Over the years the humble bathroom has transformed in many homes across the world. Once serving as a simple, practical concept, the modern bathroom has now become a place of leisure, a place to relax and unwind, and a style piece.
With a greater interest in luxury in the home (home cinemas etc) the luxury bathroom, is now becoming a more popular albeit more affordable design decision.
In a world where spas and 5 star hotels were once an escape for only the elite, we find ourselves with the opportunity to recreate the same idea at home, with various brands designing awe-inspiring furniture, units, baths and technology to make your bathroom experience a high class one.
As the bathtub is the ultimate place to relax, not to mention the largest item in your bathroom, choosing the perfect bath is essential. At Bathroom City we have a wide range of tubs available including freestanding baths, roll top baths, boat baths, slipper baths, shower baths, whirlpool baths, straight baths, L shaped baths, P shaped baths, acrylic baths and more. How you will use the bath in your daily life and the style of your bathroom are important factors when making your decision.
Who is the Bath for?
If you have a growing family, the chances are you will require a bath that is easy to reach in and out of and has plenty of room.
At Bathroom City many of our large baths come without tap holes so you can customise the bath to suit your family needs even further. If you’re a couple you may be interested in a double ended bath, allowing two people to bathe simultaneously, still allowing each person room to enjoy the soak.
Many of these baths are reinforced and offer enhanced thermal properties - maximising rigidity and providing you with an unforgettable bathing experience.
Practicality Versus Luxury
Do you have room for a bigger bath? Will your current bathroom accommodate a bath with all the latest high tech additions? Can you afford to upgrade? Picking a bath that’s right for you means it fits around you and your life, not the other way around.
Sometimes, while we’d all love a luxurious bath, our lives or budgets don’t allow for this. Whatever the case, Bathroom City have a bath for everyone, and finding the perfect balance between practicality and luxury is something we pride ourselves on.
Take our whirlpool bathing systems
for example. If an existing whirlpool bath is out of your price range, there are whirlpool systems on the market that can be attached to an existing tub to give you the feel of luxury and relaxation without breaking the bank. From 6-18 jets, these whirlpool systems can take an ordinary bath into a whole new dimension.
If practicality is your priority, you might find your answer in the form of a shower bath. Designed to allow for showering or bathing, the shower bath gives you the extra space to enjoy both experiences without taking over your entire bathroom. Available as L shaped baths or P shaped baths, these are well worth considering if you’re trying to save space.
An L shaped bath combines the wider standing room of a shower cubicle with the familiar shape of a straight bath to give you the best of both worlds. A P shaped bath does a similar job but is curved to give a softer look.
Hardwearing acrylic baths are a good option for their excellent thermal properties which means they retain heat and are warm to the touch.
For some, the bathroom is designed to be beautiful. Curvaceous lines, intricate detail and colour may be top of the priority list. The bath can help build on the theme of a bathroom and in many cases be the focal point.
Whether you’re looking for a modern bath or traditional bath, it is essential that your choice integrates with your décor. Take the freestanding bath for example, which is often used to create a stunning bathroom centrepiece. Usually designed with beautiful leg detail and placed within the bathroom to be the focal point, a freestanding bath can create the perfect mix of traditional bathing and luxury.
Different types of freestanding bath include roll top baths with their distinctive curved rim, slipper baths which are single ended baths that raise at one end to give shoulder support and boat baths which have a double ended design that raises at both ends. These timeless traditional baths complement period-style bathroom installations and create a luxurious feeling of quality.
If you have a contemporary interior then there are modern baths that can have the wow-factor and bring designer curves and high-end chic to your minimalist bathroom.
Don’t forget, when thinking about the aesthetics for your new bath, to consider the accessories- taps, wastes and plugs. Traditional baths are complemented by ornate and elegant accessories complete with period flourishes and modern baths can be finished off with minimalist designer taps finished in sparkling chrome.
It’s the finishing touches that give your bath - and even bathroom - character.
