Freestanding bathtub: pros and cons, tips for choosing

A freestanding bathtub is not an ordinary bathtub, it is also a luxurious decor item that forms the atmosphere in the bathroom and sets the mood at any time of the day. Many buyers want to install such a bathtub in their home, but only a small part of them does it: someone does not have enough space and someone simply does not dare for something new.

Types of freestanding bathtubs

Such bathtubs can be divided into groups according to shape, material and method of installation.

Shapes of freestanding bathtubs:

- oval

- rectangular

- round

- square

- non-standard

An oval bathtub is the most comfortable: you can lie down in it, and it is easier to choose a place for it than for a non-standard design.

A non-standard shape is usually chosen for rooms with an original design. Such bathtubs are beautiful and attract attention, but their convenience often fades into the background. In addition, non-standard designs are more expensive than the usual forms.

Material of freestanding bathtubs:

- cast iron

- acrylic

- steel

- glass

- marble

A cast iron bathtub can serve for decades. The main disadvantages are heavy weight and simple design. But simplicity can look pretty too.

Acrylic is affordable, not very heavy, durable and plastic, which makes it possible to make beautiful bathtubs of different shapes from it. The main disadvantage is the rapid appearance of scratches, even from cleaning powders.

Steel, glass and marble are also found on the market, but they are less popular with buyers: steel - due to high noise level, glass - due to high maintenance requirements, marble - due to its heavy weight and high price.

By the type of installation, freestanding bathtubs are:

- with legs

- on the podium

- built into the floor

A freestanding bath with legs in retro style looks luxurious. But the space under it is clearly visible, so the drain and water supply should be hidden in a pipe painted in the color of the legs so that everything looks beautiful.

The podium is a great way to hide all plumbing communications. In addition, it helps to zone the space in the bathroom.

If you want a bathtub built into the floor, its installation must be planned even during the construction or major renovation phase.

Advantages and disadvantages

All freestanding bathtubs, regardless of their type, have their pros and cons.


- Spectacular appearance.

- Freedom in choosing the place of installation.

- Variety of shapes.

- Such a bathtub can be approached from any side.


- Their heavy weight requires a very solid floor.

- The cost of the bathtub is high.

- The installation is rather complicated.

- The installation site should be prepared in advance.

- The bathroom area should be at least 6 m².

- They are not suitable for taking a shower.

A freestanding bathtub can add luxury and chic to any interior and become a stylish highlight of the whole room.