Standard Baths Buying Guide

Everything You Need To Know Before Buying A Standard Bath


If you want your bathroom to have a sleek, stylish look that's also practical then fitting a standard bath is a great way to go. Not only are these fixtures a great place to relax and unwind but they're also very affordable so you won't need to worry about breaking the bank if you want to install one. These designs are some of the most popular around as they offer a great compromise between looks, practicality and wallet-friendliness.


What types are available?

Don't be fooled into think that standard baths are a boring choice just because they don't have a fancy sounding name. The right one will completely transform the look of your bathroom. But how do you know what will be right for you? To find out we'll explain the advantages of both single and double ended designs.


Single ended

These baths are usually a bit smaller in size and this makes them ideal for bathrooms which don't have a particularly large amount of room to play with. If you live alone, or in a home where there aren't many people then opting for one of these would be a sensible choice.


Double ended

 If you have a family bathroom then these items are a practical solution as they have a bit more room to manoeuvre than single ended versions. They feature a sloping design at each end which will also make it easier for 2 people to bathe if you fancy taking a relaxing soak with your partner.


How do I install one?

You need to first line up the bathtub with your existing plumbing and make any alterations if necessary. The legs should then be attached before you think about things like drilling any taps holes (it's worth noting here than many standard baths don't feature pre-drilled holes so do keep this in mind when making your purchase).


Your water supply will need to be isolated too in order to avoid any unpleasant incidents. It's then time to attach your waste, taps and overflow, taking care not to scratch the surface. With these in place you'll then need to move the bath into the position you require and make sure it's all even.


Once you're happy you should then apply a good quality sealant around the edge of the tub to fix it securely to the wall. To finish you'll then need to attach the bath panels to complete the look.


Fitting a standard bathtub yourself can be a bit tricky if you're not so hot with the old DIY skills so if you don't feel particularly confident in your abilities then we recommend leaving it to the professionals.


Are bath panels included?

Your standard bathtub won't usually come supplied with any bath panels so this is something you need to be aware of as you'll have to budget for these too (don't worry though as they aren't particularly expensive). You'll need a matching front and end panel to finish things off nicely; just remember to choose some that are the right size!

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