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Clawfoot Tubs vs. Pedestal Tubs
At the center of most vintage bath designs is a freestanding tub. Freestanding bathtubs confer instant credibility to period bath projects. Today, however, the freestanding tub has become equally welcome in contemporary bathroom designs. Freestanding bathtubs are available in two basic types; the classic clawfoot tub and the refined pedestal tub.
Clawfoot tubs stand on feet. They are also sometimes called legged tubs. Early clawfoot tub feet borrowed designs from Victorian era furniture. Traditional ball & claw tub feet and lion's paw tub feet are still popular today but contemporary post or peg leg designs are also now available for modern settings.
Pedestal tubs rest on a pedestal base (or plinth). Pedestal tubs became a popular bathroom fixture during the Art Deco period following World War I. Art Deco designs were particularly inspired by shapes of modern machinery (e.g., air planes, trains, and automobiles) and these aerodynamic designs are evident in pedestal tubs. Skirted tubs are a variation of pedestal tubs. Whereas a pedestal tub sits on a base, skirted tubs sit in a skirted shell that covers the tub's exterior.
In addition to choosing between a clawfoot tub or a pedestal tub, you will need to make decisions regarding:
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Clawfoot Tub Faucets vs. Clawfoot Tub Showers
For most people, the clawfoot tub has one of two purposes; bathing or soaking. If the tub is intended for bathing, a clawfoot tub shower will probably be important. If the tub's purpose is to provide a relaxing soak, a clawfoot tub filler (i.e., clawfoot tub faucet) may be adequate. Most clawfoot tub faucets can be adapted with a shower if you initially choose to forgo the shower. In fact, most clawfoot tub showers are simply a clawfoot tub faucet with the addition of a shower riser and shower enclosure.
The clawfoot tub faucet's mounting location is significant to selection of a clawfoot tub faucet. Many clawfoot tub faucets, and hence clawfoot tub showers, can be configured to be mounted on the tub wall, bathroom wall, tub rim, or on freestanding supply lines. Local plumbing codes and finish will also factor into selection of a clawfoot tub faucet or shower.
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Clawfoot Tub Supply Lines
In some cases, clawfoot tub supply lines may not be required. Bathroom wall mounted faucets do not require clawfoot tub supply lines and freestanding clawfoot tub faucets sometimes include the supply lines with the faucet. Most any other clawfoot tub faucet or shower will require supply lines however. Like the clawfoot tub faucet and shower, the correct supply lines will be determined by the faucet's mounting location.
Clawfoot Tub Drains
Clawfoot tub drains are more formally referred to as waste and overflows. Waste refers to the tube that connects to the drain hole in the bottom of the clawfoot tub while overflow refers to the tube that connects to the hole in the tub wall that prevents the freestanding tub from overflowing its rim. Clawfoot tub drains are usually installed at the faucet end of the tub. Other than finish, the clawfoot tub drain's stopper is one of the few differentiating factors in choosing a clawfoot tub drain.
Clawfoot Tub Accessories
Clawfoot tub accessories put the finishing touch on pedestal and clawfoot baths. Over-the-rim soap baskets and tub shelves provide convenience and organization. And no clawfoot tub shower is complete without a clawfoot tub shower curtain that encloses all four sides of freestanding tubs.
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