If you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom or are in the midst of a new-build project, it’s an exciting time. But it can be quite nerve-wracking too, especially since you don’t want to make any mistake with any of your choices! This is especially true for prime bathroom fittings and elements like baths. For example, when it comes to baths, you have two options: fitted baths or freestanding baths. Both will have their merits, but there are a few considerations as well. Also, you have to make sure that your choice fits the plumbing and your bathroom’s flooring can handle the weight. But should you choose a freestanding bath or a fitted bath? Here’s what you should know.
Freestanding baths: the primary considerations
You will already know that freestanding baths stand on their own or alone – hence the name. But these baths are versatile, and their sheer versatility makes them an appealing choice for many homeowners. For example, you can install them in the middle of the room or a corner, allowing you to be more creative with your bathroom’s design and theme.
In regards to look and appearance, freestanding baths will always look better than fitted or alcove baths. First, they come in various designs and styles, and you can choose one that fits right in with your theme, whether you have a modern and contemporary space or a traditional one. Secondly, you can easily take your pick from claw-footed baths, double-ended baths to slipper baths, single-ended baths, and deeper soaking tubs, amongst others.
Freestanding baths also come in various shapes, so it won’t be a problem for you to choose one even if your bathroom is compact. The tub itself comes in different materials, but the most common material used for baths is acrylic since it’s lightweight, affordable, easy to clean, and has a long lifespan. Cast iron may also be a good choice, although you have to be careful with your flooring – since cast iron is pretty heavy, you need to have your flooring checked by a structural engineer or contractor to make sure it can withstand the weight.
Fitted or built-in baths: the primary considerations
With built-in or fitted baths, you can benefit from a bath that’s more compact and standard, although you are limited in terms of where you can place it. As the name implies, it’s most suitable for corner installations as it needs to be flanked by walls on its sides. Unfortunately, this also makes it more expensive to install in many cases because you need your contractor to install a surround for the bath, fix the tiles and grout, and mount the bath itself and seal it.
Built-in or fitted baths may be ideal if you have a small space since you can place them against the bathroom wall – but the same can be said for freestanding baths. In addition, plumbing may not be a problem with a built-in bath since most bathrooms will already feature the proper pipework for a fitted or built-in bath. However, keep in mind that your design options are limited, as fitted or built-in baths are often found in just rectangular or oval shapes.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your personal preference and requirements – but whichever kind of bath you choose, make sure it’s worthy of the investment.