What is the best way to shop for a bath?

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What is the best way to shop for a bath?

How to shop for a bath?

Renovating a bathroom or just replacing the bath requires precise measurements to guarantee the new bath will fit. If you have the space, consider putting your bath farther out in the room for a more luxurious look. Bath and shower mixers are mechanical or thermostatic. Consider if you'll need a bath and shower mixer if you'll be using the bath as a shower. Straight baths are the most common and can fit into any area.

With a bath screen or curtain, your bath may double as a shower. A twin-ended bath features two drains, so you won't sit on the plug or the taps. With a shower bath, you get the best of both worlds. Corner bathtubs may be used as showers and fit nicely into a corner. Consider a slipper bath, where the back of the tub is higher than the rest of the bath.

A freestanding bathtub is the way to go if you have plenty of space and want to feel like you're at a spa. Straight or corner bathtubs are excellent for small bathrooms, allowing you to bathe without cluttering up the area. In an inconvenient bathroom corner, a corner bathtub may be put beneath a sloping roof. Essential oil diffusers and LED lights in bathtubs will make bath time more enjoyable. Our steel bathtubs come with two pre-drilled tap holes, therefore we only suggest pillar bath taps for use with them.

Check out our bath foot variety to match your design, and don't forget to look at pipe shrouds and stand pipes. An old-fashioned bathroom needs a plug and a chain waste. Shower curtains include bath screens and shower curtains. Bath panels may be used to hide unsightly plumbing and pipes. Bath mats are available to help clean up spills and make getting in and out of the tub easier.

A curved bathtub may have a single, two, or four-panel design. Our installation service makes your dream bathroom a reality. We work with certified installers to guarantee a seamless job from start to finish. In addition to installing your design, our installers may provide the final touches. Learn more about our installation services and book a free consultation now!

With our collection of finest tubs, you may soak or shower in elegance.

Taking a long, hot soak in a tub loaded with bubbles after a hard day is the ultimate in relaxation. Contemporary bathtubs must, however, accommodate the pandemonium of children's bath time as well as the washing down of pets, among other things. Because many houses are limited in space in their bathrooms, they may be combined with showers to create a washing area that is both functional and attractive.

In what room are you planning to place your new bath tub?

Whether you're remodeling your whole bathroom or just replacing your existing bath, you'll need to take exact measurements of your area to ensure that the new bath will fit. Getting a straight replacement may imply that you must get one that is the same size as your current one, but it does not imply that you must enjoy the same bathing experience. Investigate the possibility of replacing your bath with a new set of taps and rearranging their placement, or you could go for a new type of bath that has some novel features. For those who are starting from scratch, consider how large you would want your bath to be before looking at our selection. If you have the space, don't feel that your bath needs to be tucked away in a corner; instead, try placing it farther out in the room for a more luxury appearance.

Baths for both left- and right-handed people

Our showers and corner bathtubs will be marked as left or right-handed on the product page if applicable. It is critical to make the appropriate selection, or else the piece may not function in your space. Consider the location of your new shower or corner bath, and picture yourself gazing at it from the front of the house. Turn the bath so that the widest end (in the case of shower tubs, the short leg of the L or the loop of the P) is at the top of the bath. If the arrow points to the right, the object is right-handed; if the arrow points to the left, the object is left-handed.

Choosing the right bathroom faucets

It may seem strange to consider this before selecting a bath, but you must first choose what kind of tap is most appropriate for you, since this will determine how many tap holes your bath will need. A single hole will be required for a mixer tap, while two holes will be required for separate taps. In the event that you want to have taps that are mounted to a wall or the floor and reach over the bath, you will not need any additional tap holes. Baths with tap holes already cut in, saving you the time and effort of drilling them yourself, are available in certain styles, while others are not. This offers you the option of either drilling in the number you'll need for your selected bathroom taps or leaving the bath as-is for the time being. It is all up to you. Consider whether or not you will be utilizing the bath as a shower area, as well as whether or not you will need a bath and shower mixer, or if you will use separate mixers for the bath and shower. Bath and shower mixers are available in two varieties: mechanical and thermostatic. Mechanical mixers are typical, while our thermostatic mixers provide simple and precise temperature control, reduce the danger of burns due to a 38°C blocker, and automatically shut off the water in the event of a cold water supply issue, among other features. Other versions available include cold body mixers, which are cool to the touch and are an excellent option for families with children or older people.

The many kinds of baths

When searching for the perfect bath for your bathroom or en-suite, keep in mind what you want to use it for as well as the amount of space you have available – have your measurements close at hand.

