Upright bathtubs guide: What are their benefits?
Upright bathtubs have become more and more popular over the years. There are many advantages to installing one in your home. In fact, one of the benefits of an upright bathtub, as well as compact baths, is that they are easy to fit and really versatile. They offer a range of sizes as well as a variety of styles to suit your own taste and space, so you can find one that fits you perfectly.
Additionally, if you want to add a little luxury to your bathroom, an upright bathtub can be a great option. They offer a unique look and one that can often be seen in spas, hotels and high-end stays.
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So, as well as sinking into your bathtub for a relaxing evening ahead of a good night's sleep, you can now find a tub that looks every inch as luxurious as you feel. Read on to find out more about upright bathtubs and their benefits.
- Modernise your toilet
- Buy (or make) a cistern displacement device
- Install a high-efficiency showerhead
- Fit taps with flow-controlled aerators
- Plug your bath
- Check your toilet for leaks
- Turn off the taps whilst you brush your teeth
What is an upright bathtub?
Firstly, it’s important to consider what constitutes an upright bathtub so you know exactly what to look for when mulling over this option.
Upright or compact baths are essentially smaller walk-in baths and ones which are designed in a way so that you can sit upright as you are bathing. As a sit-in bath, one of the key features of this type of tub is - as the name suggests, compact. This means that it doesn't take up too much room in your bathroom. This is also what makes it a popular choice.
What are the advantages of having an upright bathtub?
As mentioned above, there are a whole host of advantages to installing an upright bathtub. And here at Premier Care in Bathing, we understand that you’ll want to consider all aspects of this type of bathing option before making a decision.
With this in mind, we’ve outlined the key benefits of owning one, starting with…
They are easier to position
When it comes to installation, what makes upright and compact baths such an attractive option is that their design makes them easier to install. Because of their smaller size, they inevitably take up less room.
They can also be customised to fit the size and shape of your space. This means they suit most bathroom sizes and can be placed where you wish.
They are a safer option for those with joint and mobility issues
Bathtubs that allow bathers to be seated upright - as opposed to those that require a more horizontal seated position - are often much more accessible. This means they are a more attractive option for anyone who suffers from joint or mobility issues.
For example, take the Cove Walk-in Bath. This small and compact walk-in bath features a front outward-opening door and a low-level access step, meaning the risk of slips and falls is greatly reduced.
Based on the idea that the user can age in place, these features help the bather to more safely enter and exit the bathtub. This makes it easier for people to grow older in their own homes, as opposed to being moved to a nursing home or other care facility.
They provide additional comfort when bathing
Sit-in baths are typically deeper than your more traditional bathtubs. This additional depth means that the user can sit in a much more comfortably submerged state, so the bathtub doesn't need to be as long. This can provide a greater amount of comfort and also means you can remain in the bathtub for a longer duration of time than more standard tubs can offer.
Upright bathtubs also come with a built-in seat so you can sit in the tub as the water fills. This means you don’t have to worry about trying to prop yourself up. Despite the shorter length, your comfort isn’t compromised. In fact, many bathers prefer the supportiveness that this type of bathtub can provide.
They can add a modern look to your bathroom
If you are considering a sit-in bath, one of the things you might be wondering is how it will fit with your own style. As compact baths feature smooth lines and a clean, minimalist design, they can help to offer a more sleek, modern look to your bathroom.
If you’re wondering how this look can be achieved, take the Haven Walk-in Bath as an example. This compact bath option not only offers increased levels of comfort due to its extra-deep seat design, but it is an ultra-stylish model, as it is based on thirty years of experience.
They provide many health and wellness benefits
Bathing in itself can offer a range of benefits when it comes to your health and wellness. In fact, whole-body immersion bathing has been shown to increase blood flow, which, in turn, supplies more oxygen and nutrients to the body.
Sit-in baths often have additional features, such as heating options and massaging jets, that other bathtubs can’t offer. And long-term infusions of warm water can also help reduce stress and relax your muscles. So, there’s a good reason why people opt for a nice soak at the end of a long day.
Research also shows that a daily bath can help to improve your mood and beat depression. One study found that taking an afternoon bath just twice a week helped to produce a moderate but persistent lift to one's mood.
They found that “this method could work by raising the body temperature to help restore the normal circadian rhythm of temperature, which is often disturbed in people with depression.”
As a specialist, accessible bathtub with a built-in door system, these types of tubs allow you to bathe in absolute comfort. The deeper design means you can enjoy an even longer soak in a warm bath. For example, the Assure Walk-in bath offers an inward-opening door and thermostatically controlled mixer taps to eliminate any risk of scalding. The bath door is also self-sealing, and this particular tub offers a low-level access step for even more peace of mind when entering and exiting.
In summary, upright bathtubs can be an excellent choice for anyone who wants to save on space, bathe with more comfort in mind, or for those who may need to consider a more accessible bathtub.
Compact and sit-in baths are designed to offer a comfortable and safe bathing experience without compromising on space and style. As they can help to provide a modern finish to any bathroom and are also easy to maintain, you might wish to consider an upright bathtub for your next bathroom upgrade.