The bath is often the main focal point to your bathroom, and increasingly there is a trend to a stand alone bath being a focal point of the master bedroom.
But before you place your order, there are a few key points to take into consideration before purchasing your bath that will assist you with creating that perfect bathroom:
- Bath function
- Bath shape
- Bath Style
You may have your heart set on a particular bath however, and it may seem obvious but, unless you’ve considered the space the bath is going to be installed in – then it could end badly.
Before going out to buy your new bath, be clear on the overall dimensions of your bathroom and the dimensions of where the bath will be fitted. If its being installed into a renovated bathroom check the positioning of the current outlet and where the outlet is positioned in the new bath to avoid additional plumbing costs.
Furthermore, think about whom the bath will be used by and the requirements of the user e.g. children, adults or the elderly.
Will it be used for relaxation after a long stressful day at work? Look for a deep bath, long enough to stretch out in. A freestanding bath, also known as a stand alone bath might be perfect, if you have the space.
Will it be a bath that young children will spend time splashing about and playing in? If you have to reach in and support young children and lift them in and out of the bath, then a shallower bath works better. A really deep bath, like most stand alone baths, is very awkward to lift children in and out of.
Will it require built in hand rails to assist an elderly person to easily manoeuvring in and out? If the answer is yes, then you'll need to consider installing your new bath close to the wall to allow for the fitting of hand rails.
By asking yourself questions like these, you will help narrow the search for that perfect bath.
Above image, bathroom design plans
The shape will be dictated largely by the space you have available for the bath.
From rectangle, oval, square, corner to semi-circle, circle or irregular - the possibilities are endless.
Rule of thumb tends to be if your overall bathroom is more traditional style then choose a common and popular rectangular shape and if you’re after a more adventurous modern look, then select a more unusual shape.
Now you’re clear on the function of your bath and the shape that best fits your bathroom space, then the next decision will be what style of bath.
There are four common styles of baths:
You can read more about Bath Styles.
Acrylic, cast iron, resin, porcelain, stone composite, copper even glass are materials baths can be made of.
The material of your bath will depend on the style and shape you select and also, your budget.
Be sure to consider durability and washability when you’re selecting your bath material.
One of the most common baths in Australian bathrooms would be the acrylic, inset, rectangular bath.
You can read more about Bath Materials.
Arguably, one of the biggest considerations for selecting the best bath for your new renovation is budget.
Be clear on how much you’re willing to spend and be sure to consider this in relation to your overall budget of your bathroom renovation.
Given the bath is often the focal point, are you willing to invest more money into that then say the vanity or shower.
There is no right answer; it’s just what works for you best functionally, aesthetically and financially.
By considering these points, you will be well on your way to selecting the perfect bath for your new bathroom renovation – good luck!