Types of Bathtubs for Your Remodeling Project

Posted on: June 2,2013

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, a new bathtub is an important element. With so many options available, selecting the right bathtub for your needs and tastes can be daunting.

Here we’ve provided a list of various bathtub types to help you determine the best option for your bathroom remodel project.

Also feel free to check out some of the new bathtubs that we have installed in our before and after bathroom project gallery!

Alcove (or Recessed) Bathtubs

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These tubs are the most common tub type and are also known as recessed tubs. They fit into small spaces well, and are enclosed by walls on three sides of the tub, leaving only one side exposed. Often, alcove tubs are fitted with tiles and used on combination as a shower.


Alcove tubs are a great option for a number of reasons:

  • They help you maximize bathroom space and range in size from 53 to 72 inches
  • They only need to be finished on one side of the exterior
  • They can be a more economical option for homeowners on a budget
  • Plumbing is typically very easy to install

Corner Bathtubs

Just as they sound, corner tubs are designed to be installed in the corner of a bathroom. This gives the tub a more open feel but can also result in higher expense for installation. Corner bathtub designs come in a variety of styles, and usually hold more water volume. If you like a fancier tub that can fit more than one person, this tub may be for you.

Freestanding Bathtubs

This type of tub is known for elegance, and tradition, however they also can come at a little higher price. The good news is that installation is quite simple. No special faucet or drilling is required and typically, those who select free-standing tub models take the opportunity to show off the plumbing in a traditional style.

freestanding bathtub adds elegance to a re-bath remodel

Freestanding tubs come in a variety of styles and sized including pedestal and claw-footed.

Drop-In Bathtubs

Drop-in bathtubs are somewhat atypical, but offer a unique design approach to remodeling your bathroom. In a way, these tubs are the inverse of alcove tubs. Instead of being enclosed on three sides, they are set up against a wall and exposed on three sides. Typically a contractor or carpenter will build a three-sided box that encloses an alcove tub, so they look like they are sunk into a platform.

Drop-in tubs vary in size and design. Cost will also depend on your design needs, but tend to be economical because the tub doesn’t require exterior finishing.

Walk-In Bathtubs

Walk-in bathtubs are a wonderful option for those with mobility limitations, or physical ailments. These tubs have doors on one side of the tub that allow anyone entering the tub to walk right in, instead of having to step over the side of the tub. These doors are equipped with special sealing to prevent leaks.

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Choosing Your New Bathtub

Before you jump headfirst into the selection process, be sure that you know what you need your bathtub dimensions to be. Your bathroom design will also determine what type of bathtub will suit your needs.

For more information on bathroom remodeling, selecting the right bathtub or bathtub installation, please contact us, we’d love to help.