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Everything About the 5 Common Different Bathtub Shapes

Author: CC

Sep. 26, 2022

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Tags: Furniture

Give your bathroom a new look! One of the first decisions you'll have to make when buying a freestanding bathtub is the shape of the tub. Start with this guide to learn about the different bathtub shapes you'll encounter.
Buying a bathtub? Decide, decide! The vast array of bathtubs offered today will have you spinning like the whirlpool you've been eyeing. One of the most basic decisions is also a huge one, as it will affect and depend on your entire bathroom design: which bathtub shape is best for me?


Oval bathtubs

Oval bathtubs are a common choice for aesthetic and comfort purposes. The most popular oval configuration is the oval freestanding tub (for statement purposes), although oval tubs are also popular, combining the curves of an oval shape with the linear look of a rectangular tub.


Rounded ends for comfort
Eye-catching appearance.
A variety of installation options to suit different sized bathrooms.
Easy to clean.


Limited storage space (when freestanding).
Possible need for additional floor reinforcement.
Limited deck space (unless dropped in).
Not the most efficient use of space.
If you are considering an oval freestanding tub, check that your floor is sufficiently reinforced to support the weight of the tub and that your proposed placement has enough space to allow you unobstructed access to the bathroom.


Everything About the 5 Common Different Bathtub Shapes


Corner bathtubs

Corner bathtubs are bathtubs with three or five sides (although they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and configurations) designed to fit into corners.


May provide more bathing space than other tubs
Efficient use of corners, odd or dead ends.
Allowing unobstructed floor space in the center of the bathroom.
Ample deck space.
Visually interesting.
Easy to combine with a shower stall.


May be difficult to reach far corners when cleaning
Can be bulky; not always the most efficient layout solution
May be difficult to get in and out of the tub, depending on shape and deck location
Corner tubs are unique in that they allow homeowners to install the tub in locations where other tub shapes are not possible or practical; they are often larger inside than other types of tubs

Round bathtubs

Round tubs offer visual appeal because they contrast with the standard straight lines of the bathroom: linear countertops, walls, and floors. These tubs are usually deeper rather than wider to provide an upright bathing experience.


Visual interest.
Small footprint; does not take up much floor space.
Potential for sinking.
Allows for deep, upright bathing.


May be difficult to place without creating a "dead space".
Less interior space to stretch out.
May be difficult to climb in and out of
Most round tubs are Japanese-style round soaking tubs, which means the bathers sit upright in deep water rather than leaning in a longer tub. Make sure you enjoy the bathing experience before you buy. People with physical limitations may find it difficult to climb in and out of the tub without assistance.


Everything About the 5 Common Different Bathtub Shapes

Square tubs

Square bathtubs are bathtubs with equal sides, usually with deeper interiors, such as round bathtubs; some square bathtubs have round bathing wells, and the curved feel of a round bathtub is combined with the practicality of a deck and the ease of installation of a square bathtub.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of square bathtubs?


Comfortable installation in corners and walls, no wasted space
Deep bathing well
Plenty of deck space
May sink
Small footprint


May have corners that are difficult to clean
May be difficult to climb in and out of the tub; not recommended for people with mobility issues
Less interior space than other shapes; offers a different bathing experience
If you have difficulty getting in and out of a deep tub, consider a square tub with non-slip steps on the inside and/or outside for safety. These tubs are not usually recommended for bathing children or people with physical impairments.
Square tubs offer the advantages of round tubs, plus they can be installed neatly along walls and corners without disrupting the flow of the room. They are often chosen as sunken tubs to add an element of spa-like luxury.


Everything About the 5 Common Different Bathtub Shapes


Rectangular bathtubs

The rectangular shape is the most common bathtub shape. It fits into almost any bathroom layout and has an almost unlimited number of installation options.


Versatile and space-saving.
Multiple installation options.
Clean, linear appearance.
Provision of deck space and the usual storage space.


May be difficult to clean corners, depending on interior shape.
Non-freestanding tubs must have adequate wall space.
May appear visually bulky.
Whatever you want to accomplish with your tub - visual impact, comfort, ease of installation - you're likely to find the right rectangular tub for your needs. You can choose a sunken tub for a spa-like feel, a rectangular freestanding tub to make a statement, a built-in rectangular tub for extra deck space and a built-in look, or a rectangular corner tub to save space.


Everything About the 5 Common Different Bathtub Shapes



Don't want to get stuck in a more "typical" shape? Choose a tub with an unusual shape to satisfy your desire for something different. Create a romantic bathroom with a heart-shaped tub; try a slightly asymmetrical twist on a common shape; a geometric octagonal tub; or check out our variety of tub shapes that don't quite fit into any particular "shape" category.

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