If you’re debating whether a standalone bathtub or freestanding soaking tub is right for you. The product options appear endless. Here are a few questions you may be asking:
Your questions go on and on.
And if you struggle not only with product options but also with understanding the benefits of standalone tubs you’ve come to the right place. The bathtub specialists at Innovate Building Solutions provide straight answers to your questions. We’ll help you figure out the best freestanding tub for you. And you can learn more with our simple-to-read articles and free guides to make your best choice.
Clear Advice for How to Choose the Best Tub Type for You!
When you use a small freestanding soaking tub in an alcove space, you’ll not only open your room by seeing more of the tub and your shower floor – but will also give the space a more contemporary look.
Single-piece acrylic soaker tubs are not only sturdy, but they’ll save you money vs. solid surface, copper or vintage clawfoot tubs.
Imagine sipping a glass of wine and enjoying relaxing in your deep soaking tub after a long day at the office.
Unlike heavy solid surface tubs – which are a challenge to get up the stairs and into your bathroom – acrylic freestanding soaking tubs are not only lighter, and simpler to install, they usually don’t require extra support for the floor.
You’ll be able to find an acrylic freestanding soaking tub to fit into any décor – whether you want a contemporary look for your downtown loft or a transitional feel for your newly remodeled suburban bathroom.
Since acrylic is warm to the touch you won’t (literally) send chills up your spine when you get in like you can with a cold metal cast iron tub.
If you need to be thoughtful about space and budget, a deck mount faucet design with your acrylic freestanding tub can be perfect. On the other hand, if you’ve got the room and the funds a larger tub with a floor-mounted tub filler is smart.
The Innovate Building Solutions team is focused on bath and shower remodeling. We’ll help you not only find the right tub but also match your bathtub with stylish grout-free tub surround panels or a shower enclosure in your space. Your representative will share their personal cell phone so you can reach them directly whether it’s before, during, or after the tub installation.
If you’re looking for the best acrylic soaking tub that will not only make a fashion statement, but will be built to last, you’ll want to consider Innovate’s Designer Line of standalone tubs. Their benefits include:
This popular oval soaking tub fits in an alcove or can be placed at the side or middle of the room. Add a decorative floor-mounted tub filler on any side to complete your look.
This larger size oval soaking tub can be located at the side or middle of your bathroom. Add a decorative floor-mounted tub filler on any side to complete your look. Its double-ended design is perfect for 2 people.
The sharp lines of this standalone soaking tub add style to a sleek and modern bathroom. Given its straight-edge design, it can fit perfectly into an alcove with a wall mount tub filler or in the middle of a room. With its flat edges you can place this tub next to a built-in half wall for towels, shampoo, or a shelf for your glass of wine.
The sharp lines of this freestanding soaking tub add style to your sleek and modern bathroom. Given its straight edges, it can fit perfectly butted against a wall with a wall mount tub filler or in the middle of a room. With its flat edge design, you can place this tub next to a built-in half wall for towels, shampoo, or a shelf for your glass of wine. Its double-ended design (and larger size and deep bathing well) is perfect for 2 people.
The curved corners of this freestanding bathtub not only add style, but its design works in Farmhouse, Contemporary or Traditional bathrooms. Its deck-mounted tub filler will save you money (vs. having to use a floor-mounted tub filler) and saves on installation time. With its flat edge design, you can place this tub next to a built-in half wall for towels, shampoo, or a shelf for your glass of wine.
The curved corners of this freestanding bathtub not only add style, but its design works in Farmhouse, Contemporary or Traditional bathrooms. Its deck-mounted tub filler will save you money (vs. using an expensive floor-mounted tub filler) and saves on installation time. With its flat edge design, you can place this tub next to a built-in half wall for towels, shampoo, or a shelf for your glass of wine. It’s long enough to be used by 2 people.
This higher-back acrylic freestanding tub design provides more comfort for your back and its design can allow it to be positioned against the wall with either a wall mount tub filler or in the middle of the room with a floor mount tub filler. Its design works in a traditional, transitional, or contemporary design. With a 59” width – it can also be positioned in a bathroom alcove space.
This higher-back acrylic freestanding tub design provides more comfort for your back and its design can allow it to be positioned against the wall with either a wall mount tub filler or in the middle of the room with a floor mount tub filler. Its design works in a traditional, transitional, or contemporary design.
A freestanding tub is a tub that does not touch the walls – it’s freestanding. It has taller sides for soaking and has room for more water.
An alcove tub is butted up against 2 or 3 walls. It’s generally used where you want both a tub and a shower function in the same space.
