Soaking Tub Designs

If you want serious relaxation in your bath, then deep soaking tub designs are the way to go. And there are plenty of style options from which to choose.

Gray Asian Bathroom With Dark Brown Vanity

Peaceful Zen Bathroom With Freestanding Soaking Tub

Give your bathroom the ultimate in relaxation with trying a deep soaking tub design. These bathtubs have overtaken whirlpools and garden tubs as the most popular way to relax and cleanse the body and soul. And there are plenty of stylish options to choose from.

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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

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

Freestanding vintage soaking tub designs have made a comeback, as people choose them to make a stylish statement in their bathrooms. Cast iron clawfoot tubs are beautiful and classic—and practical for long soaks, since they hold the heat in the water longer. Their elegant designs make them bathroom showpieces, and they're now made in more lightweight materials. A slipper tub has one end raised up higher for even more lounging comfort.

A variation on the clawfoot tub is the pedestal tub. These have much the same shape as the clawfoot tubs, but instead of having feet, they are raised up on a platform or pedestal. These are a great mix of traditional and modern looks and can be made out of various materials. The most striking ones can be made of copper or stainless steel; but acrylic is the most common material used. They are long-lasting and easy to care for, as well as elegant and striking.

Deep Japanese tubs are the ultimate in soaking tubs. These are much deeper than a regular American-style tub—about 27 inches deep—so that you sit upright and the water comes up to your chin, making it a true deep soaking tub. These tubs traditionally are made of wood, which adds an aromatherapy element to your bath. They are not as long as a conventional tub, meaning they can fit in a smaller space in your bathroom.


Roman-style tubs are the most ornate and lavish of the soaking tubs. These are typically drop-in type tubs that will have a tile or stone surround and plenty of deck area for toiletries. As the name implies, these elaborately designed baths often include columns and other details such as intricate tile inlay patterns. Marble is frequently used in Roman baths for an authentic look and feel. These may have steps up to the tub, or the tub can be sunken into the floor like a pool. There are freestanding versions of Roman tubs as well.

Newer to the bathtub scene is the walk-in tub. Primarily used by seniors because of their safety features, these deep tubs have a door for easy access. All of these tubs have a built-in seat and can include a wide variety of other features, including adjustable bubble jets, handrails, adjustable shower heads and nonskid textures. Users of these tubs say the deep soaking helps with arthritis and muscle aches.

Be advised that most of these soaker tubs use more water than a conventional bathtub, so be sure your water heater is up to the task. You can talk to your plumber about installing a larger capacity water tank, or you could consider switching it out entirely for an in-line water heater, which supplies constant hot water that never runs out.

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