The bathtub is the object of desire for those who want to make the bathroom a real kingdom of well-being. Its presence transforms the domestic space into a small private SPA that sees the whirlpools as the highest point of personal relaxation. From the moment you decide to buy one you realize how difficult it can be to choose the product that is right for you in a world of infinite dimensional, stylistic and material possibilities. With its ancient origins, in fact, the bathtub is one of the objects that has accompanied the history of mankind and has adapted to the uses and customs of the time, arriving today with a series of declinations that are certainly able to satisfy any taste and need. Aesthetic appearance and design today are not enough to choose which model of bathtub to buy, it is important to evaluate the technical characteristics, the material and the context in which it will be installed.
Furnishing the bathroom with a designer bathtub
Recently the bathroom has undergone great transformations and, from being a functional place, has become the centrepiece of the house in which to dare with colours and original design details. Every element within this space, thanks to the growing attention and experimentation in progress, can become the bearer of the taste of those who live there. In this sense, the role of the bathtubs should be considered timeless, indispensable for those who want the bath to be a moment of relaxation and absolute well-being. Always protagonists in the furnishing, they can even become the fulcrum of the entire environment as in the case of the freestanding bathtubs, real sculptures admirable at 360°. For those who, instead, want to dare in the choice of colors and finishes of floors and walls and make the bathtub an integral part of the environment, the built-in bathtubs will be perfect to give an effect of total harmony to the space.
The first thing to take into account when choosing a bathtub is the space available, an important feature, although as you will see later on it is not limiting when choosing a design bathtub. Measuring the available space, arranging the sanitary fixtures and taking into account the conformation of the room will help to choose the right size and proportions to be inserted. The bathtub is the sanitary that occupies the largest space within the environment, so great care must be taken with the organization of the space. It is important to know that the most common rectangular bathtubs have a length between 140 and 170 cm, a width of 70 cm and a height of 55 cm, measures suitable to ensure comfortable access and the possibility to enjoy the right comfort during the bath. Obviously not all bathrooms are suitable for the installation of bathtubs with standard sizes: if space is limited, other shapes and proportions will have to be considered, as well as, if you are dealing with large rooms, the choice of 2-seater bathtubs, also known as oversize bathtubs, will certainly have to be considered. In the case of small bathrooms the mini-tubs are the ideal solution for those who do not want to give up the comfort of this design complement just because you have little space. The small bathtubs, in fact, do not involve any sacrifice in terms of practicality and comfort and despite being a space-saving solution suggest even more that moment of extreme intimacy that is the bathroom. In the case of a larger bathroom, however, you can consider buying a freestanding bathtub to be placed in the middle of the room. The latter generally has a hydromassage and is the right choice for those who want to treat themselves to a little shared luxury in their own home. Not to be forgotten, for environments with unusual dimensions, the possibility to opt for tailor-made bathtubs thanks to which it is possible to overcome any dimensional and formal limit for a totally personalized final result.
Which bathtub to choose: models and materials for a contemporary bathroom
Thanks to the use of modern materials and simplified installation techniques, there are now versatile bathtub models that are suitable for any space. Among the materials used in the design of modern bathtubs, enamelled steel is considered ideal for this design product due to its remarkable thermal capacity. Currently the absolute protagonist in the latest generation sanitaryware industry is acrylic stone. Created from stone powders (mainly quartz) and acrylic resins, it combines remarkable strength with a rigorous and clean aesthetics. Design bathtubs made of Corian®, for example, are durable and hygienic due to their smooth, non-porous surface. The importance of the material must be accompanied by a careful analysis of the accessories that our bathtub must be equipped with in order to meet the functional and aesthetic needs of our bathroom. The possibilities are many and meet the needs of both those seeking total relaxation and those who care about mere functionality. For the former, in addition to whirlpool baths, possibly also equipped with chromotherapy, the ideal would be to consult the bathtubs with a seat. Those who are undecided between bathtub or shower have the opportunity to combine the total comfort of the former with the practicality of the latter by evaluating the installation of bathtubs with shower, the perfect solution not giving up any comfort in their bathroom.
History of the bathtub
The bathtub has very ancient origins and its use has undergone continuous changes over time. The first known basin dates back to ancient Greece, in particular among the remains of the Palace of Knossos known as the most important architectural complex of the time, one has been found. The presence of the bathtub in a similar complex does not testify to the presence of a corner dedicated to relaxation, but more likely to be inserted within some exercise related to the sports activities of ancient Greece. Its use undergoes a change in Imperial Rome where it becomes a symbol of relaxation and well-being of the person in a moment and in a convivial environment. The first SPAs were born in the Roman period, intended as environments where immersion in the pool is part of a real path of rituals around the element of water. Greeks and Romans produced metal bathtubs and even when, with the industrial revolution, they began to be introduced into the private bathrooms of homes, the material remained the same. Following the Industrial Revolution, an entire room of the house began to be used for the bathtub, which became a real bathroom furnishing element. The space available and the possibility of installation in the middle of the room lead to the introduction of bathtubs on feet, a must back in vogue for lovers of classic style bathtubs. With the introduction and development of new materials, ceramic and porcelain bathtubs began to be produced, but it was only in the last century that durable materials with remarkable physical characteristics began to be used, hence the growing diffusion of acrylic stone bathtubs such as Solid Surface, Corian® and Cristalplant®.
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