Baths – A Style Statement

In the majority of bathrooms, the bath is going to be the most dominant feature, mainly due to its size relative to the rest of the room. With this in mind, when looking at a room’s interior, a bespoke bath should be among the first considerations, as it gives more control over the room’s most striking feature. There are, of course, many ways to customise a bath, whether it is freestanding or built in. The most common means of doing so are the bath’s fittings, with the range of choice in this department being fairly wide, with plenty of choices in style and type.

In what would be considered by many a traditional bath shape, taps are generally arranged at one end or, in some cases, roughly mid-way along one side. For one occupant, the decision is mostly aesthetics, but if two share the bath, then taps at an end in a traditional bath shape can be inconvenient for one of the two parties. On occasion, the taps may be mounted on a wall, or even freestanding. Showers can be built into the taps, wall mounted or ceiling mounted. Tap positioning in many baths is fixed, as the holes either come pre-drilled, or the part of the bath able to accept them is limited to the chosen location. On a bespoke bath, particularly a wooden bath, you have far more choice in location of taps and the freedom to have a freestanding tap without fear of unsightly plugged holes.

Bath material is also important. Most baths are made from a limited spectrum of materials and plastics, ceramics or enameled metals tend to be traditional. All of these materials have their advantages, but all tend to be quite harsh visually. You could, of course, encase them in other materials, but this limits your ability to show the lines of the bath itself. Wooden baths look less harsh and, importantly, are made of a material that lends itself to bespoke design. When compared to the relative inflexibility of the traditional materials, wooden baths provide a means to have a truly bespoke feel in the bathroom.

Rooms vary wildly in size and so standard bath sizes may not fit, or in the case of a freestanding bath, look right proportionally. People also vary in size and so a normal sized bath may feel too small or too large for you, or indeed you and anyone you may wish to share with. Wooden baths can be made in a much greater range of sizes to cater for any taste and are easier to add extra features, such as additional support for those using it. Seated baths are available in wood, as are conventionally shaped baths, oval baths and more. They joy of using wood in your bath is that type, size and shape can be determined to a greater extent by the customer.

Wood has other advantages. It is a very beautiful material and for many woods, any treatment that is required does not affect the beauty. A common material for other items of furniture outside the bathroom, wood is overlooked as a bathroom material, but wooden baths are beautiful as well as functional.

For one occupant, the decision is mostly aesthetics, but if two share the bath, then taps at an end in a traditional bath shape can be inconvenient for one of the two parties. On a bespoke bath, particularly a wooden bath, you have far more choice in location of taps and the freedom to have a freestanding tap without fear of unsightly plugged holes.

Rooms vary wildly in size and so standard bath sizes may not fit, or in the case of a freestanding bath, look right proportionally. Seated baths are available in wood, as are conventionally shaped baths, oval baths and more.