When facing a new bathtub installation, it’s common to feel overwhelmed by the the number of choices, the investment and the stress of having your bathroom under construction. A quick internet search will provide you with hundreds of lists featuring dozens of bathtub styles, all claiming to be the best bathtub on the market. Everyone seems to have a different idea about which tub works best and why – how is one to choose?
If this situation brings up a familiar jittery feeling, there’s no need to fret. Choosing a new bathtub is actually simple, you just have to identify the features that matter most to you and find the tub that checks all of your boxes.
Instead of creating an extensive pro/con list featuring every single bathtub style on the market, start your search by asking a simple question: how do you use your tub? The answer will allow you to choose a bathtub that suits your needs. For example, someone who:
Answering this question limits the overwhelming quantity of choices into a few options that will work for your new bathtub installation.
Once you have a good idea of your wants and needs, you’ll need to choose a bathtub that fits the available space in your bathroom and includes all the features needed. First, measure your walls and calculate the square footage of your space. If you’re looking to cut costs, take note of the current plumbing configuration, and try to stick to it. That may mean choosing a smaller tub to fit an existing nook or an alcove bathtub if current faucets are wall-mounted. If you like bathtub styles that feature heavy materials and a large water capacity, be sure to have a professional evaluate whether your floor can support the weight.
Once you’ve found some bathtub styles that will suit your needs, desires, and space, it’s time to run the numbers. For homeowners unfamiliar with bathroom remodeling costs, a new bathtub installation can turn into an unexpected pitfall. The best way to keep this from happening to you is to calculate what your “dream bath” will cost. Then, calculate what a mid-range and an economical bathtub installation will cost. Before you choose a bathtub to purchase, give yourself plenty of options so that you can establish a realistic budget.
Do you still need some help figuring out how to choose a bathtub? There’s nothing wrong with consulting a professional. Your local BathWraps dealer would be happy to discuss a new bathtub installation with you.