Decorating a bathroom can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Coming up with a unique theme for the bathroom can be helpful when it comes to finding inspiration. A vintage bathroom theme is always an exciting choice, with a vintage bath tub serving as the focal point of the room. Vintage bathtubs make the perfect addition to any Victorian style home, but will look great in any bathroom.
Homeowners should realize that finding a vintage bath tub no longer means limiting their searching to antique shops or flea markets. If you want an authentic antique bathtub then this is the route to go, but if you’re simply trying to create a vintage look, many manufacturers now offer a variety of vintage style tubs in several styles and sizes.
When thinking of vintage bathtubs, the claw foot tub is likely to come to mind. This is a classic, freestanding style that features four “feet” that elevate the tub off of the floor several inches. These “feet”, or claws, may be fairly simple, or may have intricate designs on them. Claw foot tubs typically come in either a rolled or slipper rim style. The slipper type offers users a high back rest that makes for comfortable place to relax or lean against. If you’re one who enjoys taking long, leisurely soaks or bubble baths then this is the perfect bathtub for you.
Claw foot style tubs are available in several different sizes, with some even being large enough to accommodate two persons at the same time. Whether your bathroom is large or small, there are claw foot tub sizes ranging from 48 inches to around 70 inches to accommodate your needs. These vintage bath tubs are commonly made from cast iron. This makes them incredibly sturdy and with proper care, the porcelain surface covering the tub will last for decades. There are also some modern models that are made from heavy duty acrylic to minimize the weight and make them easier to move around.
Another material found in vintage style bathtubs is copper. The copper tub provides a truly unique antique appeal, and some models have exquisite detailing on the exterior which really adds something to the bathroom. Some copper bathtub options allow the consumer to customize the exterior to fit their own personal taste and decor.
As with other materials, copper tubs are available in a variety of styles and sizes. When choosing the copper option, plan to spend a lot more on your bathtub purchase than you would if choosing an acrylic or cast iron model.
Vintage style bathtubs also come in pedestal types, without the classic claw feet. These tubs have a short, solid base all around the bottom. Pedestal tubs are also available in cast iron, acrylic, and copper materials. Some people find that pedestal styles are easier to clean around rather than cleaning under claw foot styles. Whether you go with a claw foot style or pedestal style, both bathtubs will create a beautiful vintage look from days gone by.
A bathroom remodel is one of the best investments you can make as a homeowner and a vintage bath tub can really add that special something to the decor, really making the bathroom stand out. Not only does the bathtub serve as a key feature in the room and as a place to bathe, it also provides a great way to lean back and unwind from the everyday stresses of life. Unlike a shower, a roomy vintage style tub allows you to sit back and enjoy a glass of wine and a good book while soaking your cares away.
When choosing a modern “vintage style” bathtub, consumers also have modern options such as choosing to add a D shaped curtain rod and shower head so they also have the advantage of having a shower available while still maintaining a vintage look.
Some freestanding vintage style tub models also have the option of installing a base so that you can turn the tub into a Jacuzzi, enjoying modern bathtub benefits while still keeping an old fashioned appeal to the bathroom. A vintage bathtub is an investment in something that will always remain a timeless classic and has a style that appeals to almost any taste.