A bath is a bath isn’t it? It is just a large receptacle which you fill with water, get in and enjoy. How on earth, you might think, can there be such a concept as the ‘right’ bath. When your ancestors bathed in front of the fire in their tin tubs they were not concerned with the idea of getting the correct bathing equipment.
Yet bathrooms differ in size, shape and design. The type of bath you choose will be dependent on these factors. There is also the most important element which is your own taste. You may err towards the elegant in the shape of the roll top bath or you have a predilection for all things modern and want to bathe in something a bit more avant-garde.
Bathing in the smaller bathroom
If your bathroom is on the smaller size the instinct may be to fit a shower instead of a bath. It would seem logical as you already have your toilet and basin in there and space is at a premium. Adding a bath might give you the feeling that you get when you are squashed in a lift and a person of stature wants to squeeze inside.
This need not be the case. You may be aware that there are transit hotels, inspired by Japanese design, with small rooms which feature en-suite bathrooms. These small wet rooms can feature baths that are not as big as your usual bath but they still allow you to lie back and relax.
Bathing in the ‘difficult’ bathroom
A ‘difficult’ bathroom refers to a wet room that has been placed in a space that gives the designer some challenges when it comes to fitting the good old tub.
For instance, you may want to fit a bathroom in the loft to provide an en-suite facility for the guest bedroom you have placed up there. This means that there may be sloping ceilings that will affect the way you can use the space.
There are low level baths that are perfect for the room where height is a factor. This means that you or your guests will not have to be a contortionist to get in and out of the bath.
Bathing in the large bathroom
You will still be faced with problems if you have a big bathroom. It can be difficult to decide where to place your bath in a considerable space. Do you place it in the centre of the room or do you want it to fit against a wall?
Your answer to this question will determine the sort of bath you choose. If you want a showstopper bath to dazzle visitors then you should choose a freestanding bath that will sit centre stage with its bath taps glistening in the light.
However, you may not want a bath that seeks the limelight. If you place your tub against the wall and compartmentalise the area you can help to give some definition to the spaces in your room and your utilities will not look lost in your large bathroom.