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A Guide to Choosing a Clawfoot tub for your Bathroom

Bathroom trends come and go, but one trend which is here to stay is the classic Clawfoot bathtub.

The clawfoot bathtub or the clawfoot tub was considered a luxury item in the late nineteenth century, originally made from cast iron and lined with porcelain.

In this Clawfoot Bathtub Buying guide, we will take look at everything you need to know about the selection, installation, and maintenance of Clawfoot tubs.

Trends in Clawfoot bathtubs

The latest trends in bathroom furnishings show rising popularity in clawfoot bathtub with elegant hand-held showers.

Abbey Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub - No Overflow - Antique Copper
Abbey Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub – No Overflow – Antique Copper

In the past, the clawfoot tubs and clawfoot tub faucets were completely made of cast iron. These tubs would weigh more than 350 pounds! The modern clawfoot bathtubs are also made using the same material for authenticity but can also be acrylic in case of weight limitations. A popular trend today is the all-copper clawfoot tub with matching shower, faucets, and other accessories.

Dunlap Copper Slipper Clawfoot Tub - Overflow
Dunlap Copper Slipper Clawfoot Tub – Overflow
Randolph Morris Clawfoot Tub Faucet with Handshower & Porcelain Lever Handles Chrome
Randolph Morris Clawfoot Tub Faucet with Handshower & Porcelain Lever Handles Chrome
Abbey Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub - No Overflow - Nickel
Abbey Copper Slipper Clawfoot Soaking Tub – No Overflow – Nickel

Some homeowners also like the clawfoot tub shower design without the ‘claw-feet’. Naturally, these tubs are still freestanding structures like the original cast iron clawfoot tub.

Collette Brushed Stainless Steel Freestanding Tub
Collette Brushed Stainless Steel Freestanding Tub
Modern Matte White Dune II Freestanding Bathtub
Modern Matte White Dune II Freestanding Bathtub
KINGSTON BRASS VTRS592928 59-Inch Contemporary Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
KINGSTON BRASS VTRS592928 59-Inch Contemporary Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
Belle Foret BFUSACWBWAL Contemporary Leg Tub Cast Iron, WhiteWalnut
Belle Foret BFUSACWBWAL Contemporary Leg Tub Cast Iron, WhiteWalnut
Aquatica PureScape 060 Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub
Aquatica PureScape 060 Freestanding Acrylic Bathtub

Today, you can purchase these clawfoor bathtubs in a variety of color finishes with porcelain interiors.

Cheviot Regal Double Ended Cast Iron White Clawfoot Tub 2111W-W Feet
Cheviot Regal Double Ended Cast Iron White Clawfoot Tub 2111W-W Feet
Kingston Brass Aqua Eden VCTND6030NT1 Cast Iron Slipper Clawfoot Bathtub
Kingston Brass Aqua Eden VCTND6030NT1 Cast Iron Slipper Clawfoot Bathtub

 

Colwyn Cast Iron Slipper Clawfoot Tub
Colwyn Cast Iron Slipper Clawfoot Tub

 

For more Clawfoot Bathtub Ideas, check out my Ideabook on Houzz.

 


 

Styles of Claws (legs)

The legs can also be available in a variety of materials including chrome, gold, bronze, satin nickel, pewter, black etc.

bronze feet
Bronze feet
Gold feet
Gold feet
Chrome Feet
Chrome Feet
Black feet
Black feet
Satin Nickel Feet
Satin Nickel Feet

 


 

Shapes of Clawfoot bathtubs

Shapes of the clawfoot bathtubs can range from the traditional roll top tub, classic slant back, double ended tub, the slipper or the double slipper design, the freestanding bath, and soaking tub etc.

Roll Top
Roll Top
Classic Slant Back
Classic Slant Back
Single Slipper
Single Slipper
Double Slipper
Double Slipper
Double Ended
Double Ended
Freestanding
Freestanding
Soaking Tub

 


 

Plumbing Fixtures for Clawfoot Tubs

The usual hot and cold water clawfoot tub faucet fixtures are necessary for these tubs. Today, you can choose from a variety of handheld shower units including the telephone design handheld shower.

Pfister Savannah 3-Handle Tub & Shower Faucet with Metal Lever Handles, Polished Chrome & White Porcelain
Pfister Savannah 3-Handle Tub & Shower Faucet with Metal Lever Handles, Polished Chrome & White Porcelain
Rozinstanitary Brushed Nickel Floor Standing Bathtub Faucet with Handheld Shower
Rozinstanitary Brushed Nickel Floor Standing Bathtub Faucet with Handheld Shower
Delta Trinsic Champagne Bronze Floor Mount Freestanding Tub Filler wValve D931V
Delta Trinsic Champagne Bronze Floor Mount Freestanding Tub Filler wValve D931V
Hansgrohe 16553821 Axor Montreux Free Standing Tub Filler with Lever Handle, Brushed Nickel
Hansgrohe 16553821 Axor Montreux Free Standing Tub Filler with Lever Handle, Brushed Nickel
Kingston Brass KS265PB Clawfoot Tub Wall Mount Faucet, Polished Brass
Kingston Brass KS265PB Clawfoot Tub Wall Mount Faucet, Polished Brass
AKDY® AZ-8713 Contemporary Freestanding Floor Mount Bath Tub Filler Faucet Spout Single Handle with Handheld Shower Head, Polished Chrome
AKDY® AZ-8713 Contemporary Freestanding Floor Mount Bath Tub Filler Faucet Spout Single Handle with Handheld Shower Head, Polished Chrome
FREUER Vasca Collection Classic Clawfoot Tub Faucet, Polished Chrome
FREUER Vasca Collection Classic Clawfoot Tub Faucet, Polished Chrome

 

AKDY Freestand Floor Mounted AZ8711A Clawfoot Bathtub Faucet
AKDY Freestand Floor Mounted AZ8711A Clawfoot Bathtub Faucet

If you like taking a stand-up shower, you can have your clawfoot installed with a circular or rectangular shower wrap around kit. The tub need not be next to the wall for this. You could simply add an elegant and beautiful clawfoot bathtub shower curtain around the tub. The shower head can also be installed on a wall near the tub –this is attached in a manner in which it is within reach for the user.

