Tyrrell & Laing Luxury Freestanding Bathtubs

The Ultimate Guide to Freestanding Tubs: Find the Perfect Soaking Experience

Are you dreaming of a luxurious and relaxing bathing experience? Look no further than freestanding bathtubs! These versatile and elegant centerpieces will transform your bathroom into a spa-like oasis. In this guide, we will explore the benefits, materials, designs, and customization options of freestanding tubs, as well as expert tips for installation and maintenance. Get ready to find the perfect soaking experience!

Key Takeaways

Discover the Benefits of Freestanding Bathtubs and enjoy luxurious, flexible placement options.

Soak in style with sleek designs featuring metallic accents, modern asymmetrical shapes & bold veining.

Get expert tips on installation and maintenance for optimal longevity.

Discover the Benefits of Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs offer numerous advantages over their built-in counterparts, including versatile placement, a luxurious appearance, and a deeper soaking experience. These standalone bathtub beauties can be crafted from a variety of materials, such as cast iron, acrylic, and resin, and come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. At Tyrrell and Laing International we specialize in composite stand alone tubs. Inspirestone® is our proprietary stone composite material. InspireStone® has the appearance and beauty of natural stone without the excess weight. It is the perfect balance between luxury and durability. Made from a stone composite and polyester resin, our InspireStone® material maintains the heat of the water for a longer and more enjoyable soak.

Shall we delve into the advantages of freestanding tubs? We’ll kick things off by discussing the flexible placement options they offer.

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Versatile Placement

One of the greatest perks of freestanding bathtubs is their ability to be placed almost anywhere in your bathroom. Unlike built-in tubs, which are confined to a specific area, freestanding tubs offer ultimate design flexibility, allowing you to get creative with your bathroom layout and make it your own. Plus, their ease of installation and the ability to move the tub around provide practical benefits like better access for cleaning and maintenance.

Interested in discovering some distinctive placement possibilities for your freestanding tub? 

The possibilities are endless! Just keep in mind that your plumbing configuration will affect where you can install your tub, so plan accordingly.

Design a serene outdoor nook.

Position the tub in a corner to save space.

Face it towards a wall to create a stunning focal point.

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Luxury Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding bathtubs are the epitome of luxury, instantly elevating the aesthetics of any bathroom. They serve as a beautiful focal point, adding a touch of elegance and sophistication. The sleek and stylish design of these tubs creates a luxurious atmosphere that will make you feel like royalty every time you step in for a soak.

Popular design trends for luxurious freestanding bathtubs include:

  • Metallic accents such as copper, gold, and brass

  • Modern asymmetrical tubs

  • Oval, rectangular, or round shapes

  • Bold veining and superior materials

  • Contemporary designs

These elements contribute to the lavish appearance of these tubs, resulting in a bathtub that you’ll love to show off and unwind in.

Contemporary Rectangular Bathtub

Deeper Soaking Experience

Aside from their beauty and versatility, freestanding bathtubs offer a deeper soaking experience compared to built-in tubs. With depths typically ranging from 15-22 inches, you can fully immerse yourself in warm, soothing water, enhancing relaxation and providing maximum comfort.

The benefits of a deeper soak in a freestanding bathtub are numerous, including improved blood circulation, relief from muscle pains, and a more enjoyable bathing experience overall. So, go ahead and indulge in a luxurious soak that melts away the stresses of the day – you deserve it!

Deep Soaking Tubs for Two
Freestanding tubs of various shapes and sizes in a bathroom

Finding the Right Size and Shape for Your Space

The selection of an ideal size and shape for your freestanding tub requires careful consideration of your bathroom’s dimensions, your personal preferences, and the commonly available shapes and sizes. All of these factors will help you determine the right size and shape for your freestanding tub, ensuring a comfortable fit and a design that complements your bathroom.

Are Freestanding Bathtubs Comfortable?

The selection of the perfect size and shape for your freestanding bathtub is greatly influenced by your personal preferences. It’s essential to select a tub that will provide a comfortable and relaxing experience, tailored to your individual needs. For example, an oval or round-shaped tub may be more comfortable than a rectangular one, as they offer more space to relax and soak.

