In an elegant bathroom, the freestanding tub holds a place of honor – a focal point that anchors the style of the room. As opposed to a built-in bathtub that is attached to your bathroom’s wall, such as an alcove tub or bathtub/shower combo, a freestanding bathtub stands alone. Freestanding tubs are desirable for bathroom remodels today due to their unique appearance, versatile design options, and the element of relaxation they add to your space. Much to homeowners’ delight, they can often increase a home’s value.
If you are considering adding a new freestanding tub during your bathroom remodel, explore this buying guide from Modernize to choose an ideal style and learn what to know about the installation process.
Is a Freestanding Tub Right for Your Bathroom?
In order to create that spa-like oasis that comes with a stand-alone tub, there are some practical considerations.
For example, how big of a tub can your home handle? It’s not just the bathroom space to consider. You must also consider the weight of the tub, whether the floor needs reinforcement to support it, and whether you can move the tub through the hallways and doorways to get it to the appropriate spot.
You will also want to think through the best spot for your new freestanding tub. Consider where the plumbing comes through the wall. Moving that plumbing can add significantly to your costs of installation, but keeping it where it is can narrow your options for which tub you choose.
There are different types of freestanding tubs, as well as the materials used to make them. Different tub materials impact the durability and lifespan of the tub, as well as the installation cost. If cost is a concern, be sure to ask your contractor for the different material options to choose from so you can weigh their pros and cons, and their price tags.
How Much Does a Freestanding Bathtub Cost?
A freestanding bathtub ranges in price depending on the material, size, and type you choose. Expect to pay between $650 and $4,500 for a new freestanding tub, including materials and installation.
Freestanding bathtubs offer homeowners the chance to add a unique touch and focal point to a bathroom renovation:
Unique designs and styles
Great for comfort and relaxation
Can be added to bathroom with existing shower
Can work for many different budgets
As you will see, the cost for a freestanding tub can vary tremendously. Different styles can cost more than others, and the tub’s material is usually very influential on the cost. Be sure to look at a few different bathtub models and styles and compare prices before choosing the best one for your bathroom. You may find that shopping around and comparing multiple options can save you money during the installation.
In addition to installation costs, it is also worthwhile to factor in things like return on investment and long-term savings opportunities to get the fullest picture of the cost of your freestanding tub.
Types of Freestanding Bathtubs
There are several types of freestanding tubs, and many design choices included within each type. Here is a general overview of what’s available when it comes to types of freestanding tubs.
Single Ended Tub
The single ended freestanding tub is a traditional style that also happens to be one of the most common. The drain and faucet are on one end, while the other end has an elegant curve and slope for comfortable lounging.
Single ended freestanding tub
Perfect for use by one person, with a headrest on one end
Slipper style is a popular choice
Fits in average sized bathroom
Various design options
This type of freestanding tub is ideal for use by one person at a time, as there is a single headrest on one side. Single ended tubs come in a variety of design options: one of the most popular choices is the single slipper style. The average cost for this type of tub ranges between $650 and $1,100, but keep in mind that if your bathroom requires plumbing fixes to make the tub work, this will add to the cost.
Double Ended Tub
Instead of one side with a gentle slope, with a double ended freestanding tub, both sides have it. This creates space for two to fit comfortably. The drain and faucet are usually in a center location, and this tub is a bit bigger than the single ended option.
Double ended freestanding tub
Elegant and modern, these tubs have two equal height headrests on either side
Modern and vintage style options
Makes a statement in the bathroom
Various options for faucet placement
The double ended freestanding tub is a great choice if you have a larger bathroom space to work with, or you are looking to make a modern statement in your bathroom. Popular styles include the double ended clawfoot tub and double slipper style, which has a slight slope towards the middle of the tub.
The cost to install a double ended tub ranges on average between $1,100 and $2,600, depending on the style and materials. Again, if your plumbing needs adjusting to accommodate the new tub, the cost will be more.
