The freestanding bathtub is a very special alternative to the traditional bathtub. In this article, we offer an overview of this interesting type of product. We will also provide information as realistic as possible on costs and some advice to save money without neglecting the issue of quality.
Freestanding bathtub: what it is
In a sense, the name says it all. The freestanding bathtub is a non -angled bathtub and, indeed, it is not in contact with any wall. It is an isolated tank, which can be placed in a free area of the room. It is no coincidence that freestanding bathtubs are also called ” center room bathtubs.”
Compared to traditional tanks, freestanding features have some advantages. For example, they generate a noticeable aesthetic impact, if only for the diversity they show towards the more typical variant. Often, however, they are real design objects. Furthermore, they do not require masonry work or work on the coating.
On the other hand, they often impose work on the pipes since their position cannot coincide with those typical of a normal tank.
Freestanding bathtub: when to install it?
Before deciding whether to install a freestanding bathtub or not, it is good to make some assessments — first, spatial type assessments. The freestanding bathtubs, not sharing any side with the walls, must be installed in a different point of the room. This, of course, requires bathing capacity (at least) slightly above average.
Furthermore, the freestanding bathtubs must be installed only if the bathroom is in some way compatible from an aesthetic point of view. Even the soberest and lean freestanding bathtub, in fact, still produces a minimal or, in contrast, classic effect in any case, very different from traditional tubs. The risk is to recreate the classic punch in the eye.
Freestanding bathtub: types and materials
From the material point of view, there are no differences between freestanding bathtubs and traditional bathtubs. The main difference, in this respect, concerns the coating. The traditional tanks are covered externally with the same floor tiles, so as to give a sense of continuity. Therefore, one more material, ceramics, must be mentioned.
The freestanding baths, on the other hand, being freestanding, do not require any coating.
As regards the typologies, a distinction must be made between the various styles.
Most freestanding tubs offer a minimalist approach. In this case, sober but not raw lines are preferred, as well as certain poverty of frills.
Furthermore, a good part of the freestanding tanks refers to an ultra-classic style. In the past, in fact (but it is necessary to go back at least a few decades), all the tanks were freestanding. Obviously, today’s models are the result of an aesthetic elaboration. Processing that, among other things, is characterized by the presence of very rounded shapes but at the same time clean.
Finally, there are contemporary freestanding bathtubs. These are normal tanks, but – very simply, freely installed.
Freestanding bathtub: what to watch out for?
When choosing to install a freestanding bathtub, you should pay the utmost attention to three issues.
- Type of tub. The question again revolves around styles. An effective choice of the tub, in fact, is a coherent choice that creates harmony between the new elements and the existing one.
- Price. The costs are incredibly varied, which risks disorienting the aspiring buyer. Therefore, before opening the wallet, browse through several catalogs. If nothing else, to have a point of reference and be able to evaluate the price of the tanks.
- Installer company. A company, from this point of view, is not worth the other also because a decisive factor is represented by the adaptation of water points, which always generates some concern.
Freestanding bathtub installation: who to contact?
If you are planning to install a freestanding bathtub, you should refer to two types of figures. First, the point of sale, whether online or offline, specialized or generalist (simple bathroom furniture).
Secondly, you should contact a good company specialized in masonry and thermo-hydraulic activities. In fact, DIY is a hypothesis to be discarded immediately. Installation requires skills that are too specific (reconversion of water points is also involved) for the average user.
Install a Freestanding bathtub: what are the prices?
The prices for a freestanding bath are very variable. First of all, it depends on the type of tank. Secondly, it depends on the installer, who may be more or less demanding. Taking these elements into consideration, however, it is possible to propose an overview as close to reality as possible.