Is a Freestanding Bath the Right Choice for You? Check Out the Pros and Cons - Builders World


Is a Freestanding Bath the Right Choice for You? Check Out the Pros and Cons

Is a Freestanding Bath the Right Choice for You? Check Out the Pros and Cons

When you’re renovating your bathroom, you’ll have to answer an important question: do you want a shower or bath, or both? If you’ve already decided on installing a bath, you’ll also need to choose between a freestanding or fixed bath. While personal preference plays heavily into this decision, you might also be limited by the space you have available. You’ll also want to check out the pros and cons of freestanding baths before going ahead with the rest of your renovations.

Freestanding Baths

Freestanding baths can be an excellent focal point with a huge impact on your bathroom’s aesthetics. There’s a huge range of styles available, and you have much more freedom with where you place the tub. However, if you have a relatively small bathroom, it may be impossible to fit one of these designs in the room. Even if you can squeeze it in, the overall result might not be what you’re looking for.

Nonetheless, if you do have the space for a freestanding bath, and the plumbing is already in place to support it, then these tubs are relatively simple to install. Just bear in mind that they are usually very heavy, so you might need help moving them into place if you want to avoid scratching your new tile or vinyl floor.

Advantages of Freestanding Baths

  • Available in a broad variety of designs, shapes and styles
  • Straightforward to install for a plumber, assuming that your plumbing is already in place
  • Have a sophisticated, boutique-style appearance that can make your bathroom look more expensive and traditional

Disadvantages of Freestanding Baths

  • A stone bath can be extremely heavy and cumbersome to position so an acrylic bath may be a better option
  • Sometimes not supported by existing plumbing in older properties
  • Won’t look great in bathrooms that have limited space available

Fixed Baths

Most homes are built with fixed baths, and this is due to a number of reasons. Firstly, they’re much better for bathrooms with limited space. Most fixed baths are installed alongside a tiled wall, which helps to reduce splashback from the accompanying shower. This also frees up floor space in an otherwise cramped bathroom. Even if you have a fairly spacious bathroom, the plumbing that’s already in place might not support a freestanding bath.

However, installing a tub of this kind can be messier. A tiler or plasterer may be needed to apply the finish on the surfaces surrounding the bath. What’s more, you’ll need to ensure a strong seal between the unit and the wall to avoid leaks that could damage your walls.

Advantages of Fixed Baths

  • Better for compact bathrooms with limited space
  • Can be more easily paired with a shower attachment and screen
  • Won’t usually require additional work to be carried out by a plumber

Disadvantages of Fixed Baths

  • Can be much messier to install due to plaster or tile work
  • Designs are typically very similar and don’t offer much customisation

Find Your Perfect Bath at Builders World

Whatever style you choose when renovating your bathroom or simply replacing your tub, Builders World stocks a range of baths that are suitable for all homes. We also have a selection of shower units, shower outlets, basins and tapware.

If you need help with an order, reach out to us on 1300 296 753 or complete our online form. Alternatively, our physical store is located in Nerang at 8 Lawrence Drive.