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What is a Slipper Tub?

 

Slipper tubs can make an interesting addition to bathrooms that could use an antique touch. Sweeping curves and high backs are a characteristic element of slipper bathtubs. From pre-fitted to free-standing slipper bathtubs, clawfoot slipper tubs, double slipper pedestal tub and more, there are various design possibilities while choosing these bath tubs.

 

Slipper tubs history

 

Slipper tubs were made of a wide range of materials such as porcelain, cast iron, acrylic and copper in the past. In fact, some of them even made use of wood. Today, one can find a small slipper tub article, or ones made from lighter materials in the market. Earlier, slipper tubs were considered to be a luxurious article that could be found only in rich households. It would require for individuals to bring in hot water in buckets to fill it up. Of course, this was years before plumbing came into picture, after which slipper tubs were fitted with faucet knobs and other plumbing fixtures, which are usually located at the shorter edge of the slipper tub.

 

Historically, slipper tubs would be placed at the center of the room. However, this poses some plumbing difficulties, due to which the newer models are located by the walls near the piping. A slipper clawfoot tub comes with additional feet elements that let the floor remain dry, while also enhance its aesthetic appeal.

 

Design and comfort

 

Slipper tubs can be distinguished from conventional bath tubs by their design. They are usually designed to be deeper at one end when compared to the other, as opposed to conventional bath tubs that have leveled ends. They derived their name due to their frame that resembles a slipper, sloping from one end to the other. While the design is no doubt stylish, it also supports the functional purpose of the bathtub. The high back, allows the individual to lean back comfortably while using the bath, offering a relaxing experience. Furthermore, the slipper tub sides serves as a hand-rest of sorts for the person to rest their arms on, mimicking the same relaxation posture that one would associate with a recliner in a way.

 

A double slipper bathtub is slightly different from the conventional slipper tub, with tall ends on either sides, as the name suggests. This allows for two people to relax in the bath tub at the same time or gives a person the flexibility to choose between the two ends to lean on either one of them.

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