Nothing is more relaxing than a hot soak in a bath after a long day at work. A bath is a common fixture in most homes for its charm and function. Before adding it to your bathroom, it’s important to make a good balance between form and function. Learn about the key considerations when choosing the right bath. Aside from style, your selection can be determined by the amount of space available. The variety of options need not confuse you. Just take into account a few important things to make the best choice.
Measure the dimensions of your bathroom and the available space for the bath. Be precise to make sure that a new bath fits. If you have a smaller room, your bath can be in a corner or at one side. If you have a larger space, the bath can be a centrepiece.
What is the purpose of your bath? Is it going to be exclusively for you and your spouse or it will also be a children’s play area? Determining the purpose helps you select the most suitable type of bath. If the purpose is your ultimate relaxation, a freestanding bath is a good option. If you want to have a place for kids’ toys or candles, an island bath offers extra room for these items. If the bath also serves as a shower, a four-tile flange bath works best. Imagine where you would like your new corner bath or shower and look at it from the front to see if you need a left-handed or right-handed bath.
There are so many options for taps to suit traditional or modern styles of bathroom, but beyond looks, think about where the taps will go. Mounted on a wall or deck or mounted on the floor? The right taps affect the number of holes your bath needs. Mixer taps require only one hole while separate taps need two. No holes are needed for wall or floor mounted baths. Some baths come with holes to save you from the hassle of drilling them, while others don’t. The latter allows flexibility to drill the holes needed for your chosen tap(s) or leave it as is.
Baths now come in a range of materials, but budget comes into play here. Popular materials include acrylics that are easy to install, durable and are able to retain heat well, but they can be more expensive. Steel is also durable but is harder to install compared to acrylics. Solid surfaces made of engineered composites feature a gel coated surface that resists staining and bacteria.
The bathroom and kitchen are two important parts of the house that you need to plan carefully. If you are renovating to sell, a well-designed bathroom helps sell your house. A freestanding bath instantly spells luxury, so consider having one but don’t forget the other important considerations to make the right choice.