Remember, the best size and shape for your bathtub should be based on your own preferences, as well as the space available and the desired aesthetic impact. Whether you prefer a spacious, luxurious tub or a subtle, space-saving option, there’s a freestanding bathtub out there to suit your style and comfort needs.

Bathroom Dimensions

To ensure your freestanding tub fits comfortably in your bathroom space, follow these steps:

  1. Measure the length of the area where you plan to install the tub. Standard sizes range from 55-72 inches.

  2. Measure the width of the area by measuring out from the wall to the furthest point you expect your tub to be. Widths typically range from 27-32 inches.

  3. Remember to allow for a minimum of 15-20 inches of extra space at the ends of the tub for comfortable use.

  4. Tyrrell and Laing offer bathtub templates to ensure a perfect fit!

Keep in mind that you’ll need to leave at least four inches of space around the tub for easy cleaning and maintenance. It’s also essential to plan for proper floor support, especially if you’re considering a heavy material like cast iron. By taking these measurements and considering the weight of your chosen tub, you can make an informed decision about the right size and shape for your bathroom.

Bathtub Common Shapes and Sizes

Freestanding tubs are available in an extensive selection of shapes, sizes, and styles, accommodating all bathroom designs. Some common shapes include:

  • Japanese Soaking

  • Single Slipper

  • Double Slipper

  • Single Ended

  • Double Ended

  • Pedestal/Skirted

  • Oval

  • Corner

  • Alcove

  • Round

  • Square

Knowing the various options available will help you make an informed decision when selecting the perfect tub for your space.

The size of a freestanding bathtub can greatly impact its functionality and aesthetics. Here are some considerations when choosing the size of a freestanding bathtub:

  • An oversized bathtub much like T & L’s Imperia Bathtub will provide a more spacious and relaxing experience for two bathers.

  • A small tub may be more suitable for bathrooms with limited space. T & L’s Petit Bathtub is incredible popular for small bathrooms.

  • A larger tub can create a stunning focal point.

  • A smaller tub can allow other design elements to shine. Ultimately, the size of the freestanding bathtub should be chosen based on the space available and the desired aesthetic impact.

The material of your freestanding bathtub plays a significant role in its durability, appearance, and heat retention properties. Popular materials for freestanding tubs include composite stone, cast iron, acrylic, and resin, each offering unique benefits and drawbacks.

A detailed examination of each material will assist you in making an informed decision for your bathroom.

What's the Best Bathtub Material?

The material of your freestanding bathtub plays a significant role in its durability, appearance, and heat retention properties. Popular materials for freestanding tubs include composite stone, cast iron, acrylic, and resin, each offering unique benefits and drawbacks.

A detailed examination of each material will assist you in making an informed decision for your bathroom.

Stone Composite Material

T & L’s InspireStone® is smooth and warm to the touch. Our material has the look and feel of natural stone without the drawback of excess weight. It is stain resistant and easy to clean. Routine cleaning with mild, non-abrasive soap will ensure your finish stays beautiful and provides a lifetime of luxury soaking.

Our material is non-porous, mold and mildew resistant. This requires very little maintenance as it does not need to be resealed or require any special treatment.

Our durable finishes have been strictly tested for staining. Rigorous testing using coffee, wine, nail polish, permanent marker have been performed. They are designed to withstand every day use by families and hotels around the world.

Cast Iron

Cast iron bathtubs are known for their excellent heat retention, energy efficiency, and long-lasting durability. They are resistant to scratches and chipping, easy to care for, and add a luxurious feel to the bathroom. However, cast iron tubs can be quite heavy and may require additional floor support. They can also be more expensive than other materials and may rust if the enamel coating is damaged or worn off.

The weight of a cast iron bathtub can make installation challenging, as it requires more structural support and can be difficult to maneuver. However, if you’re willing to put in the extra effort and invest in a high-quality tub, cast iron may be the perfect choice for your bathroom.

With proper care and maintenance, a cast iron freestanding tub can last a lifetime, making it a worthwhile investment.


Acrylic freestanding tubs are lightweight, affordable, and durable. They are reinforced with fiberglass, ensuring they last for years. Acrylic tubs are also easy to maintain and repair, thanks to their non-porous surface, which is resistant to mold, mildew, and bacteria. However, they may not be as long-lasting as other materials like cast iron or resin, and they can be prone to scratching.

