Best Bathtubs for Your Bathroom Remodel
Bathtubs are a great addition to the master bathroom if you find yourself stuck for space or desiring an oasis right at home! Yes, in some cases, they are necessary. However, the majority of bathrooms can get by without one. If you do decide on adding a bathtub, here are four things you should consider before making your purchase.
Consider the size of your bathroom and your lifestyle. If you are a full-time housekeeper, or if you and your family spend a lot of time in the bathroom, then choose materials that will work for heavy use. If not, consider choosing simpler styles and surfaces to save yourself extra cleaning time.
If space has more than one function, make sure that whatever plan you choose can address other needs. For example, if you are designing your bathroom to provide a place for your kids to get ready in the morning and another area for adults to get ready at night, consider these two very different uses when choosing materials.
Look around. You can be creative with small spaces and find novel ways to store your things. Be open to unusual solutions. Consider using baskets or even a storage bench instead of a vanity cabinet for your bathroom storage needs.
When choosing a bathtub, think about how often you’ll use it.
Consider whether your home has enough space to accommodate the size of the bathtub; will it fit in your area? Also, do you want a bathtub that can be used with a shower unit or not? A large tub would require more space than a small one. While some people prefer oval tubs, others find that they are too large for a single person. Most people generally prefer a rectangular-shaped bathtub.
While some people prefer oval tubs, others find that they are too large for a single person. Most people generally prefer a rectangular-shaped bathtub. Fiberglass and acrylic/ PVC are the most common materials used in bathtubs. Fiberglass is more rigid and more durable, but it can be heavier than acrylic/ PVC bathtubs. It’s also more expensive than acrylic/ PVC bathtubs. However, some people feel that fiberglass tends to retain heat longer than acrylic/PVC tubs.
Bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes – from corner to clawfoot, traditional to modern, and everywhere in between. One thing they all have one common feature – a drain hole at the bottom of the tub that you use to fill up your favorite bubble bath, plug up with a rubber stopper, then step on as many times as possible until it’s time to get out (hopefully before the water level rises too high).
But you may not know that some bathtubs have two drain holes – one for each end of the tub. …What? Why do I need a drain hole on both ends? It’s simple – if you’re filling up your bathtub from the side, then it makes sense to be able to drain the water out from the middle of the tub. That way, if you want to fill up your tub with water and then dump in another couple of buckets full of water from the bathtub faucet at different ends of the tub (one on each end), you can do so without flooding out your bathroom or creating a giant puddle on your floor.
Choose a bathtub that is durable enough for everyday use but still has some style.
You can find something that meets both your needs and your tastes by shopping at some of the best bathroom furniture stores in the area.
If you are fond of a classic look for your tub, consider visiting stores that offer garden-style baths. They usually feature a claw foot shape with an elegant leg design and may be made from antique materials like copper and wood. Since these tubs are typically custom-made, you will have to give the store a specific set of dimensions for your bathtub so it will fit perfectly in your bathroom.
Consider whether you want an acrylic or cast iron bathtub; both are available at affordable prices. For those of you who do still not decide, here is a comparison between the two.
Acrylic bathtub: It’s known to be scratch-proof, saving you from cleaning frequently and making sure your bathtub stays like new for many years. Acrylic bathtubs have been preferred by customers for their lightweight design, making them easier to clean and a free-standing structure, making them easy to install with any bathroom.
Cast iron bathtub: There are cast-iron bathtubs available in different finishes like antique white, bronze, and rustic gray. Most of them have the jets for massage baths only, though you can choose an old-style clawfoot to make your bathroom look classic. The only disadvantage of this type is that it is pretty heavy, so you will need professional help when installing it.
Acrylic bathtubs are slightly cheaper than cast iron tubs. Nonetheless, they both will cost you between $2,000 and $5,000. The main reason why acrylic baths are less expensive is that they do not require special care like their iron counterparts. Using an acrylic bathtub does not mean that the cleaning process is more straightforward. It requires a lot of maintenance, but it’s generally not very difficult. For example, you need to clean the bathtub with warm water and soap every three days. You also have to rinse with vinegar and water once or twice a month to avoid the growth of mildew around the shower tiles.
Remember to measure your bath space before purchasing anything!
Be sure to measure your bathtub or shower unit as well. We can ensure that the shower panel is wide enough to fit in a person or at least our shampoo bottles and soap bars. We also need to ensure that we have the right amount of space for comfortable movement inside the shower area, especially if one of us has long hair!
Don’t forget to measure those not-so-obvious spaces like behind the sink, beside or under cabinets, and near doorways. In addition to adjacent walls, measure cubicles around our bathtub and shower area since we have to consider how much space we want for a hanging toiletry organizer or towel bar. For more information on remodeling bathrooms, contact H&A My Design.