The cast iron clawfoot tub is a popular freestanding tub style that is prized for its traditional, timeless aesthetic and durability. If you're considering replacing your old bathtub with a cast iron model, it's important to know what you're getting into. In this guide, we'll cover all the ins and outs of this beloved fixture so that you can make an informed decision about selecting the right tub for your home.
Cast iron clawfoot tubs are available in many styles including:
For a vintage look, choose a cast iron clawfoot tub with a rolled rim (aka roll top).
Manufacturers that build elegant traditional and contemporary cast iron clawfoot tubs include Kingston Brass and Barclay.
These guides will help you select the best clawfoot tub for your design aesthetic:
A heavy cast iron clawfoot tub is much more difficult to install than a lightweight acrylic tub, so it's important to hire a licensed plumber to install it (this will also help ensure your warranty stays valid). Installation costs will vary by location and project complexity.
You'll want to make sure that your cast iron clawfoot tub is installed in a bathroom with a solid, level floor. Because these tubs are heavy, the floor may have to be reinforced before installation begins. Always get help to move the tub!
You will need to install your new tub near or over an existing drain, or you will need to run new drain pipes under the flooring to the tub's location. A bathtub faucet or tub filler will also need to be installed. Consult your owners’ manual for plumbing and drainage requirements.
For more information about installing a cast iron clawfoot tub, check out these sources:
Installing a Clawfoot Tub – SF Gate
How To Install a Clawfoot Bathtub - DIYCentral
How to Install Legs on an Antique Claw Foot Bathtub – SF Gate
How to Install Drain & Supply Lines to a Clawfoot Tub
Cast iron clawfoot tubs are made from an iron-carbon alloy coated in porcelain or enamel to prevent chipping. Clawfoot tub feet are available in various finishes.
Cast iron with porcelain or enamel coating is a durable and easy-to-clean material that is more resistant to scratches and dents than acrylic. Cast iron also provides excellent heat retention.
Always consult your owners’ manual for care and maintenance instructions. In general, use mild, non-abrasive cleaners.
A cast iron tub usually weighs between 250 and 300 lbs. Once filled with water, the tub becomes much heavier.
According to Boston Standard Plumbing, “Before you install a clawfoot tub, make certain that your floor is in very good shape, and can tolerate a regular load of about 1,000 pounds.”
The cost of a cast iron clawfoot tub will depend on the size, shape, and style of the tub. The average price for a new cast iron clawfoot tub is around $1,500 to $3,000. If you need your tub to be installed by a professional, this is a separate expense that may cost upwards of $2,000 if you are installing a cast iron tub in your bathroom for the first time.
Looking for an inexpensive way to add a shower to your cast iron clawfoot tub? Use a clawfoot tub shower conversion kit.
Like other types of freestanding tubs, the width of a clawfoot tub typically ranges between 30-42 inches.
A clawfoot tub is usually wider and deeper than a standard tub and will take up a significant amount of space in a small bathroom. However, smaller clawfoot tubs are available.
Cast iron is one of the most durable and attractive materials used for clawfoot tubs. A vintage style cast iron clawfoot tub can add value to a traditional or transitional bathroom. Soaking tubs also provide many therapeutic benefits.
Luxury Freestanding Tubs is a family-owned company that offers a wide selection of attractive, high-quality, and affordable cast iron clawfoot tubs. We offer a price match guarantee, a money back guarantee, and free warranty on all of our products. Free shipping directly to your home or job site is included.
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