Different Types of Small Bathtubs
In the past, if your bathroom was not large enough to accommodate a standard size bathtub, you did not have many options for a small bathtub. However, as the home improvement industry developed, the demand for small bathtubs that are comfortable has created a need for many shapes and sizes of bathtub to satisfy customers.
Introduction to Different Types of Small Bathtubs
Small bathtubs are usually those that are approximately 48 inches in length. In the past, if your bathroom was not large enough to accommodate a standard size bathtub, you did not have many options for a small bathtub. The small bathtubs available were not very deep and bathing in them was rather cramped.
As the home improvement industry has developed new materials and technology for bathtub manufacturing; they have many different types of small size bathtubs to choose from now. The demand for small bathtubs that are comfortable has created a need for many shapes and sizes of bathtub to satisfy customers. Some of the models available include:
• Claw foot Small Bathtubs
• Slipper Claw foot Small Bathtubs
• Whirlpool Small Bathtubs
• Small Corner Bathtubs
• Small Corner Shower Bathtubs
• Small Bathtub Shower
• 48 Corner Small Bathtubs
Claw Foot Bathtubs
These tubs are simply smaller versions of the traditional larger claw foot bath tub. If you are not familiar with claw foot bathtubs; they are free standing small bathtubs that are very deep and sit upon feet.
The feet are considered very decorative and these types of small claw foot bathtubs make a statement in a bathroom. Their design is very elegant and sure to be a focal feature in you bath. Not to mention they are an exceptional soaking tub. The slipper claw foot model is elevated on one end to create a lounger for the bather to sit in.
When it comes to corner tubs; you have a few different types of those as well. A small corner bathtub is one of the bathroom options which is designed to be space saving. It fits into the corner of your bathroom and is angled straight across the front. Corner tubs have a triangular shape around them before you install them so they fit into a corner.
Amongst the small bathtubs intended for a corner are the 48 corner bathtubs. This bathtub is basically 48 inches on each side to fit into a corner. If for instance the corner walls in your bathroom are 48 inches on both sides, the 48 inch corner bathtub would fit right in. These bathtubs usually have seats built in so the bather can be immersed even though the outside dimensions are small.
Some people install a separate stand up shower when they have a small bathroom, however small bathtubs are available in shower tub combinations for those where space conservation is paramount in their bathroom. The bathtub will either comes as a one piece unit that fits into place, or an enclosure option is required.
The enclosure is a set of shower doors that go across the front of the bathtubs to create a shower. You will have to waterproof the walls surrounding your tub if you decide to install a shower enclosure. Small bathtubs are manufactured with materials such as acrylic, cast iron and acrylic polymers (a combination of metal, acrylic and binders). They are every bit as durable as any other bathtub.
Before you head out to look at models of small bathtubs; you should measure the space in your bathroom where you will be installing it. You should also make a drawing of the space to take with you. This will assist you in narrowing down the different bathtubs that might fit into you particular space and will allow you to get started with your small bathroom remodeling project.
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