Zenna Home 34941WW, NeverRust Aluminum Hoop Shower Curtain Rod for Claw Foot Tubs, White
Zenna Home 34941WW, NeverRust Aluminum Hoop Shower Curtain Rod for Claw Foot Tubs, White
Vintage CoreAcryl Clawfoot Tub with Tempered Glass Shower Enclosure
Vintage CoreAcryl Clawfoot Tub with Tempered Glass Shower Enclosure
Extra Wide Shower Curtain for a Clawfoot Tubopaque with Magnets
Extra Wide Shower Curtain for a Clawfoot Tubopaque with Magnets
Barclay 4122-PB Rectangular Units Clawfoot Tub and Shower Filler
Barclay 4122-PB Rectangular Units Clawfoot Tub and Shower Filler
Randolph Morris Claw Foot Tub Shower Enclosure with Metal Showerhead RM403SEC Chrome
Randolph Morris Claw Foot Tub Shower Enclosure with Metal Showerhead RM403SEC Chrome

You can even choose from clawfoot tub accessories in cast iron- including shower pans, soap dishes, tub caddies, bridge faucets etc.

Elizabethan Classics ECTSD3SN Leg Tub Soap and Sponge Holder, Satin Nickel
Elizabethan Classics ECTSD3SN Leg Tub Soap and Sponge Holder, Satin Nickel
Taymor Chrome Soap and Sponge Bathtub Caddy
Taymor Chrome Soap and Sponge Bathtub Caddy
Wall Mounted Bathroom Corner Soap Holder Basket Bath & Shower - Chrome
Wall Mounted Bathroom Corner Soap Holder Basket Bath & Shower – Chrome
Soap Basket with Sponge Holder - Chrome
Soap Basket with Sponge Holder – Chrome
Bath Accessories Tub Caddy, Stainless Steel
Bath Accessories Tub Caddy, Stainless Steel

 


 

Clawfoot tub and accessories buying guide

  • Start by measuring the area where you want the clawfoot tub installed. A thumb rule to remember: always choose the tub having sides several inches shorter than the length of the finished walls. This will come in handy for your plumber to install the drain and water connection when installing the tub.
  • Do not forget to measure the door width so that the tub can be brought inside the bathroom easily.
  • New claw foot/freestanding tubs need special drainage systems, in particular, you might need decorative drains with long overflow tubes. This is because of the increased water capacity –so make sure you choose the right size drain (1-1/2″ to 1-3/8th“). Slipper tubs, soaking tubs, and shower trains also need specific drains.
  • It is a good idea to buy solid brass drains as these are non-corrosive and rust-proof and last much longer.
  • Next, you need to instruct your plumber about the tub’s faucets, water supplies, shower units and other accessories. Water supplies can also be functional and decorative. Select solid brass supplies with valves that allow you to turn off the water supply in case of emergency leaks. Freestanding tubs water supplies are independent of the tub and travel from the floor to the faucets.

 


 

 How to Clean and Maintain a Clawfoot BathTub

  • Clean and wipe down your tub every once a week. For acrylic tubs, use warm water and gentle, non-abrasive cleaning products like dish soaps, or even vinegar, baking soda etc.
  • Never use abrasive metal scrubs to clean the tub- use a soft cloth or a sponge instead.
  • After every use, clean with warm water and wipe down with soft dry cloth to prevent soap buildup, mold, and mildew formation.
  • Wipe the faucets and the silicone head base with 50% diluted chlorine bleach.
  • Buff the tub every 3 months with white polishing compounds to maintain the finish.

 


 

Advantages of Clawfoot Bathtubs

  • The standard size of the clawfoot tubs is 60 inches, so they can easily fit inside small bathrooms.
  • You can easily diminish or blur the lines between your bedroom and bath by using claw foot tubs. They can be fitted near windows, so you can enjoy the scenic beauty outside while soaking in the tub. The bathroom can become the extension of the rest of your home with luxurious and elegant furnishings and fixtures like the claw foot and its accessories. Vintage looking clawfoot tub faucets and shower heads can help you impart a retro/vintage theme to your bathroom.
  • Since claw-foot tubs are freestanding, you can even have them installed right in the center/despite their being freestanding.

 


 

Disadvantages of Clawfoot Bathtubs

There are some minor disadvantages of using clawfoot tubs:

  • They are more expensive than regular tubs. The tub itself can cost $1,000 or more depending on the style and materials used. Plumbing and faucet fixtures can be an additional expense.
  • If you are thinking of installing the tub in the bathroom on the top floor of your home, you must ensure that the floor is strong enough to handle the load especially if you plan on using vintage or cast iron tubs.
  • Swapping from a normal tub to a clawfoot bathtub can sometimes pose some problems in that; you must ensure having enough elbow room around your new tub. After all; the clawfoot is meant for soaking with your arms on its side.
  • Elderly or disabled users might find it difficult to enter or exit the tub. The design and installation might also prevent the installation of safety rails within reach for the convenience of these users.
  • Many bathers would like to have a separate shower area instead of only the handheld shower option offered by the clawfoot design.

That being said, the clawfoot tub is a classic addition to any bathroom and can take the design of your bath to a whole new level. No matter what the theme of your bathroom, there is a clawfoot bathtub right for you.

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