How to Choose the Right Bathtub for Your Renovation? Here's a quick and easy guide.

white back to wall bath with green tiles

How to Choose the Right Bathtub for Your Renovation? Here's a quick and easy guide.

Need help finding your perfect bathtub?

Are you embarking on a bathroom renovation project and wondering which bath is right for you? Choosing the

 for your bathroom is an important decision that will not only impact the functionality of your space but can also really enhance your bathroom’s overall design and aesthetic. 

With so many different types of baths on the market, it can be hard to know where to begin choosing the ideal bath for your project.  In this guide, we’ll take you through various bath types, look at some of the benefits and characteristics of each and explain what types of bathroom projects and situations each one is best suited to. Don’t forget, you can always contact the team at Just in Place to help you work through all your bathtub questions!

Back to wall bath with green tile feature wall

Back to Wall Baths

Back to wall baths are design to be positioned against a wall on one side (a long side), leaving the two short sides exposed. It’s one of the most popular types of baths right now as it gives the luxurious look of a free-standing bath, but doesn’t take up nearly as much space. 

Back to wall baths are excellent for smaller bathrooms or for when your priority is to maximise the available space for everyone to circulate easily. By positioning the bath against the wall, it can save valuable centimetres compared to a true freestanding bath - so you and the whole family can easily brush your teeth at the same time if needed!

The look
Back to wall baths often have a sleek and quite modern look, perfect for contemporary bathrooms, modern coastal style or where you want to add a touch of that luxury feel. They suit the design of most bathrooms where space permits, and their simple, clean lines will keep everything unfussy and fresh. They also come in a huge range of sizes, shapes, and materials, so whether you prefer a rectangular style with sharper lines and squared corners or one with a more rounded, softer shape, there will be one to suit your style. 

Easy cleaning
Because the back of the bath is against the wall, there's no space for dirt and grime to accumulate behind it. This makes cleaning easier compared to traditional freestanding baths.

Things to consider
While back to wall baths are adjoined to the wall along one long edge, there will still be a gap on either side of the bath. It’s important to make sure that you have enough space on either side of your bath to not only allow for installation (it can be tricky to maneuver the bath into position if the space is too tight) but also to ensure that you can access the floor area on each side for cleaning. 

free standing bath

Free Standing Baths

If you’re dreaming of a luxurious, spa-like and visually striking centrepiece for your bathroom, a free-standing bath will certainly deliver! These baths offer the most versatility in terms of placement, as they can be positioned in the centre of your bathroom or against a wall. 

The look
Free-standing baths will give you a dramatic focal point in your bathroom, adding elegance and sophistication to the space. There are almost endless styles, shapes and sizes to choose from meaning you can really find a tub that speaks to your personal style and the look and feel of your bathroom. Whether your look is traditional or modern, a freestanding bath will look sophisticated and luxurious.

Freestanding baths can be installed in various positions in the bathroom, offering flexibility to your layout. They can be placed centrally, against a wall, near a window, or even in the middle of the room, depending on the available space and desired look.

Ease of Installation
Free-standing baths generally require less installation work compared to inset or corner baths, as they don't need to be integrated into walls or surrounding structures. This can actually simplify the renovation process and reduce labour costs.

Things to consider
Free-standing baths require ample space around them for visual impact so they might not be suitable if you’re designing a smaller bathroom. Additionally, the space around freestanding baths can be harder to clean compared to built-in baths, as dust and water can accumulate around the tub. Make sure that your bathroom layout will allow for good access around the bath.

back to wall corner bath

Corner Back to Wall Baths

Perfect for optimising space in smaller bathrooms and creating a cosy feel, the corner back to wall bath fits snugly into the corner of the room. This style maximises floor space while giving a sense of the look and style of a freestanding bath.

Back to wall corner baths are like space-saving superheroes for your bathroom. With two sides adjoining the walls of your bathroom, they sit into the corner, making the most of every inch of your bathroom's layout. Perfect for smaller bathrooms or those where space is at a premium and every centimetre counts!.

