When you decide to renovate your bathroom, one of the decisions you'll need to make is what to do about your bath. If you don't really have the room for a full-size bath, or if you'd like to replace your bath with something a little more luxurious, there are several options for you to consider. The right choice for you will be dependent on your lifestyle and budget and the size of your bathroom. Here's an overview of a few alternatives to a standard bath for you to consider:
A Jacuzzi is a deep, luxurious tub that gently propels warm jets of water into the main body of water in the tub. Tubes around the sides of the Jacuzzi tub can continuously feed water into the tub as you sit and soak after a long day. The jets of water are said to provide comfort to sore muscles and help you feel relaxed, so this option may be good if you have a physically demanding job or regularly take part in sports. A Jacuzzi is a relatively expensive bathing option to have installed when renovating your bathroom, but if soaking in the tub is an important part of your self-care routine, you may find the benefits outweigh the cost.
Japanese Soaking Tub
A Japanese soaking tub is an ideal choice for those who want to be submersed in water without a full-size bathtub taking up lots of space in their bathroom. These tubs are small enough for a person to sit in them, but you can't lie down in a Japanese soaking tub. They have high sides to ensure you can be fully immersed while sitting on the built-in seat, so they use a significant amount of water. If you enjoy sitting and reading a book or watching your favourite show in the bathtub, this option may be right for you. However, the depth of this type of tub may mean it's not suitable for those who have small children to bathe.
If you're not concerned about floor space but want your bathroom to have a more minimalist feel to it, a sunken bathtub may be a good option. You need to have a good amount of space under your floor for a sunken tub to be installed, but it frees up wall space and can make your bathroom look more spacious. You can leave your sunken tub uncovered or add a curtain rail or screen around it to create your own little private cocoon.
These are just a few examples of alternatives to a standard bath. If you're renovating and unsure of the best style of bathtub for your home, seek guidance from your contractor.
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