How to choose a bath for your bathroom

The bath has a number of roles to play in the bathroom—from bathing children to relaxing adults at the end of a long day. And as a bath is often used as a centrepiece, it has to look good too, so it’s important to choose one that suits your style. With dozens to choose from, here's a few tips on how to find the right bath for you.

Freestanding bath

Freestanding bath

A freestanding bath is the ultimate visual statement in bathroom luxury. With the right design and placement, they can create a feeling of space in a small bathroom and with no walls to restrict them, freestanding baths are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to complement your individual style.

Freestanding bathtubs require a tiled and waterproof floor and at least 100-150mm of space on all sides. Plumbing can restrict where you put them, with most wall-mounted bath taps reaching 250mm from the wall.

Inset bath

Inset bath

Inset baths are easier for bathing the kids and ideal for bath/shower combos as run-off water can be contained. Inset baths are available with two straight ends, two curved ends, or one of each. Two curved ends, or a double-ended bath, is a great choice for families with more than one child.

Inset baths are installed against a wall and set on a frame, which is usually concealed by a tiled panel to suit the rest of the bathroom. Tapware can be wall-mounted or fixed to the frame around the bath.

Corner bath

Corner bath

If space is limited in your bathroom, you can use a built-in corner bath to make the most of every inch. Or, you can simply place a freestanding bath on an angle to create a great feature in your bathroom.

Measure up your bathroom

It’s important that your bath suits the proportions of your bathroom. Before you go shopping, be sure to take the measurements of the bath area, including the width of the doorway and the overall room. Also check the path from your home external doorway to the bathroom, so you can be confident of getting your bath into the bathroom.

Here are some other measurements to consider when shopping for your desired bath:

  • Overall length
  • Overall width
  • Basin length and width (i.e. inside of the bath)
  • Overall height
  • Soaking depth.

Choose your bath size and style

With all of these measurements, we can help you find the most suitable bathtub in our extensive range. Put together some inspiration pictures and bring them with you when choosing your bath size and style. If you’re replacing a bath, or you have already purchased items for your bathroom, bring photos of those existing elements too. 

Using them as a reference, you can choose taps, tiles and basins that work with your bath to create an overall look. And when you think you’ve made a choice, be sure to sit in the bath to make sure it’s comfortable for you.

Work out the bath’s weight

Most of our baths are available in white acrylic which is lightweight, easy to install and easy to clean. Our freestanding natural stone baths can weigh up to 500kg, which could require structural reinforcement under the supervision of a structural engineer.

Talk to a plumber

If you’re renovating an old bathroom, you may find that the plumbing was done quite differently to modern plumbing practices. We recommend speaking to a licensed plumber before buying any plumbing items such as baths to ensure they can be installed correctly.

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