Freestanding bath tubs have become extremely popular over the last decade or so. In one area where they are not as popular is at the very end of the scale, where the price must be your main consideration when selecting a tub. At one time regarded as a luxury only for the rich and wealthy, these tubs are now much more readily available than ever before, with even more models available for all budgets and tastes. If you are planning on embarking on this brand new bath trend, there are quite a few things to think about when choosing which freestanding bath tub to purchase.
The most common type of freestanding bath tub is the two-piece bathtub; made to look similar to a shower stall, the two-piece bathtub consists of two enclosing panels joined by a frame, which provides a place for a shower panel, a seat and/or a hand rail. There are two major types of two-piece bathtub, which are either frameless or semi-framed. Both types of freestanding bathtubs come in a wide range of styles and designs and can be made from all kinds of materials such as acrylic, cast iron and stainless steel. Most two-piece bathtubs consist of two sections, although there are some models which come as one unit and are freestanding only.
Tub size is another important factor to consider, as smaller tubs require more room than larger models, making them an excellent choice if space is at a premium. Most modern day freestanding bathtubs feature a slide mechanism, allowing the user to smoothly glide in and out of the tub. Other features to look for include whirlpool jets, temperature control and built-in seating. If purchasing your freestanding bath tub online, it is best to do a thorough search so as to get a good idea of the particular model you are interested in. Online stores usually have detailed specifications of the tubs they carry, which makes it easier to compare price, features, size and other essential aspects of a particular model.