Whether you’re a family with small children to wash safely each night before bed, or a good soak is an essential option at any time, if your home has a small bathroom, including a bathtub of a more compact size in your bathroom design might be the answer you are looking for.
Many styles of bathtub are available in smaller sizes – from contemporary sleek styles in stone, to diminutive acrylic replicas of traditional claw-foot bathtubs. Just what does it takes to fit a tiny tub into a tight space?
Trends and popular models of small bathtubs
"Japanese inspired bathrooms are increasingly popular nowadays," says Highgrove Bathrooms brand specialist Wesley Sinclair. "The clean, modern look exudes spa-like luxury, and Japanese style soaking tubs can be a great option for a small bathtub that has added height."
"If you’re looking to draw the eye with a more classic ceramic built-in or drop-in corner bathtub, consider feature tiling all around the bathtub and the surrounding walls - whether it be a unique pattern or a bold colour, it’ll definitely be the visual statement that’ll take your bathroom renovation to the next level."
How do small bathtubs compare in cost vs full-sized bathtubs?
"Smaller bathtubs are definitely cheaper than full-sized bathtubs due to their compact size and the fact that they are easier to install," says Wesley. "Especially when opting for a combined shower bathtub. Not only will you be able to save space, but with less waterproofing and fixtures required, you’ll have the budget to spend on other aspects of the renovation."
Can you get a good ‘soak’ in a smaller tub?
"When choosing a bathtub, it’s important to consider not only the length but the height," Wesley suggests. "Selecting a bathtub with extra height to make up for the shorter length will allow for a more immersive experience. The shape of the bathtub is also a vital factor - with slightly curvier edges or even an in-built seat, you’ll be much more comfortable when unwinding after a long day."
There are a number of elements to consider when making the decision on which small bathtub will work in your small bathroom. Allowing for enough circulation space around the bathroom is essential for daily activities and access to plumbing the bathtub for small bathroom space ratio is an important consideration in planning your layout.
What are the pros and cons of a small bathtub?
- Space saver, great for smaller bathrooms
- Cost effective
- Built-in or drop in corner bathtubs are designed to be against the wall for easier plumbing structures and drainage
- Capacity for shower bathtub combo
- Low maintenance and easier to clean compared to freestanding baths
- Less of a luxurious, spa-like feel
- Less of a statement piece / lower decorative impact
- Not as flexible in placement if opting for a built-in or drop-in corner bathtub
Here are 10 small bathtubs to consider for your bathroom design:
10. Japanese style copper bathtub
Surrounding walls lined in timber combine rustic texture and natural materials to bring a bespoke edge to this small bathroom corner and work beautifully with the rich copper colours of the bathtub.
9. Round bathtub
Whilst a full-size bathtub measures around 750mm in width and between 1500–1800mm in length, small bathtub sizes, depending on the shape range from as little as 1200mm long or in diameter in the case of a round bathtub.
7. Shower over bathtub
A shorter length in bathtub even allows for essential plumbing access and provides a useful surface for storage at the end for plants or toiletries.
6. Drop-in bathtub
Perhaps the ultimate space saver, positioning a shower over the bathtub maximises use of available space. A monochrome colour scheme keeps things easy on the eye.
5. Mini claw-foot replica bathtub
A shortened version of a claw foot bathtub allows for the luxury and comfort of a slipper shape to recline in, whilst still taking up less room in your small bathroom.
4. Small modern freestanding bathtub
An all-white colour scheme is the perfect foil for a small bath. Fitting snugly into one end of a tiny bathroom, marble tiling allows for subtle pattern and texture without making the space look too busy.
3. Small square bathtub
With space seriously tight in this tiny bathroom, the eye is drawn upwards to ceiling height with a white patterned tile on the back wall and space-saving shower niche with glass shelving.
2. Designer round bathtub
A little luxury goes a long way and this luxurious round bath brings a hotel feel to a home bathroom, without the long length of a conventional bathtub.
1. Upright Japanese style bathtub
Consider the comfort of your ideal bath experience and perhaps be guided by the Japanese bath principle where depth can be a great swap for length to provide a satisfactory soak.
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