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Latest Trends: Small Bathtubs, with Pics and Videos

Updated on June 6, 2012

A guide to small bathtubs

Small bathtubs are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, and Plumbing Point dot com has a great selection. Just about everyone enjoys a relaxing soak in a warm bath, but space requirements for a tradition tub often limit choices. A standard bathtub is generally sixty inches long – that’s five feet of valuable floor space! Some bathrooms simply can’t afford spending that much area on a bathtub. Until recently, many homeowners facing this dilemma resigned themselves to the fact that they only had room for a shower stall. Sure, a shower will get you clean, but it’s not the same as immersing your entire body in soothing water. Small bathtubs might be just the answer you've been searching for.

The innovative Japanese solved this problem years ago. They’ve always had a space problem, yet they enjoy a nice bath. So how did they manage a soaking tub with just a small area to work with? They killed two proverbial birds with one stone when they created small bathtubs, and the rest of the civilized world is taking notice and following suit. In the United States, this idea is really catching on and making a splash!

If you think small bathtubs will leave you performing pretzel-like movements, think again. These tubs are smaller than a standard tub, but they’re also deeper. In many ways, the small bathtubs are actually superior to traditional bathtubs. Most have built-in seats, so you don’t have to lie down in order to submerge your entire body. You sit comfortably while the water surrounds you. Also, the raised design allows for easy entering and exiting the tub, making them suitable for the elderly and for those with physical limitations. Another advantage of small bathtubs is that they’re easy to clean because there’s less surface area. Some of these styles are a cinch to install, too! In fact, you might be able to do the job yourself and avoid paying someone else to do it.

You might think that these deeper tubs have to be sunken into the floor, which would create a big mess and added expense, but they don't. The small bathtubs can rest on the floor, just like a traditional bathtub.

The corner bathtub

Small bathtubs are available in several designs. One is a corner tub that makes excellent use of space, especially in a crowded bathroom. Placing the small bathtub in the corner frees up space that can be used for something else. You can even have one custom made to adhere to your bathroom design and personal preferences. Corner bathtubs might be square, triangular, or shaped like a quarter circle. Take a look at the contoured seat in the model below!

Small bathtubs: the corner bathtub.
Small bathtubs: the corner bathtub.

 

The round bathtub

One of the most popular styles of small bathtubs is the circular tub. This chic tub makes the best of a small space and includes a raised seat that provides super comfort. And because of the circular design, this tub has no hard corners, making it incredibly user friendly. Because the tub is round, you can "strecth out" instead of being confined by the narrow sides of a traditional tub.

Small bathtubs: the round model.
Small bathtubs: the round model.

 

The classic clawfoot tub

Another type of small bathtubs is the vintage clawfoot tub deign - with a twist. On most of these tubs, one end is raised and slightly reclined to make bathing and soaking extremely enjoyable, and the design is a timeless classic that looks great with almost any décor. This style is also available with soothing jets that give your tired muscles and aching joints a gentle massage.

Small bathtubs are also available as clawfoot tubs.
Small bathtubs are also available as clawfoot tubs.

 

Small whirlpool tubs

Just because you’re limited on space doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the comfort and health provided by a whirlpool bath, either. Several reputable and well respected companies are now manufacturing small whirlpool tubs that will melt away stress while increasing your circulation. Many models have super comfy built-in seats, too!

Small bathtubs: the whirlpool tub.
Small bathtubs: the whirlpool tub.

 

Walk-in bathtubs

Walk-in bathtubs are steadily gaining in popularity. You've probably seen these on TV. You literally step into this tub, sit on the built-in seat, close the door, and fill the vessel with water. The door is specially designed to be completely secure and leak proof. This type of bathtub is perfect for anyone with restricted mobility.

Small bathtubs: the walk-in tub.
Small bathtubs: the walk-in tub.

If you’re planning to remodel, refurbish, or build a home and are searching for a new bathtub, don’t overlook small bathtubs. They’re available in a wide range of styles, shapes, and colors, including freestanding bathtubs, contemporary bathtubs, and bathtubs in vintage designs. You’ll get all the advantages of a full size tub in a smaller package with small bathtubs, along with many extras!

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      Sandy 

      2 years ago

      Where are the measurements on these tubs? It would be very useful to have them.

