Your Essential Style Comparison: Recessed Baths, Corner Baths, Freestanding Baths, and More

Freestanding Baths

Baths come in a variety of styles, and it can be hard to choose which one fits best in your bathroom and for your way of life. And whilst style is a very personal choice, the different kinds of baths are manufactured to suit specific purposes and particular customers as well. Here’s a quick comparison: what can recessed baths, corner baths, freestanding baths and other styles offer you? Let’s find out.

Recessed baths

Recessed baths are also known as alcove baths, and they are the most commonly installed type of bath. There are walls only one three sides; one on each end and one on the front side. The other side rests against the wall when it comes to recessed baths.

These type of baths are easy to install – and usually cheaper – but require a wall tap as well. They are also easily configured to fit a showerhead and can easily be complemented with a shower curtain or shower wall to avoid splashes.

Corner baths

The name speaks for itself – corner baths are baths that are installed in the corner of the bathroom. Corner baths were initially designed to save space (and since many houses in the UK tend to have smaller bathrooms, this comes in handy), but there are larger versions available. Corner baths do lend a certain fashion to the room – the feeling of space and openness.

Corner baths are also available in various design options, and can be installed next to cupboards or vanities, which underscores that open feel.

Freestanding baths

Freestanding baths, or platform baths, are much more versatile than their recessed or corner counterparts. They can be placed anywhere in the bathroom, and don’t require wall drilling for plumbing. Not only do they come in a variety of styles, they are easy to install and give the bathroom that classic look as well – especially thanks to their wide range of footing.

Freestanding baths often have a sloped back, making the bathing experience more relaxed and enjoyable. Although not commonly done, it is possible to install a shower and shower curtain around it. They are easy to clean and maintain and versatile, though may require a little more space than a recessed or corner bath.

Other baths

There are numerous other styles: the Japanese bath (a bath so deep you can immerse up to the neck), the Roman bath (with a filler spout), and Greek baths (a smaller version of the Japanese bath. And don’t forget about whirlpools or baths with jets that are guaranteed to make your bathing experience that much more enjoyable. There are also other types of baths which offer great comfort and value, such as a Carron status bath, a double ended bath which is ideal for those looking for a good size, elegance, and durability to boot.

A good rule of thumb is to inspect your bathroom and its plumbing to see what your limitations are – after which – your bath is only limited by your imagination.


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