Cast-Iron Bath Tubs
Some antique cast-iron bath tubs are very valuable. If you decide that you want to replace your old cast-iron bath, then be sure to get in touch with a dealer and get a quote – you don’t want to be putting a very valuable bath in the skip for someone else to take it and profit from it!
However, antique cast-iron bath tubs are becoming very popular today, and many people are choosing to keep these baths and simply getting a company to come out and re-enamel them. Some companies like to do this work on their own premises, but some do come out to your home and spray them in your bathroom.
If you would like to purchase a reproduction of even a restored antique cast-iron bath tub, there are specialist supplers around. Be warned however, that even though they are reproduction, or second-hand they will still be likely to be expensive.
Also be warned that cast-iron baths are extremely heavy and they would take at least 2 people (ideally 3 people) to lift it up the stairs and into your bathroom. They also do need a bit of extra care to maintain, especially keeping it clean.
Man-Made Bath Tubs
Today, most baths are made from acrylic, gass-reinformed plastic or enamelled pressed steel. The acrylic and plastic baths could be carried by just one person, as they are very light, but yet obviously very solid and durable. However, the steel bath would probably have to be carried by two people.
You must be careful not to use some abrasive cleaners or bleach on your plastic or acrylic bathtubs as some may harm the surface of the bath.
Because these types of bathtubs are made with flexible materials such as plastic/acrylic, more unusual designs can be made. You also have the choice of matching bath panel, taps at the rear, front, corner or side, and probably a choice of every color you can think of. At this present day, white seems to be the trend.
Corner Bath Tubs
Corner bath tubs are quite popular. People want to be a little bit different from getting the standard rectangular bath. Also, many people think that corner bathtubs save on space. This is actually not true. A corner bath surprisingly occupies more floor area than a rectangular bath of the same capacity. It is because the tub is turned at an angle within the room that it would take up less wall space.
Therefore, because a corner bath tub takes up less wall space, you can then use this space to fit shelves, a radiator or a modern towel warmer. You could even use the extra space to have a stand-alone shower cubicle next to the tub.
Again, corner baths come in all sorts of colors and varieties of shapes and sizes. Choosing different styles of taps to complement the look of your room and tub are also very flexible, whether it be a victorian feel or a modern feel. You can customize the look of your bath simply by the taps you choose.
Rectangular Bath Tubs
Even though many people today opt for the corner bath design, a rectangular bath is still the most poopular as it has the most economical design and will fit into any style of bathroom. Rectangular baths can be bought in different lengths to suit your needs. Lengths vary from 1.5 to 1.8m in length, with widehts from 700 to 800mm.
Rounded Bath Tubs
If you have a very large bathroom, then a certain ‘wow factor’ would be to install a round bath. A round bath in the center of a large bathroom is an impressive feature of the overall interior design of the room. For obvious reasons, a round bath would be impossible/impractical in smaller bathrooms, but if you have the space – then go for it!