Not all baths are rectangular – many interesting shapes and sizes are available as part of manufacturers standard ranges. So finding a bath which meets your special requirements should pose no problems. The simplest variations differ little from the common rectangular shape.
Shorter-than-usual baths are available to fit into smaller-than-usual rooms – and there are also extra-long baths for tall people. Contoured baths which are wasted in the middle, tracing the outline of the human body, are both comfortable and economical on water. Corner baths not only look different, they can also be extremely practical. Many have a built-in shelf or ledge – ideal for sitting children on or resting your novel or magazine safely out of the wet. Since the sides of the smallest corner bath are 1200mm in length (considerably shorter than the conventional 1600/1700mm), they are particularly suited to small en suite or irregularly-shaped bathrooms.
Round baths provide a taste of Hollywood-style’ bathing, but also require a Hollywood-sized bathroom to create the desired effect! Whirlpool baths with some wall hung vanity basin furniture are also known as spa baths or Jacuzzis. Nozzles in the sides of the bath pump out pressurised streams of water to massage as well as cleanse.
Sit-in baths are square and squat in shape, ideal where space really is in short supply.
Period baths incorporate the elegant details of Victorian and Edwardian designs – fluted or scalloped edges, decorative patterns, brass taps and accessories. They also take advantage of up-to-date materials and technology. Modern conveniences such as bidets as well as baths and basins are available. Some period baths are freestanding with ball and claw legs; others are elegantly enclosed in wooden paneling. Basins are frequently inset into wooden washstands or vanity units. WCs usually have wooden seats. A touch of flamboyance To locate a really special bath, consult one of the growing number of bathroom specialists, where you might find a striking heart-shaped or hexagonal bath – or even a bath for two!