Bath Buying Guide | Bathrooms on a Budget

Bath Buying Guide

Discovering the perfect bath for your lifestyle

Planning the renovation of your relaxation sanctuary relies heavily on one feature — the bath. Choosing the right bath to suit all your needs can be difficult, and there are several aspects to consider including space, design, and budget. We’re overwhelmed with choice when it comes to style, materials, and hardware, and it’s important to find an option that creates balance in the bathroom.  Think back to your initial goals for the renovation. Are your intentions geared towards style and appearance, or practicality and easy maintenance? Bathrooms on a Budget’s bath buying guide will ensure the planning phase of your bathroom renovation covers all bases, and identifies the bath that’ll work best for you.


1. Types of baths

The first phase in planning is to choose the type of bath that will work best in your renovated bathroom. The choice between a freestanding bath and a drop in bath depends greatly on design elements, space, and budget.



Creating a luxurious, spa-like experience in your home is more than possible with a freestanding bath. They have have become incredibly popular and accessible for home renovators, and are a great investment if you’re passionate about soaking. You can achieve contemporary style or a traditional look depending on your choice of design. For a modern look, consider a round or square freestanding bath in an appropriate size to suit your space.  While freestanding baths are ideally suited to more spacious bathrooms, Bathrooms on a Budget have options to suit any size bathroom! If you’re looking to install a freestanding bath in a smaller space, back-to-wall options are available.

For the ultimate indulgence, opt for a freestanding slipper, which is slightly raised at one end of the tub to provide back and shoulder support.  


Drop in Baths


Drop in baths are a more affordable and versatile option that sit flush against a wall or in a corner to optimise space. If you’re in search of small bathroom ideas, drop in baths are an excellent feature, and double as a shower if your space doesn’t allow for both. They offer practicality and style, and work well alongside built-in shelves. If you enjoy reading in the bath, or you’re using the tub for the little ones, shelves are a very functional addition. A range of styles and sizes are available to complement any style home.  

Choose a size and shape that your bathroom can accommodate. Before deciding on which type of bath will work for you, take the plunge! Test out your potential purchase, assess the level of comfort, and try to picture it in your bathroom. If it ticks all the boxes, you may have found a winner!


2. Bath materials

The next aspect of the planning phase is the choice of material for your bath. The material used will affect the bath’s price, durability, and the level of maintenance required. Consider who will be using the bath, how often you’ll have time to clean it, and any structural features of your bathroom that will be affected by weight.



Acrylic baths are great for longevity and friendly for the budget.  It’s a versatile, man-made material that can be shaped and moulded to suit just about any style and size bathroom. Its lightweight properties make installation possible in all bathrooms, especially those that aren’t structurally fit for heavier materials.

As far as maintenance goes, it’s one of the easiest materials to clean. Acrylic is non-porous, making dirt and grime build-up less common. It offers excellent resilience to scratches, and can withstand great force without showing any damage.

Acrylic’s thermal properties allow it to retain heat, meaning you can enjoy a warm soak for longer! This material is ideal for family homes, or busy individuals who want to relax and unwind, without the hassle of consistent upkeep.



Enamel coated baths are striking in appearance, showing crisp and clean edges. They display unparalleled style in bathrooms, while delivering durability and long life. Enamel coating is slightly more susceptible to scratches and damage, and requires a little more consideration and care than its acrylic counterpart.  Initially, enamel coated baths are cold to touch, however they warm up quickly and retain heat very effectively.

Enamel-coated steel baths are constructed with 100% recyclable materials and it is a relatively inexpensive material. Enamel is an environmentally sustainable choice, and a stylish addition to any bathroom. They’re the perfect choice for luxury, designer bathrooms, and for home owners who take pride in maintaining beautiful, contemporary spaces.


3. Bath hardware

It’s then time to consider how you’re going to fill your bath with the good stuff! Depending on your choice of bath, and its position in the bathroom, there are several tap options. Freestanding baths are best accompanied by floor standing taps, as it keeps the edges of the bath clear and makes cleaning a lot simpler. Wall mounted mixers or waterfall spouts create a traditional, clean-cut look for drop in baths, and are available in a huge selection of designs. Not every tap or faucet will work with every style of bath, so ensure you consider functionality as well as appearance. Whether you’re looking for simplicity or spa-like rejuvenation, Bathrooms on a Budget has bath hardware to cater for every renovator’s needs.  


4. How much should I spend on a new bath?

Regardless of budget, BOAB believes every bathroom should exhibit quality, style, and durability. Choosing a high-quality, luxury bath doesn’t require emptying your wallet. Once you’ve established which bath will best suit your lifestyle and renovation plans, the team at BOAB will happily accommodate those needs, within your budget.


Acrylic or Enamel Drop in Baths

  • The most affordable and versatile options
  • Offers durability, longevity, and a comfortable, warm bath
  • Excellent for small spaces and family bathrooms

Acrylic or Enamel Freestanding Baths

  • A luxury and aesthetically appealing feature
  • Perfect for creating a spa-like experience
  • Available in a range of prices and sizes to suit any space and budget


When you picture your dream bathroom, what fits best in your eyes? Together, we can find the perfect bath tub for your renovation project, that will lead to a lifetime of relaxation, rejuvenation, and enjoyable bath times. Contact the knowledgeable team at BOAB for more bathroom renovation ideas, guaranteed quality, and affordable luxuries.

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