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?
A 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?
A 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!