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Freestanding vs Inset Bath Designs

Freestanding bath vs inset bath designs: what’s best for your home?

Whether you’re soaking in fragrant bath salts and flower petals or a fizzing bath bomb, there’s nothing better than a nice, warm bath at the end of the day. Just add a glass of champagne and a good book to the equation and your bathroom will feel like a high-class spa.

With this in mind, the bath design is a crucial consideration when you’re designing a new bathroom. There are thousands of baths available on the market but in the end, it all comes down to two fundamental bath designs: freestanding baths and inset baths.

Inset baths are a standard inclusion in all of our new home builds, whereas freestanding baths are available in our exclusive Diamond Collection — so what’s the difference between the two? Which is better, and what’s best for your bathroom design?

In this article, we explore freestanding and inset bath designs to help you make an informed decision about your brand new bathroom!

The benefits of a freestanding bath design

Exudes luxury

Without a doubt, a freestanding bath is the epitome of luxury. Rather than blending into the wall, a freestanding bath stands out and adds visual impact to the room — plus, there seems to be an unspoken agreement all over the world that freestanding baths are the height of sophistication!

Sophisticated yet simple

Beyond the aesthetic value of a freestanding bath, the installation process is wonderfully quick and simple. Freestanding bath designs don’t require support, tiling, grouting or a framework — we can simply place the bath and connect the tapware to a water source.

Easy to clean

Freestanding baths are also very easy to clean and maintain long after the installation. Because the bath isn’t connected to the wall like a standard inset bath, you won’t have to spend time scrubbing grime out of tiles and grout. All you need to do is give it a wipe down once every now and then — you’ll find your bath is sparkling clean!

The benefits of an inset bath design

Safe and traditional

Inset bath designs are popular in Australia — if not traditional. A practical design, inset baths are installed against one or more walls so that they don’t take up too much space in the room. 

The ledge around the bath makes it easier for children and older people to get in and out of the bath — it provides a sort of handrail to assist with climbing out of the bath. Plus, the ledge provides a space to store shampoo, conditioner, soap and even candles!

Unique design opportunities

Inset baths can also add to the overall aesthetic of the room, especially if you continue a feature tile up the side of the bath. In our Whitehaven 238 display home, for example, we installed an inset bath and added interest to the space by tiling the side of the bath, matching the tiled feature wall behind the tub.

So, which bath design is right for you?

As you can see, both freestanding and inset bath designs come with a huge range of benefits! In the end, it comes down to your own personal preference — will you choose a luxurious freestanding bath or a traditional inset tub?

We offer inset baths as a standard and fabulous freestanding tubs in our Diamond Collection. Download our brochures and find out what your inset or freestanding bath comes with, or contact us today for more information about the home design process. 

We’d be more than happy to give you a tour of our Selections Gallery in Sydney or Newcastle. Alternatively, visit one of our stunning display homes to see our bathroom designs in person!

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