With evolving lifestyle needs, contemporary bathrooms have become a vital addition in modern homes. A place for relaxing and unwinding after a hectic day, modern bath spaces can be aesthetically designed, to give your home a luxurious appeal, given the variety of bathtubs available these days.
Types of bathtubs
Before picking the right bathtub for your bathroom, check the different styles of baths. You can select one suited for your budget and the size of the bathroom.
Free-standing tubs, which continue to be popular, are tubs that rest on the floor. Free stand shower tubs are designed in a way that its base supports the full weight, enabling it to be placed anywhere. They come in a variety of shapes, like rectangular and oval shapes and are ideal for large bathrooms as they take up the maximum amount of space.
Drop-in tubs are a perfect way to achieve a luxurious spa-like feel for your bathroom area. These are shells installed into a ready deck and have their own rim. The tiled sides provide additional space for placing soap, candles, etc. These tubs are more versatile when it comes to their placement.
Corner tubs are suited for small bathrooms and their design requires only two wall surfaces. They come in rectangular or triangular shapes. All corner bath tubs are designed to hold a shower. You can add other design elements to the bathroom space for a luxurious look.
Contemporary walk-in tubs are convenient, especially for people with disabilities or the elderly who find it difficult to climb into regular bath tubs. They have doors that open close to the floor. Most of the walk-in tubs also include seats and rails for support.
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Alcove bathtubs are designed to fit within a recessed three-sided enclosure constructed exclusively for the tub. The walls can be tiled or fitted with panels and the enclosure can be utilised for tub and shower combinations. This kind of tub allows for maximising the available space.
Jacuzzi bathtub, whirlpool tubs and air tubs
While air tubs are designed to release jets of air, whirlpool tubs throw jets of water. These kinds of tubs have more benefits since the water circulates and this helps in relaxing the muscles when taking a bath. They are widely used in physical therapy centres but can make for an excellent design element when renovating your home. Jacuzzis, which are large tubs fitted with underwater jets of water, are popular in modern residential projects.
Japanese style tubs
Aesthetically designed, Japanese style soaking baths are small and deep water baths which can bring a traditional yet stunning visual appeal for your bathroom. Designed in a way that the person sits upright, these bathtubs come in different shapes and sizes and a multiple designs.
The materials used for designing bathtubs can impact the overall look, weight and heat retention. So, when selecting these bathroom fixtures, make sure you weigh your options and know the different materials used to design bathtubs, before selecting one that lasts for years.
Porcelain enamelled steel
These tubs are constructed with steel sheeting which is coated with porcelain enamel. They are affordable, lightweight as compared to traditional enamelled cast iron tubs and are easy to clean.
Fibreglass (Fibre-reinforced plastic or FRP)
It is another trending material used to make baths with layers of surface coat, polyester resin and fibreglass reinforcement. These are prone to cracks and scratches and thus, require high maintenance.
Acrylic tubs, known for their versatility and durability, are designed using vacuum-formed acrylic sheets reinforced with fibreglass. They are easy to install and come in numerous colours, sizes and shapes.
Cultured marble tubs are made from crushed limestone mixed with resin and finished with gelcoat. The material is more durable than fibreglass.
Ceramic tiles are excellent material options for designing bath tubs as you have plenty of design options and the choice to achieve the desired shape and size.
Stone and wood
You can custom design bathtubs using wood and natural stone materials, such as granite, travertine, marble, sandstone, etc. These types of tubs can be heavy and need special structural framing to bear the weight.
Concrete is durable and resistant to water damage, thus, being a good choice for designing tubs. The surface is easy to clean and can be stamped with different patterns to provide texture.
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Bathtub vs shower cubicle: Which is better?
Of all the points that you consider when constructing or remodelling your home, choosing between a tub and a walk-in shower can make a big difference to the overall layout and appearance of the bathroom. Shower cubicles and bath tubs are the latest trends in modern bath spaces.
Let us understand the pros and cons of these two types of bathroom fixtures:
Shower cubicle: Pros
- Shower units are more suitable for small bathrooms. They can be installed in a minimum area of 30 inches by 30 inches.
- They are eco-friendly as they use less water and prevent excess wastage of water beyond the enclosure.
- Shower cubicles are more affordable than bathtubs.
- It is more accessible and convenient for elderly people and those with disabilities.
- It can be customised with features like grab bars, seats, non-slippery tiles, etc. Other high-end features which can be included are multiple jet sprays, waterfall showers, rainwater showers, etc.
Shower cubicle: Cons
- Shower units designed with sliding doors may need regular maintenance and repair.
- It needs to be cleaned regularly to remove the stains accumulated due to mineral presence in the water.
- It may not be ideal for families with small kids, who prefer bathtub for babies.
- Bathtubs come in numerous sizes to match the diverse needs for bath spaces.
- You can get a shower head installed above the tub and get the best of both, to have a bathtub with shower.
- There are ample options when it comes to the designs and types of fixtures which can be used to enhance the décor of the home.
- There are various features like air jets, whirlpool style, etc., which you can add to the bathtub.
- It can be easily made to fit in the available space. A tub can either be fixed in a corner or can be placed anywhere.
- Tubs can occupy a lot of space in small bathrooms.
- It may not be suitable for people with mobility issues.
- Consumption of water may be more in tubs.
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What is the average bathtub price in India?
|Free stand ceramic tubs||Rs 15,000 to Rs 3 lakhs|
|Jacuzzi bath||Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakhs|
|Stone marble tubs||Rs 75,000 to Rs 8 lakhs|
|Acrylic tubs||Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh|
What is the standard bathtub size?
The common size of a standard tub is 60 inches in length, 30 inches in width and 20 inches in depth.
Are plastic bathtubs good?
Plastic tubs made of fibreglass or acrylic provide excellent design flexibility and can be transformed into different shapes. They are lightweight and provide good insulation so that the water does not cool quickly.