Comparing Built-In Versus Freestanding Bathtubs for Your Bathroom Design

People often think that a freestanding tub is best for a larger bathroom and a built-in is better suited to smaller space. However, this is a common misconception. In fact, a freestanding bath is often perfect for a smaller space, since you are not restricted by where you position the bath.

Freestanding baths can often easily fit in small alcoves where a built-in bath could not. Due to their shape and occasionally their legs raising the tub off the floor, this also creates the illusion of space.

With a built in bathtub, the real advantage is the space that the surround provides. It can act as storage, seating and mounting space for taps, spouts and hand showers, so the more room you have the better. You can also panel your bath to match the bathroom furniture.

A built-in bath is also much better suited for adding a shower to, whereas a freestanding tub is usually for bathing only. In recent years however, the emergence of the ‘freestanding shower bath’ means the bath is fixed to the wall along two edges, with the addition of a shower screen. This results in a successful combination of both a fixed and freestanding tub.

A similar alternative is a back to wall bath which offers the luxury of a freestanding bath with the practicality of having it sit flush against your bathroom wall. Designed to be installed in the middle of a wall, it allows extra space on either side for a basin, toilet and furniture.

There are endless possibilities when choosing a bathtub, so don’t feel restricted by your space and style choices. Both freestanding and built-in bathtubs can be adapted to suit your space, and our experienced designers will work with you to create a bathroom that is carefully planned to meet all your needs and design goals.

Our professional design and build team members are here to inform and inspire you! To request a quote or ask a question, call us at (650) 287-4202 or drop us a note in our contact form.

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