10 Types of Bathtubs (Tub Shapes & Styles For Every Bathroom)

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So, you are trying to spruce up your home by doing some remodeling here and there. Well, did you know that your bathroom is just ripe for a complete renovation? A simple change to your bathtub style can significantly change the atmosphere of your bathroom. Not only are these bathtub types aesthetically pleasant, but they also offer some advantages that might suit your home and match your particular style of bathroom decor.

We’ll go over 10 of the most stylish and practical bathtub shapes.

We will be going through the ten different types of bathtubs that you can install. We will be discussing each type’s features that separate them from the pack and the advantages that they can offer to you and your family. Now then, let us begin.

Types of Bathtubs

Alcove Bathtub Style

KINGSTON BRASS VTDE603122L 60-Inch Contemporary Alcove Acrylic Bathtub with Left Hand Drain and Overflow Holes , White
Contemporary Alcove Acrylic Bathtub (Image: Amazon)

The most common type of bathtub style you will encounter in most homes is the alcove tub type. This is a three-wall bathtub design that is perfect for homes with limited space. It is known for its well-balanced practicality and style. 

The Alcove bathtub excels in saving space as you can install a showerhead within the tub itself. This can transform this type of bathtub into a shower as well. What it lacks in extravagant design, it more than makes up for in terms of the convenience it delivers. 

You should also note that there are two types of alcove bathtubs available. While not significantly different from each other, the difference will come in the form of the overall design and size of the alcove bathtub. There is the simple alcove tub, which is the most common one you will find. Then there is the luxury alcove tub which is larger and has a more luxurious aesthetic, hence the name.

Free-Standing Bathtub Style

WOODBRIDGE White 54" Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub Contemporary Soaking Tub with Brushed Nickel Overflow and Drain, B-0006 / BTA1507
WOODBRIDGE Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub (Image: Amazon)

There are different types of free-standing bathtubs that we will be going over this list, so let’s first discuss the most basic variation of the group. As the name implies, the free-standing bathtub offers much more versatility when it comes to positioning. 

It can be placed beside the wall or in the middle of the room. However, this type of bathtub is best suited to be installed in the middle of the bathroom. It goes without saying that free-standing tubs are best for those with extra room to spare. 

Aesthetically, the free-standing bathtub offers more flexibility as it comes in several variations. Versions that you will be acquainted with below.

Clawfoot Bathtub Style

Hotel Collection HLSL57FPK 57" Heavy Duty CoreAcryl Double Walled Acrylic Single Slipper Clawfoot Bath Tub and Faucet Pack
Clawfoot Bath Tub (Image: Amazon)

The traditional clawfoot bathtub has maintained its popularity throughout the decades. The first distinctive feature of the clawfoot tub is how it incorporates ‘feet’ rather than the usual bottom surface of most bathtubs. 

This, in turn, gives the clawfoot style bathtub a classic and retro vibe. It also uses different designs with its feet giving homeowners more options to choose from that will make it blend quite well with their overall bathroom interior design. 

With its vintage aesthetics, the clawfoot bathtub exudes an air of elegance and functionality. This type of bathtub is best suited for spacious bathrooms and for those who prefer a bath that is quite easy to clean and enter from all angles. 

See a more detailed look at the Pros and Cons of Clawfoot Bathtubs here.

Angled Free-Standing Bathtub Style

WOODBRIDGE B-0001 WHITE Freestanding Bathtub B-0001/BTA1508, 67"
Freestanding Bathtub with angled back support (Image: Amazon)

In terms of comfort and back support, the angled free-standing bathtub is one of the best types you can choose. As the name suggests, this bathtub is angled with the upper part angled at a slope. This smooth angled slope allows for better relaxation as it can offer decent support to the neck and back. If you prefer enjoying a relaxing bubble bath without straining yourself, the angled free-standing bathtub is an excellent choice.

Many of our readers that have straight-backed tubs ending up looking for a decent bath pillow to make it more comfortable.

In terms of flexibility, the angled free-standing bathtub also gets top marks. It is compatible with a wide variety of bathtub accessories which dramatically improves its overall functionality.

Rectangular Free-Standing Bathtub Style

This freestanding bathtub is an ideal choice for those who prefer something a bit more contemporary in regards to its design. The rigid and straight sharp lines that define this type of bathtub is its most distinguishing feature.  This style is becoming less and less popular since most bathers find a sloped back more comfortable to soak in.

All in all, choosing this bathtub type is purely for personal preference and its design. If you are not too keen on the rectangular appearance of this type, then maybe you can check out its rounder variation?

Oval Free-Standing Bathtub Style

Woodbridge B 0012 BTA1506 59" Acrylic Freestanding Bathtub Soaking Tub B-0012 with Brushed Nickel Faucet, BTA1506/B0012 +F0001
Oval Soaking Tub (Image: Amazon)

If you are not a fan of the sharp appearance of the rectangular free-standing bathtub, maybe you can check out its oval variation. Similar in terms of appeal, the oval free-standing tub is another contemporary bathtub that can help accentuate your bathroom’s aesthetics. 

