Bathtub Options: 5 Types of Bathtubs to Consider for Your Remodel

Feb 08, 2020

Of the homeowners who are planning a renovation project, 45% of them plan to remodel a bathroom. Design trends change quickly and an out-of-style design can really date your home.

The trouble is, renovations require a lot of decision-making, from the paint color to the type of bathtub you want.

Luckily, remodeling decisions are easier to make when you know your options. Read on to learn about the types of bathtubs you can use in your home remodel.

1. Stand Alone Tubs

This type of tub is also called freestanding because it sits away from the bathroom wall. In 2017, 50% of homeowners who renovated their bathrooms chose a freestanding bathtub.

You can choose between a flat-bottom or a clawfoot tub. Flat-bottom tubs look more modern and sit flush with the floor, whereas clawfoot tubs are traditional and sit on metal feet or claws.

If you enjoy taking baths to relax and de-stress, you should consider a freestanding or soaking tub.

2. Combination Bathtub and Shower

This is typically the most affordable choice for a bath tub remodel, but it can depend on the finishings you choose.

You can choose a bath liner, which is usually a piece of fiberglass that includes a tub and shower walls. For a more custom and high-end design, replacement tubs with bath wall surrounds are also an option.

This is a great choice if you’re looking to upgrade your current tub, but you don’t want to move the tub’s location or spend too much.

3. Corner Bathtubs

This tub style is triangular and has the largest water capacity. They can fit up to two people. Unfortunately, it takes longer to fill a corner tub with water because they’re more spacious.

Even though it’s the largest tub option, they don’t take up as much space as a freestanding tub since they’re installed in the corner. For this style to work in your bathroom, you’ll need a spacious corner with hookups for plumbing.

4. Alcove or Recessed Bathtubs

These tubs sit inside a three-walled nook. Since the faucet gets installed in the wall, it’s easy to configure these tubs for a shower.

This is an ideal tub if you have limited space and you’re not moving any walls in your renovation. Plus, you’ll enjoy more private baths. You can also customize the walls with tile, cubby holes, or shelving.

The only downside to this option is that the size of the tub depends on the size of your alcove.

5. Platform Tubs

These are also called drop-in tubs because the tub sits  on a deck frame. Then, a contractor will frame the remaining edges of the tub. With this type, you’ll get a more custom design because the outside of the tub is covered in tile or paneling.

You can have a platform tub installed against the wall or in the middle of the bathroom. But, they take up more room when they’re installed in the middle of the room.

Choose From These Types of Bathtubs and Start Your Remodel Today

A remodel is your chance to customize your bathroom exactly the way you want it. Depending on your budget, you have at least five types of bathtubs to choose from.

Just remember that a bathroom renovation is only as good as its craftsmanship. At U.S. Bath Systems, we can make your dream bathroom a reality. If you’re ready to tackle your remodeling project, contact us today.