If you’ve flipped through any home magazines in the last couple of years (or even Instagram, for that matter) you will have spotted at least one freestanding tub in any bathroom shot. By no means a new trend – people have been bathing this way since the middle ages – it certainly came back with a bang. And if you’re looking to do a bathroom renovation in 2021, you may be wondering if freestanding tubs are in or out. According to our bathroom designers, they’re not going anywhere, so it’s really more a matter of whether they’re right for you.

Here are a few quick questions you can ask yourself to determine the answer.

How Much Space Do You Have?

Beautiful as they look, freestanding tubs can sometimes be awkwardly-shaped and therefore take up quite a bit of space. Especially if you’re working with a small bathroom or one that’s not perfectly rectangular, adding a freestanding tub might feel a little tricky. When it comes to sizing and design, however, where there’s a will, there’s often a way. If this is something that you really want, it’s best to speak to your bathroom designers about whether or not fitting one in is possible – after all, the answer may surprise you!


How Often Will You Use Your Freestanding Tub?

Freestanding tubs are an amazing add-on if you love a relaxing soak. Where built-in bathtubs sometimes feel a little squishy, a freestanding tub offers more of a luxurious feel with plenty of room for a long bath. As a bonus, since they’re usually deeper, the water stays warm for longer too. Of course, if you’re not prone to taking baths and don’t think you’ll start any time soon, a shower or standard tub may be a more practical option for you.

Do You Have Any Mobility Issues?

Since these types of tubs can be a little deeper than ones that are built-in, if you have any issues with your range of motion or your knees, for example, you’ll need to take some additional considerations before installing a freestanding tub. At Opal Baths, we often modify bathroom designs around your individual needs, so if you’re worried about not being able to climb in or out, it’s always best to speak to someone before your next bathroom renovation.

What Aesthetic Are You Looking For?

The awesome thing about freestanding tubs is that there’s tons of choice when it comes to lo