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5 Types Of Tubs For Your Bathtub Upgrade

One of the standout components in any bathroom remodel is the tub. Do you go with a clawfoot, a drop-in, an undermount or some other bathtub upgrade? With so many modern bathtubs available in today’s marketplace, how do you choose the right style for your space? To help answer these questions, here’s a look at five types of bathtubs, their unique features and how they can fit into your bath space.

What Is a Clawfoot Tub?

clawfoot tub is what many people picture when they imagine a vintage bathroom. A classic freestanding tub that was introduced during the Victorian era, the clawfoot bathtub stands on four decorative feet. It’s typically bigger and deeper than other tubs and because it is raised off the floor, it can create an illusion of space. To choose a clawfoot tub for your bathroom upgrade, you can either refurbish an antique tub or buy a new one. The benefit of buying new is that you get a fresh, undented tub that doesn’t require any extra time or effort to restore to pristine condition.  

What Is a Drop-In Bathtub?

drop-in bathtub gets its name from how it’s installed. The tub, which is dropped into an existing framework, has a rim at the top to hold it in place. The frame hides the tub’s unfinished sides and can be covered with tile, beadboard or another material. Benefits of the drop-in tub include affordability and flexibility, because the frame can built along a wall or elsewhere in the bathroom. And should you choose to replace a drop-in tub at some future date, it will involve minimal cost.

What Is an Alcove Bathtub?

Installed into an alcove enclosed on three sides by walls, an alcove bathtub offers several benefits. One of the most traditional bathtub choices, this tub requires only a single curtain or door to provide privacy and can be combined with a shower head for a shower/tub. It also can be easier to get in and out of than other types of tubs because safety rails or grab bars can be installed on the alcove walls.

What Is a Freestanding Bathtub?

What’s great about freestanding bathtubs is that they can be located almost anywhere in the bath. These tubs are finished on all four sides and designed to stand alone — like furniture — so you can place one next to a window, near the shower or wherever else you choose. They’re also available in a variety of shapes and styles, so it’s easy to find one that’s perfect for your space.

What Is an Undermount Bathtub?

If you’re looking for a sleek, contemporary look, an undermount bathtub may fit the bill. As the name implies, these tubs are installed beneath the surrounding surface rather sitting on it like a drop-in tub. The major benefit of this style is its understated, elegant look, particularly if you choose to surround it with marble or another luxury surface.

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When you’re looking to get the biggest impact from your bathroom upgrade, the tub is the perfect place to start. For inspiration, check out Modern Bathroom’s large selection of bathtubs of all styles and materials. Browse our online showroom to find the perfect piece that reflects your taste and style, and order your new tub today!

4 Ways Shower Bases Have Changed Over the Years and Why

Shower base design has evolved dramatically in recent years. Also referred to as a shower pan or shower tray, the purpose of the base is to act as a barrier between the shower and the rest of the bathroom floor. Once strictly utilitarian, shower bases have changed along with the rest of bathroom design. From various functional developments to aesthetic changes, here are some ways they have been modernized.

  1. Design and material — The evolution of shower bases includes the various materials from which they are constructed. Acrylic and fiberglass are some of the least expensive options. Easy to install, they remain popular in traditional home settings. But as modern bathroom design increasingly focuses on delivering a luxurious, spa-like experience, tile or stone shower bases have grown popular. Tiling the shower base offers a seamless appearance with the rest of the bathroom — a desirable feature in today’s baths.
  2. Tub-to-shower conversions — Perhaps the most notable way shower bases have changed can be chalked up to the declining popularity of the traditional shower-tub combo. Realtors once warned homeowners that they could lose property value without at least one bathtub in the home, but today space-saving, free-standing showers are dominating the market. An increasing number of people are converting their bathtubs to enclosed showers, although many still desire a tub in the home for its added comfort and leisure.
  3. Water-proofed bases — Waterproof shower base pans (also known as membranes) were traditionally rubber or copper liners used to protect the subfloor from extensive saturation. Previously, tile and grout were assumed to be waterproof by design, but it turns out this this type of construction does indeed require a waterproofing membrane. Types of waterproofing today include sheet membranes, liquid membranes and foam shower base
  4. Curb-less shower bases— Ditching the curbs around showers has become a trend for several reasons. It began in European countries where much smaller bathrooms meant shower base curbs were generally considered a tripping hazard. Curb-less showers have since been adopted as a sleek design element in North American bathrooms. They’ve also inspired the addition of linear drains to shower pan design, which offers the benefit of easy cleaning.

Your Source for Stylish Showers and Tubs

When it comes to bathroom design, keeping up with the times is becoming increasingly important for purposes such as property value and ease of living. Replacing a shower or tub with a more contemporary design is an essential part of a bathroom remodel.

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If you are updating your bathroom, shop Modern Bathroom for the most stylish options for showers and tubs. For other questions on modernizing your bathroom, contact our professionals or visit our showroom today!