So you've committed to a bathroom makeover. Where to start? As the largest piece of furniture in the room, the bath is probably one of your main priorities. The big question is, what type should you go for? With inset baths and freestanding baths being two of the most popular types, we've put together a few key pointers on each to make your decision a little easier.
A freestanding bath is self-contained and therefore does not require a bath panel. Instead, the water feed comes up through the floor.
If you’re looking to create the ‘wow’ factor, a freestanding bath might fill the bill. From vintage claw-foots to sleek, modern designs, freestanding tubs come in all sorts of shapely styles, allowing you to customise your bathroom look to a tee.
One key benefit of freestanding baths is their flexibility, as their all sided finish enables you to place them wherever you'd like. Built from two acrylic sheets that are sandwiched together, they are good at retaining heat and generally keep the bath water warmer for longer.
With a spa-like look, freestanding baths are the perfect choice for making a statement. However, their large footprint means they can take up a lot of floor space. So whilst it makes sense to have one in a spacious bathroom, they might not be the most suitable option for a smaller space.
Typically, because of their heavy weight and eye-catching aesthetics, stand alone baths are more costly than integrated baths. Plumbing can also be more expensive as it can be trickier to accommodate pipework, particularly when the bath is located in the middle of the room. However, unlike a built-in model, a freestanding tub does not require additional framework, so can save time and costs in other ways.
Inset baths, or what's otherwise known as built-in baths, are the exact opposite to freestanding baths. They are attached to the wall and therefore need to be supported by an outer frame.
Built-in baths are typically cheaper alternatives to freestanding. They are also available in an endless range of styles, leaving you spoilt for choice. You can choose to have an inset bath single-ended or double ended. Single ended is where the bath taps sit at one end and double ended is where the bath taps sit in the middle of the bath, allowing you to rest your head at either side.
Sitting flush against a wall, integrated baths will dovetail with almost any bathroom shape. This is handy if you're faced with an awkward bathroom layout. Available in a range of sizes, they're a good option if you're restricted on space too.
One great aspect of an inset bath is that it can be easily fitted with a shower, conveniently giving you the best of both worlds, without costing the earth. This might be a winning factor if you're not looking to have a separate shower installed.
Inset baths are also very practical on other levels. Their built-in ledges are ideal for holding toiletries, and their low frames makes them easy to step into - a feature that's beneficial if you've got little ones. They are very neat in terms of pipework, as the pipes are cleverly concealed behind the bath panel. Plumbing requirements tend to be less complicated in comparison to freestanding baths.You can view our range of inset baths and freestanding baths here.