Who’d have thought there were so many different baths to choose from? When you’re planning a bathroom, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the colour and think that your bath can only be one particular shape and size. In fact, when you were growing up that was probably the case!
Only in recent years have we seen a wide range of bath shapes and sizes being sold. People used to fit a standard bath into their bathroom, and build the rest of the room around it. Now, you’ve got options. You can choose from a wide range of styles and an equally wide selection of features, which gives you total flexibility so that you can create the bathroom of your dreams.
Standard baths, like the acrylic bath pictured below, are the typical choice. Typically they’re fairly square, relatively flat and a good size for sinking back without being able to relax completely. They’re baths we’ve all experienced, and they do a great job if you’re looking for something simple and affordable.
Compact baths are often shorter than your standard bath, and are designed to fit in to cosy spaces like en-suite bathrooms, ground-floor bathrooms and bathrooms in particularly small houses. They’re a great compromise if you need to save space, but taller users can expect to see their knees poking above the water like little icebergs!
Got a bathroom with plenty of space? Why not fill it with a corner bath? These luxurious choices give you lots of extra space for your soak, and many include a seat that’s valuable if you simply want to sit on the side and sink your feet under the water, or if you’re a lady wanting to shave her legs without having to negotiate an abundance of bubbles.
Particularly useful if you’re including an over-bath shower, p-shaped baths are a great compromise between standard and corner designs. They offer a little extra space at one end of the bath, so you’ve got room to lie back and relax, but don’t provide the same space all the way along. They’re great if you need to stand at one end of your bath to shower, and also suited to home-owners who want a bit more room without taking up their whole bathroom.
Nobody likes leaning back against a flat, sharp surface. Double-ended baths are rounded at both ends, and might have the tap in the middle, which makes for a more relaxing bathing experience.
Looking for luxury? Whirlpool baths include jets and give you that spa experience in your own home. It can’t hurt to go for the biggest one you can find, since you’ll want to spend hours in your bath, but if that’s not an option then you’ll be pleased to know that they come in all sizes so you can have one in your en-suite as well!
Finally, the free-standing bath – a traditional favourite brought in to the modern day. These include claw-foot baths commonly used in Victorian times, but are also available in contemporary styles making them great in the centre of a very large bathroom giving you flexibility when you choose where to position your bath.