathtub?

With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide on just the right one for you.

You’ve come to the right place!

Here are a few things to consider.

Space

The first thing you need to think about is the amount of space you have to work with.

If you’re just designing a new home, you have the freedom to go as big as you want.

If you are looking to remodel your existing bathroom, or just replace your bathtub and/or shower, you are a little more limited, but don’t worry-there are still plenty of great choices!

Measure before you shop and definitely before you buy!

Function

Consider the purpose. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Obviously, the reason people have bathtubs and showers in their homes is for the purpose of bathing.

But, they have become so much more than that to many.

Bathtubs have become a place of relaxation and refuge. A place to light some candles and unwind.

A calming soak in the tub can be like a reward at the end of a long day.

Not everyone is searching for a bathroom oasis, however. Some people are most concerned about a bathtub that can hold up to the rigors of bathing children.

Others just need a simple tub-and-shower combo for a guest bathroom and don’t desire anything too fancy or expensive.

There is a set-up out there that is just right for you, but it’s important that you know exactly what you’re looking for!

Now that you have nailed down the amount of space you have to work with and what you want the function of your tub to be, you’re ready to think about style!

Kinds of Bathtubs

Hold onto your shower caps, because there a lot of different types of tubs!

Standard tubs

Standard tubs are just that — standard. They come in two sizes, actually. They can be 60 inches long by 30 inches wide, or 60 inches long by 32 inches wide.

Standard tubs blend well with any kind of color scheme, style, or design you want to create for your space.

They are also the most affordable choice.

When choosing one, keep in mind the location of the faucet and shower. You will want a drain the corresponds!

Claw-footed tubs

Claw-footed tubs are probably what comes to mind when you imagine an old-school, 1800’s bath. You’re actually correct!

They are larger than the standard tub and are made of cast iron with an enamel finish, which makes them a bit more costly.

Their slanted sides and curved rims make for a comfortable bathing experience.

If you’re going for a traditional look and also want the comfort of a good soak, a claw-footed tub would be a good choice for you.

Freestanding

A freestanding tub is not built into any walls or cabinets. They usually stand on feet or are encased with stone, marble, or wooden panels.

Not short on luxury, a freestanding bathtub can make quite a style statement in your bathroom.

Whirlpool tub

A whirlpool tub is the ultimate in extravagance.

There are a plethora of sizes, shapes, and styles available. Round, oval, rectangular, square…seriously, there are a LOT of options!

You can even have your choice of what kind of jets you want and where they are located!

Usually, a whirlpool tub will be sunken into the bathroom floor, but there are some freestanding options, as well.

Depending on the options you choose, the price can range from moderately expensive to very expensive, with some models being comparable to the cost of the claw-footed tub.

Like a standard tub, a whirlpool tub can fit into any design style with ease.

Now that you’ve been armed with the know-how to choose tub that’s right for you, what are you waiting for? Grab your rubber ducky and get shopping!

For help choosing a tub or shower for your bathroom for your remodel or newly built home, contact us today!

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