This bathtub style fits perfectly with specific bathroom designs and is once again more of personal preference for those who want a modern looking bathroom appeal.

Built-In or Drop-In Bathtub Style

Fine Fixtures 60" X 30" Drop-in Bathtub
Drop-in Bathtub (Image: Amazon)

The Drop-In bathtub takes its name from its design and installation procedure. This type of bathtub is installed directly on top of a platform, sometimes elevated, and is often used with whirlpool and air bathtubs. 

The drop-in bathtub is installed to a frame which is called a “surround”. The surround acts as a way to fully integrate the bath into the room by hiding the bottom layer of the bathtub, leaving only the rim of the tub visible. 

This type of bathtub is quite popular due to being one of the most affordable bathtub types. It is also quite versatile as it can be installed against the wall or as a free-standing type. This flexibility allows for more design options at a far cheaper cost. 

Corner Bathtub Style

ARIEL BT-150150 Whirlpool Bathtub with Hydro Massage
Whirlpool Corner Bathtub with Hydro-Massage (Image: Amazon)

If you want to maximize the floor space in your bathroom thoroughly, the corner bathtub style will help you in this regard. While corner bathtubs are generally larger than standard tubs, they are integrated optimally on the corners of the room. This not only maximizes the bathtub’s dimensions but also allows it to take the least amount of space possible. The corner bathtub is exceptionally versatile, quite likely even more when compared to the free-standing tub if used correctly.

The corner bathtub can be installed via in drop-in or alcove installation methods. The corner bathtub is an anomalous bathtub type as it is designed for bathrooms with small floor space and those with plenty of room available. 

The corner bathtub can get quite large as well, depending on the bathroom floor space. More extensive models allow for more design opportunities. This type of bathtub will not require any shower curtains as this bathtub type is best seen in all its glory.

A critical aspect of the corner bathtub that everyone should be aware of is its cost. Depending on the size, installation, and material used, the cost can be quite staggering. Of course, there are more affordable corner bathtubs out there, but expect the prices for those also to surpass most of the bathtub types in this list. 

Walk-In Bathtub Style

Ella's Bubbles Ella Ultimate 30"x 60" Air, Hydro and Foot Massage Acrylic Walk-in Bathtub, Left Inward Swing Door, Fast Fill Faucet, 2" Dual Drain 30"x 60" White
Walk-in bathtub with Inward Swing Door (Image: Amazon)

A walk-in bathtub might not be the most fashionable, but what it lacks in style it more than makes up for in safety. Calling it a bath is a bit of a stretch though as it is quite different at first glance. While it is still a tub, technically, the person using it will not be lying down. Instead, it has a built-in seat inside and a doorway that allows people with low mobility to enter the tub without hopping over any railings. 

Walk-in bathtubs are also packed full of accessories that will make bathing quick and easy. The walk-in tub is substance over style. It is designed with all safety features in mind. While not exactly the best-looking bathtub around, it does not aim to be one as its primary focus is with its functionality and convenience for a specific group of people.

Japanese-Style Soaking Bathtub

Premier Copper Products BTR45DB Japanese Style Soaking Hand Hammered Copper Bath Tub, Oil Rubbed Bronze
Japanese Style Soaking Hand Hammered Copper Bath Tub (Image: Amazon)

One of the most visually appealing bathtub styles is the Japanese-style bathtub, also known as the Japanese Ofuro. This is a soaking style bathtub and one of the most space-efficient bathtub styles that you can use. 

Rather than having that traditional Western bathtub appearance, the Japanese-style bathtub has a higher wall. It is not designed for lying down as well; using the Ofuro requires the person to sit up. Water will be at chin height and can offer an excellent level of relaxation, especially if you prefer warm baths. 

Using the ofuro is also quite different. Rather than bathing inside this type of bathtub, it is primarily used to soak your entire body. Japanese people will first shower, then dip inside the ofuro for a much-needed R and R.

The Japanese-style soaking bathtub is also designed to save space in your bathroom. For those who have limited floor space, this type of bathtub will be a fantastic option if you want something unique in terms of design. 

Final Thoughts

As you can see, there are a handful of bathtub styles that you can choose to accentuate your bathroom’s design. Understand that some of these styles are best partnered with particular bathroom interiors. If you are doing a full bathroom remodel, you’ll want to also take a look at the types of bathroom sinks to make sure the shape and style compliment the bathtub shape you choose.

Choosing the type of sink material is also important so it complements the tub.

Having a good grasp about interior design will help significantly if you are unsure, you can always consult with a professional interior designer to point you in the right direction.