The bath is the centrepiece of your bathroom. Hence, you have to make sure it matches with the overall style. There are lots of different types of baths available, although most would agree that the roll top is probably the most beautiful ones. These baths are fully freestanding and the tops have curved edges. They come in lots of different sizes so they can fit in small and large bathrooms alike. They also come in a range of materials, from the classic cast iron to the modern acrylic.
A History of Bathing
Roll tops look very traditional, which is because they were first developed in the early 19th century. However, it took at least another century before they became popular and mass produced. However, bathing itself obviously started much earlier.
Ancient plumbing systems have been discovered by archaeologists in India and these have been dated to around 3000BC. The Romans are famous for their vast and complex plumbing systems, which they started to build around 500BC. Once the Roman Empire fell, however, bathing became much less common. Indeed, it wasn’t until the 11th century that we once again started to understand that bathing was actually quite important. However, it wasn’t fashionable or popular until the 1800s.
Some 100 years later, people finally started to pay attention to hygiene. At this point, bathing became available in public institutions and schools. Public bathing was very common and more and more spas were being developed all over the country. People believed bathing would help them recover from illnesses and achieve greater wellbeing. Because most people didn’t have proper plumbing in the home, bathing was confined to just using tubs in the house.
After WWI, however, plumbing started to become more prevalent in regular homes. Almost all homes started to have running water, which meant the wealthier people started to invest in bathtubs. Roll tops were really reserved for nobility and rich upper class people. They would be placed on a raised platform inside a room. They were often placed in bedrooms as well, to really create a touch of luxury.
These tops were either cast iron or copper and these were incredibly heavy. Now, however, they tend to be made of acrylic materials, which are much lighter. This is necessary because cast iron baths are simply too heavy to be placed on a regular floor. The other benefit of acrylic is that it requires very little maintenance and that it is easy to clean. Best of all, it holds heat very well, which means you can really relax for a long soak.
Head to Bathe Safely for more information and details on how to design an easy access or disabled bathroom.