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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Freestanding Baths


Freestanding baths are one of the oldest and most well-established bathtub designs in the world. Even centuries after the precursor to the modern freestanding bath first made an appearance, these baths remain hugely popular, with more and more people investing in these tubs every year. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of a few common questions about freestanding tubs which should cover (almost) everything you need to know before you dive in.

Where did freestanding baths originate?

Believe it or not, freestanding baths date back all the way to approximately 3300 BC, when evidence of a personal bathtub made of pottery was found on the island of Crete. From this point on, freestanding baths evolved to a point where the classic clawfoot bathtub was hugely prevalent around the mid-18th to late 19th centuries. As the 20th century went on, modern plumbing systems meant that freestanding baths became more of a stylistic choice than a practical one.

Can freestanding baths also be whirlpool baths?

Yes, they can! As a general rule of thumb, if you’re able to plumb in a conventional bath, you’ll also be able to install a whirlpool bath. This means that there are plenty of whirlpool freestanding baths you can take full advantage of. Examples include the Venice Freestanding 16-jet Spa Bath, which provides the quintessential spa bath experience while also offering the freedom of a freestanding design. If you have any questions about whether or not a freestanding whirlpool bath will be suitable for your bathroom, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly team anytime for some no-obligation advice.

Are colour schemes for freestanding baths restricted?

As with any other whirlpool bath design, freestanding baths can be found in a wide range of colours; there are no restrictions other than what’s on the shelves (or in the minds of the bath manufacturers)! In fact, because freestanding baths are accessible from 360 degrees, the colour and visual design may actually become a more important consideration. With that in mind, would you go for something impactful like the Carron Halcyon Red Freestanding Bath, or plump for the classic white of the Carron Celsius Paradigm?

How expensive are freestanding baths?

One of the best things about freestanding baths is that they’re available at a range of price points to suit different budgets. While it’s true that you’ll be able to find conventional non-freestanding bathtubs for a lower price overall, freestanding options are still competitive in their own right. For example, here you’ll find top-notch premium freestanding whirlpool baths starting at just over £900 and reaching upwards of £2100 for the truly high-end models. The choice is yours!

We hope this short intro to freestanding whirlpool baths has provided some useful starting points when exploring your options. Don’t forget to take a look at our full range of freestanding whirlpool baths now

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