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance and budget-friendly option, acrylic may be the ideal choice for your freestanding bathtub. With proper care, an acrylic tub can last for over a decade, making it a solid investment for your bathroom. Plus, the lightweight nature of acrylic tubs makes them easy to handle and install, offering a more accessible option for homeowners with limited space or structural support.

Enhancing Your Bathing Experience with Features and Accessories

To truly elevate your bathing experience in a freestanding tub, consider adding features and accessories such as air jets, whirlpool systems, and stylish faucets. These additions can help you create a personalized and relaxing environment, making your bathroom feel like a private spa retreat.

Let’s delve deeper into these enhancements.

T & L Romantique Large Two Person Soaker

What are Air Jets in a Bathtub?

Air jets provide a soothing massage experience, enhancing the relaxation factor during your air bath. By pushing air through the jets, they create a gentle, bubbling sensation, perfect for unwinding after a long day. Some popular brands for air jet freestanding bathtubs include:

  • Tyrrell and Laing International, Inc.

  • Empava Appliances Inc.

  • EAGO


  • BainUltra

To keep your air jets functioning optimally, it’s essential to maintain their cleanliness. Here are some tips for cleaning your air jets:

  1. Regularly clean the jets using a mild dish soap and soft sponge, avoiding abrasive scrubbing pads or steel wool to prevent scratching the acrylic surface.

  2. For deeper cleaning, natural products like vinegar, baking soda, or hydrogen peroxide can be used.

  3. This will help prolong the life of your air jet system and ensure a pleasant bathing experience.

  4. Tyrrell and Laing hot air systems use a remote hot air system which requires no maintenance. The air jets will automatically clean themselves after use by blowing air out of the jets. Our systems are air only, meaning we do not circulate water through our systems. We have found this to be more hygienic and prevents mold and mildew build up.

Whirlpool Systems

Whirlpool systems offer a more vigorous massage experience, targeting specific muscle groups for therapeutic benefits. They use an electric motor to pump water through jets, creating a swirling effect that can help calm your nervous system, increase blood flow to your muscles, and improve your motion and flexibility. Popular brands for whirlpool freestanding bathtubs include Empava Appliances Inc., EAGO, WOODBRIDGE, and BainUltra.

Whirlpool systems require regular maintenance to ensure they function optimally. Be sure to clean the jets and filters regularly, and address any minor issues promptly to avoid more significant problems down the line. With proper care and maintenance, your whirlpool system will continue to provide therapeutic benefits for years to come.

Faucet Options for Freestanding Tubs

The perfect finishing touch for your freestanding tub is a stylish faucet that complements its design and enhances its functionality. From stand-alone, deck, or wall-mounted faucets, there are plenty of options to choose from. The latest trends in freestanding tub faucet design include sleek and minimalist aesthetics, with plenty of options for customization to create a unique look that suits your style.


When selecting a faucet for your freestanding tub, consider factors such as the type, size, stability, material, flow rate, and compatibility. Options for faucets made from durable materials like solid brass or stainless steel, and ensure they feel solid and stable when you grab them. Additionally, verify that the faucet is compatible with your tub’s design and installation requirements for a seamless and functional addition to your bathroom.

Modern and elegant bathroom design

Freestanding Bathtub Design Ideas

Freestanding tubs come in a variety of modern and elegant designs, allowing you to find the perfect fit for your bathroom aesthetic. From sleek and modern to classic and elegant, or even unique and eye-catching, there’s a freestanding tub design to suit every taste.

Let’s examine some of the available design choices to aid you in finding the ideal tub for your space.

Sleek and Modern

Sleek and modern freestanding tubs feature clean lines and minimalist designs, perfect for contemporary bathrooms. These tubs often have a curved interior, broad and streamlined rim, and subtle curves, creating a sophisticated and elegant look. They can be crafted from various materials, including T & L’s Inspirestone®, fiberglass, porcelain, acrylic, ceramic, cast iron, cultured marble, copper, and wood.

