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How Saving $307 Can Cost You $955



Just like any other industry Tub King experiences buyers who want to get “more bang for their buck”. Sometimes this will lead the buyer to make the decision to purchase a cheaper “replica” of a cast iron clawfoot or freestanding tub. This is not an uncommon mentality when building and remodeling. However, the decision to save a buck today may cost a significant amount of money down the line.

Property inspectors, insurance agents, realtors, and the like have tools available to them which indicate the life expectancy of items and furnishings in a home and use the data in attaching values to the individual items and the home in general. The end result of which can affect the price point related to insuring, renting, and listing the property for sale.

Taking this in to account let’s consider the following example:
·         Tub King’s 72″ Double Slipper Pedestal Cast Iron Bathtub currently priced at $1545
·         Competitor 72” Double Slipper Pedestal Acrylic Bathtub currently priced at $1238
The savings at purchase is $307.

One of Tub King’s Most Popular Pedestal Cast Iron Tubs!

If we were to pull up the aforementioned “life expectancy” data we would find that, IFproperly cared for and maintained, the life expectancy for an acrylic tub is approximately 30 years.  I stress “if properly cared for and maintained” because acrylic tubs are subject to chipping, cracking, scratches, and turning yellow over time. Referencing the same data a cast iron tub can last upwards of 100+ years but we will be generous and utilize the lowest referenced number of 50 years.  Cast iron is one of the most durable materials used for tubs and is resistant to most chemicals so does not share the same disadvantages of acrylic which affect the long term durability and appearance of the tub.

Value/# yrs. life expectancy of product:
·         Tub King’s 72″ Double Slipper Pedestal Cast Iron Bathtub = $31/year
·         Competitor 72” Double Slipper Pedestal Acrylic Bathtub = $41/year

Now, if the acrylic tub has been treated like gold and reaches a grand old age of 30, what does the homeowner do now; purchase a new tub or have it professionally refinished? The cast iron tub still has another 20 years, at the very least, over the acrylic tub. How does the decision to refinish or replace the acrylic tub factor in when considering the 20 year difference?

·         The homeowner purchases a replacement tub now the 50 year cycle is $50/yr
·         The home owner refinishes the tub now the 50 year cycle is $37/yr
o   Assuming the refinishing job is $600
o   Assuming the quality of the refinishing job adds 20 years versus the industry standard of 15 – 18 years.

In the end, the savings of $307 actually cost the homeowner from $305 to $955 more and that is only taking in to consideration the tubs themselves. As mentioned at the start, the overall value of the home is affected by these types of small purchasing decisions so the monetary impact can go further than the tub itself.

In upcoming articles we will consider other comparisons as it relates to heat absorption, cleaning, and care of various types of material used in tubs. Please feel free to email edie@tubking.com with any topics or questions you’d like to see addressed in future posts.

The World’s Most Expensive Bathtubs

Building a New Home? Add Beauty with a Clawfoot Tub

By Kerry Knight
TubKing Double slipper Clawfoot Tub
Today’s builders are looking for ways to add value to the homes they build. Many homes, especially in nicer, upscale neighborhoods, are adding designed bathroom and kitchens. These are two places that people spend a lot of time. 

Designers are always trying make a house more functional, and are also striving to add elegance, beauty in places where home owners can relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of today’s stressful life.  Many designers are now calling for Clawfoottubs as their designed bathroom center piece.

TubKing Slipper Clawfoot tub in Red and gold.
And it’s not just designers and homebuilders who are doing this. Many who are in the market for buying, or having a custom homebuilt, are also looking to add a touch of elegance to the biggest purchase they’ll ever make.

Clawfoot tub sales are up. Many are in the market to purchase these elegant tubs. If you don’t know about this let me explain.  About 150 years ago, Clawfoot tubs were introduced to American society. At first, only the rich and famous had them. They were mostly a European product, and they became very became fashionable after the Civil War.  Foundries abroad, using a mold, would cast a bathtub out of iron.  They would then spray a porcelain glass material over the cast iron to make a high-gloss finish that was both beautiful and functional.  Legs, also made of cast iron, were then fashioned into many exotic designs to fit on the bottom of these tubs.  It became a craze that reached into the U.S. very quickly, and the concept continued for over a hundred years.

TubKing tubs can be customized for color and feet type.
Eventually, foundries in the U.S. began to close due to lack of demand.  They were being replaced by a new substance called fiberglass.  It was much more cost effective and the units were not nearly as heavy.  The one piece shower surround became the new craze.

Today, many are returning to the retro look of the antique Clawfoot tubs.  Most have to be imported, but the quality is the same.  The advantage today is there are more shapes and sizes to choose from.  The Slipper Tub, especially, is a hot item.  Made of cast iron and porcelain, these tubs have the pronounced slope on one end of the tub that has been seen on many movie sets.  It is exotic-looking to say the least, and especially attractive for ladies.  The exterior of the tub can be done in any color and the legs can come in many different metallic finishes.

At TubKing, we can create one just fro your taste & budget.
We’ve found that many who are in the process of building a new home have created ways to really glamorize their bathrooms.  Most builders will put in the standard 5-foot fiberglass shower surround or an acrylic garden tub.  These are all too common.  A better choice might be to talk to your builder about making an exchange.  Get a credit for his fiberglass tub and purchase one of the classic Clawfoot tubs.  It will immediately add perceived value to your home and become the centerpiece for decorating your bathroom.

