Drop-in cast iron bathtubs and shower pans are perfect for custom built-in projects for homes of today as well as yesteryear. Evoke another era with a clawfoot cast iron shower pan that is sure to garner attention.
Bathtubs in an old home come in three basic varieties; built-in bathtubs, clawfoot bathtubs, and pedestal bathtubs. Unlike the double-walled apron-front alcove style built-in bathtubs so common in bathrooms today, built-in tubs in a vintage bath usually drop into a frame. Early on, the frame might have been wood but most often antique built-in tubs dropped into a tiled frame. Built-in bathtubs that included a shower were often built into a corner or alcove (like a modern tub) but completely freestanding built-in tubs weren't unusual even in a vintage bathroom. When most of us picture a vintage bath, however, we picture a clawfoot tub. The classic cast iron clawfoot tub with ball and claw style feet was the centerpiece of vintage baths from the late nineteenth century into the 1930's. Streamlined pedestal tubs gained favor during the Art Deco period of the early twentieth century. Like clawfoot tubs, pedestal tubs and skirted tubs are freestanding tubs. Freestanding clawfoot tubs and pedestal tubs are often placed against a wall or in a corner but they are not permanently attached to framing like a built-in tub.
It was not uncommon for vintage baths to include a separate shower stall. Even smaller working class homes sometimes provided a shower separate from the bathtub. A cast iron shower pan is often used in additions, basement showers, and bathroom conversions in old homes built prior to indoor plumbing. Showers featured a shower pan that might be built-in or might be footed similar to traditional clawfoot tubs.
To be true to your old home, replace an antique bathtub or shower pan with a similar style bathtub or shower pan whether it be built-in or freestanding.
Built-in tubs drop into a platform that conceals the drain and supply line plumbing. Also called tiled-in tubs or drop-in tubs, built-in bathtubs can be installed in a tiled platform for a traditional look or with marble, wood, and other materials to create custom contemporary bathtub solutions.
Shower pans, or shower bases, add a shower where a bathtub might not fit. Cast iron shower pans are one continuous piece that have no seams to leak or require maintenance. Freestanding clawfoot shower pans provide a truly vintage touch while built-in cast iron shower bases provide a flexible option for homes of all eras.
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Clawfoot tubs are the focal point of vintage and vintage-inspired baths. Choose from traditional cast iron clawfoot bathtubs or versatile acrylic clawfoot tubs in a wide selection of classic roll rim clawfoot tubs, slipper bathtubs, and double-ended clawfoot bathtubs. Clawfoot tubs are offered with style, size, and feet options to fit perfectly in period or contemporary homes.
Pedestal tubs feature streamlined designs influenced by the Art Deco period of the early 1900s. Like clawfoot tubs, pedestal tubs (and the closely related skirted tubs) are available in a variety of tub styles and sizes. Cast iron pedestal tubs offer authentic antique reproductions while lighter weight acrylic pedestal tubs offer modern interpretations in vintage form.