The built-in bathtub is a type of bathtub that is less considered today; a matter of passing fashions they say. In reality, compared to the freestanding bathtubs so fashionable, or to the panelled bathtubs, they have several advantages. In this post we collect inspirations and discover an e-shop that offers a wide range of built-in bathtubs.
The excuse to talk about built-in bathtubs is in fact offered by Superbath, a very well-stocked e-shop of bathroom furniture that made me think about this type of bathtub. I looked through the many pages full of design products for the bathroom, and I dwelt on the design possibilities offered by the built-in bathtub, now a bit snubbed compared to the alternatives freestanding or paneled. And in fact I realized that I had never talked about it in recent years! Absence to remedy absolutely, so here I am with this post.
What does built-in bathtub mean
The built-in bathtub is a bathtub, generally made of acrylic or enamelled steel, which can be installed and subsequently covered with the material of your choice. You will surely remember (if your bathroom is not new you could have it at home) the classic built-in bathtub covered with the same tiles as the bathroom. Aesthetically it wasn’t/is the best, let’s admit it, but today the possibilities of covering are so many that the built-in bathtub represents an unmissable design opportunity for those who love the custom-made and minimal and linear solutions.
How to cover a built-in bathtub?
I was saying, today there are many possibilities for external finishes, including ceramic or porcelain stoneware, stone or synthetic materials, wooden or marble panels.
There are also pre-printed solutions in insulating materials (think of a structure in compressed polystyrene – I’ll explain it to you so that you can understand it better) in which you can insert the basin and then cover it, so that the basin has better acoustic and thermal insulation.
The advantage is that it is possible to create a made-to-measure block, even with an irregular shape if desired, which can be inserted in particular areas of the bathroom, filling in niches or spaces outside the square.
How many types of built-in bathtubs?
Rectangular, oval, with irregular or asymmetrical shape, small or large: the built-in bathtubs are numerous and meet every design and dimensional needs.
Aesthetically, a substantial difference is obtained by installing a built-in bathtub above or below the top. In the first case, the edge of the basin extends beyond the covering of the top. In the second case it is completely flush, if not completely recessed.
Built-in basin: acrylic or enamelled steel?
Lightweight and economical, acrylic is the material that dominates the bathtub market. Hygienic, non-slip, sound-absorbing and warm to the touch, it is very easy to clean and abrasion-resistant (although less than enamelled steel). Sometimes a kit is provided to restore the surface in case of surface scratches. Not to be confused with enamelled fibreglass (cheaper and of lower quality), acrylic can be worked into any shape.
Elegant and trendy, Ideal Standard proposals are numerous and elegant.
Enamelled steel is a different product, hygienic, resistant and durable (in some cases the warranty is 30 years), unalterable (it does not yellow over the years like acrylic), scratch-resistant, 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly if it is coated with non-toxic paints, as in the case of Bette Gmbh products. Some people believe that it is colder to the touch than acrylic (questionable comment) and that the noise of falling water is more annoying. A question of taste 😉
If you leaf through the dozens of shapes of Bette’s enamelled steel built-in bathtubs on Superbath, you’ll discover a flood of shapes and sizes.