Pedestal Tubs


Pedestal tubs are majorly freestanding tubs that are an extension of the classic clawfoot tubs. Instead of the feet, however, these tubs use a pedestal or plinth to raise them from the floor. Their design is also a modern take on traditional soaker tubs. These tubs are the epitome of elegance and beauty and are a focal point of your modern bath.

These tubs are designed to stand away from the wall and do not require any surround or deck. They can also be tucked into an alcove or can be displayed right at the middle of your bath. Apart from the space of the bath, the only consideration to make is the plumbing of the tub, which can be sorted out by your bath designer.

Material Make-up of Pedestal Tubs

Traditionally, pedestal tubs have been made of strong, long-lasting cast iron which is coated in porcelain. Modern pedestal tubs can still be made of this material. Due to the material make-up, a cast iron pedestal bathtub can be quite heavy. Lately, materials that are not as heavy are being used to construct pedestal tubs. Pedestal tubs made of acrylic material are lighter and easy to install and can, therefore, be used on any level of the home, even the upper levels.

Solid surface pedestal tubs are often made of engineered stone and resin material. Installing a pedestal soaking tub is a great way of adding luxury, longevity, and a natural appeal to your bath. Polymer resin is also mixed with stone to produce long-lasting tubs due to their impervious nature. These resin pedestal tubs combine the power of natural beauty and functionality. They are also suitable for any home since they are easy to clean: you don’t have to worry about your kids staining the tub.

Copper is also another material common in pedestal tubs. These pedestal tubs are unique in their look since most of them are handcrafted and hand-hammered. What’s more, copper has its natural anti-bacterial properties that make copper pedestal tubs likable by many homeowners. You’ll be mistaken to think that copper pedestal tubs have no aesthetic value. Their look is striking, owing to their quality polish. These are, however, more expensive than other materials and require a commitment to maintain.

Designs, Shapes and Sizes of Pedestal Tubs

The modern pedestals tubs are typically sleek with clean lines giving an elegant and subtle look. A freestanding pedestal bathtub may have its shape ranging from oval to rectangle to an almost bowl shape. These may be the perfect pieces to combine a modern look and the traditional feel. Many pedestal tubs also come with packages such as faucets, which have various finishes such as nickel or chrome.

Traditional pedestal tubs are usually elegant, with a rolled top edge. This design gives a slipper pedestal tub. This design guarantees the bather a quality soak from the comfortable incline on one end of the bathtub. Homeowners also fancy double-ended tubs, which have both ends rounded. A double slipper pedestal tub offers the bather reclining comfort from any end of the bathtub. Most of these pedestal tubs have a soft white finish but could have any color that fits your taste. For instance, a red or black pedestal tub with silver finishing would be unexpected but bold.

After deciding on the material to settle on, the size of the bathtub is also a key feature to consider before selecting one. Pedestal tubs can measure from 60 inches to 70 inches in length. This way, you can fit your bathtub in any bathroom, large or small.

Cleaning of Pedestal Tubs

The process of cleaning pedestal tubs differs depending on the material that makes up the tub. Cast iron pedestal tubs are easy to clean since most of them are highly polished. Similar to the acrylic pedestal tubs, common cleaning solutions can be used to remove dirt and light stains.  

Vinegar is also great for cleaning bathtub surfaces, especially for the cast iron and acrylic tubs. Apart from cleaning, vinegar is also a great disinfectant and therefore leaves your bathtub surface bacteria free. It’s also important to note that most of the pedestal tubs are best leaned using soft a cleaning cloth. Abrasive brushes should be avoided as they leave the bathtub surface with scratches, which are undesirable.

Whether you’re looking for a great soak after a day’s work or just a quick session of a hot bath, a pedestal tub will get the job done for you. What’s more, you can land your best style, color and design all in one pedestal tub.