A soaking tub is different from a regular bathtub as it allows you to relax in much deeper water. Your own soaking tub changes bathing from a utilitarian daily activity to a time for pure relaxation and reflection, especially when you add essential oils and bath salts to your bath water.
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Take measurements before you begin shopping for a tub. Know exactly how large the space you have for a tub is so you can buy one that's the right size for your needs.
Decide whether you want a soaking tub with or without jets. Hydrotherapy jets can help ease tired muscles, while a soaking tub without them may offer a more soothing and meditative overall experience.
Determine how many people your soaking tub should comfortably accommodate. Most soaking tubs provide a comfortable experience for either one or two bathers, but some models can accommodate additional bathers as well.
Consider the design. Soaking tubs come in a range of styles, depths and designs. You can find soaking tubs that are virtually indistinguishable from regular tubs, Greek soaking tubs with depths of 22 inches or more, or Japanese ofuro tubs, which are very deep and traditionally made of wood.
Review soaking tubs online to narrow your choices. Vintage Tub & Bath offers a range of traditional American and European soaking tubs, while SeaOtter Woodworks offers a full range of handcrafted ofuro tubs. Manufacturers such as Kohler have a variety of soaking tubs, which you can often purchase or special-order locally.
Check with local stores that carry bathroom remodeling supplies and tubs to see if they have your choice in stock or if they can order it for you. If not, buy your tub online. Some online stores, such as Vintage Tub & Bath, give you free shipping when you order a tub.
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