As we all know, a normal bathroom has such limited space that trying to fit everything in comfortably might feel like a jigsaw puzzle. Large items like the toilet, bookshelves, and bathroom vanity are crammed into this small space, so every square inch counts. The bathtub/shower combo is the piece that takes up the greatest space. So, think about what size bathtub you should get and what sort of bathtub you should get. In this post, we'll look at a few different sorts of bathtubs to help you decide what size and style of bathtub you need for your kitchen.
You should consider the layout of your bathroom when deciding where to put your tub. To allow users to securely enter and depart the tub, designers recommend that the free area in front of the tub be at least 60 inches long and 30 inches broad. In fact, this may not be practicable, but even in small, tight bathrooms, the toilet or vanity cabinet should be at least 12 inches away from the tub's edge, with at least 24 inches of clear floor space around the tub.
Drop-in bathtub is a popular style of bathtub,which is designed to fit into a built-in deck and has tile or another material on the top and exposed sides. These tubs have no factory-finished sides and simply slide into a slot in the deck, similar to how a drop-in sink slides into a vanity countertop. This is a popular design for large two-person tubs or luxury whirlpool spas.
The deck for a drop-in tub is commonly built into an alcove in medium-sized bathrooms, with the deck exposed only on one side. In bigger bathrooms, though, the tub deck can be tucked into a corner and exposed on two sides. Such tubs can also be put into pedestal decks that are visible on all sides in really big bathrooms.
Because the built-in deck takes up a significant amount of extra room in the room, drop-in bathtubs are typically best suited for larger spaces. A drop-in tub's deck should have at least 6 inches of flat deck space on all sides. This means the deck must be at least one foot longer and wider than the tub.
However, keep in mind that you'll need to add a full foot to both the length and breadth of the bathtub during planning to fit the built-in deck.
An alcove is described as a space limited by three walls in the context of a bathroom, and this is often the most obvious location for the bathtub within the room. In small bathrooms, a common arrangement is to place the tub alcove such that the room's two long walls form the alcove's ends and the rear wall forms the enclosure's side. In other words, the alcove is formed by the room's walls. This works well in a small bathroom, such as a 6*6 or 7*7, which is considered the minimal space for accommodating a full bathroom.
In larger bathrooms, however, the walls are frequently too far apart to create a natural alcove. An extra partition wall could be built to separate the tub alcove from the modest privacy alcove for the toilet in this type of bathroom. In larger bathrooms, there are a lot more alternatives for where to put the tub.
Bathtubs intended for alcoves often have a finished front panel, but the ends and back sides are left open because the alcove walls will cover these areas. Alcove bathtubs are available in sizes ranging from 4 1/2 to 6 feet long and 30 to 36 inches wide, allowing you to find one that fits your needs.
Small Alcove Bathtubs
Small baths are not widespread, but they are progressively gaining appeal, thanks to the tiny house movement's popularity. If you have a small bathroom, you should get rid of the tub and replace it with a shower. If you don't want to give up a spa-like bath in your small bathroom, this size is the perfect choice:
Length: 54 inches
Width: 30 inches
Height: 15 inches
Moderately Sized BathtubsThis standard-sized bathtub, which suits the natural alcove size in most bathrooms, is installed in millions of bathrooms. Because alternative options would require build-out to adjust the physical size of the bathroom, this will be the sort of alcove tub you install in most remodeling projects.
This prominent area of the alcove tub market extends the length and width of a typical alcove tub by one foot and several inches. The tub has been enlarged to allow larger bathers or two persons. It's also ideal for those who just want more room to splash around in.
This long bathtub won't fit in most natural alcove areas, but it's a wonderful alternative for new construction or remodels that involve shifting walls to make more room.
Length: 72 inches
Width: 36 inches
Height: 20 inches
There are various freestanding bathtubs available, ranging from reconstructions of old-fashioned clawfoot bathtubs to ultramodern pedestal tubs, in addition to the standard-type bathtub that is set into an alcove or a drop-in version that is mounted into a constructed deck.
It's standard practice to leave 3 inches of space around the tub's ends and 4 inches between the tub's side and the wall when using a standalone tub. If you wish to put this tub into a natural alcove, it should be about 6 inches shorter than the width of the alcove (3 inches at both the head and foot of the tub). In other words, use a footprint size that is 6 inches longer and 4 inches broader than the tub's actual measurements when planning the tub's placement in the room.
The standard size for a freestanding tub is:
Length: 55 to 72 inches (about 4 1/2 to 6 feet)
Width: 27 to 32 inches
Height: 15 to 20 inches
Keep in mind, however, that the form of the tub may alter the amount of bathroom space required. Remember to leave enough space around the tub's ends and edges. These are bathtubs that are best suited to large bathrooms or medium-sized bathrooms with the right shape.
Corner bathtubs are a terrific choice for a primary bathroom, especially if you enjoy relaxing in the tub with a nice book or watching television on a wall-mounted television. More than getting clean, corner baths are about luxury, fun, and treating oneself properly.
Because corner bathtubs have such a large footprint in the bathroom, it's easier to conceive of them as square-shaped rather than triangular. A corner tub is essentially a square with one corner clipped off. A corner tub can be arranged in a variety of ways. Although some tubs have a triangle shell, you can also utilize a drop-in style tub that fits into a triangular-shaped deck built into a corner of the room.
Alcoves can fit many standard-sized corner bathtubs, but they will take up a lot of room. These tubs are best suited to bathrooms with a lot of space.
Length: 60 inches
Width: 60 inches
Height: 22 inches
Drop-in or free-standing oval bathtubs are available. Even though oval tubs appear to be larger in every direction, they are just wider, not longer. Garden tubs, on the other hand, are taller than soaking tubs.
When comparing a standard-size oval bathtub to a 60-inch alcove tub, the oval comes out to be up to 6 inches wider. This implies that if you have a drop-in oval tub, you'll need to build a broader apron for it to rest on, which you'll need to account for when designing the bathroom layout.
Length: 60 inches
Width: 41 inches
Height: 24 inches
Oval bathtubs are an impractical choice for small bathrooms, and even in a medium-sized space, squeezing one in can be difficult. In larger bathrooms or medium-sized bathrooms with a lengthy arrangement, where the extra width of the tub is not an issue, they can be highly useful.
Because so many conventional-sized tubs are now being built with jetted, whirlpool machinery, even though whirlpool bathtubs appear to be larger than normal, they often come in standard alcove-ready sizes. Whirlpool tubs are also available in styles that are ready to be installed right away.
The thin acrylic shell has plenty of room within to conceal the jet and pump tubing. There are six-foot rectangular tubs as well as whirlpool walk-in tubs with high sides.
Length: 60 inches
Width: 32 inches to 36 inches
Height: 18 inches to 23 1/4 inches
In practically every medium- to large-sized bathroom that can handle a regular alcove tub or drop-in tub, a whirlpool tub can be a viable alternative.