Retro Clawfoot Bath Tub

by lakeerieartists

There is just something glorious about taking a bath in a full size old fashioned claw foot bathtub.

As I sit here watching the snow fall, I am dreaming of the most luxurious bath, with my bathtub caddy, bubble bath, and scented candles. But the crowning glory of my bath is my retro clawfoot bathtub. There is just something glorious about taking a bath in a full size old fashioned claw foot bathtub. The shape of the tub is comfortable and meant to hold a human shaped body, and could any bathtub look better in your bathroom?

The Classic Bathtub

clawfoot bath tub

I personally like the white porcelain clawfoot bathtubs the best. The bathtub is made from cast iron or copper, and the surface is coated with porcelain. For me, a white bathtub looks clean and inviting for when I want to soak in the bathtub.

A claw foot bath tub is perfect for a day like today, when you come in from outside, cold and damp, and just want to warm up all over.  Put up your hair, and relax.

Clawfoot Bath Tubs are Nostalgic

A clawfoot bathtub makes your bathroom into more than just a place to get clean.  Clawfoot bathtubs lend style and class to your bathroom, and they come with several options.  The feet on a claw foot bathtub can come in a variety of styles and colors, although they are usually white, brass or chrome.

Other options include where your plumbing is going to be.  Clawfoot bath tubs may have their taps on the end or the side of the bathtub.  The bathtub fixtures are usually brass or chrome, but may also be white or a mixture of metal colors.  Of course, antique clawfoot bathtubs were made of copper with copper plumbing.  Copper would retain the heat of the water for a long time, but would not rust.  Unfortunately copper is quite expensive now.

Keep the Expense Down with Acrylic Clawfoot Tubs

If you like the look of a retro clawfoot bathtub, but don't want to pay the price for a cast iron porcelain tub, or a copper tub, you can buy clawfoot bathtubs in acrylic now.  The acrylic clawfoot tubs are much lighter in weight, which is especially good for an upper floor or apartment bathtub, and the cost is much less.

On the down side, the acrylic is much less hardy than a traditional clawfoot bathtub, and it is also less authentic.  Deciding on an acrylic tub is mainly a price issue, and if you want to keep the price of a clawfoot tub down, acrylic is the way to go.  There are many acrylic options available, including a variety of colors.  Acrylic is easy to make in various colors, so you can find a colored clawfoot tub more often in acrylic.

Clawfoot Bathtub Hardware

To make your clawfoot bathtub look truly retro, you need the proper bathtub hardware and fixtures.  Most vintage clawfoot tubs had copper or brass pipes, because neither metal will rust.

Today you can buy chrome or gold toned hardware that looks exactly like the vintage hardware on clawfoot tubs of the past.  The chrome or gold toned hardware holds up to frequent usage, and looks great with the claw feet.  You should buy hardware to match or compliment your claw feet on the tub you choose, unless the tub comes with the hardware already attached.

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Clawfoot Bathtubs are Very Romantic

One of the best things about the clawfoot style bathtub is how romantic they are.  My personal favorite is the double slipper clawfoot bathtub with the plumbing fixtures in the center of the tub.  The double slipper makes it comfortable for two people to sit facing each other in the bathtub and both of them can easily reach the faucet to turn it on.

Neither person needs to lean back on the hardware end of the bathtub because it is in the center out of the way.  Perfect for a romantic date with your spouse, or a Valentine's Day surprise.  A great winter date, for sure.

There are actually many variations of the clawfoot bathtub available including varying styles of roll top sides, and the length of the bath tub basic itself, so there is a comfortable size for a person whether tall or short or somewhere in between.  You can also find a clawfoot bathtub that will complement your home decor, and fit into any sized bathroom.

Click through any of the links provided here to learn more about the various manufacturers and models.  Then let the romance begin.

More Retro Bathroom Ideas

Retro style is very much in style, and a bathroom is the perfect place to show off your retro home decor.
Updated: 02/06/2015, lakeerieartists
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