Who's in the tub?
Before you decide on a bathtub consider how your tub will be used. Is there just one person who likes to bathe, do they prefer long quiet soaks, or jet action relaxation? “The epitome of the spa-like experience for many people is the jetted tub," says Larson. Will the kids bathe here or will Max the family dog need his bath in this tub as well?
“Old fashioned claw footed tubs are great for little kids. They have plenty of room to splash, and the bottom is elevated, making it easier for the adult to help the child in or out," says Saul.
Consider your space
Most bathrooms can accommodate a traditional drop-in tub. If you're remodeling or have an open floor plan, you may be able to go with a freestanding model such as a claw-foot tub. “This classic look is appealing from a design standpoint," says Larson. "Claw foot tubs are roomy and comfortable. This style is ideal in many bathrooms where other designs won't fit. Determine where your bathtub will be located, figure out your space constraints by speaking with your contractor or installer and decide on your style.
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