Claw Foot Bathtubs - How to Choose an Antique Bathtub

The claw foot bathtubs is a popular choice for people in the market for a free-standing, antique bathtub

These tubs have recently become more popular for modern bathrooms.

There are several options for picking out the perfect clawfoot bathtub for your bathroom.

The first step for picking out a claw foot bathtub (or any other type of antique bathtub) is determining what material it is made from.




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There are two main options:

  • Cast-iron tubs - These tubs are extremely durable, scratch-resistant, and stain-resistant. Depending on the sturdiness of your home, they are not recommended for some second floors because of how heavy they are. When they do get stained or scratched, the tubs are very tough to repair. They also take a longer time to heat up.
  • Acrylic tubs - These tubs are cheaper than cast-iron tubs and much lighter. Because of their weight, they can go in bathrooms on any floors, but they sometimes need to be mounted to the ground. This material scratches and stains easier than cast-iron tubs, but it is also easier to fix those blemishes.

Once you have chosen the material for your antique tub, the next step is to determine the style of the claw foot bathtub.


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These are the choices:

  • Classic roll-rim bathtub - These bathtubs were more common several years ago. The plumbing comes up near the foot area, where these is a square-shaped edge. The other side of the tub has a rounded off rim to rest your head.
  • Double-ended bathtub - This bathtub has headrests on either side, with the plumbing coming up into the middle-section of the tub.
  • Single-slipper bathtub - The single-slipper bathtubs have a more expansive headrest than the classic bathtub. They extend higher for a more comfortable bathing position. The plumbing comes up from the squared off side where you rest your feet.
  • Double-slipper bathtub - The double slipper tub has central plumbing and headrests on either side. The sides are raised much higher than the middle.
  • Pedestal tub - The pedestal tub can be designed with any of the other four options. It replaces the typical foot-design with one solid pedestal. This is more common in bathtubs that are raised.

After choosing these options, your final step is to determine what type of faucets you would like. Typically, the faucets can be stainless steel, copper, or brass, but there are some other more eccentric options for more eccentric bathrooms.


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After you have chosen the style, determine where the faucet will be fitted. Choose whether you desire a free-standing faucet, a faucet attached to the rim of the tub, or a faucet that protrudes through the side of the bathtub.

The perfect claw foot bathtub is the center piece of a bathroom. Hopefully, this guide helped you pick out the perfect centerpiece to your new bathroom.

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