This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. As well as one within the sub-series on your options for bathroom remodeling materials. It is also part of a sub-series about bathtubs. To access any of the lead posts, please select one of the links in the prior sentences.
An alcove is an area that has three walls. An alcove bathtub is one that fits into an alcove. Please see the image for an example.
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Many bathrooms (the vast majority of bathrooms that are not master bathrooms) are five feet wide, which is the length of most alcove bathtubs. That probably explains why they’re so common.
They’re fairly easy to plumb. If and when needed the fixtures can be removed, repaired, replaced, etc, which is not true of many whirlpool tubs.
They come in a wide variety of styles.
The side of the tub that is visible is called the skirt. The tub in the picture has a skirt that is part of the tub. It’s not uncommon for that not to be the case. The skirt is built and tiled, thereby allowing you to install on it whatever you’re installing on the floor or (and this is less common) what you’ve installed on the alcove walls above the tub. Ceramic tile, natural stone, marble, etc.
If you wish, you can get a whirlpool jet tub that fits into your alcove.
There is one maintenance issue to consider if you install one, and that is the whirlpool jets are powered by an electric motor that will eventually break. So if you want one, be sure to install some form of access panel so you can get to and replace the motor later.
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