Pedestal tubs are sometimes called “skirted” tubs. They look exactly as you might expect, given the name – like a freestanding tub with a pedestal base. Pedestal tubs come in any of the four styles we have discussed above.
Pedestal freestanding tub
Features a skirt that raises the bathtub slightly off the floor for added height
Lower maintenance variation of the clawfoot tub
Victorian or modern styles
Oval and rectangular shapes
Makes a statement in the bathroom
Various options for faucet placement
A pedestal tub can be considered a variation of the clawfoot tub, since it adds height compared to standard tubs. These tubs can add modern flair to your bathroom and truly become a focal point. The cost for pedestal tubs is between $1,100 and $3,000 on average, depending on the style and materials you choose.
These tubs are the freestanding bathtub options that started it all – they were quite common in the 1800’s. This is a very traditional style of freestanding bathtub that happens to look natural in even a modern bathroom.
Clawfoot freestanding tub
Unique, elegant freestanding tub options that adds vintage visual appeal
Vintage or modern style options
Can fit in several areas of the bathroom
Easy to clean
Various material options
Just as with pedestal tubs, clawfoot tubs are available in slipper, double slipper, single ended, and double ended. Clawfoot tubs are versatile and can be installed in almost any area of your bathroom where it comfortably fits. However, keep in mind that if you plan to install the tub away from the wall, plumbing upgrades may be required, which will cost more. Clawfoot tubs can cost anywhere between $750 for a basic acrylic tub to $4,000 or more for higher end materials and styles. So be sure to ask for a more precise quote from a professional contractor.
Japanese Soaking Tub
If your bathroom is on the smaller side, a deeper tub with a smaller footprint might be the right option.
Japanese soaking tub
Smaller model of a freestanding tub that can fit in smaller bathrooms
Unique, modern look
Accessories, such as built-in seats, available
Water height typically reaches shoulders
Japanese soaking tubs have a smaller length but a deeper profile, as well as an integrated seat. This means an average adult can comfortably submerge up to their shoulders in the water, lending itself to extensive soaks. The drain and faucet are on the opposite side of the seat. Keep in mind that Japanese soaking tubs tend to cost more than other types of freestanding tubs. The price tag can range between $2,000 to $3,500 or even more.
Freestanding Bathtub Materials
Now that you’ve explored the different styles of tubs, it’s time to think about the material. Keep in mind that you can choose a material for both the bathtub, as well as the faucet and fixtures. Here are the most popular choices when it comes to freestanding tub materials.
This is a very popular choice, thanks to their lightweight nature. These tubs, even at a larger size, are easier to maneuver and install. Acrylic tubs are lightweight enough that most floors do not need reinforcing to handle the weight, even when placed in an upstairs bathroom. Acrylic freestanding tubs tend to have a lower cost, at just $700 to $1,100 on average.
Just as acrylic is arguably the lightest material for a freestanding tub, cast iron is the heaviest. They are made of iron with a porcelain coating. This means they retain heat very well and stand up to scratches and dings. That durability comes at the cost of weight, however, making them more difficult to install and almost always requiring a strong reinforcement underneath the floor. The cost for a cast iron freestanding tub is moderate, at around $500 to $2,000 on average.
Also known as solid surface tubs, these usually have an integral drain and overflow system in the walls, as well as the ability to hide exposed piping. They are available in a gloss or matte finish, require little maintenance, but can be almost as heavy as a cast iron tub. These tubs can cost as much as $3,500 or more.
For a unique look, copper is a hand-crafted option that can be created in unique styles and shapes. Copper conducts heat almost as well as cast iron, helping to keep a steady temperature during a long soak. It is naturally resistant to mold and bacteria, easy to clean, and can be relatively lightweight, depending upon the style. Copper tubs are considered high-end, and their price tag can exceed $4,500 depending on the style.
This is almost always a quite modern looking tub, whether in a polished or brushed finish. This is a mid-weight tub that might not require reinforcement. It also requires very little maintenance, as stainless steel is naturally easy to clean. You can expect a stainless steel tub to cost around $1,500 to $2,500, but they can be more depending on the style.
