A lot of the decisions we make when planning and designing a bathroom revolve around the tub. Shopping for a new tub can be pretty fun and exciting but can also be quite challenging and problematic. A task like choosing the size of the tub can turn out to be quite tricky. The standard bathtub size varies according to the type of tub you choose and to the shape and these elements are in turn closely linked to the size and shape of the room. So let’s be organized and check out some beautiful designs that you can use as inspiration.
Freestanding tubs are generally considered to look modern and are usually defined by smooth lines and stylish curves. A typical freestanding tub is around 60” long and 30” wide with water depth of 19”. Smaller versions are available too and they measure 55” in length, 27” in width with 15” water depth while large freestanding tubs are generally 72” long and 32” wide with 20” water depth.
Freestanding tubs often require larger bathrooms and oval tubs, although they may look larger in general are only slightly wider than rectangular tubs and just as long and deep.
A drop in standard tub size usually 60” long, 30” wide with 16” water depth. As usual, you can most likely find smaller and larger versions too. A drop in tub has no visible finished sides but its rim is however visible, in contrast with under-mount tubs.
Since the tub is an essential part of the bathroom, it’s important to take your time and to choose the style and size that best suits you based on the shape you prefer, the material you choose, the weight of the tub as well as your bathing habits.
Before you pick the size of your tub, be sure to check exactly how much weight the floor can support. This is particularly important if you choose a tub made of marble or stone because even a small or standard size tub of this kind can turn out to be incredibly heavy.
Some tubs are simply too special to commit to the standard bathtub size chart. This can happen if the tub has a particularly unusual shape. Even so, you can usually rely on the typical measurements of that particular type of tub. We’ve already mentioned the ones for freestanding tubs but if you prefer a corner tub for example, a standard one would measure 60” by 60” with a water depth of 20”.
Some types of tubs are better for cleaning while others are better suited for de-stressing, relaxation and meditation. Of course, that’s not the only detail that can help you determine the size and shape of tub that you need. For example, if you have a large and spacious bathroom, chances are that the standard tub size won’t really satisfy the design.
Some tub can be just a little deeper than the standard kind and this makes them similar to Japanese soaking tubs which are taller and shorter than usual. Some modern freestanding tubs are hybrids between these two types.
It’s best to decide what size your tub should be based on the dimensions and the layout of the bathroom and to aim for visual harmony. Avoid putting a large tub in a small bathroom. Even if it may seem like an ok idea at first, you can eventually feel like the room is claustrophobic and tiny because of that.
A lot of times oval tubs seem to look longer than rectangular tubs. That’s usually just an impression. The standard tub size is generally the same regardless of the shape of the tub and has everything to do with the type.