Ahh The Irresistible Bath
“Basically my wife was immature. I’d be at home in the bath and she’d come in and sink my boats.”
— Woody Allen
Disappointment can quickly set in whether your boat gets sunk or your bathtub doesn’t fit. To be perfect, a tub has to fit as well as a good Italian leather shoe.
When our tubs don’t fit, we either don’t use them or we find ourselves buying accessories force a fit — like bathtub pillows, non-skid mats, etc.
A perfect tub is the culmination of form and function. First, decide how you want the tub to function. Edgy manufacturers today offer much more than just clear and straightforward water in a vessel. The water can bubble, effervesce, whirl, vibrate, be colored and even emit sound.
Here are some basic descriptions of each of these options.
Vibration and Sound: Sound vibration emits sonic beats that gently bounce ripple-like waves through the water. Yes, you can actually hear the beats.
Whirlpool: Adjustable jets that vary in intensity give you the feeling of a massage at targeted points on your body to ease sore muscles.
Bubbles: Multiple smaller air jets along the perimeter of the tub massage your body at varying intensities.
Chromatherapy: Colored lighting can be incorporated into your tub to let your mind and body relax. Colors available range from warm red to cool blue.
Effervescence: Bubbles produced are very small and journey around your body, enclosing you in a comforting sensation.
Clear and straightforward water: Traditional bathers will be excited at the selection of tub designs available in today’s market — drop-in, freestanding, corner, niche and undermount.
Decide which of these options describes the bathing experience you desire, then go to the store and actually sit in the tub, making sure it fits the contours of your body. Tubs are either straight or slope sided. I prefer the sloped design. Make sure it is deep enough and long enough. At 5-foot-nothing, a long tub would be all wrong for me, as I would slide down in it and drown. Not an appealing thought. Make sure you can get in and out of the tub easily. Stainless steel grab bars surrounding your beautiful freestanding cocoon-shaped tub would just be wrong.
Lastly, while the architecture of your space should be considered, don’t let it drive your final decision. Though more costly, walls can be moved. Your bath experience will be your place for mental and physical relaxation, so make sure it will be the perfect experience designed only for you.