Who isn't enchanted by clawfoot tubs? Just staring at this photo makes me want to fill one full of bubble bath and relax with a good book. However, if you're thinking about adding one to your home, here are some things to consider beforehand.
- If you use an old clawfoot tub, prepare for a very heavy tub, since it's made from cast iron.
- You should take this heaviness into consideration before buying an older tub. Are your floors sturdy enough to support the added weight?
To hear the rest,
- A reproduction clawfoot tub may be a good option for you. Try Vintage Tub and Bath for different acrylic models.
- Besides their lighter weight, acrylic models do not rust.
- How will you deal with the pipes? Since clawfoot tubs are freestanding, the pipes will be exposed. Does the look of exposed pipes bother you?
- Clawfoot tubs will require non-abrasive cleansers, which won't damage the tub's finish.
What tips do you have for living with a clawfoot tub?