The ‘Buyers Guide to Baths’ from UK Bathrooms
Whether for a residential or a commercial project, selecting the right bath is an extremely important decision, with several factors to consider. UK Bathrooms, the leading online store for premium designer bathrooms, has developed their ‘Buyers Guide to Baths’ explaining the options available.
A bath is no longer purely a functional piece but is a design statement showcasing style and taste. With so many options it can be a minefield and somewhat overwhelming. From simple inset baths to stunning Copper freestanding designs, there is a huge choice. Client expectations for perfection in design are higher than ever, and architects are being asked to include a bathtub, not just a shower, over 60% of the time. It’s therefore imperative that the selection choice is made as easy as possible. The Buyers Guide to Baths does ‘what it says on the tin’ sorting baths into categories, by size and by type and by explaining the materials a bath can be made from.
One of the first considerations should be the dimensions, what size bath will fit into the designated space, the type of bath will be led by the style of the room, whether this be a traditional period look or a contemporary, modern design. Once the size and style have been determined the next thing to consider is which category of bath works best, this can be a single ended bath, one of the most popular available, a double ended bath with two sloping sides ideal for sharing, an inset bath which can be panelled or tiled around, a shower bath or corner bath (great where space is limited), a freestanding bath, a whirlpool bath or an accessible bath. In each of these categories the choice is immense. The UK Bathrooms Buyers Guide to Baths explains that a Single Ended Bath, such as the Villeroy & Boch O.Novo Solo (which is a generous sized bath from the premium German manufacturer) can be corner or recessed fitted, with taps at one end, generally the ‘steep’ side, where waste and overflow are also located.
Double Ended Baths usually have their waste and overflow in the centre with taps often centred too, though UK Bathrooms are seeing an increasing amount of sales of overflow fillers and wall mounted taps, giving a much more minimal and cleaner look. The Carron Profile Duo is a great example.
A freestanding bath can be a real focal point for any bathroom, and is often top of the wish list for clients in both residential and commercial projects. It gives an indulgent, spa like feel to the room and UK Bathrooms showcases some of the best designer talent out there in this field. Choose from a huge range of styles to suit any interior décor, adding elegance, glamour and sophistication. A freestanding bath allows the tub to be positioned in a number of ways, at an angle, by a window or in the centre of the room for more impact. The Victoria + Albert Shropshire Classic Slipper Bath is the epitome of period elegance.
For the ultimate choice in luxury bathing choose the Copper Boat Bath by BC Designs. Available in four finish combination this stunning piece is available in two sizes and is made in the traditional hand-crafted manner that has been used for centuries.
If an Inset Bath is required, the most common installation being when the bath is in a corner against two walls, then the choice is whether to buy coordinating panels, or Wedi board which can be cut to size and then tiled for a seamless bathroom design. The Roca Vythos Inset Bath is simplicity at its best. The bath is comfortable, stylish and just the thing to please any client with its vision of luxury and comfort.
Where space is compromised a shower bath can be a great option, the Ideal Standard Concept Spacesaver is a perfect solution. The bath has been designed to make the most of space available, it can slot in to accommodate furniture, door openings etc and at the same time it has plenty of room to soak and relax in.
When designing a bathroom, it is easy to forget that there is more to the bath tub than CAD’s default rectangle which sits neatly against a wall. The expert team at UK Bathrooms are available to help and offer advice and can be contacted on 01765 694720, www.ukbathrooms.com