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How to Choose a Clawfoot Bathtub

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When you decide to remodel your bathroom, there are many decisions that you need to make. While some of these decisions are purely aesthetic and will not affect the functionality of your bathroom, others are, however, purely functional and have nothing to do with what your bathroom will look like decor-wise. Additionally, there are some items that require both functional and aesthetic appeal, such as the bathtub. If you've decided to use a clawfoot bathtub, you need to choose the one that's right for your bathroom.

Instructions

1. Research the different between the materials a clawfoot bathtub can be made from. Porcelain on steel bathtubs resist corrosion, but can rust. Fiberglass is inexpensive and durable but can fade and scratch easily, and enameled cast iron is a very durable but expensive choice.

2. Identify which style you prefer for your clawfoot bathtub. A classic roll top, for example, will have a rounded end where you can rest your head while soaking while the other end is square. Double slipper clawfoot bathtubs are rounded on both ends and have a more formal appearance. A slipper tub is rounded at the end as well but provides more neck support while soaking. The best way to decide upon a style is to view the different types of clawfoot bathtubs in person.

3. Measure your bathroom to determine the bathtub length that best complements the room. These models generally don't rest right up against the wall, so they can take up more space than other types of tubs. Common clawfoot bathtub dimensions are generally 40 to 85 inches long and 22 to 72 inches wide. Unless the tub is mostly decorative, the largest sizes will help accomodate taller individuals. Since clawfoot tubs are generally rounded, they are more difficult to stand up and dry off in than a tub that is also a shower. Therefore, make sure there is adequate space beside the tub for a mat. Also, because of their shape, you should anticipate having unused space in your bathroom because they won't fit neatly into a corner.

4. Compare the depth of the clawfoot tubs you're choosing from. Many people want a clawfoot, freestanding tub so they can soak in them. If this is the case, the depth should be at least 15 inches; some styles offer up to 20 inches or more. For tall individuals, depth can compensate for a lack of length if you need to fit the tub into a smaller bathroom.

5. Examine the tub's legs. Clawfoot bathtubs can have many different styles of legs, ranging from traditional pedestals to literal claws that make the tub look like some kind of wild animal. The legs you choose will depend on your bathroom's design and your personal taste.

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