Where better to relax than in a nice deep bath tub, filled with steaming hot water and scented with your favourite bath oil? Dim the lights, or even turn them off and scatter some candles, add your latest book and some soft music, and you are in heaven.
Whether you are washing away the stresses and strains of a busy week or soothing the aches and pains of a successful day in the garden, what better way could there be to reset your “factory settings”, all ready for a good night’s sleep?
Choosing a bath that suits you, tip: visit Bathing Guide first, is as important as finding perfectly fitting shoes or the most comfortable mattress.
Types of bath tub
There are three main types of bath tub – freestanding, drop-in, and walk-in.
Freestanding tubs are absolutely beautiful in the right environment. If your style of décor is traditional, there are some fabulous examples, with ornate feet and fittings. On the other hand, if your preference is for modern and contemporary, you can go for a simple minimalist design. A word of caution. Only go for a freestanding bath tub if you have a large bathroom and can get behind it to clean.
Drop-in bath tubs are the more popular way to go. Fitted against a wall, or into a recess, they are normally waterproof sealed against ceramic tiles or a splash panel. No chance of anything getting lost under or behind these.
If your mobility is somewhat impaired, you can treat yourself to a walk-in bath tub. With a watertight door fitted in one side, it is much easier to step into the tub, sit yourself down, close the door and fill the bath. When you are done, you simply drain the water, open the door and step out.
Traditional material for a bath tub is enamel coated cast iron. Although strong and hard-wearing, cast iron is very heavy and is only really suitable for a downstairs bathroom with a solid floor.
Fibreglass is very lightweight and much cheaper, but is not hard-wearing. It will scratch easily and may be prone to cracking.
A good middle ground and probably the best material for a bath tub is acrylic. Resistant to staining or fading, your acrylic tub will retain its lustre for years. Although thin acrylic tubs are still prone to cracking, you will find higher-quality models are reinforced with fibreglass, making them much more durable.