If you’re searching for a modern and minimalist bathtub, consider choosing a design with a unique shape, such as oval, rectangular, or round. Additionally, you can add stylish features like a custom vanity, brass hardware, or a marble waterfall to create a truly luxurious and modern bathroom oasis.

Classic Alcove Freestanding Tub

Classic and Elegant

Classic and elegant freestanding tubs often feature traditional designs, such as clawfoot or pedestal bases, slipper tubs with a high backrest and curved shape, or vintage-inspired tubs with ornate details and decorative feet. These bathtubs are crafted from high-quality materials like Inspirestone®, cast iron, and stone, and can be found in classic white or custom colors to suit your bathroom design.

To create a timeless and elegant bathroom, consider incorporating a clawfoot tub with wall-mounted faucets and gold fixtures for a touch of vintage charm. Paired with the right bathroom decor, a classic and elegant freestanding tub can serve as a stunning focal point, evoking a sense of luxury and grandeur.

Unique and Eye-catching

For those looking to make a bold statement in their bathroom, unique and eye-catching freestanding tubs are the way to go. These tubs can feature:

  • Unusual shapes

  • Distinctive colors

  • Intricate patterns

  • Custom finishes

  • Bold veining

By choosing a one-of-a-kind design, your freestanding tub will undoubtedly become the focal point of your bathroom. Some examples of statement-making freestanding tubs include hand-carved tubs made from natural marble, travertine, granite, and other stones; glass tubs with pops of color; and vintage clawfoot tubs. To make your tub stand out even more, consider pairing it with contrasting elements like black and white or bold patterns. The result will be a truly unique and eye-catching bathroom design.

Matte Black Stella Freestanding Bathtub

Customizing Your Freestanding Tub to Suit Your Style

Once you’ve chosen your perfect freestanding tub, it’s time to customize it to suit your style. From custom finishes and colors to unique design elements, there are endless ways to make your freestanding tub a reflection of your personality. We’ll examine some customization possibilities that will assist you in crafting your dream bathroom oasis.

T & L Adoni, the perfect alcove bathtub

Custom Finishes

Custom finishes can add a touch of sophistication to your freestanding tub. Popular options include:

  • Onyx

  • Solid black

  • Distressed Stone

  • Calcutta

  • Stainless steel

Each finish offers its own unique benefits, from adding warmth and texture to creating a more contemporary look. By choosing a finish that complements your bathroom fixtures and design elements, you can create a cohesive and stylish space.

When selecting a custom finish for your freestanding bathtub, consider factors such as durability, ease of cleaning, and appearance. For example, cast iron, acrylic, and solid surface finishes are known for their durability and heat retention properties, while copper and stainless steel finishes offer a more modern and sleek look. By considering these factors, you can choose the perfect finish for your freestanding tub.

Are you looking for a specific color? Tyrrell and Laing offer custom color matching according to the RAL K5 chart. We are happy to color match exact codes to ensure your bathroom design is all you could ever dream of!

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Colors and Patterns

The color and pattern of your freestanding tub can greatly impact the overall mood and atmosphere of your bathroom. From classic white to bold pops of color, there are endless options to choose from. Some popular colors for freestanding tubs include:

  • Sky blue

  • Muted mustard yellows

  • Fiery orange

  • Marigold

  • Scarlet

  • Teal

  • Deep blue or dark blue

  • Gold

  • Brass

  • Metallic trims with pink, periwinkle, and marled grey or speckled white

T & L Capri Soaker Tub

When selecting a color or pattern for your freestanding tub, consider how different colors can affect the mood of your bathroom. For example, blue and green hues can create a calming atmosphere, while bold colors like orange or red can energize the space. By considering your own preferences and the desired mood, you can choose a color and pattern that perfectly suits your style.

Design Elements

Incorporating design elements into your freestanding tub can enhance its functionality and appearance. Some options include decorative feet, integrated shelves, or additional storage options. By adding these elements, you can create a unique and personalized bathing experience that suits your needs and style.

For example, decorative feet can add a touch of elegance to a classic clawfoot tub, while integrated shelves provide more storage and make use of space more effectively. By considering your own preferences and the design of your bathroom, you can incorporate design elements that enhance the functionality and appearance of your freestanding tub.

