Double-ended baths: Made for sharing (or for a comfier soak)

a pink double-ended bath in a traditional bathroom with brass fittings

Hands up: who else has fought about not wanting to sit at the tap end at least once in their life?

Double-ended baths are a solution. Because I have certainly fought being at the tap end of a bath, and so, I’m sure, have you. Rightly so – nobody wants any sort of brassware digging into their back or shoulders while you’re actively trying to relax. It’s just so counterintuitive, not to mention the cause – rather than the resolution – for a new crick in your neck.

Luckily, double-ended baths are very much a thing. And not only are they incredibly comfortable, both for solo bathers and those sharing with a loved one, they are also effortlessly stylish. After all, having the tap end placed in the middle allows you to think about all sorts of brassware ideas. A cool floorstanding bath filler? Maybe a unique wall-mounted design? Yes please!

The great things about double-ended baths

Double-ended baths also open up another bonus: more space for toiletries, plus the option to add some extra storage or furniture. How about a small table to place your laptop or tablet, so you can watch a film while having a soak? Or a waterproof speaker, to play your favourite tunes?

The options are endless, and that includes the style choices, too – so here are some of my favourite designs of late…

a traditional round white double‐ended bath in a grey bathroom with matt black fittings
Double-ended baths: Storage is key in any busy family bathroom. In this project by BC Designs, a fitted wall cupboard and double vanity unit help keep the floor and surfaces clear. Bampton bath, £2990.

More gorgeous designs to feast your eyes on

a round freestanding tub with a wall-mounted chrome tap in a neutral stone-coloured bathroom
Double-ended baths: Layers of discreet illumination by Sian Baxter Lighting Design accentuate this bathroom. They highlight its elegant tub and serene spa-like quality. Petra bath, from £3995, Ashton & Bentley.
a white oval double‐ended bath in front of a square picture window in a bathroom featuring herringbone flooring
Double-ended baths: This model is compact and with steep sloping sides. It’s the Mozzano Bath, £3315 from Victoria + Albert. It has a capacity of 129 litres and feels luxurious even when half filled.
Lapicida's Antique Marble tiles in a bathroom full of brass fittings and a wooden vanity unit
Double-ended baths: Designed by Obsidian Interiors, this narrow bathroom feels light thanks to the brass-framed shower panel. It also offers coordinating fittings and Lapicida’s Antique Marble porcelain Macchia Vecchia, £58.80 per sq m.
a double‐ended bath in a bathroom featuring geometrical floral blue and green tiles and a large wall mirror
Double-ended baths: The polished Tay bathtub and large antique mirror are the main focus of this bathroom. It also includes a luxurious walk-in enclosure with Dalby shower and 300mm head in nickel. Bath, taps and shower, Drummonds.
a white freestanding oval tub in a large bathroom with a large walk-in shower with gold geometrical wall tiles
Double-ended baths: The large freestanding bath teamed with unusual and reflective surfaces gives this bathroom design by Hunter & Belle an ethereal and relaxing feel. Price on application.

Featured image: Give a small room character by opting for a curvy roll top tub in a bold shade. This Cameo Bath by Hurlingham is teamed with brass Hansgrohe taps and Kast Concrete basins, all from Ripples. Price on application.

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