If you watch any period drama on TV there will invariably be a scene of some poor soul sitting in a tin bath in front of the fire. This will then be contrasted with the lady from the big house lazing in her roll top bath with its shiny bath taps.
Baths, like people, are different. They differ in style, size and shape. Some cling to the wall while others stand alone. There are blingy baths while other tubs prefer to be simple and understated. Not all baths are rectangular some are oval shaped and you can also get tubs that look like a keyhole.
There are Jacuzzi baths and whirlpool baths for those people who prefer to have a little more excitement when they soak. Choosing a bath is possibly a tad more difficult than you first thought so here is a handy guide to baths.
Size is everything
Obviously the size of the bath will depend on the size of the bathroom into which it is going to be placed. You will have to consider this fact and that there will probably be a toilet and basin in the room as well vying for space.
An average sized bath is about 1.7m x 70cm. If there are any giants in your family you may need to get a bigger bath. However, this size of bath will enable most people to relax and bathe in absolute comfort.
We are all environmentalists now and you should consider that the bigger the bath you buy the more water it will need to fill it. It is estimated that it costs 96p to fill a bath so a larger tub will mean you will be paying over a quid for your soak.
The important thing, of course, is that you feel comfortable when you lie down in your bath. You don’t want it to be too small so that it stops you stretching your legs and you also don’t want it to be too big so that you feel you have to swim to the other end to turn the taps on.
Style of your bath
As the very old joke goes you used to bathe once a week whether you needed to or not. The actual style of the tub you used was never really a consideration. So long as you could fill it with water and get in was all that mattered.
The style conscious out there want their bath to look great. The fashionistas feel it should make a statement and reflect their personalities. It is not just a utilitarian object but an integral part of the design of their bathroom.
The freestanding bath is the sort you should go for if you want heads to turn when they enter your wet room. You can get stone baths in the shape of an egg that look stunning. Or the more exuberant may like to have a bath covered with gold mosaic tiles or even Swarovski crystals.
However, most people will be happy to go for a good, solid acrylic bath that might not stand out from the crowd but it gets the job done. When you have kids the last thing you need to worry about is whether they are damaging the golden bath.