When designing a bathroom there are a lot of different factors that should be taken into consideration. From the colour scheme to the layout, it is safe to say that creating a bespoke bathroom design can be a challenge! If you would like a unique design, then it is probably worth looking closely at the different types of bathtubs. Most people are oblivious to the range of bathtub designs that are available, why settle for bog standard? Choosing the right bathtub can completely transform the appearance of your bathroom – and can even work miracles for your health too. In this super insightful article, our Plumbers in Ipswich explain everything you should know about the different types of tub and the benefits of each design.

Standard bathtub

The average size of a bathroom in Ipswich is around three square meters, so a spacious bathroom is definitely a luxury. The standard bathtub of choice in the UK is an alcove fitted design, this is where the tub is installed flush between three walls. You guessed it, the reason why this design is so popular is because it saves space! If you have a small bathroom, then the options available are pretty limited, the entire design has to be well thought out to make the most of the space you have.

For those of you who would like to have the functionality of both a bath and shower, the alcove design is perfect for you due to the watertight seal around the three edges. Our Ipswich based Plumbers can definitely install a shower at the head of your bath. So, you should probably start picking out a shower curtain! Even better still, an alcove design is almost always the most affordable option.

Freestanding bathtub

If you would like to achieve a more luxurious aesthetic, then a freestanding bathtub is potentially the way to go! It is the perfect style to showcase the size of a bigger bathroom and will almost certainly add a touch of class to any design. Often seen as a statement of wealth, freestanding bathtubs are growing in popularity. The deciding factor as to whether a freestanding design is suitable for your property is almost always down to floorspace.

Freestanding bathtubs are designed to be exactly that, freestanding – unlike the alcove design, these tubs are usually installed away from the walls. To achieve a minimalistic design, the pipework is often installed under the floor, allowing the bath to be installed anywhere in the room. Freestanding bathtubs are not usually too difficult to install, if you have the space available then it is definitely an option to consider.

Corner Bathtub

Depending on the shape of your bathroom, one type of bathtub that may be suitable is a corner design. In the past, the corner design was popular as it allowed people with smaller properties to still have a bath, this is a suitable option for most properties. Keeping your bath tucked away in the corner will usually maximise the amount of floorspace left for the rest of your fixtures and fittings. The design sits between two walls, instead of three like an alcove design meaning that you will have more wall space available to install a fixture such as a storage unit.

Before purchasing a corner bathtub, our Ipswich Plumbers highly recommend going into a retail outlet and lying down in one to ensure that it is a comfortable design for you. The corner design is a very different shape to the other tubs on the market, so you should ensure that you do your research beforehand.

Whirlpool bathtub

As well as being aesthetically pleasing, a bathtub should also offer a sanctuary for you to relax after a long day! Advancing technology has brought the jacuzzi into the home as it is now possible to purchase bathtubs with jets built into their design. Admittedly, these designs are often on the highest end of the pricing scale, but if you would like the benefits of a jacuzzi bath, you should definitely be considering a whirlpool design.

Whirlpool bathtubs are available in a range of different designs, if you do not have much space available, then you can get them in an alcove design – whereas if you are going for the luxury appearance, of course you can find them in a freestanding variant too.

Walk-in bathtub

Walk-in bathtubs

The idea of stepping into a hot bath at the end of a long day can be an appealing thought for many people. However, for others it can fill them with dread – if you struggle with mobility issues, then there are options available for you. We create accessible bathroom designs in Ipswich, so if you would like a solution that is bespoke for your unique requirements, our Plumbers in Ipswich are available to help.

If you struggle with mobility issues, you may find this article about the different ways in which we can adapt your bathroom to make it more accessible for you.

Walk-in bathtubs usually consist of a side door which is used to access the tub meaning that you do not have to step in and out of the bathtub. If you have reduced mobility then the walk-in design is definitely a game changer. Our advice would be to schedule a consultation with one of our Ipswich Plumbers who will assess your needs and recommend a suitable design with your requirements in mind.

We offer the complete bathroom design service in Ipswich, we can arrange the whole project for you from start to finish as we have all the required trades available to us. Why not get started today with an appointment with one of our Ipswich bathroom fitters? If you would like further information regarding the different types of bathtubs that are available, keep an eye on our blog as we will be writing in-depth reviews of some of the leading products on the market.