Choosing Bathroom Taps for a Freestanding Bath


If you’ve already bought a freestanding bath, or you’re at least thinking about buying one, then I have to commend you for the great choice that you’ve made. You only have to look at the baths available here to see how stunning these look. It’s the ultimate statement piece for your bathroom, and the best thing is that that they don’t have to cost a fortune either. Sure, if you’re going for a freestanding stone bath you’d have to be prepared to pay more, but acrylic models still look amazing and won’t break the bank as much.

So where do the taps go? When it’s a bath that’s up against the wall the answer is simple, and the plumbing is normally already there to boot, but as your freestanding model won’t always be up against the wall you’ve got three choices instead.

Three bathroom taps for a freestanding bath

What style of tap you go for not only depends on the location and design of your freestanding bath, but the aesthetic you'd like to achieve too.

Keep reading to learn about the different types of taps you can use...

Freestanding bath taps


Specially made with a freestanding bath in mind, these freestanding bath taps stand on their own. Because the tap isn’t attached to anything, bar the floor, there’s a lot of flexibility in where you can place it, like the bath itself. However, the problem is that you’re still going to have to extend the plumbing work to fit into the tap if you want it somewhere different than the plumbing already serves.

Extending the plumbing obviously costs more, and when you pair that with the fact that these taps are usually a lot more expensive than your average tap you may end up spending the same or more than the bath itself. Still, if you can afford to go for this option you’ll end up with a stunning-looking tap that compliments an already magnificent bath.

Deck mounted bath taps


Deck-mounted bath taps are attached to the bath itself, with holes drilled into the bath so the taps can slot in. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to do this as it depends on how much room the edge of your bath has, so check the dimensions before you consider this type of tap. If you can fit them on then you’ve made the most popular choice, and you’ll commonly see most freestanding baths having deck-mounted taps attached.

Wall mounted bath taps


Finally, you could still go for a wall-mounted bath tap. Obviously in this case you’re going to have to place your bath close enough to a wall so that the taps can reach. Some spouts can be quite long so it gives you the option to push the bath away a bit, but it will still need to be relatively close. The benefit, of course, is that all the pipework will be hidden within the wall, so you’ve got a good minimalist option here. You’ve just got to think about whether wall-mounted factors into your placement plans or not.

If you're looking for more information on baths or bathroom taps, you may find the following posts useful - Bathroom Taps Buying Guide - Four Things to Consider When Renovating Your Bathroom - Designing a Spa-Style Bathroom.

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