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Is a Freestanding Tub Right for You? Five Things to Consider Before You Buy
Freestanding bathtubs are becoming the choice for homeowners who prefer a spa-like bathroom. But is one they right for you? With more than 30 years of experience in the bathtub manufacturing industry, Karl Schuele shares five tips for the best fit:
By: MS Lawrence
With more than 30 years of experience in the bathtub manufacturing industry, Karl Schuele shares five tips on how to get the right look — and fit — for your space:
If you plan to use the tub for therapeutic soaking as well as regular bathing, opt for a soaking tub that provides total body immersion. Is it for one or two? Will your kids use it occasionally?
A freestanding tub can make a room seem larger, and looks best with space around it. Consider proportions, impact of placement, overall design of the room. Be sure the bath will fit through the door, up a staircase, etc.
A common challenge is achieving a balance between bathroom size and tub dimensions, particularly when space is limited. Freestanding works wonders in these situations by creating a sense of space, revealing more floor and wall area than standard built-ins. Manufacturers are coming out with modern compact designs, such as Victoria & Albert’s 60-inch ios, which is sculptural and comfortable.
Against a wall or out in the open? Accessibility to plumbing is important, as is placement of faucets. Often the least expensive option is to place the tub against a wall, with wall-mounted faucets. An installation away from the wall requires under-floor water supply lines, which could add up to extra costs.
If you opt for away-from-the-
This depends on several factors: frequency of use, maintenance and budget. Freestanding tubs are available in solid surface materials, cast iron, acrylic, stone, wood, cement, copper and more. Cost-effective choices like acrylic may at first glance look OK, but often lack the durability of other materials. Victoria & Albert’s ENGLISHCAST is a limestone/resin mix that’s hard-wearing and creates a scratch-resistant, easy-to-clean well. Hate the shock of a cold tub? A limestone/resin mix is warm to the touch and highly insulating. Wooden and marble tubs require maintenance. Cast iron and other heavy materials may require the addition of a subfloor or other weight-bearing addition, which could add to cost.
Your choices in design abound, too. Want to open up the room? Designs such as the Como, which taper inward and have “legs,” create an illusion of space. Be sure the tub complements other bathroom features, including the sink and commode. Do you prefer a contemporary or traditional look? Some designers advise sticking to one style, while others mix things up. At Victoria & Albert, we carry what I call “transitional”
Karl Schuele has more than 30 years of experience working in the bathtub manufacturing industry. He is currently the U.S. sales and marketing manager for Victoria & Albert Bath.
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About Victoria & Albert®
Victoria & Albert is a global leader in bath innovation and design, creating a versatile range of traditional and contemporary freestanding bathtubs. Known for its durability, every ENGLISHCAST™
Victoria & Albert products are sold at more than 400 kitchen and bath showrooms across the U.S. and Canada. Established in the U.K. in 1996, Victoria & Albert extended its brand to the U.S. in 2002, and now offers its products in more than 20 countries across the globe.
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Victoria & Albert Bath is a global leader in bath innovation and design, creating a versatile range of traditional and contemporary freestanding bathtubs, each with a 25-year manufacturer-