Traditional freestanding baths fall into a number of broad categories with regard to their normal shape, two different problems with equal importance are the type of foot and the type of faucet fittings required. Each of those and the primary styles of traditional tub tub form are described below. The information in this article is about contemporarily manufactured traditional fashion freestanding baths not antique baths.
Tub Foot Model
Traditional bath feet often come in considered one of four broad types though the variation within those styles may be great. Plain ft, ball and claw ft, typically just called claw ft are in the form of a talon or claw gripping onto a ball which rests on the floor and takes the weight of the bathtub, lions paw feet are formed just like the paw of a lion standing on the toilet floor after which there are numerous more or less Art Deco type ft that you will discover on a number of freestanding baths. Of those three categories the ball and claw toes are available such wide variation that the more stylised versions are barely recognisable as such with much of the element gone. Plain feet are similar to the ball and claw generally shape but haven’t any element on them.
Bathtub toes are available in varied materials and finishes, forged iron feet must be painted, most frequently they’re painted black, white or the same colour as the lavatory walls. Toes are additionally available made from brass, either with a polished brass finish (which is often used with gold taps) or in electroplated chrome, gold (often called vintage gold), brushed nickel or shiny nickel. Not all traditional baths have feet. In general feet usually are not interchangeable between baths although they could sometimes be that specific producers use the identical feet on two or more of their baths. You must by no means purchase a shower without the feet unless you already know you can get the proper toes manufactured for that bath.
Roll High and Faucet Fittings
Its important to know once you buy a traditional freestanding tub what sort of taps you’ll use with it and what you’ll need to attractively plumb them in Traditional freestanding baths are often called roll top baths, this refers to the rolling fringe of many traditional style of bath. It’s not doable to mount a faucet onto the rolling fringe of a roll high bath. A traditional resolution to this was to drill the taps gap in the side of the tub just above the overflow the faucets used are shaped to come back up at right angles to the water inlet so they are in the same form as a deck mounted set of taps. These taps are called globe taps, they usually come as a pair of faucets, hot and cold. Globe taps are solely really used lately with antique cast iron roll top baths.
More generally today roll top baths onto which taps will be mounted have what’s called a faucet platform. A faucet platform is a flattened part of the bathtub edge into which tap holes can be drilled and faucets mounted. For baths onto which taps can’t be mounted you will use both wall mounted or ground mounted taps. Note additionally that there are some contemporarily manufactured and, broadly talking, traditionally styled baths that shouldn’t have a roll high as such and onto which taps might in theory be mounted anyplace on the edge of the bath.
Traditional Single Ended
This is the simplest of the traditional bathtub types, its a stage topped tub sitting on 4 toes, in plan its rounded at the head finish (where your head would go if you happen to were mendacity in it) and flat at the foot end. The plug hole and overflow are on the foot end of the bath. If it has a faucet platform that can be on the foot finish of the bath. Its distinguished from a slipper tub by being the identical height throughout the top of the bath.
Traditional Double Ended
This is actually the identical because the traditional single ended tub but in plan it’s rounded at both ends and the plug gap and overflow in the middle of one of the lengthy sides of the bath. If it has a tap platform then that is also in the center along the lengthy side of the bath. Like the one ended bath it’s the same height throughout the top of the bath and it sits on 4 feet of 1 model or another..
A slipper tub is a traditional single ended bath however with a the head finish of the tub higher than the foot end. The head finish of the tub rises up, often with some fashion, to make the (heeled) ‘slipper’ shape after which the bath is named. Traditional slipper baths sit on four feet, typically with slipper baths the front toes and back feet are slightly totally different shapes and are usually not interchangeable. Quick slipper baths, 1500mm. are fashionable in en-suites. Giant slipper baths are suitable for a really luxurious and indulgent setting. Slipper baths are sometimes but not all the time fairly broad and deep.
A bateau bath is a double ended model of the slipper bath, whereas the slipper bathtub goes up at just one end the bateau is symmetrical and rises up at both ends. Like the slipper bath its typically on 4 feet, not like the slipper bath there should not usually be totally different ft required for the front and back. Bateau baths are found each with and with out tap ledges for mounting taps.
A ship bathtub is a bateau bathtub without feet, instead it generally has a skirt that goes down to a plinth which takes the burden of the bath (or a metal frame beneath could sometimes take the burden). Like bateau baths, boat baths are available with and without faucet holes.
Keyhole Shower Baths
These keyhole formed baths, where the round finish of the tub was for a shower are very uncommon and there might be no non-bespoke producers of them left, although up till lately they may very well be purchased as a non-bespoke product.