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old fashioned claw foot bathtub

Bathtubs provide a way for people to clean or submerse themselves in water and relax.

Tubs come in a basic water holding shapes, usually hollow rectangular or long ovals with the top side open. However, they can have many different styles.

  • clawfoot
  • baby's bath
  • walk-in bath
  • soaking tub

Hint: Use the water that comes through the pipes while you're waiting for the hot water to water plants or for other cleaning.


  • size - It's nice to have a tub long enough that you can stretch out in it. A deeper tub (or higher rim) will allow the bather more water coverage. A rim that's higher may be more difficult for people with mobility issues. Some tubs have a door, so the bather can walk in and out of the tub without stepping over the rim.
  • accessibility - Does the bathtub have a handrail or other feature that makes getting in and out safer?


The combination of smooth floors and tub bottoms with dampness and soaps or bath oils can create a dangerous situations. Slip and fall accidents are a serious risk. This risk can be reduced in multiple ways. A bath mat or rubber bath appliques can keep the bottom of the tub from being as slippery.

A walk-in tub provides a safer option for someone with health or balance problems that might make stepping into or out of a tub hazardous. Another way to make a tub more "accessible" or safer is to install handrails.

A concrete sink and bathtub - interesting materials.



Commercial links:

  • American Standard (U.S.) on bathtubs with a "help me choose" tool to help select the right kind of tub for you
  • Americh
  • Leroy Merlin: baignoire (French for bathtub)
  • Bathtub refinishing services ecotubstlouis.com