Bathroom fixtures such as bathtubs have come a long way from being simply functional to now being a luxurious, stylish focal point of a bathroom. If you are looking to remodel your bathroom and need to decide to choose between a freestanding or built-in bath, consider comparing the two based on different categories. Each has its own pros and cons, which you are about to see below.
The main difference
Built-in tubs are generally installed against a wall with three sides. On the other hand, freestanding baths are more like furniture that you can place anywhere you like in your bathroom as long as there is plumbing. Both types come in a range of depths, lengths and widths. Cost depends on the design and materials. In the past, freestanding tubs were known to be more expensive, but they can be a more affordable option now since they do not require an additional surround that adds to their overall cost.
Pros of built-in tubs
Built-in tubs remain a good choice because of their practicality. They are space-economical because they use space efficiently. Since they are mounted against walls, you can use the space beside it as storage for bathroom items or use the edge itself for a sizeable surround. There will be no problem tucking away plumbing either, because plumbing is usually placed under the tub. Many users also find built-in tubs easier to clean because there is less area to work on.
Cons of built-in tubs
Built-in tubs are not as flexible as freestanding tubs in that you can’t place them anywhere you like in the bathroom and just add plumbing if necessary. In addition, there are not as many options as freestanding baths in terms of style. In terms of installation, they are also more difficult to install because they require mounting, sealing and surround creation, which are not needed for freestanding baths.
Pros of freestanding baths
Freestanding baths are popular for their chic appeal. Unlike built-in tubs, they are a bit impractical, but to some who prefer style, this does not matter. These tubs offer many options in terms of style, from the classic to the modern ones. They need not be fitted between walls, so they can be designed more creatively. Their look is usually associated with luxury. When it comes to installation, they are easier to put in. You just need a good plumber, and you are free to place it even away from a wall.
Cons of freestanding baths
Freestanding baths can be heavier and thus require reinforced flooring. They cannot be your choice if you prefer a tub with a shower. Though you can mount a shower on it, it does not look good, and it needs a wrap-around curtain. However, you can go with a hand-held unit if you are okay with it.
The choice between a built-in or freestanding bath is personal. With the many features and styles today, you also have greater options. The best decision is the one that suits your bathroom space, your style preference and your budget.
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