From freestanding baths to corner baths and more, there are many styles, shapes and sizes available to suit any requirement. Choosing a new bath that’s perfect for you can be difficult and you can easily feel overwhelmed, but hopefully, the following information will help you make the right decision.
Where do I begin when choosing a new bath?
Whether or not you plan on creating a designer bathroom, the bath will always be the focal point of the room. The bath isn’t something you will replace very often, so that’s why it’s important to find one that’s right for you.
When choosing a new bath, the first thing you should take into consideration is to work out the size of your bathroom. Being aware of the space that you are working with is nearly half the battle. When you know the size of the bathroom and the space that’s available for the bath, you can then start to look at the different styles.
You’ll also need to know how much you want to spend on a new bath. Prices can vary hugely, depending on the size, material and design. Think about what you want out of your new bath and how much you want to budget. Whether you want to make a statement with a freestanding bath or need to save space with a shower bath, there’s one that will be right for your requirements.
So, if you want a stylish design with plenty of bathing space and high-quality material, the more you’ll be spending. But if you’re after something more practical and aren’t as interested in creating a stand-out feature, you’ll be spending less.
If you want to add wow factor to your bathroom, a freestanding bath is a great option for you. Freestanding baths are available in modern and traditional designs to enhance the style of your bathroom. If you love traditional style, then a roll top or slipper bath is the best choice. Providing a relaxing soak, a freestanding bath positioned in the middle of the bathroom will create an eye-catching feature. To complete your freestanding bath you’ll need freestanding bath taps. To make cleaning the bath easier, opt for freestanding bath taps with a hand-held shower kit.
The pros and cons of freestanding baths
- Available in modern and traditional designs
- Adds wow factor to a bathroom
- Range of sizes available
- Single and double-ended designs to choose from
- A great option for larger bathrooms
- Provides a luxurious bathing experience
- More expensive than a straight standard bath
- Not the best space-saving solution
How much does a freestanding bath cost?
- Prices range from £227-£800*
Corner baths are ideal for smaller bathrooms. They work well to free up wall and floor space, helping to create the illusion of a bigger bathroom. A corner bath is wider than a standard straight bath and can hold plenty of water to ensure an indulgent bathing experience.
The pros and cons of a corner bath
- Creates a modern look
- Maximises wall and floor space
- Suitable for smaller bathrooms
- Provides an indulgent bathing experience
- Includes panel
- Takes a lot of water to fill
How much does a corner bath cost?
- Prices range from £225-330*
You may find that your bathroom doesn’t have enough space for a separate bath and shower enclosure, and this is where a shower bath offers the perfect solution if you don’t want to make any compromises. Available in square and p-shaped designs, a shower bath features one end that’s wider than the other, which creates a spacious showering area. They also feature ample room for a relaxing soak too. To protect your bathroom floor from getting covered in splashes of water you’ll need to fit a glass shower screen to your shower bath.
The pros and cons of shower baths
- Combines space for showering and bathing
- Ideal for smaller bathrooms
- Choice of sizes
- Available in square and p-shape designs
- Left and right-hand variations
- Bath panels and screen usually not supplied so will need to purchase separately
How much does a shower bath cost?
- Prices range from £128-325*
Straight standard baths
Last on this short list is the good old standard rectangular bathtub you’ll see in the majority of bathrooms in the UK and elsewhere. It’s regular shape makes it easy to install.
- Suits any bathroom style
- Easy to install
- Available in a wide range of sizes
- Single and double-ended designs to choose from
- The most affordable style to purchase
- Ideal for family bathrooms
- Front and end panels not usually supplied so will need to buy separately
How much does a straight standard bath cost?
- Prices range from £114-£250*
*Prices taken from BigBathroomShop.co.uk
Essential accessories for your bath
Once you’ve chosen a new bath, you’ll need to think about the bath taps and other essential accessories such as bath shower screens and bath panels to complete it. You may want to consider a thermostatic bath shower mixer tap to ensure a safer bathing experience. Bath taps are available in an array of styles to enhance any bathroom. You can choose from deck mounted, wall mounted and floor standing designs to suit your bath.
If you’re fitting a shower over the bath, then you will need to install a bath shower screen to protect other bathroom fittings from getting splashed with water. Bath shower screens are available in a range of styles such as hinged and folding.
Whatever your tastes and requirements, you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect bath for you.
Liz Tabron is a blogger currently writing for BigBathroomShop.co.uk. She has a passion for home décor and interior design.