Bath tubs still come in an array of colors, but thankfully the popularity of green or coral tubs faded away with bell bottoms in the 80s. However, with an array of styles and types of bath tubs to choose from these days, choosing the perfect tub can still be rather confusing. To make sure you purchase a bath tub that will be perfect for decades of long soaks, here are five ways to pick the perfect bath tub to suit your body, style, and needs.
Keep Functionality in Mind
Before beginning the bath tub selection process, you should know what your requirements are. Do not purchase a whirlpool tub simply because your neighbors next door have one. Ask yourself if you will actually turn on the jets on a regular basis. If so, will it be worth the added water consumption and energy costs? While the comfort of a bath tub is a feature that should definitely be considered, you also want to ensure that you will use all of your tub’s features.
Determine the Size You Need
One of the most important considerations when choosing a bath tub is its size. You do not want a bath tub that is too large and will only result in unnecessary water usage, but you also do not want a bath tub that is too small for you to comfortably fit in it. While on the topic of size, you should also consider whether you want a cozy bath tub for one person only or a two-person tub. If you want to relax and be romantic with your partner, then you may want to splurge and buy a bath tub that is big enough for two people.
Decide on a Color and Style
Pink, blue, and maroon bath tubs may not be all the rage anymore, but you must still decide between a white bath tub and a range of cream colors. Of course, if you want to match your tub with your bathroom décor and are not worried about your home’s resale value, then you can still choose a brightly colored tub as well. As far as style is concerned, there are also a variety of shapes to choose from. You can opt for a standard rectangle, round, oval, round corner-style, and a host of other style options.
Select a Bath Tub Material
After determining the type of tub you want as well as its size, color, and style, you must now select a bath tub material. Bath tubs come in a diverse array of materials, such as porcelain, acrylic, fiberglass, wood, and marble. Fiberglass bath tubs are the most cost effective, but they are not quite as durable as acrylic or porcelain tubs. Wood and marble tubs may look expensive and attractive, but they require much more maintenance and have a shorter lifespan. Therefore, your choice of bath tub material will depend on how frequently it will be used, the maintenance it will require, its durability, and your budget.
To Soak or Not to Soak
The therapeutic value of baths is making them much more popular in recent years. Soaking in a bath tub filled with hot water helps relieve tired muscles and painful cramps. A nice long soak can even reduce your blood pressure and stress levels, which are both very good for your heart health. Thus, if you are choosing a bath tub for its therapeutic effects, you should choose a soaking tub over a standard one. Soaking tubs do not necessarily take up more square feet. Instead, they are deeper than standard models, allowing you to comfortably soak your entire body in warm, watery bliss.
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