To some bath lovers, “free standing tubs” are fightin’ words. :-)
If you are someone who loves a good soak every night or at least once a week, no doubt you have a preference for the style of tub you would prefer in a luxury bathroom you would call your own.
With all the bathrooms I’ve done in the last 10 years, I have to say, most of the clients I’ve had, don’t prefer a bathtub.
In fact, most are just installing a tub because they think they won’t be able to sell their house later, without one.
I’ve even had people remove the tub altogether and install a big shower. That’s a rather popular design decision, especially if they are limited on space.
Many realtors will actually tell you, as long as there is a tub somewhere in the house, you’re good for resale.
However, this is a very personal decision in a remodel, so if you ARE a tub lover, don’t worry. There are plenty of pretty and comfortable options out there for your future beautiful bathroom.
I will say, when we do get a tub lover’s bathroom on the boards, often they can be pretty opinionated about a built-in tub with a deck or a free-standing tub.
I’ll do whatever, I rarely try to push my personal preferences on a client when it comes to functionality, (although if a built-in tub is just eating too much into valuable space, I’ve been known to take a stand :-).
That’s the reason we are there, to address specific needs and desires and then make it all beautiful and look like it reflects their taste and style.
In most instances though, a free-standing tub often wins.
Why? I’m glad you asked. :-)
It provides a sculptural beauty and a significant style statement upon first glance in the bathroom.
It adds an airiness and lighter feel to the space with tapering sides. Light can wrap around the back and sides of the tub to give a roomier appearance to the bathroom. And it does so in the exact same square footage as the solid mass of a tub with a surround / decking.
You can go deep with a free standing tub as a real soaker, without it appearing so large or bulky in the room.
The large, curved lips of some free standing tubs make a good place to perch while filling the tub or getting in, answering that argument that a lot of people have that you can’t sit on the edge of a free standing tub.
We can still design places for products to sit out for use near the tub, like ledges or deep window sills, or of course, a small table is a nice addition to a bathroom.
Since tubs often are placed in front of windows in master bathroom, you don’t have to worry about how a free standing tub meets up with a window sill. You don’t have to design those sometimes awkward transitions of materials or even have to have a tile “backsplash” surrounding the tub, if the tub won’t be used much.
They have been coming on strong for the last 10 years I’ve been designing bathrooms and I don’t see them waning at all anytime soon. Matter of fact, there are more new tubs and styles coming out all the time!
A remodel removing the deck mounted tub for a free standing model.
Take a look at this remodel where we ditched the heavy surround and deck mounted tub for a free standing model.
And then there was this bathroom remodel.
This remodel, from a few years ago, is worth sharing, for sure. :-)
Okay, I know, design lovers….those were no-brainers.
Of course, a free standing tub is a better option in these locations above. Those were sort of attached to their walls like peninsulas on a coastline. :-)
However, I’ve got a few more to show you.
The lovely curves of this free standing tub, above, balance the hard lines of the shower in this bathroom in The New American Home, seen at KBIS 2018.
The curvy modern tubs, seen in 2019’s New American Home, highlight the new and unique shapes these tubs are coming in now.
So, have I talked you into one? :-)
If you are getting ready to design the bath of your dreams, consider a free standing tub.
They aren’t going anywhere! You’re good on that decision!
(I suggest you pin a few of these to Pinterest, on your dream bathroom board. :-)