Choosing the right style of freestanding bath for your bathroom
A new bath is not just an investment for your bathroom; it’s a tranquil retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the day. Which is why you need to take the time to carefully consider your bathing options; style, shape and material for the focal point of your bathroom.
We’ve pulled together a quick summary of the most popular styles of bath to help you with your selection. Remember, the most important thing to keep in mind is how you plan to use your bath. Practicality is just as important as aesthetics and comfort.
Single-Ended or Double Ended
Single ended baths are the most common style of bath design and are typically designed for one person, with a reclining slope at one end of the bath and a straight vertical end at the other. The waste and overflow position is located at the foot of the bath which is useful when pairing with an overhead shower.
With double-ended baths the taps and waste system sit centrally, freeing up both ends of the tub. This allows for a gentle slope at both ends, creating a roomier space for one, or a perfect sharing space for two – this versatility can be particularly helpful for bathing time with children.
Roll Top Baths
With their distinctive curved roll top rounded edges, these baths exude class and sophistication. Roll top bathtubs tend to be symmetrical in design and mounted on claw feet given them a very distinctive look. Given its design, this style of bath does not have a tap platform or ledge and so the taps are often wall or floor mounted, which only add to the iconic appearance.
Slipper baths are luxuriously characterised by their unique reclining sloping shape, with one end rising higher than the other. Traditionally these baths feature a curved roll top rim and are mounted on claw feet creating an elegant, elevated appearance. The slipper bath is perfectly suited as a deep soaking bathtub that allows you to wallow in the warm water for
hours in complete comfort.
A traditional style boat bath is a double ended, roll top bath that rises at each end and sits flush on the floor. Unlike traditional roll top baths, boat baths do not stand on feet and are usually mounted on a decorative plinth which may be integrated into the body of the bath. Contemporary bath designs offer a more curvaceous, oval shaped bathing area - perfect for submerging into and enjoying a relaxing soak.