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Clawfoot vs. Freestanding Bathtub Pros and Cons

Bathrooms are oftentimes looked over as just another room in the home, but with the right fixtures and features they can become a place of solitude and relaxation. One difficult element to consider is determining which bathtub style to choose from: Do you go with the classic clawfoot bathtub look, or a freestanding bathtub?

To make your choice easier, we put together this nifty list of pros and cons for both the clawfoot and freestanding tubs.

Clawfoot Example

classic style tub that was popular in the first half 1900's has made a comeback as a design feature to add character to any bathroom.

Pros
  • Adds vintage design and character to a bathroom
  • Creates space in a bathroom by lifting the tub off the ground
  • Deep soaking tub
  • Easy to install
  • Comes in a variety of materials
  • Feet will add another texture and depth to your bathroom
Cons
  • Lack of storage for bath products
  • Generally comes in limited sizes and shapes
  • Generally available in only transitional and traditional designs.

Freestanding Example

A more modern twist on tubs that can be both retro and contemporary in design and style.

Pros
  • Multiple styles and designs are available
  • Deep soaking tub options
  • Easy installation
  • Gives the illusion of more space in a bathroom
  • Comes in a variety of materials
Cons
  • Requires a larger bathroom
  • Generally not used for tub/shower combinations
  • Usually only available in modern and transitional designs 

No matter which type of tub you decide to go with, be sure that it meets the specific needs of your household in order to create the ideal environment to relax and recharge. Combined with a beautiful vanity and accessories, your can begin to transform your bathroom into your own private sanctuary.