Is there anything quite as romantic as the sight of a traditional freestanding tub? It implies long evenings spent luxuriating in beautiful bubbles, but is it really the best choice for your bathroom? We take a look…

Freestanding tubs have had a resurgence in recent years because, let’s face it, they simply look more evocative than a built-in.

Modern options come in a variety of styles, too, so you aren’t confined to the original claw-foot vibe either.

Compared to built-in tubs, there’s a world of creativity and choice to explore…

and if your heart is set on the look of a freestanding tub, chances are nothing else will do. They’re considerably easier to install, and you are freer to use your space more creatively too – no walls needed!

Factors to consider before your order your freestanding tub

They’re not all rosy, however. Expect to pay a lot more for your tub (even if you add in the installation cost of a built-in), and don’t expect to get it up the stairs easily either. In fact, you may not even be able to put it in an upstairs bathroom!

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Some are heavy enough to require reinforced floors, especially when filled with water

In fact, they’re just big all around. From not fitting in to a smaller bathroom to being too tall for a family with a kiddy or pet to bath (or to clean easily), a freestanding tub may literally not fit into your life.

There are no convenient storage ledges built in, either, although a good rolling caddy at the foot of the bath can mitigate that irritation.

In the end, it depends on you, your needs, space and expectations

If you love the look of a freestanding tub, chances are you’re going to overlook the inconvenience and make it work – but if a built-in is better for your lifestyle don’t despair. There are a wide range of creative, evocative styles you can create with them, too, even if they lack a little mystique.

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