There's something about a claw-foot tub that evokes strong emotions in many people. It may be nostalgia for a simpler time, the desire to make a dramatic design statement, or a yearning for the kind of deep, relaxing soak that an ordinary tub just can't provide. No matter what their motivation, lots of folks crave one of these stately beauties for their own home. Perhaps you're one of them. But maybe you're convinced that a freestanding tub is too big to fit in your small bathroom or too expensive for your budget, right?
The answer to both questions is yes—and no. You'll commonly find claw-foot tubs in lengths of 60 to 67 inches, but there are plenty of shorter models on the following pages that are perfectly soak-worthy.
Professional bathroom designer Jamie Banfield advises that your bathroom should be at least 10 feet by 6 feet to accommodate a freestanding tub—12 feet by 6 feet. if you're planning to include a separate shower stall.
And while it's true that freestanding tubs can cost more than standard models, what's included in the price is a beautiful, comfortable tub available in a range of colors, finishes, and shapes that will add a striking visual element to your bathroom. If that sounds enticing, check out the small tubs here, all priced under $1,500 (without faucet hardware).
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Randolph Morris Slipper Tub
The 60-inch Randolph Morris slipper tub features a raised end to support one's head during an extended bubble bath. Available through Vintage Tub & Bath, it's made the old-fashioned way, with porcelain over cast iron. Imperial claw feet come in a choice of finishes, including brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. Price range: $900 to $1,200.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Rayne Classic Claw-Foot Tub
Signature Hardware offers one of the widest selections of stunning, reasonably priced claw-foot tubs. The 54-inch Rayne is a vintage beauty, with a classic roll-top rim and cast aluminum ball-and-claw feet that come with built-in adjusters that adapt to uneven flooring. Like many new tubs, the Rayne is made of acrylic, which is not only lighter than traditional cast iron but also has better heat retention. Price range: $800 to $900.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Arabella Double-Slipper Tub
A double-slipper claw-foot tub offers high-back construction on both sides with faucets mounted in the dip in between for maximum visual impact. Signature Hardware's 61-inch Arabella Double-Slipper Tub is constructed of cast iron set on regal lion's paw feet. Price range: $1,200 to $1,300.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Abbott Modern Footed Tub
A mix of contemporary and classic design, the 59-inch Abbott Acrylic Double-Ended Tub features a set of streamlined, cast aluminum feet. Pair it with a freestanding or wall-mount faucet to complete the look. Price range: $900 to $1,000.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Hotel Collection Pedestal Tub
There are gorgeous freestanding tub styles that eliminate feet. With sleek lines inspired by the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s, pedestal tubs sit on a base rather than four legs. This 53-inch tub from Baths of Distinction is constructed of acrylic with a special aluminum core for superior heat retention. More good news: For a tad more than $1,500, the package includes a chrome faucet, drain, and supply lines. Price range: $1,500 to $1,600.