Freestanding Baths Add Instant Bathroom Style9761266

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A beautiful addition to your home, a freestanding bath will fit in nearly anywhere. With conventional and contemporary roll top designs abounding, they're having something of a revival. And they don't have to be confined to the bathroom: you could put your new addition in your bedroom for a touch of boutique hotel chic.

Traditional roll top baths have graced stately homes for centuries. Whilst your personal bathroom may be a little more humble than that in a listed manor house, you can choose to have one of these striking attributes grace your period home - and it needn't cost the earth! Buying a second-hand cast iron bath is one way of establishing your green credentials in the bathroom as well as saving money you can then clean it up and repaint the outside, or get it professionally re enamelled, to give the old bath a new lease of life. As the centrepiece of a refitted bathroom, this could look simply beautiful.

If your home is much more 21st century than Victorian era, though, you will find a wide variety of modern freestanding baths available from a range of manufacturers using modern materials and design methods, they are able to diverge from the conventional shape and do some thing a little bit different.

Whether or not your style is conventional or modern, you will require to know your terminology before you go shopping. Freestanding baths come in two primary lengths and several fundamental designs. The classic roll top is a generously sized bath, while the slipper is a little shorter, being raised at one end to support your back and neck as you soak. Either of these styles can be either single or double ended: a single ended bath has the taps at one finish, and a double ended bath has the taps in the middle, so that the bath can comfortably accommodate two.

If you are short of space, and a slipper bath isn't right for your room, a 'back-to-wall' style provides you the look of a freestanding bath but with a straight edge which fits up against the wall, saving you vital inches. Alternatively, a corner style will make still much better use of space by fitting up neatly against two walls.

A variety of supplies are accessible too: from conventional cast iron through to modern acrylic or stone resin. Bear in mind, though, that a bath will be extremely heavy as soon as it is filled with water, and the use of heavier supplies will compound this issue: make sure that the joists of your bathroom floor are strong enough to support the kind of bath you favour.

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