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Bath Buyer’s Guide

Bath Buyer’s Guide

Your bathroom is the perfect sanctuary for you to escape the stresses of the outside world and relax. Nothing beats a long, hot soak in the bath after a busy day, which is why it’s important that your tub meets your exact specifications. With all the options available on the market today, choosing the perfect bath design can prove to be a rather challenging task. Therefore, the best way to start this search is to decide whether or not you would like a freestanding or an inset bath.

To help you make this decision, this article will discuss some of the features associated with freestanding and inset baths, including cost, space, plumbing and design.

Freestanding baths

As the name suggests, freestanding baths are not fitted close to a wall or built into the wall itself. Best suited for a generously sized bathroom, incorporating a freestanding bath into your bathroom design will instantly create a sense of luxury and indulgence.The unique look of freestanding baths has made them a popular choice for homeowners in recent years, particularly those looking to create a ‘statement’ bathroom.

The versatility of freestanding baths means they can complement both contemporary and traditional bathroom designs seamlessly, and are available in an extensive range of styles and finishes so you can find the perfect tub to suit your bathroom.

While they are typically more expensive than other baths, the durability and longevity of freestanding bath designs means they will deliver on functionality and style for many years to come, so they’re well worth the investment.

If you are looking to use a freestanding bath as a statement piece in your bathroom, you could position the bath on a raised platform to make it a central feature in the room. As well as improving the aesthetics of a bathroom, the versatility of freestanding baths also makes them the perfect practical option too. The space surrounding a freestanding tub makes it easier to give the kids a wash, as well as giving you a sense of seclusion when you want to indulge in a long soak yourself.

In terms of plumbing, as freestanding tubs are usually positioned in the centre of the room, additional plumbing fees may be charged to fit and conceal the pipework.

Inset bath

In comparison, an inset bath is usually a less expensive option, with many choosing this design as it fits with their taste and budget. A popular feature of an inset bath is that it sits neatly along the wall – usually in the corner of the room – meaning it will suit almost any bathroom size.

Inset baths are available in a range of sizes, making it an ideal option for bathrooms which are limited on space. Furthermore, for smaller bathrooms which don’t have the space for a separate bath and shower, the design of an inset bath means that it can also double up as a shower, so you won’t have to choose between one or the other.

With regards to plumbing, inset baths are considerably less complicated than freestanding baths as their design means all pipework is hidden away behind the bath panel or into the wall, making access for repairs much easier.


Here at Ebberns, we understand that your bath will be at the centre point of your bathroom, which is why we offer an extensive range of bath tub designs so you can find the perfect option which meets your exact needs. From stand-alone roll tops to elaborate whirl pool designs, all our models deliver on style, functionality and quality. For further information or advice, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team today.



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