Cast Iron Bathtub Designs

The classic beauty of a cast iron bathtub will add an elegant touch to your bathroom and will last a lifetime.

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A cast-iron bathtub design creates a classically beautiful centerpiece for your bathroom. These porcelain-coated tubs are durable, and the color has a richness that's hard to match in other types of tubs. They're good at retaining heat, but they are also some of the most expensive bathtub options.

Beautiful, Luxurious Bathtub Ideas and Inspiration

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Neutral Transitional Bath With Freestanding Soaking Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Living Wall in Spa-Like Master Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub

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Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Mediterranean-Style Bathroom With Copper Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Scott Womack View original photo.

Modern Blue and White Bathroom with Slipper Bathtub

Contemporary Bathroom With Luxurious Freestanding Tub

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

Moroccan-Inspired Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Freestanding Soaker Tub in Transitional Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Master Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Transitional Bathroom With Stone Elements

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Wall

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Stone-Surround Soaking Tub in Mediterranean-Inspired Bathroom

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Serene Bathroom With Make-up Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

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Chic Spa Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

White Tub with Green Tile

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Pink Victorian Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

French Country Bathroom

Japanese Master Bathroom

Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Neutral Modern Bathroom With Abstract Chandelier

Brown Contemporary Bathroom With Soaker Tub

Modern Freestanding Soaking Tub

Bathroom With Clawfoot Bathtub and Mirrored Wall

Traditional Black and White Bathroom with Yellow and Gray Floor Tile

Contemporary Gray and White Bathroom

Urban Oasis Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile

Coastal Master Bathroom

Elegant Freestanding Bathtub with Natural Surroundings

Luxurious Master Bathroom With Mosaic Tile Walls

Gray Traditional Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

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Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and TV

Bay Window in Neutral Spa Bathroom

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Modern Artwork

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Contemporary Bathroom with Relaxing Views

Relaxing Coastal-Style Bathroom

Tranquil Spa Bathroom

Neutral Traditional Bathroom with Soaking Tub

Sleek Freestanding Bath Tub in a White-and-Chrome Bathroom

Ornate Cream and Gold Bathroom

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Modern Design, Spa-Like Conveniences

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Resort-Style Gray Bathroom

Master Bathroom with Clawfoot Tub

Children's Bathtub With Blue Mosaic Tile

Serene Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

Bathroom With Chinese Window Screen

Clean, White Modern Bathroom With Freestanding Bathtub

White Contemporary Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Amber Onyx Flooring

Contemporary Bathroom With Wood Plantation Shutters

Spa-Like Contemporary Bathtub

Spacious Gold Bathroom With Soaking Tub and Chandelier

Relaxing White Bathroom With a Freestanding Bathtub

White Mosaic Bathtub

Romantic, Transitional Bathroom With Clawfoot Tub

Traditional Bathtub with Cream Shower Curtain

Magnificent Details Put This Master Bathroom Second To None

Contemporary Bathroom With Blue and Gray Wallpaper

Natural Elements Make Relaxing Spa Enviroment

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

White Bathroom With Marble Shower Seat

Transitional White Bathroom With Spacious Tile Shower

Contemporary Gray Bathroom With Footless Soaker Tub

White Modern Master Bathroom

Bathtub with Wood Surround and Alcove

Contemporary-Meets-Cottage White Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Brown Mosaic Tile Wall

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Cast iron tubs are made by pouring molten iron into a mold of the desired shape, then coating it with a thick layer of enamel. Because of the materials and process, cast iron tubs are extremely heavy, which can make installation tricky—especially if the tub is going on an upper level of your home. Talk with your contractor to see if your floors will need structural reinforcement to support the tub's weight. The upside to this heavy material is that it's great at retaining the heat of the bath water.

A variety of beautiful design options is available for cast iron bathtubs. Most are usually of the traditional clawfoot variety. Many finishes are available for the feet, including chrome, polished brass, brushed nickel, antique bronze, or simple black or white. If footed tubs aren't your style, try a pedestal cast iron tub. Both lift the tub up off the floor, but a pedestal has a more modern look with no feet visible.

Slipper tubs are an even more elegant type of cast iron tub. These sleek beauties typically have a raised end, making them more comfortable for relaxing and soaking. Some even have double raised ends. For a new twist on this classic, consider a finish such as hammered copper for an ultra-modern look for this type of tub.

Cast iron tubs are one of the most durable bathtub options available, and the finish is resistant to chipping, scratching and denting. Also, unlike acrylic tubs, cast iron tubs resist staining as well, even from most chemicals. Typically these tubs are painted a warm white, but color matching can be done for an additional cost.

To clean a cast iron tub, simply use a small amount of a liquid detergent mixed with 1 gallon of hot water. A solution of baking soda with warm water can also be used to remove soap scum and oil. Some specialty porcelain cleaners are also an option, including ones that are environmentally friendly. The exterior of the tub is coated with oil-based paint; simple soap and water easily cleans the outside. Do not use any type of abrasive cleaners or mineral spirits.

If the tub does end up with a chip, it can be repaired relatively easily. Do-it-yourself kits are available, but manufacturers recommend having a professional do the repair. A special type of filling agent and paint is used to fill in the chipped area and should be done promptly so that rust does not begin to form.

Cast iron bathtubs give you the best of both worlds: beautiful elegance and longevity. Start with a quality tub, and you will have worry-free soaking for years.

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