This tubs, carved out of marble, granite, travertine, and other attractive stones, lend themselves well to custom work. They are extremely heavy, so reinforced floors are a must. Stone can create a focal point like no other material. It is also durable enough to last for decades. It also has great heat retention, so you can enjoy long soaks. Keep in mind that these tubs will cost the most compared to other materials. Their price tag can fall around $5,000 or more.
Freestanding Tub Sizes and Measurements
Before calling in the professionals to install your new freestanding bathtub, it’s important to understand freestanding tub sizes and know how much space is available in your bathroom.
Different types of freestanding tubs have different sizes and dimensions. It is certainly possible that not every tub will fit in your space. Below are the widths to expect for different types of freestanding tubs.
|Tub style||Average width|
|Single-ended||48" to 70"|
|Double-ended||55" to 72"|
|Single slipper||43" to 73"|
|Double slipper||43" to 73"|
|Pedestal tub||52" to 78"|
|Clawfoot tub||48" to 72"|
|Japanese soaking tub||40" to 60"|
To see if a certain tub will fit, measure the space where you plan to install the bathtub, as well as the bathroom’s doorways. Make sure to leave at least 4 inches of space on all sides so you can safely enter and exit the bathtub. Also remember that the space you choose for your freestanding tub must have access to plumbing.
Freestanding Tub Faucet Options
Your last step in choosing a freestanding tub is to think about the faucet. This type of tub gives you the unique opportunity to choose between different faucet types and placements. Explore the different choices you have for your new tub’s fauce
Floor Mounted Faucet
Floor mounted faucets, also known as freestanding faucets, are drilled into the flooring, connected to your home’s water source, and rise up over the top of your freestanding tub.
Homeowners who prefer a floor mounted faucet for their freestanding tub should discuss whether this option is feasible for their current bathroom infrastructure, as underfloor access is required. Floor mounted faucets for freestanding tubs range in price from about $250 to $600 on average.
Deck Mounted Faucet
A deck mounted faucet is attached to the freestanding tub’s upper rim, perching over the top of the bathtub and filling it with water. A bathtub installer will drill two holes into the rim of the bathtub to install and connect this faucet to the water line.
Similar to floor mounted faucets, deck mounted faucets also require underfloor access from your bathroom area in order to install. A deck mounted faucet for a freestanding tub should cost between $250 and $550 on average.
Wall Mounted Faucet
Wall mounted faucets for freestanding tubs are anchored into the wall nearest to your rub’s rim. This type of faucet is a bit easier to install compared to floor mounted and deck mounted faucets, as they do not require underfloor access or drilling into the tub.
However, homeowners choosing this faucet option need to ensure the wall is close enough to the bathroom for water to fill the tub without leakage. This type of faucet is a bit cheaper compared to the rest – expect a new wall mounted faucet for a freestanding tub to cost between $80 and $400, depending on the type and material.
Tub Wall Mounted Faucet
Similar to a wall mounted faucet, a tub wall mounted faucet works the same way, except it is anchored to the tub’s wall rather than the bathroom’s wall. A contractor will have to drill holes into the side of your freestanding tub to make this faucet work.
Wall mounted faucets can feature a simple downward facing spout or a tall craned neck that towers above the tub for a more unique look. A tub wall mounted faucet for a freestanding tub averages in price between $150 and $500.
Roman Style Faucet
Roman faucets usually come with both a faucet and handheld bathing handle. Rather than installing them into the rim or wall of the bathtub, these faucets are usually installed into a surrounding platform with hidden plumbing lines, which can cost extra.
Roman faucets for freestanding tubs have a wide range in pricing – but you can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $750 for this type of faucet.
Finding a Qualified Contractor
When you’re ready to explore your options for materials and styles of your ideal freestanding bathtub, let Modernize help. We can connect you with local contractors who can help you find a tub that fits your budget and make the most of your bathtub remodeling dreams.