Baths that are straight

Straight bathtubs are the most popular kind of bathtub and can be fitted into even the smallest of spaces. They are available in either steel or acrylic, and they have a thin design with a classic form that works well in a variety of configurations. This design is also available in a space-saving version for bathrooms with limited space. This kind of bathtub is generally encircled by a bath panel to complete the appearance, and it is often placed against a wall or in a corner to save on space and maximize functionality. This also implies that if you install a bath screen or curtain, you may use your bath as a shower as well. Our straight bathtubs have a 10-year warranty and can contain between 150 and 230 litres of water. They are available in two sizes.

Bathtubs with two ends

Relax at either end of your twin-ended bath without having to worry about sitting on the plug or resting on the taps since a twin-ended bath has two drains. This kind of straight bath, which is often a bit broader than a normal bath, has the plug and taps in the center, as opposed to the sides. In addition, our twin-ended bathtubs come with warranties that range from 10 to 30 years and have a capacity of between 185 and 220 litres of water.

Baths with a shower

With just a minor increase in size over a conventional bathtub, shower baths combine the convenience of a shower with the pleasure of a bath, making them an excellent choice for compact spaces. In order to combine a showering and bathing space in one, shower tubs are available in either a P or straight-edged L form. All of our shower tubs are constructed of acrylic and have a capacity ranging from 170 to 230 litres of water. They are guaranteed for a period ranging from 10 to 30 years.

What characteristics should I look for while purchasing a bath?

Size and placement are important considerations. One of the first things you should consider is the size of the bath you can accommodate, as well as the location of the bath in your bathroom. Taps. The kind of bath you choose will have an impact on the type of taps you may install. Wastes, panels, and screens are all included.

What kind of bath is the most relaxing?

Acrylic is very popular as a bath material, and has risen to become the material of choice because to the many advantages it offers. Not only does it provide natural warmth, but it is also very cheap, extremely durable, and simple to maintain, making it a popular choice for busy families.

What is the best long-lasting material to choose for a bath tub?

It is possible to create cast iron tubs by pouring hot molten iron into a mold that has been created in the appropriate form, flattening it, and covering it with a thick layer of enamel. It is, without a doubt, the most durable tub available, and the finish is resistant to chipping, scratching, and denting, as well as the majority of household chemicals and cleaning agents.

What kind of bathing suit should I get?

The majority of acrylic baths have a thickness ranging between 5 and 10mm. As a consequence, double skinned acrylic baths are much more durable and will offer you with a dependable, strong product that will endure for a significantly longer period of time. Baths that are at least 8mm thick are generally considered to be a good choice since they have a lower chance of breaking when used.

Can you tell me how long an acrylic bath lasts?

When compared to fiberglass, acrylic tubing is a more inexpensive and long-lasting choice for your bathtub, particularly when coupled with another strong fundamental material, such as a high-tech polymer. Acrylic tubs have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years, which is considerably longer than that of a fiberglass tub.

Is a porcelain tub preferable than an acrylic tub?

When compared to porcelain, acrylic is usually considered to be a considerably more durable material. Even while porcelain tubs have a considerably harder surface and are thus more scratch resistant when compared to acrylic tubs, the tougher surface of porcelain tubs makes them much more prone to cracking and chipping when subjected to severe impacts.

Do acrylic bathtubs become yellow over time?

an acrylic tub is made by heating and molding (vacuum forming) sheets of acrylic that are then reinforced with fiberglass on the bottom and sides. Mold and mildew will not be able to grow on the surface of the material since it is non-porous. Because the color is consistent throughout the acrylic, it will not yellow over time like a fiberglass bathtub.

What is the difference between a fiberglass and an acrylic bathtub?

Examine the tub's edges to check whether they look thinner than the rest of the tub; this may be an indicator that it is acrylic. Acrylic tubs are often available in a wider range of colors than fiberglass tubs, which are typically only available in white. Furthermore, acrylic tubs have a smoother surface when compared to fiberglass tubs. Acrylic is also warmer to the touch than fiberglass.

Do acrylic tubs have a tendency to scratch?

