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.
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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.
If you're considering a bathroom remodel and including a freestanding tub,
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.
This can impact which direction you would orient the tub depending on the view from where you would sit.
3. Think About the Material of Your Tub-
Freestanding tubs come in a variety of materials.
Acrylic is the most common and cost-effective.
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
Only $950 for both
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Only $950 for both
Only $1300 for both
Only $1350 for both
Only $1550 for both
Only $2600 for both
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!