How-To: Considerations Before Buying a Clawfoot Tub


Who isn't enchanted by clawfoot tubs? Just staring at this photo makes me want to fill one full of bubble bath and relax with a good book. However, if you're thinking about adding one to your home, here are some things to consider beforehand.

  • If you use an old clawfoot tub, prepare for a very heavy tub, since it's made from cast iron.
  • You should take this heaviness into consideration before buying an older tub. Are your floors sturdy enough to support the added weight?

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  • A reproduction clawfoot tub may be a good option for you. Try Vintage Tub and Bath for different acrylic models.
  • Besides their lighter weight, acrylic models do not rust.
  • How will you deal with the pipes? Since clawfoot tubs are freestanding, the pipes will be exposed. Does the look of exposed pipes bother you?
  • Clawfoot tubs will require non-abrasive cleansers, which won't damage the tub's finish.

What tips do you have for living with a clawfoot tub?

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