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How To Fit A Freestanding Bath

A freestanding bath is a popular and elegant alternative to typical shower baths that are fitted next to walls. While convenient, shower baths aren’t as visually interesting or unique as freestanding baths that are able to act as a centrepiece in your bathrooms. If you’re thinking about fitting a freestanding bath in your bathroom, then here are some tips from us to help you make the process smoother.

Before you fit a freestanding bath

Before you even start the process, it’s a good idea to consider how much space you have and also what kind of freestanding bath you’re looking for. There are many unique designs to pick from depending on your budget and the style that you’re looking for.

For example, an affordable option would be the Moods Bayswater traditional freestanding slipper bath. As you can see from the design, the plumbing is quite visible in the design with two large pipes that would need to drill into the floor. Some people may enjoy the traditional look with its chrome feet and glossy finish, and they might not find the two pipes very distracting.

For a higher-end option, the Viktor Benson Taha is not only spacious and discreet, but it also looks like a luxurious centrepiece that would be great for any contemporary or modern room. Once you’ve decided on a bathtub. It’s time to move on to the next steps.

Don’t forget your taps

One thing to remember is that freestanding baths don’t always come with taps. Bathtubs like the Viktor Benson Cancun need separate freestanding taps to go with the tub or else there’s no way to fill the tub. Luckily, there usually aren’t any compatibility issues between the taps and the tub. As long as the tap can put water into your tub, there are no issues and you can choose the tap solely based on its design.

This is an extra plumbing concern and since the water will be pressurized, we highly suggest that you don’t attempt to do this alone. Your plumber will ensure that the water supply is turned off before attempting to do any kind of work on your bathroom. The taps are also a cosmetic concern since they can look a bit unsightly if placed in plain sight as soon as you enter the room. This is why they are often placed between the bathtub and the wall, or behind the bathtub so it’s out of sight.

Space concerns

Every freestanding bath should come with measurements to help you understand how deep they are, but also the overall size. Measure the space out in your bathroom to determine the optimal location to place the freestanding bath. For example, the Viktor Benson Quito Midi is 759mm by 1650mm at its widest points, so measure this space out to determine if you have enough space in your bathroom.

Don’t forget that you’ll also need a bit of space to install your taps as well if you currently don’t have one to fill your freestanding bath. You’ll also want a little gap between the walls and your bathtub so you have an easier time cleaning the entire bath.

To hire a plumber or not?

If you have plumbing experience then installing a freestanding bath can be a lot easier. However, we recommend that for most people with no plumbing knowledge, it’s a good idea to have an extra set of hands and a professional plumber to help you. This is especially true if you need to rearrange some of the pipes to accommodate your new bathtub and taps.

If you’re replacing an existing freestanding bath and already have a mixer tap to go with your bathtub, then you might not need the help of a plumber. This is made easier if the drainage holes are in the same location as your old bathtub that you’re replacing. However, if you’re swapping out a traditional shower bath for a freestanding bath, then you’ll need to drill new holes for everything. Because of the work involved, we highly recommend speaking with a plumber to help you mark all the new areas, install new plumbing lines if required, install the waste pipework and connect it to your existing plumbing system.

Bathtub installations often don’t take longer than an afternoon, but if a lot of plumbing is involved and new pipelines need to be installed, then it can take a lot longer especially since the bath needs time to set and dry. If you’d like more information on freestanding bath designs and installations, feel free to contact us today for more information.