Tub Faucets - Style & Design Considerations
5 tips for tub and shower buying
Choosing tub faucets (or tub fillers as they are correctly called) is like choosing a paint color – it’s all about personal tastes and is a process of elimination. There are so many different factors involved with the process, such as styles, finishes and costs that it can be a daunting task for even your hard-core DIY fanatics. Here are some tips for helping you find the perfect faucet for your tub:
* The first step of this process is probably going to be the hardest one of all – deciding the style and theme of the bathroom. Will it be a traditional haven with antique-inspired fittings, or a bright modern room with clean lines? Once you decide which style to go with, it then narrows down the types of faucets that can go in the room.
* If you have a large bath tub or a whirlpool tub, then it is best to get a faucet for that purpose. Whirlpool faucets act like a waterfall and fill a tub faster than a standard faucet.
* Mounting is another important factor to take into consideration. Tub faucets can either be wall mounted or deck mounted. Sometimes this can be influenced by the type of tub you have as it may already be predrilled.
* Handles are another tough decision. There is an array of different handle types available - single lever mixer, two-handle, three-handle, cross or lever handles – and the list goes on. A two handle set up is usually the best fitting for a tub as you are able to control the hot and cold water levels easier than if it comes from the same mixer (especially if you like staying in the bath a long time and adding hot water as you go to keep it warm).
* Make sure there are matching sets of sink faucets to go with the bath tub faucet. There is nothing worse than mismatched lavatory sink and tub faucets. The bathroom will look disjointed and poorly planned should these components not match. Most designers make matching collections, so make use of this to ensure your fixtures are complementary.