Installing a corner tub in a small bathroom space can be one of the smartest investments you can make for your remodel project. Corner tubs come in a variety of styles and many models can be purchased with pre-installed whirlpool jets for an extra level of luxury. They can maximize space by being placed under a window or along a wall that is too short for a conventional bathtub. Corner tubs also provide organic shelf space for decorative items, adding an extra touch of style to the room.
Corner tubs come in a variety of materials, but an acrylic tub with either fiberglass or wood panels are the most common. The acrylic material creates an extremely lightweight and durable tub that is easy to clean. It also allows the tub to be manufactured in a variety of colors ranging from the standard white and bone to more vibrant and wild colors that are usually available on a special order basis. Most standard faucet fixtures will work with most models of corner tub, allowing a nearly endless selection of styles that will fit any decor.
The most popular feature of corner tubs is their ability to allow a couple to bath together in comfort and without anyone needing to have their back against the faucet. Choosing a tub with a whirlpool option greatly increases the desirability of the bathroom and will increase the resale value of your home. When opting for a whirlpool tub, it is a good idea to purchase an in-line water heater if one does not already come standard with the unit. The whirlpool system injects room temperature air into the water as it circulates, causing the water temperature to be lowered much more quickly than would otherwise be the case. An in-line heater will compensate for this by heating the water as it passes through, maintaining a piping hot bath for as long as you wish.
Corner baths are excellent for do-it-yourself projects as they use standard fittings and generally allow easy access to the plumbing. If you choose a whirlpool option, it is always a good idea to have a licensed electrician install the electrical connections, as safely having water and electricity in close proximity to each other requires a degree of professional knowledge. If you opt for the in-line heater, two separate circuits will need to be run from the electrical service panel, one for the whirlpool motor and one for the heater.