Freestanding Vs. Built-in Tub: Which is Best?

dreammaker-3-2016The tub encompasses a huge portion of the bathroom. It’s no surprise then that it’s often a major focal point. As such, you want to carefully select a tub when remodeling your bathroom. This naturally leads to the question: freestanding tub or a built-in tub? Learn the pros and cons of each type of bathtub before making a final decision.

Freestanding vs. Built-In Bathtub Cost

Traditionally, freestanding tubs have been more expensive due to being considered a vintage and high-ticket item. However, there are far more affordable options these days. Keep in mind, though, that the surround for a built-in can add to the overall cost. This is a non-issue for a freestanding model.

Spatial Efficiency

A freestanding tub can be placed anywhere, even smack in the center of the bathroom. Even once the plumbing is installed, the tub can still be moved slightly to the left or right, or moved slightly forward or back. A built-in tub is permanently fixed. This means no leeway for repositioning once installed.

In terms of spatial consumption, though, freestanding tubs tend to be more space consuming. This is due to the space required around the tub itself. On top of that, the plumbing requires for a floor-mounted faucet. This usually consumes more space than a wall-mounted faucet typical of a built-in tub.

Visual Appeal

This one is a toss-up as various designs are available for both options. More homeowners, though, feel that freestanding tubs are inherently more visually aesthetic. This is perhaps due to them being a rarity in contemporary homes.

Let Us Completely Remodel Your Bathroom

Let DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen beautify your bathroom from the bottom up. Our interior remodeling service also includes kitchen renovations. When it comes to the bathroom, we have installed both freestanding and built-in tubs, so we can help you decide if you can’t make up your mind.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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