How to Select a Fantastic Freestanding Tub and Faucet

How to Select a Fantastic Freestanding Tub and Faucet

Right now I am lucky enough to be in the process of selecting finishes for a brand new house with five bathrooms.

That's right, FIVE! 

As fun as it can be,

there are also so many things to consider like the style, function, and most importantly- the budget.

 How to: Select a Fantastic Freestanding Tub and Faucet

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With so many items to purchase, I am always on the lookout for stylish, high quality items at great prices- aren't we all?

In this particular home the master bathroom will have enough room for a freestanding tub which is always a fun feature. 

As I was wading through the endless options of tubs to find my perfect fit,

I realized that many of you may be out there planning your own bathroom remodel and doing the same search for the perfect tub. 

Don't fret! 

If you're considering a bathroom remodel and including a freestanding tub,

start here

1. Figure Out What Size Tub You Need-

You will want to measure your existing space or work with a designer to layout your new bathroom.

The amount of space you have can be a big determiner of how many tub choices you may have!

You will want to make sure you have room to service and clean around the tub, so plan to leave as much as 5-6" of space around the tub.

You will want to consider how you will get the tub to the location where it will be installed as you may not want to have to pay to remove doors or windows to get the tub into your bathroom. 

2. Select Your Style of Tub- 

You will want to consider the style of your tub and how that will affect how you use it. 

Some tubs are meant for bathing only on one side with a curved seating side and the drain and faucet located on the opposite end: single ended and single slipper tubs.

This can impact which direction you would orient the tub depending on the view from where you would sit.

Double ended and double slipper tubs feature the drain in the center and both ends are curved for seating.

If you are looking for a fancier base to your tub, there are clawfoot tubs or pedestal tubs to add classic style to your bathroom. 



3. Think About the Material of Your Tub-  

Freestanding tubs come in a variety of materials.

Acrylic is the most common and cost-effective.

Cast iron and stone are both heavy and durable options.

Metal options like copper and stainless steel have a very pronounced style and require specific maintenance.

Solid surface tubs can offer integrated overflow systems that are unique and make installation a breeze. 



4. Decide on the Type of Faucet- 

Depending on the type of tub you choose, you will have to pick a faucet that is compatible.

Rolled rim tubs will have to have floor mounted tub fillers.

Some tubs have tap decks, with or without the holes drilled.

You will want to pay attention so you know which options are available to you.

Some cast iron tubs have drillings on the inner wall and will need specific faucets to accommodate them.

My Favorite Freestanding Tubs and Faucets

Typically I prefer acrylic tubs for the ease of installation and because there are so many options that are cost-effective.

I also tend to choose tubs with a center drain so there is flexibility to sit on either side of the tub.

Floor mounted tub fillers with hand showers are also preferred as they do not to limit how someone may choose to use their tub.

Below, in no particular order, I share some of my favorite styles of tubs (all at great prices) and faucets I like with each! 


Only $800 for both

 I love the shape of this super affordable and stylish  freestanding bathtub . It looks like it would hug you while bathing!

I love the shape of this super affordable and stylish freestanding bathtub. It looks like it would hug you while bathing!

 You can't go wrong with this simple and stylish floor mounted tub filler and hand shower that will let your tub shine though!

You can't go wrong with this simple and stylish floor mounted tub filler and hand shower that will let your tub shine though!


Only $950 for both

 I am a huge lover of square corners for a clean line look and this  freestanding tub  has that going on with a cool rectangular shape!

I am a huge lover of square corners for a clean line look and this freestanding tub has that going on with a cool rectangular shape!

 Contemporary, simple and square: this  floor mounted tub filler and hand shower  have it all to add a beautiful finishing touch to the space.

Contemporary, simple and square: this floor mounted tub filler and hand shower have it all to add a beautiful finishing touch to the space.



Only $950 for both

 Who else is obsessed with contrast? An amazing  freestanding tub with a black exterior  and rectangular shapes are in my dreams!

Who else is obsessed with contrast? An amazing freestanding tub with a black exterior and rectangular shapes are in my dreams!

 With such a bold color you need a bold fixture. This  floor mounted tub filler and hand shower  is substantial and can hold it's own in a bathroom with a contrasting tub!

With such a bold color you need a bold fixture. This floor mounted tub filler and hand shower is substantial and can hold it's own in a bathroom with a contrasting tub!


Only $1300 for both

 A  freestanding clawfoot bathtub  is a stunning classic and a welcome addition to any bathroom!

A freestanding clawfoot bathtub is a stunning classic and a welcome addition to any bathroom!

 A classic  floor mounted tub filler and hand shower  will add the style to transform the space into a classy and beautiful bathroom everyone will love!

A classic floor mounted tub filler and hand shower will add the style to transform the space into a classy and beautiful bathroom everyone will love!


Only $1350 for both

 This  classic, yet contemporary, freestanding tub  also is a slightly smaller size which is perfect for a bathroom remodel where there might be a tighter squeeze!

This classic, yet contemporary, freestanding tub also is a slightly smaller size which is perfect for a bathroom remodel where there might be a tighter squeeze!

 A  floor mounted tub filler with clean lines  and a simple hand shower are the perfect complement to this simple contemporary tub!

A floor mounted tub filler with clean lines and a simple hand shower are the perfect complement to this simple contemporary tub!


Only $1550 for both

 Can you even handle this  modern round soaking tub ? Get this, it even fits TWO PEOPLE!

Can you even handle this modern round soaking tub? Get this, it even fits TWO PEOPLE!

 A simple,  modern floor mounted tub filler with hand shower  is a great addition to this modern tub!

A simple, modern floor mounted tub filler with hand shower is a great addition to this modern tub!


Only $2600 for both

 I imagine being surrounded by candles with bubbles filling this stunning  vintage inspired freestanding bathtub .

I imagine being surrounded by candles with bubbles filling this stunning vintage inspired freestanding bathtub.

 An updated classic adds the perfect transitional style with this  floor mounted tub filler and hand shower  - a style that everyone is sure to love!

An updated classic adds the perfect transitional style with this floor mounted tub filler and hand shower - a style that everyone is sure to love!


Conclusion

I hope these suggestions have helped you in your own search for a perfect tub.

 Remember to consider the amount of space you have, not only for the tub, but also to get the tub up to it's location! 

Consider whether or not you want to face both directions or just one direction when relaxing.

Explore which material fits your style and budget the best.

Make sure to remember the importance of the faucet and that your other decisions will impact the style you can use! 

If you have a question or want to share about your own favorite tub, don't hesitate to tell us about it! 

We are always looking for suggestions of the next best option!