A New Bath Tub For Your Bathroom

Written by bprescottFebruary 9, 2012
An elegant bathtub

Rub a Dub Dub! All About Tubs

Now this is where remodeling a bathroom gets really personal. Are you a tub person or a shower person or both? Shrinks probably have theories about what people’s personal bathing preferences disclose about their personality, but we want to leave that one alone. We do know that most people have definite preferences, and if you’re a tub person who delights in soaking in bubbles or steaming in hot bath water, you have a whole lot of options. Even if your space is limited or odd shaped, you can probably find a bathtub or whirlpool to fit your space and satisfy your desire for bathing luxury. 

But what if you have an old bathtub that can't be removed? Sure, with a sledgehammer anything is possible, but we discuss when it makes sense to leave an old tub in place, give it a coverup, and improve the room around it.

In your quest for the perfect bathtub, visit the Web sites for Kohler (www.kohler.com) and American Standard (www.americanstandard-us.com), where you'll get a good overview of the variety of tubs available. You'll see the colors, finishes, prices, sizes, configurations, installation notes and specifications, and complementary products.

Selecting a Bathtub

Want to soak and simmer in hot, steamy water? How about easing your aches and pains with a soothing massage? Or maybe you're an in-and-out kinda bather who wants nothing more than hot water and plenty of it? Do some noodling about what you like and don't like about your current bathtub and make a list of your likes and dislikes. After you can nail down your bathing priorities, you're in for a whole lot of choices, which, by the way, we present in the following sections. If you're looking for inspiration, see the color insert of bathroom photographs, which shows options ranging from posh platform tubs to charming replica claw-foot tubs.

Sudsing It Up in Tubs for All Seasons

The typical bathtub is 5 feet long, 14 inches deep, and 32 inches wide, but there are variations on this theme. Longer, deeper tubs are available to accommodate different shapes and sizes of bathers. Many 6- and 7-foot tubs are sized for two bathers. Square or corner tubs range from 4-feet square and larger. Most tubs are configured with either a left- or right-hand outlet for the drains to accommodate different installations.

Try before you buy. You sat in your recliner before you bought it, didn't you? Why not a bathtub? If you're embarrassed, climb in when no one is looking and see how it fits. If you're buying a two-person bathtub, definitely try it on for size.

Bathtub manufacturers offer a rainbow of colorful shades, many of them coordinated with matching sinks and toilets. Of course, the whites and neutral shades will be the least expensive and easiest to get. For resale purposes, real estate agents say that the more subtle neutral shades are the best choice. But if your heart is set on taking a bubble bath in a navy blue bathtub, go for it.

Bathtubs are made from a variety of materials:

  • Cast iron: A cast-iron tub is the most expensive option. It’s the heaviest of the materials and offers deep rich colors and a glossy surface that can't be matched. It's the best you can buy.
  • Steel: Formed steel covered with enamel is a popular material for tubs. It is lighter than cast iron but not as durable.
  • Acrylic: The acrylic tubs are molded and shaped in any number of configurations and feature an easy-care durable surface.
  • Fiberglass: These tubs are lightweight, so they're easy to handle, and are an economical alternative to acrylic.


From ‘Bathroom Remodeling For Dummies’
Copyright © 2003 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.



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