What do a relaxing Sunday morning and a spa-like pamper evening have in common? A freestanding bath! Somehow, a hot bubbly bath can take our daily worries away and balance our stress levels. Can you think of a better way to unwind after a tiring working day than with dimmed lights, aromatherapy and a good hour-long soak in the bath? Neither can I!
The right bathtub can make you feel like you are floating on a comfortable cloud and who wouldn’t want that? From material to size, here are six tips on choosing the right freestanding bath, with help from BC Designs.
Assess your space
Before setting your heart on a bath, it is important to assess your space. Unless you have a really spacious bathroom where you can position a freestanding bath with no fuss, then you need to study all the corners and spaces available where you can place a freestanding bath – perhaps under a window or in an alcove.
Think about the size
No matter the size of your bathroom, you can make a freestanding bath fit – however, to make a bath work in a very compact bathroom you might have to go for a shower bath combo or give up the shower altogether.
BC Designs has lots of options available for smaller bathrooms, from around the same size as a standard shower to back-to-the-wall designs to help save you space.
Think about the size and consider a slipper bath or a short roll-top bath. If you are lucky enough to go for a freestanding bath of any size, place it in the centre of the room – it will give your bathroom a luxurious feeling.
Don’t forget to take into account how you will actually bring the bath inside the bathroom, so have a look at your home’s structure as well.
Once you figured out where you want to place your freestanding bath, here comes the difficult part – deciding on a design. However, this is also one of the most exciting aspects of choosing a bath, as you can let your personality shine through the design.
With so many options available nowadays, from contemporary and luxurious to traditional and minimal, this step can dictate the entire aesthetic of your bathroom. Make your freestanding bath the focal point of your bathroom and go for a statement design.
Choose the material
Positioning, check; size and design, check – now it’s time for the material. BC Designs has developed its own material called Cian, which is a solid surface, very durable and resistant to any scratches and chips.
You can choose an acrylic bath, in a contemporary or traditional design, as it weights around 50 kg, which is much less then a cast iron or steel bath – if properly taken care of, an acrylic bath can last up to 30 years.
If you want to go the nontraditional route, choose a copper freestanding bath – great for maintaining the water’s temperature warm for longer than a traditional cast iron bath.
Keep in mind the bath’s weight
Probably one of the most overlooked aspects when choosing a freestanding bath, but equally important as the ones mentioned above – the bath’s weight. Can you imagine taking a trip downstairs through the ceiling? Well, neither can I! So, remember to look at the bath’s weight, especially if you choose a heavy material, such as metal, cast iron or solid surface – both when empty and full of water – to make sure you choose the right one.
The finishing touches
Now that you’ve got the basics out of the way, you can have fun with the finishing touches. Have a look at the brassware options, which will also help determine the style you want to go for. Options include chrome, nickel, gold, brass and modern styles, such as matt black – very hot at the moment – or neon shades.
When it comes to the overall look, why not go for a colourful bath? BC Designs offers a bath painting service for an additional cost, but definitely so worth it!
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Featured image: Choose the right freestanding bath. Senator bath without feet, £4,200, BC Designs.