Few things lend the same level of personality and luxury to your newly built or remodeled bathroom like the right bathtub.

Whether you’re looking for a statement piece or for something with simple functionality, there are options to adapt to your needs.

If you’re trying to narrow down the options, here’s a starting place for understanding the different shapes and materials that bathtubs come in.


3-Wall Alcove

A bathtub installed as an alcove fixture between three walls is the most common and affordable bathtub shape. These are usually combination bathtubs and showers. They have the benefit of being affordable and space-efficient, which has made them the go-to in small houses and apartments. Even in a smaller space, you have a lot of freedom for variation with the tiles and fixtures you choose.



Freestanding baths evoke a clean and minimalist design style with their detached, sculpted bowl sitting on a solid platform. This gives you a lot more freedom for where you place your bathtub, although you’ll still need to make sure that it’s hooked up to a drain line and water.



If you’re a vintage enthusiast, nothing can beat the freestanding clawfoot tub. This freestanding unique rests on curved legs (“claws”), bringing it up off the ground. This can make drain and water installation a little trickier, but the extra effort leads to a luxurious style reminiscent of days gone by.


Drop In

Drop-in tubs are another subcategory of freestanding tubs. These tubs require building a platform that a tub can then be set down inside. Because of the platform required, these take up a little more room, but that also affords a lot of freedom if you want to build a bigger tub.



Corner tubs can be similar in shape to the models listed above, but they are set specifically to fit a corner of the room. This often means that they take a unique triangular shape, but they can also be square. These tubs are a good candidate for installing jets.

Now that you have an understanding of the basic shapes that you can choose from, your next task will be choosing your material.



Fiberglass tubs have the primary benefit of being inexpensive, due to their low-cost fabrication method. However, the lower cost also comes with lower durability. This isn’t an option that works well for any freestanding models.



Metal bathtubs come in both cast iron and steel, usually coated in enamel for a smooth finish. Of the two materials, steel is more affordable, while cast iron is more durable. 

The strength provided by metal structures lends itself well to freestanding units. For a really unique look, copper bathtubs are manufactured, though they provide more maintenance challenges.



Acrylic tubs are essentially made from a kind of plastic, which offers a lot of freedom in the shape the tub will take. This means that it’s the usual choice for tubs that have jets installed. This material is also very light-weight.



Any time you are installing marble, you can expect maximum elegance, but also increased maintenance and price. Cultured marble offers a classic and refined look, but you will need to take care to frequently seal and treat the marble to avoid chips. Some other stone options include include granite and sandstone, if you’re looking for a statement piece.

In the end, no matter what bathtub design you choose, you’ll need a professional to help you install it. That’s where we come in! Walgrove is prepared to help with all your remodeling needs.