Replacing a bathtub may seem like an easy endeavor. All you
do is rip out the old tub, purchase a new one, and begin the bubble baths,
right? Well, the truth is that picking out the right replacement tub may be a
lot more difficult than simply purchasing one you like the looks of. From
purpose to fit, choosing the right bathtub for a bathroom renovation can be the
cornerstone that either makes or breaks your space. Here are a few questions to
consider before diving into a new tub headfirst:
- Are you a bath person?
This may seem like a redundant question, but before you
replace an old tub with a new one make sure that you really do want one.
Bathtubs may not be the most practical of choices, unless you regularly like to
soak or have a tyke that requires a bathtub.
If this isn’t the case it may make more sense to replace the
tub with a walk-in shower and sitting bench. If you decide that you really do
want a tub for the pure luxury of one, then keep on asking the right questions
- Where do you want the tub?
Depending on your budget, the most practical place for a new
tub would be in the same place as the original one. Saving the plumbing costs
by hooking up the new tub to the old plumbing is a smart move.
However, if you are really looking to completely renovate
your bathroom and are knocking out a few walls, be sure you choose a place for
the tub where it will remain a focal point but won’t be too far from the original
plumbing. Like the hearth is the heart of the kitchen, the tub is the heart of
If you are reworking plumbing and fixtures, be sure you choose
the right tub for your needs. Not all
tubs are created equal and you may want to keep the cost of the unit down,
since the plumbing budget may be higher.
- The Four T’s of Tubbing: Which best
fits for you?
There are four common tub types:
-Three-Wall Alcove Tub
-A Corner Tub
-A Drop-in Tub
-A Freestanding Tub
Tub: The most common of the four tub types, this is the bathtub that only
has one finished side and can fit easily into any established shower/bath combination.
If you do go the dual-purpose route of shower/tub, make sure that the
surrounding walls are waterproofed. This is the most affordable option.
A Corner Tub: The
corner tub is one that is triangular in shape and usually fits into the corner
of a master bathroom suite. Depending on the size, these units can often fit
two people and are designed to be an “indoor hot tub” of sorts with jets –
Jacuzzi style. Medium price point.
A Drop-in Tub: A
drop-in tub can either be elevated or sunken into the floor. Constructed within
a frame, it has the option of molded seats for comfort and oftentimes is on the
higher end of customized tubs. Usually made of lightweight acrylic, in rare
instances these can be made of a heavier material if you are looking to create
a lagoon atmosphere with a deeper and larger frame in your space.
A Freestanding Tub:
The famous claw-footed freestanding tub may be the most iconic example of bathing.
Perfect for historic homes that want to stay true to the era or for those who
love the look and feel of vintage bath time, this option is one of the most
coveted as well as inconvenient styles. Since it can be more cumbersome to
install and can be more pricey this tub requires special consideration and