Traditional Bathroom Freestanding Baths Style of Bath

Traditional freestanding baths fall into a number of broad categories with regard to their general shape, two other issues of equal importance are the style of foot and the type of tap fittings required. Each of these and the main styles of traditional bath tub shape are described below. The information in this article is about contemporarily manufactured traditional style freestanding baths not antique baths. Bath feet are available in various materials and finishes, cast iron feet must be painted, most often they are painted black, white or the same colour as the bathroom walls. Feet are also available made from brass, either with a polished brass finish (which is often used with gold taps) or in electroplated chrome, gold (usually called antique gold), brushed nickel or bright nickel. Not all traditional baths have feet. In general feet are not interchangeable between baths although they may sometimes be that specific manufacturers use the same feet on two or more of their baths. You should never buy a bath without the feet unless you already know you can get the proper feet manufactured for that bath.

Bath Foot Style Traditional bath feet usually come in one of four broad styles although the variation within those styles can be great. Plain feet, ball and claw feet, often just called claw feet are in the form of a talon or claw gripping onto a ball which rests on the floor and takes the weight of the bath, lions paw feet are shaped like the paw of a lion standing on the bathroom floor and then there are various more or less Art Deco style feet that you can find on a few freestanding baths. Of these three categories the ball and claw feet come in such wide variation that the more stylised versions are barely recognisable as such with much of the detail gone. Plain feet are similar to the ball and claw in general shape but have no detail on them.

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