There are numerous types of bathtubs to consider:
- Straight baths which are the most common bathtubs found in homes
- L-shaped baths which also include a little more space at the shower end
- Freestanding baths which are not placed against a wall
- Corner baths that fit compactly in a corner
- Back-to-wall baths that look like freestanding baths but can be placed against a wall
- Whirlpool tubs that propel jets of water
While the type of bathtub is important, it is not the only thing to consider. Here are a few more.
Other Things to Consider When Buying a Bathtub
Standard bathtubs are around 60 inches long and 32 inches wide. But that size will vary based on the amount of space you have in your bathroom as well as comfort.
While the rectangular shape is the most common, there are several other shapes to consider:
- Oval baths are known for both visual appeal and comfort due to their lumbar angles. They are also easier to clean. They can be freestanding or placed in rectangular drop-in tubs.
- Square baths can be installed as a corner tub or into alcoves. You may need a larger tub and more floor space for adequate space.
- Slipper baths feature a slope on one side, providing neck support. The middle of the tub is also slightly lower, providing contours for your arms. Slipper baths can also easily accommodate two people. However, they may require more floor space and might be heavier.
- Hourglass baths are a modified version of rectangular tubs. The hourglass design provides an armrest and ample back support. The molded shape in the interior does result in less space.
An inset tub can be installed in the floor, which makes it easier to step into and may require less space. More elaborate tub surrounds may require an elevated tub.
A standard tub is about 12 inches deep. Tubs that are 18 to 22 inches deep promote better soaking.
Most tubs have acrylic or fiberglass construction to reduce weight. Sturdier tubs can use metal and enamel. High-end and more expensive tubs may use natural stone or concrete. Always make sure the floor can support the weight of the tub. For the exterior, you do not need to use the same bathtub material as the inside. You might want to tile around the front of the tub or build out a space. No matter what you do, use high-quality sealant for moisture-prone areas.
Also, try to use a non-stick bottom for the tub to prevent slipping.
Not part of the tub, but make sure you install rails and grips to make entering and exiting the tub easier and safer.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Bathtubs
If you are searching for the right bathtub, the professionals at Ravinia Plumbing can help. We can help you choose a bathtub and then install the right one for your space, as well as any faucets and fixtures you need. We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing companies in Chicagoland. Contact Ravinia Plumbing today to schedule an appointment for tub installation. We also offer 24/7/365 emergency service in case issues occur that need immediate attention.