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      Susann 

      5 years ago

      I stayed at the Lake Eve Resort the place was huge. You'll have to get a 2 BR piaulntm suite to get the jacuzzi, but with a little checking on the website you can probably get the place for between $ 100 $ 130 total (including taxes, etc.) per night. It's the only place I've stayed in years where I didn't hesitate to take a bath, it was super clean. Absolutely beautiful. They have pics in the photo gallery.As an added bonus, the extra room means more, uh, privacy if you know what I mean.

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      Mary (mircsella@yahoo.com.au) 

      5 years ago

      You are talking about SMALL, but DEEP shower tub and all design are exactly the same BIG size it was 55-70 years ago. My bathroom is 150x170 cm and a toilet is already built in. The shower part is 90x90 cm at the corner with shower curtain around, so I can put a FREE STANDING 80x80x60 cm little shower tub under it, which is NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA. But thanks to let me waching your advertisement. It was nice to see how big your selectation is.

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      Lyla Burns 

      5 years ago

      I don't think I could stand having a tub like this because I love my space when I bathe/shower. We just had frameless shower doors Toronto installed because I loved how it gave me the option for a really big shower! It would be nice to like smaller spaces though because they take up less space, oh well! http://www.suburbanglass.ca

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      aregard 

      6 years ago

      Where's the buyers guide? These ae always great to see, but then I go to the links and everything is 60 inches long! I need a smaller tub!

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      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Tubs, I hope to get one of the walk-in tubs in my bathroom. Those small bathtubs are super functional!

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      Tubs 

      7 years ago

      Great designs of tubs. But i think in terms of functionality and safety walk-in tub will be more functional to be used in bathroom. It is not only for elders but also for everyone. It has more benefits thatn normal bathtub.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Whitton. There are some amazing small bathtubs on the market now!

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      whitton 

      7 years ago

      Nice Hub. These are great. The whirlpool tub with the waterfall is awesome!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Goldie! Hubby is my source of info!

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      Kelly Kline Burnett 

      7 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      I love your home improvement Hubs! Always well done!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Not too bad if you shop around and install the small bathtub yourself!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      The pics are good, but I bet the prices are high. Nice hub

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I appreciate that, Vocal!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      These pics are great! So is the hub. Thanks

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Hey, how do you guys like the pics I added? I thought it would give folks an idea about the different types of small bathtubs available.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Well, Yen, I dunno...you look pretty small to me! A small bathtub would give new meaning to "togetherness" if you shared it with another. lol!

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      Yena Williams 

      8 years ago from California

      Hi Habee,

      Small bathtubs?? I'm not a fan! You can't 'share' a bath in a small tub!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Pamela, definitely shop around and look at all that's available. Look online, too!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Jen, with these, you sit up, slightly reclined. You're still soaking because these small bathtubs are much deeper than standard tubs.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Nano, for stopping by!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      We are getting ready to redo our smaller bathroom and that picture looks nice. I think we'd better shop around. Thanks.

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      JenDobson27 

      8 years ago

      I'm not sure if I'm buying into the smaller tub idea. I've never tried one, but I like to have enough space to lay back and really relax :)

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      Akhil Anil 

      8 years ago

      Hey habee.. chooo chweet...:)

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Nah, Eth - you just need a small bathtub!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, my bubble bath was the only peace and quiet I got when the girls were little!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Cool, Bpop!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      HH, I have the same problem!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Me, too, Veronica! I can always get in my hut tub, but it's outside!

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      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Nice looking tub. We need a larger bathroom

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Love the pic - makes me feel like "calgon take me away". Soaking tubs are all the rave too and as long as they are deep, they are luxurious! Great info.

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      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Recently re-did my bathrooms and yes, my tub is smaller but just fine!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You really gave me a good idea. I love bath instead a shower but my bathtub is a job to get in and out and so I always have a shower. Now I've got to write day and night to get the money hahaha Thank you for a good idea.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      These small tubs are so quaint! I could just see myself soaking and relaxing after a long day of homeschooling and running behind my girls.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sis. I want one, too! I'm getting too decrepit to climb in and out of our tubs.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I agree, SEO! Most of these models are plenty deep enough to sink your whole bod!

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      Angela Blair 

      8 years ago from Central Texas

      Sounds wonderful, habee -- I'd sure give it a try! As I've always been tall I can't imagine having room for my long legs but as you describe the design of these tubs it sounds great! Best, Sis

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      Karla Whitmore 

      8 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Smaller is fine, as long as it's deeper! I love a tub I can really soak in without having to put my head at an awkward angle and my feet up on the wall... As long as the smaller tub is deep, it makes good sense. :)

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