How to choose a bathtub yourself
In the huge variety of bathtubs offered by sanitary ware shops, it can be difficult to choose.
2022-08-30, by ,
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We will try to help you make the right choice on your own: we'll give you an overview of the materials, a list of reliable manufacturers and an answer to difficult questions.
How to choose the right bathtub: a step-by-step guide
Choose and buy sanitary ware should be when the bathroom layout is coordinated and approved by all the specialists who will be involved in the renovation.
Often the layout determines the size, possible shapes and type of installation of the bathtub. There are still issues to be resolved regarding the appearance, fittings and material of the bathtub. It is also important to determine in advance how the faucet will be installed.
Which issues must be clarified when choosing a bathtub?
- How big is the bathtub? Determined by your room size and floor plan. If the bathroom is spacious and allows you to put sanitary ware of any size, then the bathtub is selected according to users. Popular sizes are 170x70, 170x75, 170x80, 180x75, 180x80 cm.
- Shape of the bathtub and type of installation. Determined by the layout and budget. If the budget is small, it is better to opt for a simple rectangular bath made of quality material. Non-standard shapes and freestanding installation are more expensive.
- The place of installation of the mixer tap. There are a variety of options and combinations with hand and overhead showers. The simplest and most affordable is a mixer tap from the wall. You can install a mixer into the bathtub rim or on a tiled shower stall - a difficult and expensive option. The floor-mounted mixer is for freestanding bathtubs.
- Material. The choice depends on priorities and the requirements for your bathtub: for some a practical bath for daily use, for others a freestanding bathtub with thin walls. In the first case, for example, a steel bathtub would be suitable, while in the second case, suitable designs should be chosen. Define your priorities, compare them to the material characteristics and factory catalogues.
- Options and equipment. You can upgrade your bathtub with hydro- and aero-massage systems, lighting, music etc. Any additions increase the cost of the sanitary ware and require maintenance. Decide which extras you are going to use, and be prepared to pay for quality technology.
- Budget. It's best to establish a budget framework in advance and match it with the offers. The minimum budget for a good bath is $1000 - a standard rectangular acrylic or steel bath would be the best option in this case. Freestanding baths, models with whirlpool, baths made of artificial stone, atypical colours, etc. are available at a budget of $1500.
Keepin those poins in mind, you'll be able to choose a proper option for the further bathtub refinishing.