5 stylish bathrooms with built-in tubs

While freestanding baths may be lustworthy, built-in tubs could be a more functional choice, which can also seriously deliver on the style front.

By Hugh Metcalf | 15 October 2019

Freestanding tubs may be the trendy choice for your bathroom, but these design ideas showcase that panelled, built-in baths can be equally as showstopping.

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Image: Kaldera bath range, V+A Baths

If we were to ask you to describe your dream bathroom, chances are you’d include a beautiful freestanding bath tub in your answer. While it’s true that these styles are aesthetically striking and dynamic, there are some benefits to consider before dismissing a built-in bath with panels.

On a practical day-to-day level, built-in styles offer greater functionality when you need to bathe children (or even pets) and they’re easier to clean, but there are benefits to your project and build too. They often use space more efficiently as they sit flush to the wall; they’re not as heavy as some freestanding tubs which may require reinforcement of the floor; and they’re generally less expensive, which may be a big reason to choose one if you’re looking to make savings.

Don’t let preconceptions of the visuals of a built-in bath cloud your judgement – check out these 5 beautiful bathrooms below which all showcase fixed designs.

Small space design

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Image: Paul Craig for West One Bathrooms

In this relatively compact bathroom, panelling the bath in the same marble tiles as the walls and floors reduces its visual impact in the room, helping it to feel bigger. You can find out more about this bathroom renovation project in Grand Designs November 2019 issue.