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A freestanding bath brings a real feeling of luxury to the bathroom but how do you choose the right design?  Our top tips look at the most important considerations, to help you plan the perfect spa-like space.

 

The right position

Freestanding baths look beautiful in the middle of a room, or under a window, but if you’re short on space there are other options. You don’t have to be able to walk around it. A tub can be positioned against a wall or angled in a corner; just make sure that there’s sufficient headroom and space to get in and out. Mark the area out with tape, to help you find the best spot; decorating or masking tape is best, as it’s easy to tear and won’t mark surfaces.  Bear in mind that a freestanding bath can be a beautiful addition to a bedroom too.

Weight considerations

Freestanding baths are often a lot heavier than acrylic designs, especially those made from stone or cast iron. You’ll also need to factor in the bath’s capacity and weight of the water; many designs are much larger/deeper than standard models. If you’re particularly keen on a heavier bath, check that your floor is sufficiently strong.  Additional reinforcement can be added, if necessary. If weight is an issue, consider a lighter material like metal.

 

Which design?

Freestanding baths come in a wide range of shapes and sizes – from the traditional Bateau-style roll top and slipper designs, to more contemporary angular and egg-shaped formats.  There are also short or mini versions of the classic designs, and Japanese-inspired soaking tubs like Indigenous’ Ofuro, which is handmade from cedar wood.  Before settling on a specific style, always try it out – even if it’s in the middle of a showroom. It’s the only way to properly gauge length, width and comfort.

 

Material & colour

Metals like copper, bronze, tin and nickel are especially popular.  As well as creating a stunning aesthetic, they’re great at retaining heat. Quality copper is also believed to have antibacterial and healing properties. Other popular options include stone, marble, stone resin and Oxidised Copper which has a mottled turquoise patina layered over highly polished tin.  Some designs also combine materials, like Indigenous’ Copper & Tin bath and Copper & White design, which has a metal exterior with a white powder-coated interior.

 

Tap styles & positions

Popular tap finishes including chrome, nickel, brass and copper. As well as considering the finish and design, the positioning of the taps is important too. They need to be easy to turn on and off, from outside and inside the bath. Taps can be bath-mounted at the end of the tub or in the middle, wall-mounted or floor-mounted.  Available space, the position of the bath tub and the design style will help determine the best tap option.

 

Finishing touches

Unlike inset bath tubs, freestanding designs generally won’t have an edge for balancing objects, so make sure that you factor this in, with a shelf, stool or small table, or over-bath tidy.  Freestanding ladders and rails, like Indigenous’ Branchwood Wooden Towel Ladder and Towel Rail, also make lovely tub companions and add a rustic feature.

Explore different designs in Indigenous’ Freestanding Baths Collection.

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