When you have a bathroom remodeling at your hand, you better be prepared. Taking a bath may be relaxing but buying a bathtub can be a tedious job. There are a lot of things to consider and the job can be difficult if you work on a limited budget. But don’t you worry. This article will tell you everything you need to know about buying a bath tub.

If you are just replacing your bathtub with a new one, you’d already know what things to consider. But for all the first timers, you need to contemplate whether your bathroom can accommodate a bathtub or not. I don’t mean accommodate just as in size wise. Given below are the factors that you have to keep in mind when starting on a bathtub remodeling project.

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How much space do you have?

Your first step is to measure the free space you have. It’s no use looking for the perfect bathtub if you can’t accommodate it in your bathroom. Be mindful of the doorways; you can’t have a bathtub blocking the entrance. You’d also need to leave ample space for movement. Considering all these things, take careful measurements. You’ll also have to make a note of where the drains are located. This will help you decide on a bathtub that fits within the dimensions of your bathroom.

What type of a bathtub do you want?

The simple answer is one where you can soak and take a bath, right? You wish it were that simple. There are many types of bathtubs to choose from and you get to decide which one is perfect for your bathroom and your budget. Some people may go for the simplest bathtubs, while others have an eye for elaborate ones.

Remember, the more features a bathtub offer, the more expensive it’s going to be. Automated clean system, aromatherapy, whirlpool effect, underwater lighting and heated blowers are some of the not-so-cheap features of a bathtub.

Also check if the tub is comfortable or not. The best way to do it? Lie down in the tub, of course! You wouldn’t want to end up with an expensive bathtub that feels uncomfortable.

Would you have to do any additional installations?

Some bathtub features require additional installations and you must plan whether you have a safe space for them. Why safe? Well, if you go for whirlpool featured tub, you’ll have to make room for the pump, electric timer, switch etc. They’ll have to be nearby, so you can keep them in a cabinet. Whatever position you select, just make sure they are all within the safety code requirements.

Is your water heater up to the task?

A hot bath is surely one of the most relaxing things but do you know how much hot water it requires? Depending on their size, bathtubs can hold about 25-150 gallons of water. So unless your water heater can handle the task, you’ll have to invest in a new and improved model that can do the job. With an increase in water heating and usage, prepare yourself for the hefty utility bills.

Can your bathroom floor hold its weight?

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Depending on the type of the bathtub you choose, you’ll have to make sure it doesn’t harm the flooring in any way. Plastic tubs don’t weigh much but some other materials can be heavy for your bathroom flooring. Adding 40 gallons of water into an already heavy 1000 pound cast-iron bathtub can seriously damage the floor. If need arise, you can always reinforce the floor as long as you get that perfect bathtub.

 

Once you’re done with these questions, you’re good to go. Get that bathtub and remodel the bathroom just the way you planned. But not before you take a look at the types of bathtubs.

Types of Bathtubs

The different types of bathtubs offer you an opportunity to decide on the one that best suits your needs. But when you go shopping for bathtubs, you’ll find yourself falling in love with all the styles. The decision will be a tough one to make, so it’s only fair that you take a sneak peak at the different styles before you step out to buy them.

Alcove Tubs

The cheapest option of the list, Alcove tubs are fitted in a three-walled enclosure. And if there’s a window beside the tub, you get to enjoy a good view while relaxing. These convenient tubs are perfect for medium sized bathrooms and can maximize the space.

Drop-in tubs

A tub that is installed within the floor and has a deck around it. It sometimes looks like a small swimming pool. They can have them installed in an alcove but that’ll require a lot of space, which actually goes against the purpose of an alcove tub. Like freestanding tubs, alcove tubs also require lots of space.

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Free-standing Tubs

As the name specifies, these tubs are not placed by walls or any other surface. These tubs are the focal point of your bathroom and require ample space. More expensive than the previous two, free-standing tubs are supported by either claw feet or custom built panels. They provide a luxurious look to your bathroom and can be the highpoint of your bathroom remodeling.

Corner Tubs

They also require a lot of bathroom space and to top that, they’re costly. Because of their particular shape, they don’t provide the same comfort as standard shaped tubs but they are surely fun. A downside; they require lots of water.

 

With the latest trend of installing showers, some people might say bathtubs are going out of fashion. How do they plan on reading a book in a shower or enjoy the luxurious feeling of sitting in hot water? Well, at least you know what comforts bathtubs offer, even the simplest tub. So make full use of the available space in your bathroom and enjoy the sensation of soaking in warm water after a long day at work. Good luck with your bathroom remodeling!

References

http://www.bhg.com/bathroom/shower-bath/buying-a-tub/

https://www.thespruce.com/basic-types-of-bathtubs-1822566