Published On: Mon, Jan 18th, 2016

A List of Materials to Select from for Your Freestanding Bath

There are many styles of baths, but freestanding baths have always been a popular choice. And whilst freestanding baths come in plenty of different styles and designs nowadays, the materials that comprise freestanding baths are extensive as well.

When you are looking for the ideal freestanding bath for your bathroom, you have to consider not only its style and design (whether you want a ‘claw foot’ bath – a very classic and traditional style – or a modern freestanding bath with a more rectangular or geometric design), you also have to consider other aspects such as its size, its purpose, and its additional features, if any. But whilst you are thinking about those other aspects, you have to think primarily about the material you would like as well.

A list of different freestanding bath materials which one should you choose?

Angel Locsin in 2011's In The Name of Love'

Angel Locsin in 2011’s In The Name of Love’


Acrylic, as a material, is known the world over for its durability as well as its light weight. In addition to these characteristics, there is one other characteristic which makes acrylic popular: the fact that it is easy to clean. Acrylic does not require extensive maintenance, and often, a simple wipe will do. You can also take your pick amongst a variety of designs for a freestanding bath made from acrylic, from traditional to modern.

Solid surface

Another type of material for freestanding baths is solid surface. Actually, solid surface has two types: pure acrylic and resin. Pure acrylic is known for its consistency and solid colouring, and it is also quite durable and strong compared to standard or regular acrylic baths (regular acrylic baths are made from two acrylic sheets). Resin, on the other hand, offers homeowners the look of traditional stone baths but without the substantial weight. Resin is also lightweight and flexible, as it can be easily moulded into various sizes and shapes.

Natural stone

Natural stone freestanding baths are also available, although with this, you really do have to contend with a very substantial weight. Stone baths are often hand-carved, and can be made from stone such as granite, travertine, and marble. If you are interested in a stone bath, you may have to think about extra support for your bathroom flooring as a typical stone bath can weigh up to 900 kilos or more.

Cast iron

Cast iron is yet another freestanding bath material, although it is not as popular as other materials like acrylic. Cast iron baths are known for their sturdiness and heaviness, but they look great, especially with restored or refurbished bathrooms. You can also choose to have a cast iron bath that is placed on a pedestal for a more ‘dramatic’ look.

Stainless steel and copper

If you are looking for a more modern look for your bathroom, then stainless steel might be a good colour choice. Stainless steel baths are also easy to keep clean. Copper baths have both classic and modern styles as well.

Guest Author: Jimmy Simond

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