Inset Vs Freestanding Baths: Pros and Cons

If you are building a new home or remodelling your current one, your bathrooms should be an area of focus for you. The bathroom is one of the most visited rooms in any home and home dwellers depend on it for a variety of needs throughout the day.

The first needs of the bathroom are functional. Therefore you need to make sure that all of the appliances are ideal for what you want to get accomplished, A great sink and shower, a pretty vanity, ample shelving, mirrors where you need, and lighting that gives you the mood you want, are really important. And perhaps the most important item in your bathtub.

In terms of your choice of a tub, you can select between inset and a freestanding bath and each offers advantages. Here are the differences and advantages of each

Variety of Styles

In terms of the variety of styles, you can select for your bathtub, a freestanding tub has all of the advantages. You can select a tub in any material you choose from copper, to porcelain, to stone. Choose the materials that fit your bathroom design choice and you can even get custom colours.

You can also select the size of your freestanding bathtub as well. You might want a tub large enough to fit one, two, or even more people and you can find freestanding baths that will accommodate you. There are freestanding tubs in all shapes from classic shapes to round, square and even rectangular. And again you select the size.

An inset tub is limited by the space you have available. They are typically placed in a corner or right next to the shower. In many cases, the shower might be in the tub.


Installation of a freestanding bathtub is much easier because you only need to secure it to the floor. An inset tub must be built into one or more walls in your bathroom.


The cost of a freestanding bathtub can vary depending on the size and material. They will generally cost a little more than an inset tub.


Freestanding baths are the centre focus of a bathroom. Whether you select a clawfoot tub, one that is sleek and sexy or any number of other styles, it will be the centrepiece around which you can design the rest of your bathroom. These beautiful tubs are conversation pieces and will certainly up the quality level of your bathroom. Inset tubs typically have one look and do not stand out in a bathroom. Their primary attributes are functional.

Repair and Replace

Freestanding tubs are easier to repair and replace as compared to inset tubs because they are much simpler to get to and disconnect from your bathroom. Because they are connected visibly to the floor and the way they are secured provides easy access to repair people, any repairs or replacements are quick and easy. Depending on the inset tubs might be difficult to repair. If there is a need to get to any of the taps or mixers, it might be a big job. Replacing the tub is complicated and is a major job for the maintenance people.

If you are interested in having a bathtub that beautifies your bathroom and is very functional, you should select a freestanding bathtub.

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