”The bathtub was invented in 1850, the telephone in 1875. If you lived in 1850 you could have stayed in the tub for 25 years with no phone ringing” (Jacob Morton Braude) The bathtub is par excellence the bathroom fixture. A place not only dedicated to personal hygiene but also to relax and care. The shower instead is more for people on the move. The bathtub is a dominating item from a functional, dimensional and aesthetical point of view. Choosing the right bathtub isn’t hard: Archiproducts offers you a lot of models from classic to contemporary design!
First of all you need to measure the available space considering all the fixtures and the space you need to use them. The bathtub is the fixture that takes more space so be careful to allow enough space! A standard tub is 170cm in length, 70-80cm in width and 55-65cm tall. A front usage space of 70cm directed to the head of the tub is essential to ensure a comfortable use. The space and the placement in the room has to be planned beforehand so that the use of other fixtures is comfortable too. You can, for example, place a vanity unit beside a rectangular tub along the short side because you would access the tub frontally and not laterally. However, to make cleaning comfortable you need let al least 10cm allowance between the tub and the washbasin and at least 15 cm between the tub and the toilet or the bidet.
The size and shape of the room will determine the choice of the bathtub. In small bathrooms, for example, you’d better install a rectangular bathtub, which is a compact one that can be placed along the wall or flushed in it. This kind of bathtub is the best because it can be placed along the wall that offers most space and especially because it can be placed under a window. The market offers many compact bathtubs that have a lower than standard length of 105cm but offering a greater depth for an adequate amount of water. In these cases, the tub bottom is step-shaped in order to create a comfortable and safe seat. If your bathroom is a mid-sized one you can choose a scenographic corner bathtub. Corner bathtubs are spacious and often come with hydro-massage spouts. Their sizes range from 120x120cm to 165x165cm. The bigger ones let two people in at once. The smaller ones fit in small bathrooms too provided that they have a square shape and two free walls available. In bigger bathrooms your creativity can boost. Why not installing a round bathtub? You can choose a freestanding one to get a mini swimming pool effect or you can flush in the wall to get a spa atmosphere. A round bathtub is definitively a must have especially in the hydro-massage version. Being built with modern materials and thanks to the simplification of the installation techniques, round bathtubs are offered in many versions suitable for different budgets. Scenographic and trendy, the freestanding bathtubsremind you of old fashioned ones depicted in famous paintings such as “The Death of Marat” by Jacques-Louis David. Whether you choose it in Art Deco style or modern lines, the freestanding tub is the central classy and elegant piece of the bathroom. Considering that you can install them wherever you want in the bathroom, the freestanding tubs come in all shapes, from the classical rectangular ones to the round ones, from the asymmetrical ones to the oval ones. Just keep in mind, though, that in order to install it in the centre of the room you need to install the drain and the water supply pipes in advance and the taps have to be the floor standing ones. For this reason, this kind of installation is more expensive. The classical lines of the bathtub on legs are chic thanks to their stylish decorated feet raising them from the floor. It is the par excellence classic style bathtub, especially in the one side raised seatback version. Complete it with floor standing fittings, with star shaped knobs for a neo-classic style. If you prefer contemporary ambiances, choose essential lines and keep an eye on the accessories: a large ceiling rainshower, an anti-drip glass bathtub wall and flushed LEDs will transform your bath into a spa experience. And for total relax, choose a multisensorial whirlpool bathtub with aromatherapy and chromotherapy devices, radio and integrated loudspeakers. Choose a touchscreen one that will let you adjust water flow and temperature to optimize water consumption.
Keep an eye on the ergonomics! The bathtub must let you lay the head on one side and the feet on the other to keep your body balanced. Legs should be extended but not completely laid down in an ideal position so the bathtub should be dimensioned according to the height of the user: in an excessively long bathtub the risk of sliding and floating is higher because of a lack of stability. Clearly, in a family body sizes vary a lot: choose a standard size bathtub with a profiled bottom to let the whole family use the tub comfortably. In case of disabled people, you need to choose a bathtub with a door and to outfit the tub with non-slip devices and supporting bars placed at adequate height.
What about the materials? The acrylic bathtubs are the most common ones thanks to their low price, their easy construction and their higher hygiene level. Sanitary acrylic can be easily shaped thanks to mold casting and it can be modeled into whatever shape. It is also UV, detergents, wear and tear resistant and it can be easily smoothened in case of marks and abrasions. An acrylic tub normally weighs between 25 and 35 kgs. Its lightness is convenient during installation that has to be carried out by experts because you need to avoid to bend the walls or the bottom of the tub. To avoid bending the tub, acrylic is often reinforced with fiberglass. As an alternative to acrylic you can choose enameled fiberglass ones: they are light and sturdy but you need to install it carefully so not to bend it and to avoid mold build-up and stains. Enameled steel makes an excellent material for bathtubs thanks to its great thermal allowance. The thin (3,5 – 4 mm) steel sheet is covered with a layer of vitreous enamel which makes it acid, bumps and strain resistant. The quality and the thickness of the enamel layer are essential for the durability of the enameled fiberglass and steel bathtubs. Acrylic stone is the main character in the bathroom fittings industry nowadays. It is created by mixing stone powder (mostly quartz) and acrylic resins. It is strain resistant and has clean and essential aesthetics. The Corian? bathtubs, for example, are resistant and hygienic thanks to their smooth and non-porous surface. The Pietraluce? bathtubs, a mix of hydrated alumina, titanium dioxide and polyester resins. They have a shiny finishing and are scratch-resistant, waterproof and anti-scale. The Cristalplant? bathtubs’ solid surface is a mix of natural bauxite-derived mineral fillers and acrylic-polyester polymers. These bathtubs are sturdy and nice to touch thanks to the velvety finishing similar to natural stone. Cristalplant? is a class 1 fireproof material. It has a high UV resistance and it is compact, non-porous, hygienic and 100% recyclable. The right bathtub exists. The right one for your body, for your bathroom and for your wallet. Find it on Archiproducts!
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