Top 5 Benefits of a Freestanding Tub
Posted on May 04, 2022
Thanks to the pandemic, the last few years taught us just how important it is for our homes to be our sanctuaries — places where we want to spend our time, where we feel comfortable, where we can go to relax, and where we can find just about everything that we need. As a result, we've seen a boom in home renovations. Since March of 2020, 61% of homeowners have done a home improvement project and the trend is still going strong.
What's one of the most popular rooms to renovate? The bathroom. Our bathrooms aren't just places to bathe and care for ourselves; with the right appliances, they can become a spa-like oasis that we can go to for a little quality R&R — and nothing says "in-house spa" like a freestanding tub.
If you're getting ready to do a bathroom renovation and are interested in installing a freestanding tub, then you'll want to keep reading. Below, we'll cover what a stand-alone tub is and the top five benefits they offer.
What is a Freestanding Tub?
A freestanding tub is a stand-alone tub, meaning isn't attached to any walls. All sides of the tub are finished (as opposed to an alcove tub, which is attached to the wall on three sides and shows just one side of the finished tub.
Benefits of a Freestanding Tub
When it comes to choosing a stand-alone tub for your bathroom renovation, there are countless reasons why freestanding tubs are a great choice for making your bathroom more spa-like. Here are the top five.
The biggest benefit of freestanding tubs is the versatility you have when choosing which tub is best for you. Freestanding tubs aren't one size fits all; you can choose from different colors, materials, and styles. The different style options include:
- Single or double-ended tubs - These have one or two rounded sides to rest against. The freestanding tub faucet is located in the middle of the tub with a double-ended design, and at one end in a single-ended design.
- Pedestal tubs - These tubs stand on a base that matches the look of the tub.
- Clawfoot tubs - These tubs are supported by four claw feet and are a very traditional style of stand-alone tub.
- Soaking tubs - A soaking freestanding tub is round or oval and is very deep, often deep enough to sit in with water going up to your shoulders.
- Freestanding whirlpool tubs - A freestanding whirlpool tub is a stand-alone tub that has jets to promote relaxation and hydrotherapy.
2. Illusion of space
Freestanding tubs take up more room in your bathroom, but they make your bathroom look larger thanks to the open area under the tub. It creates a more open look and feel, making even a small bathroom appear much larger.
3. Easy to install
Compared to an alcove tub, a stand-alone tub is much easier to install. When installing a freestanding tub, you only need to hire a plumber, as opposed to a designer, contractor, and plumber that are all needed when installing a traditional tub. They're also easier to install because they can go anywhere you want them to in your bathroom without having to be attached to a wall.
4. Easy to clean
Freestanding tubs and freestanding tub faucets are easier to clean than traditional bathtubs. This is because you have full access to all four sides of the tub equally, so when you're cleaning, you never miss a spot.
5. Extra warmth
Most stand-alone tubs are made from cast stone, acrylic, cast iron, fiberglass, and stone resin. These materials all hold in heat longer, especially cast iron and acrylic tubs, which means you can enjoy a hotter bath for longer.
Freestanding tubs add a unique and luxurious feel to your bathroom, regardless of which style, material, or color you choose. If you're interested in learning more about stand-alone tubs or are ready to remodel your bathroom, contact the experts at Expo Home Improvement today!