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What is a Bateau Bath?
Today, bateau bathtubs are regarded as a place for a luxury soak, capable of holding enough water for a relaxing bath whilst still being a superb piece of freestanding bathroom furniture. Bateau baths are both luxurious to experience & pleasing to the eye and of course, are available in a wide variety of bathtub styles including double ended.
The defining feature of this iconic tub is that it feels as though you’re bringing a splash of centuries-old luxury into your modern home.
The beauty of the bateau bath is that it can be suited to both contemporary and traditional bathroom styles. However, freestanding baths are generally best in larger bathrooms that have the space around them required for external plumbing.
History of Bateau Bathtubs
Bateau baths are credited to a French designer and manufacturer, Joseph Delafon, in the mid-19th century, and were essentially a statement of status as lower classes didn’t have access to domestic bathrooms in the sense that we understand them today.
The name comes from the French word for “boat” and was born from the distinctive roll top of the tub, which is said to look like the bow of a ship. The symmetry of this type of tub also invokes the overall shape of a boat and is sure to take centre stage in any bathroom design.
For many, a tin bath in front of the fire was the best they could hope for, making bateau baths the preserve of the higher classes.
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Bateau baths are a favourite of ours at Old Fashioned Bathrooms, and they’re popular with our customers too. Our range offers something for every household, all coming with the guarantees and delivery promises our customers demand and deserve!
These legs enhance the “boat” appearance of the bathtub, whilst also allowing for easy cleaning and access.
The exterior can be completed using acrylic-based primers and paints from two manufacturers, and there are hundreds of colour options to choose from.
In bathrooms where a deeper colour scheme is in use, this tub would fit in nicely, especially thanks to its sparkling interior that reflects light beautifully.
This is a traditional style of bathtub that is ideal as the centrepiece of a period bathroom. It weighs 147kg, making it a heavy bathtub to move in, so bear that in mind if you’re considering this bath.
Contemporary bathrooms are the ideal location for this bathtub with its clean lines, although it works brilliantly in traditional bathrooms as a centrepiece.
At 147kg, the Montreal is a heavy piece of bathroom furniture, so remember that when you’re looking at your options.
If you want the copper base of the bateau bath with a lighter exterior that glistens and is more appropriate in a lighter bathroom environment, this nickel-plated bathtub is a great option.
Our Promise to You
All Old Fashioned Bathrooms bateau baths come with their own guarantees, which you can find on the individual product pages.
For many items, we offer delivery within 2 weeks, along with a price match guarantee that applies to any comparable product at a genuine price. We’ve got an FAQ page that will hopefully answer any of your questions, but, if not, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Drop into our showroom or give us a call for more information and you’ll be relaxing in your new bateau bathtub in no time!