Building or renovating? When it comes to choosing the right bath for your bathroom space, there are a number of key considerations to factor in.
First question …freestanding or built-in? This depends on two factors – space and functionality.
A freestanding bath takes more space than a built-in and also requires additional space for a table or shelf for toiletries.
Second question – shape? There is now a huge range of shapes available, especially in freestanding.
Take into consideration the overall design of the bathing space and any fittings that have already been selected – Kohler’s freestanding baths offer a choice of soft curves and clean, geometric lines
to echo tap, basin and accessory profiles.
Drop-in baths offer a choice of rectangular or oval shapes with or without lumbar supports and head pillows.
When choosing a freestanding bath check the weight and the structural supports of the bathroom – designs such as the Reve cast iron bath are heavier than acrylic options.
Size is another important consideration – lengths vary, in general, from 1675mm to 1800mm with some of the freestanding designs, such as the Askew, offering more generous proportions.
While the choice of bath material used to be restricted to cast iron or simple acrylic there are now far more options. Lithocast baths for example, while made from a high grade acrylic, actually look like a finely honed white stone – but are warm to the touch and comfortable on the skin.
The final consideration is one of luxury! Kohler leads the field in BubbleMassage technology whereby a series of tiny holes, concealed around the lower perimeter of the bath, emits thousands of bubbles filled with warm air that support and massage the entire body, releasing muscle tension and gently relaxing the bather from head to toe.
BubbleMassage technology is available in both built-in and freestanding baths.