Many traditional claw foot tubs in vintage bathrooms are made from cast iron. Cast iron tubs are made from thick steel plates which are covered with porcelain. These tubs work well with traditional decors. The negative is they’re heavy (which may require more floor support), expensive, can be cold when you get in and the porcelain surface is more prone to crack and chip.
Solid surface soaking tubs (also called engineered stone tubs) are a composite of resin and stone and are made in multiple colors. They’re durable and solid, but very pricey and heavy (and can require additional floor support).
Acrylic soaking tubs are lighter than cast iron and solid surface, more cost-effective, and easier to repair. Due to their weight, they’re simpler to install than cast iron or solid surface. They fit well in modern, contemporary, or transitional homes – but aren’t as good a fit in traditional or vintage style bathrooms. They’re made with white colored acrylic.
Soaking tubs are simpler, less expensive (usually about 1/2 the price), yet still provide the unique design look to make a bathroom special. Jetted tubs on the other hand, while mechanically more involved, can provide air or jetted streams of water to soothe your body.
Most budget acrylic soaking tubs are made in 2 pieces because it saves manufacturing costs. However, the one-piece design is better because the tub is structurally stronger and has no visual seems.
One of the things to look at for a comfortable soaking experience is a larger size of ‘bathing well’ (this is the area inside the tub) and the shape of the tub. Generally, tubs with round designs or curved edges will be more comfortable than a rectangular design (which is very cool for a modern design look, but not as comfortable). Deeper tubs (or those with higher backs) also are more comfortable.
Tub fillers can be as much of a décor statement as they can serve as a required water source to fill your tub. And what’s nice about a floor-mounted tub filler is it allows larger spaces inside the bathing well for your body and water. The disadvantage of floor mount tub fillers (vs. deck mount faucets) is they’re more expensive.
An advantage of the deck mount faucets is it allows room on the edge of the tub for soap, shampoo etc. and the installation is simpler (and less costly). The disadvantage is the space inside a deck-mounted faucet tub is smaller with less space in the ‘bathing well.’
If you’re looking for a 2-person tub, a larger unit which is 67-68” long will provide more room. You’ll also want a tub with a slope on two ends (called a double-ended tub) so it’s comfortable for both people.
Freestanding soaking tubs are deeper and more comfortable for a relaxed soaking experience after a long day along with a glass of wine. On the other hand, freestanding tubs are taller and more difficult to get into. This can be more challenging if you’re bathing a small child in the tub or a family member who has mobility issues.
Alcove tubs are smart where you want to have the ability to take a shower – and have a tub function – in the same space.
In addition, with a built-in alcove tub, you have the additional costs of framing, building, and waterproofing the walls which surround the tub.
Freestanding tubs make a bathroom look bigger (popular for contemporary open, style bathrooms)– because you can see more of the floor and edges of the tubs. They’re aesthetically more appealing – and can be more cost effective to install because you don’t have to frame the side walls.
Yes, they can but you want to make sure you can fit them into your space. First look for small freestanding tubs (generally in the 55” to 59” width) and 31” to 32” deep. Then ask for a free ‘tub template’ so you can see how well the unit will work for you. Standalone tubs are used in small bathrooms in single-family homes, urban lofts, and apartments.
Don’t assume by simply clicking on the first stylish-looking freestanding tub you see on the Internet it’ll be right for your home.
Work with an expert who will help you to find the right material selection (acrylic, cast iron, copper, or solid surface are a few choices), the right style (which will compliment your décor), and the right size which will not only fit in the door but will be thoughtfully installed and properly supported underneath.
Some factors in the selection of the individual tub will include its length, depth, and design of the ‘bathing well’ (this is the inside of the tub). Pay attention to whether it’s a single or double-ended design (if you want one or two people to use it at a time) and how it looks (traditional, contemporary, transitional etc.).
The bathroom design specialists at Innovate Building Solutions can help.
Stay away from clawfoot tubs – which are notorious for gathering dust underneath the tub. Tubs that sit flat on to the floor eliminate this problem.
Also, be thoughtful about the height of the tub. The taller the tub, the harder it will be to clean.
For bigger people, you’ll want a large freestanding soaking tub with taller backs and side walls. Yes – this tub will be harder to clean, but it’ll be more comfortable for these family members to use.
There are all sorts of fun accessories on the Internet for freestanding tubs. Some examples include:
Curved curtain rods.
Leverage Innovate’s dealer network of professional installers across the country if you don’t have the time (or expertise) to DIY your job.