Clawfeet Bath Tub Styles and Installation Tips
By Mark J. Donovan
||If you’re planning a vintage bathroom design then you must include a clawfoot bathtub. Claw feet bath tubs have been around since the Victorian period that lasted for nearly 80 years starting in the mid 1830s. The clawfoot bath tub was originally constructed out of cast iron and encased in a white porcelain coating. Clawfeet bath tubs are still built today in this same manner, however, there are also newer materials being used for enabling lower cost and lighter weight options.
Clawfeet Bath Tub Styles
Clawfeet bath tubs come in two basic styles, American and European. From these two basic styles there are derivative styles that include Pedestal, Classic, Double Ended and Slipper.
Between the two basic styles, the main difference is that the European style Clawfeet bath tub lacks drilled holes for faucet spout and handles. There are drain and overflow holes, however. Consequently the European clawfoot bath tub usually sits deeper than the American style.
Still, if you’re looking for that truly vintage bathroom design, the traditional porcelain coated cast iron clawfoot bath tub is the way to go. The high gloss finish and the old world charm attributes associated with a cast iron claw foot tub are effectively impossible to match with an acrylic clawfeet tub.
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