The bath tub can be one of the most expensive outlays for any bathroom. They range from basic and functional, to radiating opulence. The key is to set a budget that you can stick to, and then decide on a style of tub that’s in keeping with your bathroom.
DO YOU NEED A NEW TUB?
One option that most people overlook is to have their current bath tub re-finished. This can make even the most tired of tubs look brand new, and at a fraction of the cost. Generally a professional is used for such an undertaking, however you can buy do-it-yourself kits for a few hundred pounds from any bathroom or DIY store.
DON’T BUY NEW, BUY USED
This is an excellent way of picking up an otherwise expensive bath tub, and for a fraction of the cost at new. You could even opt for a re-finish, should you find the perfect tub that needs a little TLC.
Some of the best places to find a used tub are websites such as:
- Craig’s List
- Gum Tree
- Online Free Ads
Most DIY and bathroom stores will also discount ex-display bath tubs. Another good way to get the tub you want, but at a much lower cost than new.
HOUSE CLEARING SALES
These are an excellent place to look for something when you budget is practically non-existent. Most house clearings will have a bath tub that’s free to a good home. You may need to visit several, but it’s worth putting he effort in as you can come away with something exceptional, and for free.
BUY NEW AND UPDATE FITTINGS
If buying used, reclaimed, or ex-display isn’t for you, but you can’t quite afford the luxury bath tub of your dreams, then it’s going to have to be new.
Opt for a bath tub within budget that looks good, then replace the fittings with much more expensive parts. Buying a mid-rang tub and then replacing the taps with luxury or antique fixtures will completely change the look. Making your new bath tub look more expensive and luxurious than it actually was in the store.