Corner bathtub is a font in which the corner and end face are located at the right angle (90О), and the third one may have different forms depending upon the model.
At first, such bathtubs had the form of an equal triangle and were designed for the space economy in the cramped bathrooms of standard apartment blocks.
The second positive factor of all corner bathtubs is the simplicity of their installation and fixture.
As it was before, the metal bathtubs are still popular. They are made of steel and cast-iron. Usually, they have simple shapes, ring from water jets and even vibrate. Steel bathtubs warm up fast from the hot water and do not keep the warmth. They are quite light so that one person may install them. Their lifetime is limited to 10 years. Then they should be replaced or repaired.
The cast-iron bathtubs warm up relatively long, but keep warmth for a long time. The lifetime is long. The disadvantage of such bathtubs may be the poor quality of the coating enamel. The disadvantages include the high cost – they are most expensive and their weight is heavy. Even an adult man will need help when installing such bathtub.
Plastic bathtubs are the cheapest. They are of different forms and sizes, they are light, and keep the warmth long. But the specialists recommend installing them at the summer cottages or in the other premises where they will be used not so often.
Acrylic bathtubs are the most popular. They are ergonomic, are sophisticated by shapes, are sensible to the human body peculiarities, have the heads rest, arms rest. Besides, they are light and easy to repair, if necessary. The most diverse design and set of additional adjustments. Price is higher than the plastic but lower than the metal ones.
Armed models are much stronger. When buying, pay attention to the end wall. There you may see not only the reinforcing grate but also the bathtub thickness which should be at least 6 millimeters.
Models and forms
The corner bathtubs may be subdivided into symmetric, where the sides adjacent to the walls are even, and asymmetric, having much shorter end face.
Depending upon the way of installation – into right and left, depending upon the corner they are installed in.
According to their size, the corner bathtubs are subdivided into small, with the length of attachable sides from 90х90sm to 140х140sm. Taking into account that the font is located under the angle 120О or 150О, starting from the size 120х120, an adult person may bathe there.
Along with the bathtub, you may buy the fixtures for it. For instance, to adjust the height, you may take the legs. If you want to create more safe conditions to submerge and get out of the water, think of the railing and ladder steps. For the convenient location, you may purchase the removable head rest and arm rest.
As a rule, for the bathtub connected with the shower the blinds come, which prevents the water spraying. They may be soft and hang on the crossbar, following the shape of the bathtub exterior edge. Rough blinds are fixed along the edge of the external sidewall.
Additional adjustments for corner bathtubs
The corner bathtubs may not be limited only to the role of beautiful bath with water discharge where you may only wash. Many models have some additional adjustments. Especially this concerns middle and large fonts.
Apart from the shower, the bathtub may be equipped with the hydromassage appliance and jet tub nozzles, cascade water filling, ozonation system and water disinfection. Also, the function of auto-discharge may be added, as well as the halogen lighting.
Before choosing the corner bathroom model, you should know exactly, what you want to have. For instance, if you already have the shower cubicle, there is no sense in doubling it with the device in the bathtub. The cascade water filling allows filling your bath fast. But if you have the device with the half-inch tubes, they will not be able to let much water pass within the short period of time.
Jacuzzi needs the installation of the water pressure equipment and its supply into the nozzles. It means you should invite the specialist since you will not be able to install your bathtub on your own. The same with the ozonation.
Corner bathtub decoration
The bathtubs, especially acrylic ones, have a sophisticated shape of not only the external walls but also of the water reservoir. These are head rest, hands projections, figured internal partitions, corner shelves. Additionally, for the bathtub decoration the plastic or steel panels with the coating are used as well as different planted moldings.
The models with the glass insertions in the front panel became the most popular. Such elements may have different shapes and size. The LED illumination is also used for the creation of moods. In combination with the transparent sections of the front part, the bathtub looks really spectacular.
How to choose the bathtub
The size and type of bathtub are selected judging by the area and form of premises. For the sanitary arrangements 10-12 m2 of prolonged shape, the asymmetric bathtub will be a good solution for placement of all appliances. Fix it against the short wall and place the sink in the narrow part, you may even hand it over the bathtub in the place where the legs will be placed. You will use up just less than a meter of the premises length for placement of main equipment. Then on the remaining area not only the toilet bowl but also the small cabinet and a washing machine may be accommodated.
You moods partially depend upon the appearance of the bathroom. As the day of everyone starts and finishes with the hydro procedures. Therefore, a beautiful bathtub is able to improve the moods and even invigorate not only with the cold water but also with its appearance.
The smaller premises area is the more attention should be given to its arrangement. Remember that light and mirror surfaces visually extend the space.
Today you may buy the acrylic bathtubs of different colors. But for the harmonious interior, it is necessary for the bathtub and sink to be of one and the same color. Even if your sanitary facilities arrangement is not thematic, they should be of one style. Two main elements of the interior will unite the whole space.
An important element for the small premises is also the color of equipment. Therefore, the white glittering sink and bathtub surfaces will be the best solution. As to the external sidewall, it is determined by the interior style.
The corner bathtub and interior style
For the techno-style interior, you may install the bathtub with the big glass insertion. High-tech and constructivism will prefer the trapezoidal front with the straight or angular front part. The asymmetric forms will suit the minimalist and avant-garde arrangement. The Greek style presupposes the smooth lines, half-round shapes, lifted, slightly curved head rest and the bathtub should be inbuilt into the podium with the steps.
Japanese frequently use the hot water sources for the bathing. Therefore, for such interior, you should make the podium and place the half-round or fan-like Jacuzzi. Wide podium and sophisticated curved shapes will suit the classicism and Empire style
The oriental styles are soft on the hexagons and rich decoration with palatines and paintings. You may use the prints with the oriental patterns, coat the bathtub with marble of light colors, a tile of golden or turquoise colors, place a small rag. Instead of incrustation use the bathtub décor of metal and ceramic insertions, but not the glass.
For the eco-style, the drop-like bathtub will fit, which will be installed into the wooden podium or just coated with the wood on its sides. If there is a shelve in the corner it would be appropriate to place a ceramic pot with the plant there. Orchards love the moisture but they also need lighting.
When designing the bathroom with the corner bathtub, do not forget about the size correlation rules. The more spacious the premises are, the bigger the bathtub should be. In very large bathrooms the bathtub may be placed not in the corner, but in the middle, surrounded by the appropriate podium.
The simplest way to project the furniture and equipment placement would be the large-scale drawing. Draw you bathroom on the sheet of paper and depict everything you would like to place there. Look at the interior from above. After that, you will know for sure, which exactly corner bathroom to buy and how to place it.