What Type of Bath Should I Get?

Fast-paced living and the need for quick showers mean that more Dorchester and Somerset homeowners are opting for standalone showers these days. Still, nothing compares to pondering the meaning of life whilst soaking in a bubble bath. If this is the kind of experience you want, your upcoming bathroom redesign should certainly include a tub. But what type should you install? Use this buying guide to help you select the best bath for your needs.

Standard Bath

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Standard baths, also known as straight baths, are roughly 1.7 metres long by 0.7 metres wide. Slightly longer or shorter versions are also available. Choosing the right tub length is important to ensure the perfect fit during installation.

This type of bath is rectangularly shaped and has water taps on one end. The bath sits up against the wall to save space and is usually surrounded by a bath panel to create a finished look.


The most common materials for standard baths are acrylic and enamelled steel. Acrylic is chemical-resistant and doesn’t conduct heat. It can also be treated with a slip-resistant surface for safety. Enamelled steel is heavy, strong and durable. The metal substrate also boasts better heat retention and high resistance to scratching and breakage. Copper bathtubs retain heat for longer and are ideal for a touch of elegance.

When to Install a Standard Bath

Suitable for both contemporary and traditional settings, standard baths are typically best for small- to average-sized bathrooms. The slim design helps this type of bath work in most layouts.

Corner Bath

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As the name suggests, corner baths sit in the corner of the room. As a result, the footprint is wider and shorter than a standard tub. Corner baths come in two primary variations—a simple triangular tub and an offset corner bath. Both options are available in right- or left-hand configurations.


Two popular materials for corner tubs include acrylic and stone resin. Acrylic is more durable than cheap fibreglass, extending the corner bath’s lifespan. Stone resin combines the affordably of acrylic with the durability of cast iron without the weight constraints cast iron poses.

When to Install a Corner Bath

More and more UK homeowners are choosing corner baths for their unique appearance and space-saving qualities. They are ideal for compact or oddly shaped bathrooms, though they lend a luxurious appearance to larger spaces as well.

Freestanding Bath

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Freestanding baths come in many forms. Roll-top baths have elegant, rounded frames for a natural look. Slipper tubs are shorter and have higher sides than standard tubs for more sitting and reclining space. Platform tubs sit atop a dedicated pedestal to act as a centrepiece in the room. And ornate claw-foot baths offer the most traditional styling of all. Whether installed directly on the floor or lifted up on feet, freestanding baths don’t require a finishing panel.


In addition to standard materials like acrylic and enamelled steel, freestanding baths are available in copper and stainless steel. Copper hearkens back to simpler times, yet it looks brilliant in modern and rustic bathrooms. Stainless steel lends a decidedly more modern, industrial look to your bathroom. It also requires less maintenance than copper.

When to Install a Freestanding Bath

Whatever design style or material you choose, a freestanding bath works best in a spacious bathroom. It doesn’t have to sit up against the wall, allowing it to become the main attraction in the centre of the room. Just be aware that island bathtub fittings may require professional installation.

Shower Bath

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The main benefit of a shower bath is that it allows you to shower or bathe as desired. Shower baths are typically installed against the wall. Traditionally, the tub is P or L shaped, with the showerhead installed on the stouter end. A full or partial glass screen helps contain the water when showering.


Acrylic is the most common material for shower baths because it’s strong, lightweight, affordable and easy to maintain. Heavy-duty acrylic with added layers of resin reinforcement is a good option if you plan to use the shower function regularly.

When to Install a Shower Bath

If you crave a shower enclosure and a bathtub, but your bathroom has limited space, a shower bath is right for you. It grants the flexibility to shower on rushed mornings and soak at your leisure when you have more spare time—all without taking up any more space than a standard bath.

For a touch of glamour in your new bathroom, be sure to give your bath selection the attention it deserves. Bathroom Inspirations can help! We use the latest 3D design technology, allowing you to visualise the space before anyone lifts a hammer. Plus, our design services are completely free and without obligation. If you’re ready to see more, please explore our work or schedule an appointment to visit our showroom in Dorchester.