Bathtub Revival: From Traditional Bathtub Types to Contemporary Bathroom Designs
Although they are essential and necessary spaces for residential construction, various bathroom design opportunities have been overlooked in the priority of practicality. Historically programmed for privacy, the contemporary bathroom has been redesigned for increased openness and comfort. Finding a delicate balance between privacy and exposure is facilitated by design objects such as bathtubs.
Showers (practical and space-savvy) are becoming more popular in bathroom design as many people’s lifestyles evolve at an ever-faster pace and living spaces become smaller and more practical. It became an option. With less demand, bathtubs began to become obsolete and remained an additional luxury for those with extra money and space.
In today’s climate, with a growing desire for modularity and a growing interest in wellness development, bathtubs have returned to contemporary bathroom interiors. The bathtub, which offers more privacy and comfort than the shower room, is just one element of the collective that provides the bathroom with an open and meditative quality.
Below are five different bathtub types and examples of their possible applications in modern bathroom spaces.
These classic bathtubs are widespread because of their space-saving design, which makes them suitable for a variety of applications. “Tokonoma” means that the bathtub is installed in the recess of the bathroom. This means that these tubs are very commonly installed between three connecting walls or pocket floors. Some more modern designs have only two walls or large windows to remove the limited nature of this installation method. The alcove between the floors is located inside the three walls, so you only need to finish one side.
These tubs are very similar to alcove tubs and are popular because they fit into other purposeless corners and free up important space. In contemporary design, corner tabs are an easy way to take full advantage of the corners of the bathroom and create a feeling of openness that allows the bathroom to flow seamlessly. These types of bathtubs are also very suitable for accommodating children and the elderly.
Free-standing tubs are the most popular in contemporary bathroom interiors and are ideal for large bathroom layouts that can serve as the focus of a stylish design. The more traditional models are supported by claws and feet, while the contemporary style sits on a block base or has smooth lines without a base.
Drop-in bathtubs are unfinished bathtubs that can be dropped onto a frame or surrounded by a rim and outer structure and can be finished with any material. Unlike alcove tubs, drop-in tubs provide the flexibility and deeper immersion depth to place in the bathroom. Drop-in tabs are housed in custom enclosures with shelves around the tabs to create a style that is unique to your individual application.
Perhaps the most versatile is the undermount tabs that sit under the rim. That is, the bathtub itself is supported by the underlying floor structure because the surrounding deck or area is covered. The undermount tabs are surrounded by a casing that can be seamlessly blended with the same materials as the stones and tiles used in flooring. It can be placed anywhere in the room and the wide rim is ideal for storage.
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