Composite stone tub with feet

Expert Tips for Installing and Maintaining Your Freestanding Tub

Once you’ve selected and customized your perfect freestanding tub, it’s time to ensure it’s properly installed and maintained. By following expert tips and advice, you can prolong the life of your tub and keep it looking its best. This section will provide guidance on installation, maintenance, care, and common troubleshooting.

Installation Tips

When it comes to installing your freestanding tub, safety and accuracy are key. Start by measuring the area where you plan to install the tub, taking into account the length, width, and extra space required for comfortable use. Additionally, ensure that your bathroom floor can support the weight of your chosen tub, particularly if you’ve opted for a heavy material like cast iron.

Follow these steps to ensure a secure and successful installation of your freestanding bathtub:

  1. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully during the installation process to ensure proper anchoring and support.

  2. If needed, consider hiring a professional plumber to assist with the installation, especially if plumbing modifications are required.

  3. Take safety precautions, such as wearing protective gear and using proper tools, to prevent accidents and injuries.

By following expert advice and taking these safety precautions, you can ensure a secure and successful installation of your freestanding bathtub.

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Maintenance and Care

Proper maintenance and care are essential to prolong the life of your freestanding tub and keep it looking its best. To clean your tub, follow these steps:

  1. Use a mild cleanser and a soft sponge, avoiding abrasive scrubbing pads or harsh chemicals that can damage the tub’s surface.

  2. For stubborn stains such as wine, coffee, nail polish etc. you may use acetone or fine grit water sand paper on T & L’s InspireStone® material. This will not damage our material’s surface.

  3. Remember to clean your tub regularly, ideally after each use, to maintain its shine and prevent the buildup of dirt and grime.

In addition to regular cleaning, be sure to address any minor issues, such as leaks or clogged jets, promptly. This will help prevent more significant problems down the line and ensure your freestanding tub remains in optimal condition. By taking proper care of your tub, you can enjoy a luxurious and relaxing bathing experience for years to come.

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Troubleshooting Common Issues

If you encounter any issues with your freestanding tub, such as leaks or clogged jets, it’s important to address them as soon as possible. To troubleshoot a leak, check for water running on the floor between the tub and the flange for the pop-up, as well as any cracks or gaps that could be causing the issue. If necessary, use plumber’s tape or epoxy putty to temporarily stop minor leaks.

For clogged jets, clear out any debris from the filter and plumbing line to see if that resolves the issue. If not, worn-out gasket seals may be causing water leaks, so check and replace them if needed. If you’re unable to resolve the issue yourself, consider seeking professional help from plumbing services or bathtub repair specialists.


In conclusion, freestanding bathtubs offer a luxurious and versatile bathing experience that can transform your bathroom into a spa-like retreat. By considering factors such as size, shape, material, design, and customization options, you can find the perfect freestanding tub to suit your style and needs. Follow expert installation and maintenance tips to ensure a safe and durable setup, and enjoy the ultimate soaking experience in your beautifully designed bathroom oasis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are freestanding tubs worth it?

Freestanding tubs are a great choice for those who want to upgrade their bathroom layout. They are stylish, eye-catching, and easy to clean, offering a luxurious feel to any space. So yes, freestanding tubs are certainly worth it. Freestanding bathtub have stood the test of time. They have remained popular throughout the years and will continue to do so.

What is the most comfortable shape of freestanding tub?

Oval freestanding tubs are generally the most comfortable shape for soaking, with an ergonomic design that wraps around your body. This is due to the inherent lumbar angles that allow you to rest comfortably when in the tub.

What is the best length for a free standing bathtub?

For optimal appeal among American homeowners, a freestanding bathtub should have dimensions of at least 60 inches long (5ft), 30 inches wide (2.5ft), with 19 inches of water depth (1.89ft) and 15-22 inches in height.

Can you put a shower over a freestanding tub?

Yes, it is possible to put a shower over a freestanding tub. One thing to be mindful of is the bottom floor of the bathtub. A tub with a flat bottom will allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds. See T & L’s Aurora tub for reference.

What materials are commonly used for freestanding bathtubs?

Freestanding bathtubs are commonly made of materials such as composite stone, cast iron, acrylic, and resin.