Types of Bathtubs

Sure, a lot of people are wanting their tubs gone but there still are plenty of people who do want tubs in their bathroom remodel. Sometimes this can be for aesthetic purposes and other times people just truly enjoy using a bathtub. I personally am #TeamBath, especially after a difficult workout or when I'm feeling under the weather. It might not be used as frequently as the shower but I still think it's nice to have.

Surprisingly, there are many different types of bathtubs. They vary in appearance and convenience. Ready to learn about tubs?:

1. Alcove

The first type of tub I'll be discussing is what is considered to be the most popular and standard type. This is what is commonly found in most homes since it's easy and inexpensive to install. They also can be known as three wall alcove tubs because of the way they are situated.

Alcove tubs are great space-savers since they can act as a tub-shower combination and because it is between three walls, a shower head can be mounted seamlessly. There's also flexibility because you can install a glass shower door that slides or you can install a shower curtain.

But I will say this: Alcove tubs are pretty small and if you bathe for that luxurious experience, the alcove tub may not be for you.

2. Drop-In

Our second type of tub is drop-in which is basically the upgraded version of an alcove due to it's size. Drop-in tubs require decks, which the tub fits in. There's a lot of customization involved with tub decks. We have had decks made out of granite, quartz, tile... You name it! Drop-in's are larger than alcove tubs and has more depth to them (aka it requires more water to fill up).

Drop-in tubs require more floor space because of the size and since the deck can sometimes be quite large.

The tub above features a tile deck. For reference, I've also included a stone deck as well.

These are both considered drop-ins but look how different they are! There are tons of possibilities and design opportunities!!

3. Corner

If you want a large tub but may not have the largest bathroom to work with, corner tubs can most definitely be a good option! Due to their placement (in the corner of the room), they act as great space savers and can add space to your bathroom without you having to compromise luxury.

Corner tubs come in many shapes and sizes so you can easily get away with different looks. Plus, they have decks which can further add to a certain look you may be trying to achieve.

Alas, corner tubs aren't for everyone. Since they are oddly shaped, it's a little more difficult getting in and out of the tub.

Plus, since the tub is in the corner you have to be extra careful when it comes to cleaning since the area can get dusty!

4. Freestanding

I associate freestanding tubs with elegance. While there are affordable options available, these tubs can also be the most expensive (but luxurious!) tubs on the market. Freestanding tubs have always been about the aesthetic.

An issue with freestanding tubs is how much space they require. Since it does take up so much space, a small bathroom can look very crowded and cluttered when you place a big freestanding tub in it. Of course if you have a large bathroom, this doesn't necessarily apply to you!

But freestanding tubs can be the focal point of your bathroom. Some people have them as their number one dream item and it's clear why: They truly are beautiful.

5. Clawfoot

Freestanding and clawfoot tubs are the same thing except clawfoot tubs have legs. Have you seen those royal bathrooms from the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries? Those often were clawfoot tubs. While freestanding tubs are flexible with many styles, clawfoot tubs tend to be a more traditional or retro look.

Clawfoot tubs are fantastic if you're going for a vintage or antiqued look!

People either love or hate bathtubs, but I hope we can all agree that they can be magnificent to look at!

All for now,


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