Whether you are remodeling your existing space or you are building a home, making sure your master bathroom is a relaxing, appealing, and functional space is important. From sinks and countertops to flooring and plumbing fixtures, designing the master bath can be overwhelming. Fortunately, choosing a tub does not have to be difficult. With this guide, you will learn a few imperative factors to consider when selecting your master bath's tub.
Built-In or Freestanding
One of the first and most important decisions to make is whether you want a built-in or freestanding tub. While both are sufficient and functional, built-in and freestanding tubs are very different in style and installation.
As the name suggests, built-in tubs are built into a platform that is surrounded by tile in most cases. The style can be designed into a corner of your master bath or an alcove next to the shower stall. There are a few benefits to installing a built-in tub, such as having a surface around the tub for easy entrance/exiting and arranging decorative accessories.
Although a built-in tub is appealing, many homeowners and builders are installing freestanding tubs. This tub design stands on its away, without any platform or tile surround. The freestanding tub can be placed anywhere in the bathroom, so many people choose to make the tub a focal point of the entire space.
No matter what tub style you choose, you will still need to decide on a tub material. The majority of tubs, whether built-in or freestanding are made out of some sort of acrylic material, which is very durable.
If you are installing a freestanding tub that you hope to become a main focal point in your master bath, consider a more unique material, such as copper, limestone, or marble. Tubs created with these exotic materials will be much heavier than a standard acrylic tub, so you need to make sure your underlying bathroom floor has sufficient support.
Soaking or Therapeutic
You should also consider how you will use the bath tub. Most people want a tub for soaking, so choosing a soaking tub will be sufficient. Try out a few different tub designs to find one that forms to your body.
Therapeutic tubs are also options to consider. These tubs feature jets that allow the water to massage various parts of your body, reducing stress, inflammation, and even pain in some cases.
For the best of both worlds, choose a soaking tub that suits your body AND offers whirlpool jets that can be used when and if necessary. Contact a company, like Universal Plumbing, for more help.