Baths at Bathroom City
At Bathroom City we have a full range of freestanding baths, roll top baths, boat baths, slipper baths, L shaped baths, P shaped baths, shower baths, straight baths and whirlpool baths from many of the leading bathroom brands. So whether you want a modern bath or a traditional bath the experts at Bathroom City will help you make the right choice.
At Bathroom City we know choosing the right bathroom product is important and after over 25 years in the business we know we have the best advice to help you on your way. Please email [email protected] for more information on our products.
Add Luxury to your Bathroom Suite with a Roll Top Bath
When we’re looking into the bleak and tired existence of our current bathroom suite in desperate need of a refurbishment, it can be difficult to begin dreaming up our ideal bathroom suite when we have such a desolate space in front of us.
Uninspired by what lay before us, our current suite can subtly effect the decisions we make in the redesign, looking at the placement of our old bath can make us automatically assume that we must position a new bath in the very same spot, especially if space is at a premium.
It’s these design ideas that make roll top baths and freestanding baths an overlooked option in bathroom redevelopment, although being one of the most luxurious and timeless bathing solutions.
What is a Roll Top or Freestanding Bath?
A truly traditional feature in any bathroom, roll top and freestanding baths are the quintessential design that most will imagine given the question “imagine a bathroom”.
Standing as the focal point in your bathroom suite, roll top and freestanding baths can be located anywhere in your space, not just shyly tucked away in the corner like most standard straight baths, capturing the essence of period appeal while providing a comfortable and relaxing bathing solution.
Know widely for their ball and claw feet, a traditional roll top bath or freestanding bath is raised from the floor and can be entered by any angle, often found coupled with a floor standing tap.
Bathrooms that utilise the grandeur of a luxury roll top bath often ooze traditional appeal as the typical freestanding bath offers a more vintage feel then the norm, although modern freestanding baths are also a particularly popular choice amongst customers.
With that said, Bathroom City is home to a wealth of traditional and contemporary roll top and freestanding baths in a versatile range of shapes, sizes and styles.
So it’s time to take a look back at the lackluster design of our bathroom suite, clear our minds of the current features and look to expand the suite into a world of luxury with a roll top of freestanding bath.
Choosing the Right Roll Top Bath for your Bathroom Suite
Like all popular bathroom features, the market is packed with different styles so without actually entering our showroom and speaking to our experts it can be hard begin searching for a roll top bath that mirrors your aspirations.
Starting with a tried and true traditional roll top bath, the Bentley Double Ended Traditional Freestanding Bath from Imperial Bathrooms captures the character of premium 19th century artistry, providing a sumptuous bathing experience within its generous proportions and comfortable double ended design, perfect for two people to enjoy simultaneously.
The Bentley freestanding roll top bath is at the forefront of luxury styling, designed to grab the attention of everyone who enters your bathroom, combining a high quality cast iron construction, beautiful ball and claw feet and complete with a grey primer finish so that you can paint the exterior to suit your bathroom suite – a truly luxurious take on traditional vogue.
Slowly blurring the lines between core Victorian appeal and modern chic, the Classico Traditional Cast Roll Top Bath from Clearwater, tones down the period details for a smoother more advanced look that bridges the gap between old and new for a look that oozes an unrivalled timeless quality.
The Classico roll top bath is not just a standout feature; it also supplies an extremely versatile look that can be accompanied by a wealth of other bathroom furniture and sanitaryware, allowing the bath to sit both modern and classically styled bathroom suites.
Fast forwarding further into more contemporary styles, the Brindley 1700 Soaking Free Standing Bath, is a stunning modern design that exudes minimalist chic with its sleek curves and spacious design, choosing to swap more traditional feet for a roll top bath that sits neatly on the floor.
Ideal for modern bathroom suites, the Brindley roll top bath is best coupled with contemporary bathroom furniture and sanitaryware for a unique take on classical bathroom design, with a double sided Lucite acrylic construction for an even longer life.