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A classic pedestal tub, tucked into a window alcove that overlooks a beautiful view of the outdoors, softens the angular lines of this serene bath. A chandelier above underscores the sense of a luxurious retreat.
Tip: Depending on where you put your tub, you may need specialty fixtures that can drive up the plumbing bill, such as a floor-mounted or rim-mounted faucet and appropriate drain and overflow mechanisms. Before you buy, consult a licensed plumber about your options and what their installation will entail.
If you'd like to use the tub as a shower base, you'll need a separate shower enclosure and faucet, which will add another layer of costs and complications.
One of the best features of pedestal tubs is their flexibility. If you have the space, and if the water source can be configured accordingly, you can position one at any spot in the bathroom that suits your needs. They also come in such diverse lengths and widths that you don't have to worry about conforming to a predetermined niche.
Tip: Pedestal tubs tend to be expensive compared to standard styles — expect to pay roughly $1,000 to $2,000 for a basic model from a home center. Custom surfaces or costly materials, such as the walnut for the tub seen here, can propel the price tag as high as five figures.
Looking for bargains? Try Craigslist, salvage stores, flea markets and online auction sites.
Although people often picture pedestal tubs in their old-fashioned oval form, new profiles have redefined this traditional style. This modern version rests on a slim base and has a minimalist air that evokes the purity and delicacy of an eggshell.
Tip: For young kids or for those with limited mobility, getting in and out of a freestanding tub can be difficult. Keep a low, slip-proof stool on hand for a boost.
One potential downside of freestanding tubs is that they lack a ledge or surround for storing accessories. The solution? Add a small table nearby and bring in baskets for towels, a rack for robes and other spots to corral sundries.
This copper and nickel tub emits an air of rustic warmth and harks back to the portable tin washtubs of pioneer days.
Tip: Although cast iron and other metal tubs retain heat exceptionally well, they're also quite heavy. Have a professional assess your floor to see whether it can bear the weight. Fiberglass and resin models are lighter alternatives.