Q: We’re remodeling our smaller bathroom and want a separate shower stall and a bathtub. The shower stall will be custom to give us design flexibility, but we need to find a comfortable tub that can fit the smaller space. Any ideas?
A: Standard-size alcove bathtubs are designed to fit in small areas, but you seem to be looking for a little more comfort, while still trying to fit the tub into the space. I do have a couple of suggestions. Hopefully, one of these bathtub styles can work for you.
Corner tub. If you have an open corner, this style might work for you. It is designed to open up floor space by using up as much corner space as possible. This can also allow for a slightly larger bathing area, compared to a standard-size tub. Some corner baths can even accommodate two bathers.
Soaking tub. This style has been around for a very long time. Soaking tubs usually have a smaller footprint, but they can allow for deeper bathing. Rather than lying in the tub, users are in a seated position. The deeper bath well allows for a relaxed soaking experience.
Options and features are available for both models, proving that good things do come in small packages.
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