|Freestanding baths come in a whole load of different styles, the purpose of this section is to describe broadly what these are so that you can direct your search according to your needs and find the bath of your dreams that much more easily. So find out what variety there is, and then, if you are curious follow some of the links here and imagine what you could have in your bathroom.
Many people feel that they clearly want either a traditional or a contemporary style bathroom. If you are one of these people then this is a good place to start and to help you Classical Baths classifies all its baths as either traditional or contemporary or in a few cases both (where a bath has a combination of features which might make it specifically suitable to both). You can either use the main menu to look for traditional or contemporary freestanding baths or whenever you are looking at a mixture of contemporary and traditional baths look on the left and amongst a list of filters you will find 'Traditional' and 'Contemporary', click on these to apply the appropriate filter.
Double Ended/Single Ended
A single ended bath is one where the plug hole and overlfow hole are at one end of the bath known as the foot of the bath, the other end being the head of the bath. When you lie in a single ended bath the plug hole is at your feet. A double ended bath on the other hand is one where the plug and overflow are midway along the bath lengthwise so when you lie in the bath the plug and oveflow are to one side of you half way down the bath. Rarely the plug is dead centre in the bath but usually it is over to one side next to the side that the overflow is on. There are many examples of both single and double ended baths for both traditional and contemporary style bathroooms.
Roll Top/Flat Top
The term roll top bath is sometimes used to mean almost any freestanding bath. Traditionally however roll top baths have been baths where the edge of the bath can be specified by a radius which describes the arc of a circle. In contrast to this there are other freestanding baths on which the edge of the bath is more or less flat. Most but not all traditional baths are roll top baths, most but not all contemporary baths are flat top baths. Many roll top baths have a part of the bath edge that flattens out so that tap holes can be drilled and taps fitted to the edge of the bath (taps cannot be fitted onto a rolled edge). When this is done the flattened part of the bath edge is known as the tap platform. The most important difference between a roll top and a flat top bath is that it is easier to balance a cup of coffee on the edge of a flat top.
How the Bath Stands on the Floor - Feet/Plinths/Cradles/To Floor
An important distinction amongst baths is how they sit on the floor. On this site we divide the options into four types described below:
The classic traditional cast iron ball and claw foot is the one the instantly spings to mind but there are many more styles, both traditional and contemporary, in all sorts of finishes including cast iron, chrome, brass, gold and paintable. Be aware that bath feet by different manufacturers are not interchangeable and you must have the right feet for the right bath, some manufacturers do however provide a wide variety of foot styles for many of their baths and you may have a choice of six or seven styles in two or three finishes. For some baths front and back feet may be different and you should always be careful to refer to the manufacturers instructions provided with the bath when fitting them. If in doubt ring us.
The wooden plinth is a more or less contemporary style often but not always associated with an Oriental or Japanese style of bath. We include in this category baths on four wooden blocks or feet. Wooden parts for baths are usually veneers of beech, maple, oak, wenge, cherry or chestnut on a wood composite or in some cases solid wooden blocks.
Another contemporary design is to have the bath supported by a metal cradle of one style or another. Good in a clean-lined ultra minimalist bathroom or wherever else your imagination can put it.
Within the category of baths that go right down to the floor we also include baths that sit on single long plinths made of the same material as the bath, this includes many of the traditional boat baths. Most of the other baths the go right down to the floor without feet or plinths or cradle are more or less contemporary styles.
Freestanding/Tile In and Shower Baths
There are a number of freestanding baths that are designed to tile into a wall. Some just tile in along one long side and others tile into a corner, i.e. along one long side and a short side. Baths designed to tile into a corner will form a right angle where they tile into the corner so that the bath can be completely sealed into the wall with no gaps. Generally these baths will also have a right angle on the outside corner opposite the tiled in corner so that a shower screen can easily be fitted along the top outside edge and be fully sealed. Baths that are designed to tile into a corner will come in left or right hand versions suitable for the two different orientations in which fitting is possible. When lying in the bath the right handed version is open on the right and against the wall to the left and the left handed version is the other way round.
Traditional Styles - Boat Baths, Bateau Baths and Slipper Baths
There are a small number of traditional styles that have becomes so well known that they have names that describe the style of bath. Chief amongst these are the Boat Baths, Bateau Baths and Slipper Baths.
A slipper bath, sometimes called a french slipper bath, is a single ended roll top bath on feet where the head of the bath is hihger than the foot of the bath.
A boat bath is a double ended roll top bath typically but not always without feet but going right down to the floor and/or on a plinth. What's essential in a boat bath apart from being double ended is that the lowest part of the bath is in the middle and the bath is symmetrical and higher at either end. A boat bath looks a bit like two head ends of a slipper bath stuck together hence boat baths are sometimes known as dounble ended slipper baths.
A bateau bath is a boat bath mounted on feet with no plinth, often these baths have a roll top all around the edge of the bath and so have to be fitted with freestanding taps.