The look
These baths bring a sleek and modern vibe to your bathroom. They work beautifully in most styles of bathroom, from coastal calm to fresh and contemporary, this style of bath will add that touch of sophistication to any space. With Back to wall corner baths you have options-galore when it comes to shapes, sizes and styles. You could keep things simple and sophisticated with a gloss acrylic bath with a rounded outer corner or perhaps something with real visual impact such as bath with a fluted style exterior. 

Good for your budget
Here's the best part – back to wall corner baths often come with a wallet-friendly price tag. Compared to larger freestanding models or built-in tubs, they offer excellent value for money without compromising on style or functionality. So, you can enjoy all the perks of a luxurious bath without breaking the bank.

Drop in bath

Drop-in Baths

A drop-in bath, also known as an inset bath, is designed to be recessed into a platform or tiled surround. This type of bath offers you a lot of customisation options, so you can create a beautifully seamless and integrated look in your bathroom. 

Drop-in or inset baths are a fantastic option for small bathrooms or tricky spaces because they are designed to maximise available space while still providing a comfortable bathing experience. With a compact design, drop-in baths are specifically made to fit snugly into an alcove or against a wall, making them ideal when you have limited space or a particular nook that would be a great space for a bath. 

Seamless Integration
One of the key benefits of drop-in baths is how they seamlessly work into the overall design of your bathroom. Because they fit neatly into an alcove or against a wall, they create a clean and cohesive look. You don't have to worry about any wasted corners or under-utilised space. You can also choose how much tiled surround area you want around the bath - somewhere to perch when bathing the kids or some space to put your products or candles. Alternatively, the drop-in bath can fit neatly between two walls with no surround. 

The look
These baths are the chameleons of bathroom design. They come in a huge range of styles and shapes, from sleek and modern to classic and elegant. You can choose from different materials, such as acrylic, fibreglass, or even luxurious stone, to create the perfect look for your bathroom. 

Strength and practicality
Built-in baths are securely installed, preventing any potential movement. Families with kids often appreciate their strength and durability and the option to personalise the tiled surround. Drop-in baths are designed for easy cleaning, with smooth surfaces and no awkward nooks or crannies around the bath for dirt to hide in. 

Simple Installation
Installing a drop-in bath is relatively easy, especially if you're only replacing an existing tub. It just needs to be dropped into place, secured  and you're ready to soak.  Plus, since they're designed to fit into a pre-built space, you don't need to worry about tricky measurements or complex plumbing.

tiled bath with blue handmade tiles

Tiled Baths

For those who prefer a really unique and lush look, a tiled bath offers endless possibilities. With tiled baths, you have the freedom to choose your desired tile materials, patterns, and colors, creating a bath that perfectly matches your style and preferences. Additionally, the tiles provide a wonderfully durable surface.

What is a tiled bath? 
A tiled bath is a type of bathtub that is constructed using individual tiles to create the bathing area. Instead of being made from a single material like acrylic or porcelain, a tiled bathtub is built by applying tiles to the surface of a bathtub structure, typically made from materials such as fiberglass or steel. This structure provides the foundation for the bathtub and ensures its stability and longevity.

Tiled bathtubs are an amazing choice for when you have limited space but but you want something with wow-factor and a luxury look. They can be custom-built to fit snugly into any corner or alcove, making them perfect for bathrooms of all sizes. 

Get creative
Tiled baths are highly customisable and can be tailored to fit your specific space requirements  - no matter how unusual your bathroom space is! They can be installed in virtually any configuration, whether it's against a wall, in a corner, or even as a freestanding centrepiece. 
Once you’ve chosen your dream tile, with a skilled installer, you can create something magical that will be completely unique to your bathroom. 

Things to consider
Like any tiled surface, a tiled bathtub requires a bit of regular cleaning and maintenance to keep it looking its best. This may include wiping down the tiles after each use, periodically resealing the grout lines, and addressing any cracks or chips in the tiles.

We're here to help

At Just In Place, we understand the importance of finding the perfect bath for your bathroom renovation project. Our team of experts is dedicated to helping you understand your needs and find something that will bring your dream bathroom to life. With our great range of high-quality baths, we have options to suit all styles and budgets. Feel free to visit our showroom in Belrose, Sydney, or explore the many projects on our website to learn more about finding the right bath to transform your bathroom into a sanctuary.

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