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Free Standing Baths For Your Home

Updated on January 13, 2012

Mention free standing baths to most people, and perhaps they conjure up images of Victorian homes with clawfoot tubs in them. These ornate, but extremely heavy, baths were very popular with the wealthy in society. Around this time, it would be unlikely for poor people to have a bath at all; later on however a cheap zinc variety of free standing baths would appear in working people’s home. Of course, whether rich or poor, the heating of the water would have been done by boiling pots and pans.

The good news is that free standing baths are making a comeback. After many years of baths being fitted flush against a wall, people who are looking to make a feature of their bathroom are once again buying freestanding baths.

For some, the attraction is in the older style designs such as the clawfoot. This perhaps works well if you live in a period style house, but what if you live in a modern home? Also, of course, there have been many advances in available materials, so is cast iron still the best option?

Whilst cast iron baths are certainly hard wearing and extremely strong; they do have disadvantages. One of the main disadvantages of a cast iron free standing bath is that the nature of the material means that it rapidly cools down the water. Whilst this is now easier to fill, with modern plumbing methods, it is still inconvenient and can take away some of the pleasure of a luxurious bath. Another potential problem too, is its weight. As cast iron free standing baths are extremely heavy, you may have to re-enforce your flooring before installing one.

Increasingly, steel is becoming popular in the production of these baths. The steel is coated with an enamel or acrylic coating. This both protects the metal and, to some degree at least, slows down the water cooling process.

Amongst the most popular however, are acrylic free standing baths. These are significantly lighter than both iron and steel and are warm to the touch and help the water retain their heat efficiently. These are also often further insulated during the production process. Perhaps one of the biggest selling points of an acrylic free standing bath is that it is the cheapest version on the market of all the popular types.

Contemporary Free Standing Baths Can Be An Attractive Feature in Modern Bathrooms
Contemporary Free Standing Baths Can Be An Attractive Feature in Modern Bathrooms

If you do want to go upmarket however yet still retain the functionality of the acrylic bath; many are now made from a mix of stone and resin. These still use acrylic for the interior of the bath whilst the exterior is an attractive composite of stone and resin. The weight of this does depend on the amount of stone in the mix, but even a large percentage should not mean having to re-enforce the flooring.

Because of the nature of the materials now in use, there are a wide range of designs, shapes and sizes available to buy. It should be possible to find the right size and designed free standing bath for your very own bathroom.

With designs of free standing baths ranging from the classic Victorian clawfoot to the modern minimalist look, it should be possible to find the right freestanding bath to suit both your taste and your budget.

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