Centuries ago a freestanding bath was nothing to boast about. A freestanding tub was a metal pot or bathtub that you put in front of the fire once a week to ? hopefully ? enjoy a warm soak. As the years went by the freestanding bath evolved to include feet and enamel coating, but it was still a simple necessity not a luxury. Toda we have arrived at a point where the freestanding bath is a style statement. The freestanding bath is luxurious and attractive ? a far cry from the olden days. And freestanding baths are available in a wide range of different types from the contemporary to the heritage-style!Materials for Freestanding Baths You don?t have to choose an expensive copper bathtub to get the freestanding advantage. Copper and natural stone are the priciest options in terms of material and they are undoubtedly beautiful. One of these classy baths will really make an impression in your bathroom. But if you do not have such a big budget you can find freestanding tubs in acrylic, composite materials, and steel. All of these materials are great for a freestanding bath as they offer good heat[caption id="attachment_785" align="alignright" width="300"] Image courtesy of lisnawaters.co.uk[/caption]retention and also look attractive. Check that the floor will be able to withstand the weight if you choose a natural stone or heavy metal bath.Different Types of Freestanding Baths In order to be classed as a freestanding bath, the bath needs to support itself ? i.e. it should not be fixed against the wall or built into a cabinet. This means that all sides of the bath are on display. These tubs are designed to be looked at and admired. If you have a large bathroom you can locate the tub in the centre of the room to make a grand impression. Different freestanding baths have different features, however, such as claw feet, a wooden rack to support, or it may have a flat bottom and be placed on the bathroom floor. There are different shapes available from smooth eggs to chunky rectangles, slim ovals to round baths. You can also find slipper baths which have one raised end and may be slightly shorter than some other freestanding baths.How to Choose a Freestanding Bath First of all, decide where you want to locate the tub in the bathroom. This will affect the design you choose and also the size of the bath. You need to figure out how the plumbing is going to be hidden and whether you need shelving units by the side of the bath. The fit of the bath is important ? it needs to be comfortable for the person or people who will be using it the most. And, of course, the style really makes a big difference to the look of the room. Whether you are designing a romantic, cosy bathroom retreat or a stark and contemporary modern masterpiece, take a look at our range and find something to take your breath away.