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What is Alcove Bathtub?

 

Alcove bath tubs or the 'three wall alcove bathtub', is among the most preferred bathtub types in America. These built-in bath tubs began to grow in popularity following the end of the First World War and continue to grow in popularity among home builder, designers and home owners. The “alcove” in its name does not relate to its size or shape in any way, but to the installation. These types of bathtubs are usually installed into an alcove recess in the bathroom and sometimes are even referred to by the name 'recess tubs' as they fit snigly inside a wall cavity.

 

Alcove bathtub features

 

An alcove bathtub is typically enclosed by walls on three of it sides, due to which it is referred to as 3 wall alcove bathtub. Just one side of the alcove bathtubs are free, which is the front side. The finished side of these bath tubs is referred to as the integral apron. The open front side of these tubs may be closed with a door or shower curtain for privacy. The drain can be located on either side of alcove tubs. Individuals can specify whether they want to drain on the left or right side at the time of purchasing the tub. These bathtubs typically come with rectangular shaped baths and the taps are usually wall-mounted, while overflow and waste are mounted directly on them. The size of alcove tubs varies, although it has a standard length of 60 inches. Small alcove bathtubs can be about 53 inches, while larger ones can go up to nearly 72 inches.

 

Advantages of alcove bathtubs

 

Alcove tubs are relatively more cost-effective than free-standing bathtubs, as their surfaces do not require any finishing. Safety rails and grab bars can be easily installed onto these tubs, whether they are made of cast iron alcove bathtubs or acrylic material, the latter having a lighter construction compared to the former. The bars and rails make it easier to get into or get out of the bathtub, by using them for support. This can especially be helpful for those who need assistance when using a bath tub and a better pick when compared to drop-in bath tubs. Wall surrounds can be easily installed for most alcove bath tubs to serve as a protective sheathing. They are usually constructed using the material that has been used for the body of the bath tub. They act as water-tight barricades for the alcove bathtubs.

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