By Janet Myers | January 06, 2018
If you're completing a bathroom renovation, one of the first updates on your list will probably be a brand-new bathtub. Chances are, your old tub has seen better days. Unless you've taken the time to study all the available bathtubs on the market, you might be a little bit lost about what choice to make.
Bathtubs come in a variety of styles, colors and finishes. Use this guide to help you first determine the pros and cons of the three main tub styles: freestanding, drop in, and alcove.
Pros: Freestanding tubs are a little more luxurious than their counterparts. They include a sculpted bathing bowl that sits on a cradle without needing the support of a wall. You might know them better as clawfoot tubs or slippers. The biggest benefit this tub can provide is style. They look absolutely grand and give you complete freedom of movement, as you can enter and exit the tub from any side.
Cons: However, they do come with a few drawbacks. Freestanding tubs really only work in large bathrooms; if the space is too small, you won't be able to fit it in the middle of the room away from the walls. Additionally, they also leave a lot of plumbing exposed, which can pose a hazard if you have small children. Finally, they are a bit on the pricey side, costing a few thousand dollars.
Pros: Another type of tub that doesn't necessarily need a wall support is a drop-in tub. However, they will need an enclosure to sit in, as they don't come with any legs or feet to support them. When installing a drop-in tub, many people choose to build the enclosure as an extra storage space by adding in cabinets. Each drop in tub comes with a rim that keeps water from spilling over. They are also far cheaper than freestanding tubs.
Cons: One of the downsides of drop in tubs is that, like freestanding tubs, they take up a lot of space. They require an open area, and you simply might not have enough space for one. Construction is also a bit more difficult, as this isn't a tub you can just move in and install by yourself.
Pros: Finally, alcove tubs are one of the most popular and recognizable styles. These kinds of tubs are surrounded by three walls and fitted into the space with tile or other panels. It's the perfect choice for smaller bathrooms, as all it needs is a back corner instead of a wide open space. Best of all, even if you don’t have the space for a soaking tub, alcove tubs can still be fitted with all the relaxation features, like air jets, hydrotherapy & even chromatherapy lighting. Plus, it's your cheapest option.
Cons: There's really no downside to alcove tubs other than the fact that they can be less appealing than freestanding or drop in tubs. Otherwise, they provide plenty of storage and can double as a shower.
Our showroom has beautiful fixtures & tile to adorn your new tub, so once you’ve decided to remodel your bathroom, give David Gray Design Studio a call. No matter what type of bathtub suits your needs and lifestyle, we can help transform your bathroom from “blah” to “spa-ah.”