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Freestanding baths: a buyer's guide for 2022

Freestanding baths: a buyer's guide for 2022

Freestanding baths are undeniably luxurious, a point which few will argue. They are also a bit more of an investment compared to other tubs, making your purchasing decision all the more important. From plumbing considerations to design and ideal tapware there is certainly much to consider.

Words by Yohei Guy

A tired and dated bathroom is an easy thing to get depressed about. A surefire way to instantly freshen it up is to install a freestanding bathtub. It's not only an eye catching focal point but a blissful way to bathe that is second to none. Still, you must always do your due diligence which we have, covering all you need to know about these exceptional tubs.

ST13 Silvia Toka Circular Bath 1500MM from Stonebaths

What is a freestanding bath?

A freestanding bath is one that stands independently away from the walls in your bathroom. They can stand on traditional chrome feet or sit flat on the floor. They are essentially self-contained baths.

Their unique and contemporary design creates a stylish interior for your bathroom. The standardised bath size in Australia is 1700mm by 700mm and are typically 380mm deep.

However, a freestanding bath can often be larger and deeper. They are also available in more shapes, so you’ll need to take precise measurements with each model you’re interested in.

Types of freestanding baths

Freestanding baths come in a vast array of luxurious designs and sizes. They are a fantastic option and can even be utilised in small bathrooms. The most popular ones below give a good overview of the options available in Australia.

Traditional roll top freestanding bath

The traditional roll top freestanding bath gives a luxurious appearance, raised off the ground by carved chrome legs. The rolltop is ideal for supporting the head. They are best suited to classical bathrooms.

Paris Bath by the English Tapware Company

Slipper freestanding bath

The slipper bath was aptly named because it is higher at one end. Therefore, it resembles a glass slipper.

This style, such as Vintage Shape Hugi Bath, was influenced by the elegant designs of the Victorian period. It works perfectly in calming bathrooms that focus on a relaxing bath.

Contemporary freestanding bath

This style of bath is straight to the floor for a modern look. It looks trendy in different shapes, such as square and circular.

They often have curved sides to match the natural curve of your spine. As a result, you can unwind in a contemporary freestanding bath for much longer than standard baths.

B072 Large Hugi Bath 1900MM from Stonebaths

Corner freestanding bath

The corner version is an ideal bath style for smaller bathrooms. Compact yet comfortable, corner baths are reminiscent of Japanese personal onsens. Sometimes they even have jets included as a spa bath. They are often in oval freestanding bath shapes that look very elegant.

Back-to-wall freestanding bath

A back-to-wall freestanding bath looks incredible in ensuites. If the longer side of the bath touches the wall, it is called an edge freestanding bath. We'll talk more about complementary fixtures later.

Harvey Bath from Ultimate Tiles

Bath materials

The next thing to consider is the material for your bath. The most popular and widely used is white finish acrylic because it is lightweight, easy to clean, and doesn't scratch. But there are also plenty of other materials available too.

  • Stone: A fantastic look for a natural bathroom, but ensure it is not synthetic
  • Fibreglass: An affordable but thin material
  • Cast iron: It is long-lasting and hard to damage but very heavy
  • Resin: It looks modern but is heavier than an acrylic bath
  • Copper: A luxurious statement piece, so you'll pay a lot
  • Porcelain on steel: It is easy to clean, but the material can rust if chipped through
Stoked stainless bathtub

Picking the perfect colour

Choosing the right colour of the bathtub to suit your interior design is also vital. Bathrooms with neutral shades will match a stone bath in pearl grey or fresh green.

However, if you want to make a statement something like a Tiffany Blue or Star Pink bath will certainly achieve that. If your bathroom is compact or lacks natural light, a traditional gloss white freestanding bath can brighten the room. You could also consider installing skylights to enjoy the view during your bath experience.

If you want to shy away from sheen then a simple matte white or matte black is something you’ll easily be able to find.

Related article - Our 5 favourite bathroom colours for 2022

Rockwell Bath from The English Tapware Company

Types of faucets

When deciding on taps for your new freestanding bath, you should think about design and position. Traditionally, people position your fixtures at one end of the tub. Or, for a more contemporary look, set them on the central edge of the tub.

If children use the bathroom, consider their safety. There are three main types of freestanding bath taps.

Wall-mounted taps

For this style of faucet to work, you will need either a corner or wall freestanding bath. They are popular because they look stylish and are easy to access. In addition, wall-mounted taps integrate seamlessly into the grand design of your bathroom.

B003-a Stylish Large Hugi Bath 1828MM from Stonebaths

Deck-mounted taps

These taps will screw into the bathtub. They are prevalent because they are easy for plumbers to install and exchange. You will also have room to choose more extravagant taps for your bath.

Floor-mounted taps

Ideal for freestanding baths, the fun and stylish spouts will upgrade any bathroom. They are arguably a statement in themselves and serve as a great complement to your already lavish freestanding bath.

Related article - Different types of taps for bathrooms: a complete guide

Installation considerations

We've already discussed your freestanding bath size, material, and tap position. But what about the installation?

First, you will need to check the water pressure in your bathroom. In Australia, the household water pressure should sit at 500kPa but not exceed it. Then, you should make sure that your bathroom floor will hold the weight of a freestanding bath when in use. As we mentioned before, they can be larger than a standard bath and heavier depending on the material used. Your bathroom and building specialist will be able to advise you on this.

You will also need to speak to a professional about the costs of installing your freestanding bath. Each bathroom has its own layout and some situations might make the installation more complicated and costly than others.

Lust Freestanding Bath from Studio Bagno

Upgrade your bathroom with a freestanding bath

Freestanding baths are stylish, comfortable and provide an incredibly soothing bathing experience. In addition, they can be unique to you with the different styles, materials and taps available. Take your measurements, do your research and consult your professionals to ensure you get the best freestanding bath that works for you.

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