When you’re remodeling your home, the right decor choice isn’t always picking the latest showroom model – sometimes, it’s looking backward in time. An antique tub, for instance, is a beautiful and luxurious throwback that will give your home a completely unique sense of style. Use the guide below to choose a long-lasting and attractive piece for your project.
How to Choose an Antique Tub
1. Match the Style of Your Bathroom
Antique tubs come in many shapes and styles. Choose the specifications you feel best complement your vision. If you admire Art Deco, for instance, choose a footless tub from the 1920s with clean, sleek lines and rounded edges. If you’re after a classic Victorian look, try a slipper tub – one with a higher back at one end perfect for lounging – with ornate clawfeet. Classic roll-rim clawfoot tubs are popular and versatile options. Vintage tubs will generally be made of cast iron and covered with lovely porcelain. While they’re often white, you may be able to find alternative colors.
2. Consider Fixture Types
Fixtures likewise come in many styles, colors, and materials. Faucets can either mount to the side of the tub or to the floor. If you prefer to use your clawfoot tub for showers, you can also add a shower surround kit with a wall-mounted fixture. Faucets and other hardware are available in brass, shiny chrome, and brushed nickel, to name a few. Some feature attached handheld shower nozzles, while others have graceful, swan-necked spouts for filling the tub.
3. Choose Placement Carefully
Depending on the size and shape of your bathroom, you don’t necessarily need to place the antique tub in the same spot as your previous one. In fact, because many are freestanding, you don't have to place it against a wall. Many people enjoy the luxury of a central bath surrounded by tables and shelves within easy reach. Your only spatial constraints will be the degree to which you want to modify your plumbing to accommodate your new model.
Antique tubs are charming additions to any home, but they may require TLC from time to time. If you’ve recently bought an old tub that needs restoration or your current model is looking a little worse for wear, contact Porcelain Glaze in Clinton, CT. For more than 30 years, they’ve helped Middlesex County clients breathe new life into their homes. They’ll complete key elements of your bathroom remodeling project, including tub, tile, and sink reglazing. Visit their Better Business Bureau® page to learn more about them online or call (860) 669-2576 to schedule a consultation.