Corner Bathtubs

Optimize a bathroom's square footage by tucking a good-looking bathtub into an underused corner.

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Corner bathtubs offer benefits aplenty. Whether your bathroom is small, large, or somewhere in between, you'll find that installing a corner tub will maximize floor space while also contributing plenty of style and spa-like indulgences. Thanks to their placement, corner bathtubs open up the center section of a bathroom, which allows traffic to move freely through the bath and provides extra room for those standing at sinks or sitting at dressing tables.

Corner Bathtub Basics

Corner bathtubs are usually designed so that two sides adjoin two walls. They are often five-sided with a triangular basin large enough to accommodate two bathers. Some corner bathtub designs feature rectangular, hourglass, trapezoid, or oval interior basins. Most corner bathtubs are equipped with dual back rests, molded armrests, and deck areas or ledges for setting out toiletries. Some are meant for leisurely soaks; others offer pampering essentials, such as air jets, massaging waterfalls, and chromatherapy systems.

Generally corner bathtubs are crafted of acrylic or cast iron, with the most commonly available designs measuring 4 feet long by 4 feet wide or 5 feet long by 5 feet wide, with depths between 21 and 26 inches. A corner bathtub may be a built-in model that has an outward-facing side, or apron, or may be a tub insert that is dropped into a platform or surround.

Design Ideas

Before selecting a corner bathtub, determine which corner of your bath is best suited to placing the tub. Many bathroom floor plans set a corner tub beneath a window so bathers can bask in natural light and enjoy sky and garden views. Consider positioning your corner tub next to sinks and vanities to take advantage of plumbing pipes and drain systems. Take accurate measurements of the selected corner, making sure you add on inches/feet for a platform or surround if you're using a drop-in bathtub.

Choose a corner bathtub style or build a platform/surround that promotes your decorating vision. Built-in skirted tubs, available in both classic profiles and sleek contemporary silhouettes, need no platform or surround and standout as focal points when highlighted by complementary painted, paneled, or tiled walls. The streamlined simplicity of built-in corner bathtubs make them fine choices for modern bathroom designs.

Beautifully conceived surrounds replete with wide ledges give drop-in bathtubs form-and-function substance. Drop-in corner bathtubs take a transitional turn when inset into shapely surrounds covered in slate, limestone, or marble. Straight-lined surrounds clad in white-painted beaded board exhibit cottage character, while stained wood panel surrounds complement traditional and old-world designs.

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