While acrylic tubs scrape more readily than cast iron tubs, they are less prone to chipping and cracking, and the cracks can often be fixed with relative ease (a feat more complicated in cast iron tubs)

Bathtubs in the corner

Corner bathtubs are yet another excellent option if you have limited space and want to combine your bathing and showering areas. As the name indicates, corner baths are designed to fit neatly into a corner. The corner bathtub is often larger and shorter than a straight tub, which makes it simpler to set up than a straight tub. Due to the additional width they provide, triangle-shaped bathtubs, also known as triangle-shaped showers, may be used to great effect as showers. Additionally, some versions have a built-in seat, which is ideal if you need to climb into the bath to assist with washing young children or pets. Models with the angle of the bath offset to the left or right are available in both symmetrical and asymmetrical configurations. A bath panel is also required to complete the appearance of a corner bathtub. In addition to a 10-year warranty, we also offer corner bathtubs with capacities ranging from 160-230 litres of water.

Baths that are freestanding

If you have a lot of room to work with and want to feel like you're in a spa, a standalone bathtub is the way to go. Instead of being forced into a tight corner, they may be used to create a really eye-catching focal point in your bathroom. There are a number of elements to consider, including elaborate, classic style as well as more sleek, contemporary designs, among other things. For added comfort, consider a slipper bath, in which the rear of the tub is higher than the remainder of the bath. Look for roll-top bathtubs with a rim that scrolls over the sides of the tub for a more historic look, as well as flat-rim tubs for a more streamlined appearance.. What about adding claw-foot feet to your standalone tub to give it the genuine claw-foot look? A freestanding bathtub does not need a finishing panel, regardless of whether it is placed directly on the floor or on feet. The drainage and island bathtub fittings, on the other hand, may need the use of a specialist. All of our freestanding bathtubs come with a 10-year warranty and can accommodate between 175 and 220 litres of water.

Baths at a spa

There's no need to spend money on pampering when you can enjoy a peaceful and sumptuous experience in the comfort of your own home with a spa bath. It is possible to purchase a straight or corner bath that has a built-in whirlpool system, and you can customize it with features such as integrated essential oil diffusers and LED lighting to make bath time even more pleasant. Many of our systems may be ordered with a Wellness system already installed, allowing you to enjoy a spa-like experience no matter what design you choose. Check to see whether your chosen model is compatible with the system. We provide a variety of whirlpool choices so that you may create a soothing environment that is tailored to your specific needs.

The typical bathtub measurements are as follows:

With so many different bathtubs available, finding the one that is the appropriate size for your area is critical to ensuring that you will not be dissatisfied.

Bathtubs that are straight or rectangular

There is a large selection of models ranging in length from 150-180cm and width from 70-80cm. If you have a wall that is about 180cm in length, you can install a straight bathtub.

Corner bathtubs are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.

These bathtubs are typically 120-160cm in length, but are 90-140cm in width, making them broader than straight baths. Corner bathtubs, on the other hand, may more readily make the most of a bathroom's awkward corner and can be placed under a sloping roof.

Bathtubs that save on space

The straight / corner shape of space-saving versions is ideal for tiny bathrooms, making it simple to take a bath without clogging up the space in your bathroom. The smallest dimension for a space-saving bathtub is 105 x 70cm in length and width. There are many different lengths available, ranging from 120-140cm for a straight tub to 150-160cm for an asymmetrical corner tub.

Bathtubs that are freestanding

Traditionally, freestanding bathtubs were only found in big bathrooms, but today there are versions that are more suitable for smaller spaces. Our freestanding bathtubs are about 170cm long, 80cm broad, and 50-60cm deep on average. An island bathtub may be readily installed in a 10m2 floor area if you use these common measurements.

Bathtubs with whirlpools

Bathtubs in this size range are quite big, but they are available in a variety of various forms, including 170 x 75cm, 180 x 85cm, and 180 x 80cm for straight baths, and 160 x 90cm, or 140 x 140cm, for corner tubs.

Baths made of steel

Made from a single piece of recyclable steel sheet, steel baths are formed by pressing the sheet into a mold to get the desired shape. It is then protected with a hard-wearing and high-gloss enamel coating to ensure that it looks beautiful and lasts for a long time. However, steel baths are initially chilly to the touch due to the fact that they transmit heat efficiently and heat up fast. Consider if this is the best option for you and your house since, if the bath is not completely full, the sides will be very cold, which may have an effect on how soothing it feels. We exclusively recommend pillar bath taps (also known as hot and cold bath taps) for use with our steel bathtubs since they come with two pre-drilled tap holes.

Fittings and feet are included.

Almost all of our bathtubs are delivered complete with all of the necessary fittings – be sure to double-check what is included before making your purchase. However, if you have purchased a standalone bath, there may be a few more accessories to take into consideration. Check out our selection of bath feet to complement your selected design, and don't forget to check at pipe shrouds and stand pipes as well. On freestanding bathtubs with tap holes, a pipe shroud is utilized to conceal the pipework that leads to the faucets. To be used in bathtubs lacking tap holes, stand pipes raise the taps so that they extend over the edges and into the tub.

