Soak It Up: Freestanding Tubs

The Elena tub by MTI Baths is nestled in a hand-made steel cradle.

If ever there was a time to wash away your worries, the past year has been it. Lynn Nelson, showroom manager of Kitchens & Baths by Briggs (Lenexa), says the increasing popularity of freestanding tubs are proof positive.

“People are looking for a quiet, relaxing soak,” Nelson says. We caught up with her to discover the latest offerings for the bath.

Chapal 70 by Barclay is made of a copper interior and black copper exterior.

Modern shapes are in high demand, everything from stark cubism to free-flowing organic lines with asymmetry. Claw feet have been replaced by interesting metal bases and legs. The Elena With Cradle by MTI Baths includes a steel tub base that resembles chopsticks.

Victoria + Albert tubs, including Pescadero (above), are available in 194 colors.

Metal tub exteriors are on trend—mirrored, chrome, polished brass, and especially matte black. If you’re looking for color, Victoria + Albert offers their tubs in a rainbow array of 194 exterior options for its freestanding tubs in matte or gloss.

Scala Freestanding by BainUltra features crisp, elegant lines and metal feet.

Other considerations:

  • Thinner tub walls allow for larger bathing wells.
  • If you’re trying to retrofit a small space but must have a soaker, there are tubs available at 48 inches long.
  • Other materials such as acrylic and stone composites warm water faster than cast iron and retain heat longer.

Nelson’s top piece of advice for selecting one: “Shopping for tubs is like shopping for shoes. I tell people to take their shoes off, sit in a tub and try it on to see if they like it.”

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