If we think about everyday hygiene, one of the first things to think about is showering, but if we focus our thinking on the well being and the care of the person, we will definitely think about the bathtub. The bathtub, in fact today, is the bathroom element designed to provide comfort and relaxation to the whole family. If we are going to revisit our bathroom, review healthcare and tile and maybe even put in a comfortable bath, there are some factors to be analyzed at the design stage before starting demolition. First, to decide what type of bathtub to buy, we need to evaluate both the size of the room and its shape, whether squared or rectangular, and mark the position of the water drains to see if they can be modified. Once we have clear ideas on this point, we can start by analyzing the various models and sizes of commercial bathtubs. The most familiar and best-selling one is the rectangular shape, where the bathtub can be wall-mounted or embedded in the masonry.
The standard dimensions in centimeters are usually: 70 for the depth, 170 for the length and 50 for the height from the ground. However, if we have a square and relatively large compartment, we will be able to evaluate the purchase of a corner tub, surely more scenic thanks to its soft shapes, whose overall dimensions are usually 160 cm x 160 cm. Let’s take into account that, when coming down in detail, each producer has its product catalog, with an almost unlimited number of shapes and sizes, which go further than the aforementioned, with smaller and larger elements to match all the space requirements.
Custom made bathtub
When we have unusually small bath sizes or otherwise large spaces to furnish, we can evaluate the installation of out of standard baths. In the second case, the game is very simple, large spaces translate into great creative imagination, set in motion to create almost olimpion-sized bathtubs and more special shapes, perhaps placed in the center of the room. But surely, most people who are reading at this time have to deal with too small spaces to accommodate standard measuring tanks. No fear, the market is so structured and vast that you will find the right solution for your spaces. Just to give an example, many companies produce small tubs, which can only take up to one meter in length, such as Ideal Standard’s Hot Tub Connectivity Pool (pictured). In the rectangular version, Connect is available in 7 sizes, starting at 105 x 70 h.59 cm.
But we need to make a premise. There are materials that lend themselves better than others to the creation of custom pieces. Two of the most commonly used are: methacrylates, also known as acrylics and more complex materials that mix a synthetic composition and a natural mineral, such as the now famous and quirky Corian®. If the former is used in the production of bathtubs because of its cost-effectiveness and ability to maintain constant water temperature for a long time, the latter is a soft and warm material, hygienic and easily pliable to make any shape, even the most complex.
Baths measurements and prices
Once we find the model and brand of our favorite bathtub and start handing in the wallet, we may have a nasty surprise. Just enough, an extra accessory, the installation of the whirlpool, the choice of a more particular material, and here’s the price. But let’s start from the basics. A classic rectangular acrylic, built-in, standard size bathtub can be found in the market between 150 and 200 euros. If, for example, in classical form, perhaps in panels, we add an important signature of the world of sanitation, then spending can be around 400/600 euros. If the basin, which is always of basic size, is free standing, do not expect to spend less than a thousand euros. Then, from here to climb, we are spoiled for choice. Tubs of special materials, with wood paneling, or made of marble or special dimensions, with chromotherapy and whirlpool, there are so many alternatives to “luxury” that we can afford for our home-time moments. An idea? The Suri model of Albatros. Corner bathtub, dimensions 140 x 140 cm, with drainage hydromassage jets, digital keyboard, made using a special material that makes the matt surface.
Bathtub measures, guide to choice: Standard bath tubs
But let’s go into the details of the most commonly used measures. Let’s start with the rectangular shape. In addition to the already mentioned 70 x 170 x 50 cm, the lengths of 160, 150, 140, up to 105 cm are also common for the built-in bathtubs. To “climb” we can reach 180 and 190 cm in length. The smaller shapes retain the depth of 70 cm, the longer ones have depths greater than 75, 80 and even 90 cm for issues of proportionality and harmony. In the picture, we show an example of standard tub, but of a very trendy style: Kerasan’s Retro.
Refers to the charm and shape of the 1930s and is 170 x 70 cm in the narrowest part, 80 in the larger one. If we talk about corner baths, we start from 120 x 120 cm to 165 x 165 cm. So far, however, we have not talked about other types of tanks, where dimensions matter and how, ie, the tanks for the disabled and the elderly. These should fit dimensional canines to allow wheelchair access to those who are forced on the wheelchair and must allow easy movement of the person inside the tub with special aids such as handles. They are tanks with wide doors on the 70/85 cm, with an opening that can be both inward and outward. Better this last, for security and functionality issues. They are also equipped with a specially designed and ergonomically designed seat. Their minimum footprint is 100 x 70 cm, which allows you to keep the sole sitting position, or they can also have a standard size.