What to consider before you buy your new bath
To find a bath that is comfortable and practical to your needs, think about who will be using it, and in what way. Do you like to sit up or lie down? Will you be bathing children, where a deep bath may be impractical? Some people enjoy a deep bath they can lie out in; others prefer a shallower bath they can read in.
As a bath is almost always the most significant item in a bathroom, it is the focal point of the room. Consider what style you would like to have, as this will influence the design of the entire bathroom.
The shape of your bathroom is bound to influence your decision on a bath, and may even limit your options. If you have a smaller bathroom, for example, a corner bath could be the ideal solution. If there isn’t room for both a bath and shower, a bath shower mixer with a screen will work well.
When choosing the material of your bath, bare in mind that different materials all have different qualities and drawbacks.
Find out whether or not the bath you choose comes with tap hole options, and if so, how many. You may already know what type of bath filler you wish to have, so will need to be sure this is practical.
It may seem odd but you need to think about taps before you think about your bath as it will affect the bath you buy. Think about whether you want single pillar taps, monobloc tap or a bath mixer. These can also include a handheld shower. Each tap will affect the number of holes that need to be in the bath. Some will come with holes already drilled.
If you are having a free-standing bath you might want to think about whether you want your taps to come from the wall or up from the floor. If they come from the floor do you want the pipes exposed or shrouded?
Types of Bath
Straight Bath: This is the most popular and most common bath. It can come in a range of sizes to suit the size of your bathroom.
Free Standing Bath: These are stand-alone baths that can be positioned anywhere in the room. They are available in both contemporary and traditional styles, with traditional options often having feet available. Look out for rolled edges and feet for a more traditional look, or a flat rims for a modern, streamlined look.
Slipper Bath: These baths have one high end to lie against and are designed for relaxation. They suit traditional style bathrooms very well.
Shower Baths: These are ideal if you have a small bathroom and wish to incorporate a shower and bath. Complimented with a bath screen, and sometimes in a P shape to accommodate room for showering.
Corner Bath: These baths are ideal for smaller or awkward shaped bathrooms. They fit into a corner of the room, making the most of the space available.
Twin-Ended Bath: This is when the taps and waste hole are situated in the centre of the bath so you can choose to relax at either end on the bath.
Pressed Steel: These baths are available in a variety of colours and sizes, and are cheaper and lighter than a cast iron bath.
Acrylic: This is a very light material and can be produced in a wide range of shapes and sizes, including circular designs. It is straightforward to clean and to repair if scratched.
Super Strong Acrylic: Extra thick for added rigidity, especially suited to showering.
If you don’t want to have a standard white side on your bath, a great way to accessories it is to put panelling on the side. Choose wood that you can paint, in multiple designs, this can beautifully embellish a traditional bathroom and match at fitted furniture. Or go for a mock-stone textured design, this will give your bathroom a modern look.