Choosing the right bathtub for your renovation


So you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom. Exciting times lie ahead. But now it’s time to make a few decisions. Which designs are best suited to your home? Which materials will you choose? And don’t forget about choosing the right bathtub for your renovation.

Just in case you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, we’ve put together this list of bathtub styles to get you started. 

1. The Standard Bathtub

You’ll find this bathtub in most bathrooms across America. It’s the workhorse of the bathroom industry — serving the basic needs of most people. If you need an idea of what it looks like, just think about the last time you used a basic hotel tub. 

This type of bathtub is usually a standardized size, and it’s designed to fit in a recess — surrounded by three walls. A lot of households use their standard bathtub as a shower tray.

This popular choice is cost-effective, but it offers limited functionality. And there are better-looking tubs out there. That said, they’re relatively affordable, which is great if you’re installing a bathroom on a budget. 

The latest models are usually made from fiberglass, as it’s durable and relatively cheap. While the more common type of standard tub doubles as a shower tray, there are some deeper models on the market. These more expensive options allow for a more indulgent experience.

2. The Freestanding Bathtub

The freestanding model is one of the most popular bathtub styles in America today. Luxurious and decadent, this type of tub is perfect for making a statement. It becomes a stunning focal point in any bathroom when it’s placed in the middle of the room. 

Installing a freestanding tub gives you options, as it can be located anywhere with plumbing. It’s very easy to install, strong, and durable. And there are some great bargains around. 

There’s a freestanding bathtub available for every imaginable type of space. Whether you’re creating a retro look or something more contemporary, the perfect freestanding model is easy to find. 

3. The Clawfoot Bathtub

Clawfoot Bathtub

The Clawfoot option is one of the more unusual bathtub styles. This is a freestanding tub with ornate claws adorning each corner of the bath, creating an elegant look from a bygone era. 

You don’t need to attach a clawfoot bathtub to a wall, so you can hook it up anywhere with plumbing. But it’s worth remembering that this type of bathtub is usually very heavy. They’re often made with cast iron or porcelain, so you might find installation tricky. 

4. The Whirlpool Bathtub

Whirlpool Bathtub

If you’re looking for a luxurious, spa-like experience in your bathroom, the whirlpool bathtub is well worth your attention. Perfect for relaxing and soothing weary muscles, this is one of the more luxurious styles on the market today.

But whirlpool tubs are on the expensive side. They’re also heavy, as they contain several internal components. Installation is usually a specialized process carried out by certified installers. And because it needs power, you’ll need to locate your whirlpool bath near a power outlet. 

5. The Shower-Tub Room

Shower-Tub Room

Imagine having an entire section of your bathroom turned into a luxurious shower and bathtub. That’s what you get when you choose the shower-tub room. The most luxurious option of all, this is the best of both worlds. 

Most shower-tub rooms are separated from the rest of the bathroom by a glass wall — keeping the heat and steam in for a sultrier bathing experience. If you have an oversized room and cash to splash on something special, this is an exciting choice. Choose a bespoke shower-tub, and you can play a part in its design. 

If you need expert help choosing the right bathtub for your renovation, Skylight can help. We are home remodeling experts with a passion for technology. Get in touch for a chat about your project and a free quote.