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Bathroom Design Ideas: Freestanding Baths

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You can find over a thousand Bathroom Design Ideas on our photo pages. The featured bathrooms come in all sizes and styles, so whether you're renovating a smaller bathroom or building a sumptuous modern spa bathroom, you're sure to find all the inspiration you need. While you browse the photos, you will notice many freestanding baths amongst them. Why are so many homeowners and bathroom designers choosing freestanding baths rather than standard built-in bath tubs?

The bathroom in the photo above is fairly narrow. A standard bath tub could have been installed, but installing a freestanding bath makes the room appear larger because the floor extends to the wall and there is space around the bath. The angled sides and curving rim of the tub break up and soften the otherwise linear lines of the bathroom, too, enhancing the entire room's appearance.

A freestanding bath can be ideal when space is limited, but it can also be perfect in a spacious area because it does not have to be positioned near a wall. If you wish, you can place the bath in the middle of the room or, as they have done in this photo, in front of a wall partition.

If one thing defines the modern Australian lifestyle, it is indoor-outdoor living. While we want privacy in the bathroom, we are no longer content to feel boxed in while bathing. A freestanding bath can be the solution you're looking for here, too. If you don't have an unobstructed view and privacy is a concern, you can install a walled garden outside your window and enjoy a natural outdoor environment as you relax in your bath.

You can find plenty of practical reasons for installing a freestanding bath, but one of the main reasons why they are so popular can be summed up in a single word: aesthetics. Freestanding baths are designed to be put on display in a prominent position. Whether you choose a traditional claw foot style, a gleaming bath with flowing, modernistic lines or an old-fashioned timber bath tub, it will be the centerpiece of your bathroom.

The frame around a built-in bath helps distribute its weight on the floor. The weight of a freestanding bath is centered directly beneath the tub. For this reason, your builder may have to reinforce the floor under the bath. Also keep in mind that there is no place to hide the plumbing. There are solutions, though. For example, acrylic baths are much lighter than stone, composite or cast iron baths and many freestanding tubs have plinths or rest flat on the floor to hide the drain pipes.

Discuss all your options with your bathroom builder and they will help you come up with the ideal solution for your bathroom. To help them help you, why not make an inspiration board from our Freestanding Bath Design Ideas pages and share the photos with them?

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