Basics of Clawfoot Bathtub Designs
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Basics of Clawfoot Bathtub Designs

8/8/2011

Basics of Clawfoot Bathtub Designs

In terms of the basic design patterns, there are four, major categories: the classic bathtub, double-ended bathtubs, double-slipper and single-slipper clawfoot bathtubs.

The classic design is more prevalent among the restored or older clawfoot bathtubs. These bathtubs have a square-shaped edge along the faucet and foot area along with an oblong head-rest. Double-ended clawfoot bathtubs have an oblong ending at both sides of bathtub and the plumbing connections are present in the center. Slipper bathtubs are essentially a variation of the classic style wherein the oblong headrest is more expansive and lends more support to the shoulder. Double-slipper clawfoot bathtubs have slightly-raised ends along with centrally-located plumbing/drain connections.

1. Creating Pedestals
Some of the newer clawfoot bathtubs are retailed with the option of installing a pedestal. However, this addition can be easily combined with the existing tubs also. The pedestal acts like a platform upon which the bathtub is raised. It emphasizes the grandeur of the clawfoot bathtub, rendering it with a showpiece-like quality. Bathtubs with pedestals often act as the most highlighted portion of the bathroom, helping to create a rustic ambiance.

The platform can be easily built via a simple DIY woodworking project. It isn't expensive since woods meant for bathroom fittings and varnishes/finishes for water-exposed wooden surfaces are easily available. Further, the base of the pedestal is secured using basic filler materials like mortar or cement.

Those who want to create a more upmarket look to the pedestal can install bright tiles with golden or silver edgings along the surface of the pedestal. While the upper, wooden part of the attached pedestal seems like a continuation of the bathtub, the underlying mortar-made platform and the surrounding tiles make a complementary, upmarket impression.

2. Using Wood Paneling
To create the typical, Victorian-era ambiance in the bathroom, using decorative wood paneling is recommended. The paneling can be easily installed using wood resin and needs minimal woodworking skills. The paneling can be used in a blended format wherein the panels along the upper edge of the tub or around the rim are used in darker shades.

Further, complementing wallpaper shades can be used on the bathroom walls. It is recommended to use wallpaper prints that have plain, neutral shades so that the brilliance of the wood-paneled clawfoot bathtub is further highlighted. Those who want to embellish the paneled surface can also stick beads or small pieces of decorative glass upon the wooden panels.

3. Painting Clawfoot Bathtubs Differently
Rather than adopting the conventional method of painting the entire bathtub surface, use an altered approach and paint only the claw feet of the bathtub. This creates a contrasting but aesthetically-appealing look. Here, the surface of the bathtub can be minimally stained or patted with some neutral gloss to camouflage its aging. However, the feet of the clawfoot bathtub can be painted in contrasting, exotic shades like bright silver or gold.

These shades render the claw feet a sturdier, metallic look that is in extreme contrast to the overlying, aged wooden surface of the bathtub. Other shades that can be considered for this purpose include bright shades of maroon or romantic pink or textured paints that have patterns resembling the wood grain of the tub.



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