Waste from the bathroom?

Wastes, also known as plugs, are not only essential when it comes to the functioning of your bath, but they are also significant when it comes to its appearance. Bath wastes are supplied with an overflow, which helps to prevent you from overfilling your bath with dirty water. For a more traditional bathroom, a plug and chain waste are recommended. Alternatively, if you want a more contemporary appearance, choose a pop-up or clicker waste. The pop-up bath waste is controlled by a switch that is located above the overflow: to open and close the waste, you just twist the switch. A clicker waste operates similarly to a button in that it can only be pushed in or out. Make sure to verify the waste compatibility of your selected bath before purchasing it.

Bath screens and shower curtains are two types of shower curtains.

Using your bath as a shower will need the installation of a screen or shower curtain to prevent water from spilling out into the room while the bath is in use. Towel rails and integrated storage are available on many of our bath screens, allowing you to keep your bathroom clean and tidy while still having your towel within easy reach after washing your clothes. Decorative windows are available with or without frames, in safety glass or acrylic, and in a variety of treatments such as clear, opaque, frosted, and curved or straight in shape. With the straight screen option, you may choose between a single, two, or four-panel design. If you open a single panel like you would a regular door, some water will leak out when the door is opened. With a two-panel design, the fixed portion nearest to the taps is somewhat larger, providing a bit more protection from splashing when the shower is turned on. Look for models that have access to the taps from the side, allowing you to operate the shower without getting soaked. When not in use, four-panel alternatives may be folded fully back, allowing you to conserve valuable floor space. When taking a bath, screens with numerous panels come in useful since they may be folded fully out of the way and kept out of your way. Curved screens are ideal if you have selected a bath with a curved edge or if you just want a little more protection from splashes than a straight screen will provide you with.

Panels for the bathroom

Depending on your choice of bath and where it has been installed, you may want to consider adding panels to complete the appearance of your bathroom. Bath panels for the front and end of the tub are available in wood-effect finishes such as oak and walnut, as well as white patterns such as tongue and groove. Bath panels may be used to not only conceal any plumbing or piping that you do not want to be seen, but they can also be utilized to provide additional storage or aesthetic appeal to your bathroom.

Bathing safety is very important.

Invest in a bath mat to keep your feet from slipping and sliding when getting in and out of the bath. Fabric floor mats are available to mop up any spills and to make it safer to get in and out of the tub when necessary. In addition, rubber mats with anti-slip grips are provided to guarantee safety while standing in the tub to use the shower or bath. Take a look at our selection of bath rails, stairs, and chairs for people who need more assistance while bathing - they will ensure that everyone can bathe securely.

Points to remember while shopping for a bath?

  • Renovating a bathroom or just replacing the bath requires precise measurements to guarantee the new bath will fit.
  • If you have the space, consider putting your bath farther out in the room for a more luxurious look.
  • Bath and shower mixers are mechanical or thermostatic.
  • Consider if you'll need a bath and shower mixer if you'll be using the bath as a shower.
  • Straight baths are the most common and can fit into any area.
  • With a bath screen or curtain, your bath may double as a shower.
  • A twin-ended bath features two drains, so you won't sit on the plug or the taps.
  • With a shower bath, you get the best of both worlds.
  • Corner bathtubs may be used as showers and fit nicely into a corner.
  • Consider a slipper bath, where the back of the tub is higher than the rest of the bath.
  • A freestanding bathtub is the way to go if you have plenty of space and want to feel like you're at a spa.
  • Straight or corner bathtubs are excellent for small bathrooms, allowing you to bathe without cluttering up the area.
  • In an inconvenient bathroom corner, a corner bathtub may be put beneath a sloping roof.
  • Essential oil diffusers and LED lights in bathtubs will make bath time more enjoyable.
  • Our steel bathtubs come with two pre-drilled tap holes, therefore we only suggest pillar bath taps for use with them.
  • Check out our bath foot variety to match your design, and don't forget to look at pipe shrouds and stand pipes.
  • An old-fashioned bathroom needs a plug and a chain waste.
  • Shower curtains include bath screens and shower curtains.
  • A curved bathtub may have a single, two, or four-panel design.
  • Our installation service makes your dream bathroom a reality.
  • We work with certified installers to guarantee a seamless job from start to finish.
  • In addition to installing your design, our installers may provide the final touches.
  • Learn more about our installation services and book a free consultation now!

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