I’m currently in the process of building a new home and have already told the builder I didn’t want his standard tub.  I’ll put in my own cast iron and porcelain Slipper Tub.  The faucet, drain, water supply lines and the legs will be oil-rubbed bronze. It will also have the “English Telephone Faucet” with sprayer.  Yes, there will be a separate shower stall, but this tub will be the focal point of the entire bathroom.

Another TubKing Clawfoot tub.
You spend a lot of time designing a home; do something special in one of your bathrooms.  You can even make it into your own private oasis. Guests will love it, and you’ll get a hundred years of use out of your Clawfoot and your bathroom will be the envy of all who visit.

In this article, I discussed how you can have a new Clawfoot tub installed in that new house you’re planning to buy instead of having to settle for a plain old shower/tub combo. Many home builders and designers are using Clawfoot tubs as a showcase item to bring elegance and beauty to the designer home they’re selling. In many cases, you can get a credit for the planned tub or shower enclosure in exchange for the Clawfoot tub.

Customer testimonial for a clawfoot tub.

If you found this article useful, please share it with your family, friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the Comments section of this blog.  If you’d like to find more articles about Clawfoot tubs, enter “clawfoot” in the search box at the top of this blog. Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you. 
Thanks again for visiting with us.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., andSeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email to alan@tubking.com.
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Can You Sleep in Deep Water?

I remember a joke from the past.  “My wife takes milk bathes.”  “Is it pasteurized?”  “No, just up to her chin.”

We have a number of customers who prefer to take a bath in the deepest tub possible.  Most of the older, antique cast iron/porcelain tubs had 18 inches of total depth, from the inside bottom of the tub, to the top rim or roll top.  However, they were limited by an overflow to about 11 inches of depth.   From the sloped side of the tub,  if you slide down into the water a bit, that’s still enough to cover most of the body.

Check out this short video of the Deep Soaker.

Today, the tubs are even deeper.  The newly manufactured  cast iron/porcelain tubs are typically 13 inches at the overflow.  However, there is one model that we carry that is 18 inches to the overflow and a total depth of 22 inches.  First of all, it is dual ended, which means there is a gradual slope on each end of the tub making it perfectly symmetrical.  The faucet holes are in the center of the of the rim of the tub and the drain is also center plumed.  Each of the majestic legs, called Emperor Legs, weigh about 20 pounds each and are available in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze finish, or a color choice.  The tub is an expressive 73 inches long and 30 inches wide.  From the floor to the top of the rolled rim, it stands 29 inches high.  This tub is called the EXTRA DEEP DUAL ENDED.

Sometimes we have customers that are a little larger than average, and they need a tub to fit their body size.  When someone saw our EXTRA DEEP DUAL ENDED tub at a Home and Patio Show, they immediately fell in love with it.  This was the size they had been looking for.

This tub allows you to really stretch out.  The water will cover the entire body, and the comfort level will always provide the temptation to fall asleep.  Sometimes we get calls that are nothing less than “unusual.”  One particular caller wanted a tub where she could completely stretch out in the bottom of the tub.  That’s right.  She actually wanted to lie flat in the bottom of the tub!  I said, “Won’t you drown?”  She didn’t think that was funny, but I thought it was a perfectly legitimate question.  The flat bottom of the EXTRA DEEP DUAL ENDED TUB is 54 inches.  That is extremely long for any tub.  But the woman was 66 inches tall.   I told her that by reclining on the inside slope of the tub, she could get the water as high as she wanted.  I never convinced her, but it was a conversation I’ll never forget. 
Extra Deep  soaker claw foot tub.

Not only is this tub a soothing solution to an aching body, it is also an object of real beauty.  The porcelain looks rich and the cast iron exterior looks like it could  last a thousand years.  The only down side is that the tub is heavy, 450 pounds, but it will still be around when  we’re gone.

If you are looking for the ideal porcelain and cast iron tub that is long, wide, and deep, the EXTRA DEEP DUAL ENDED is the one for you.

In this article I have provided a solution for people looking for an extra long and deep claw foot tub. The claw foot tub in this article is 54 inches long and 22 inches deep, big enough to allow most people to fully submersion and enjoy a soothing bath in this elegant tub.

If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, leave it in the comment section of this blog.  If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It has been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.

Until next time. 
Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you would like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com or kerry@tubking.com.

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How to Create a Glamorous Bathroom

By Kerry Knight

You’ve seen them in the movies and on the real estate channel when they feature the beautiful homes. All the designer magazines showcase them and, of course, the do-it-yourself, flip-that-house type TV shows mention them as well. I’m talking about the centerpiece of any bathroom: the bathtub. The bathtub can make any bathro
om glamorous and beautiful.

English: Black and white tiles bathroom
English: Black and white tiles bathroom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many home improvement TV shows today that cover every decor
ating idea, from planting scrubs to installing kitchen cabinets. Millions of do-it-yourselfers (myself included) watch them and then pack into stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot every weekend to buy supplies — all in our quest to become a custom designer. Then we invite friends and family over to see just how talented we are.

In the bathroom, there are many areas where we can get creative. How about beautiful tile floors or fresh paint?  Or a skylight or glass block window?
However, if you neglect the real focal point of the bathroom, the bathtub, you’re missing the mark. The old style, 60-inch, slide-in metal tub, and the one piece shower surround, are both dated. Plus, they don’t really show off anything or catch one’s eye in the bathroom. Strictly utilitarian.

Think about taking out your old battle-worn bathtub and replacing it with a real show piece. For example, a Double Slipper Tub, resting just below a huge picture window, or overlooking a panoramic view of the landscape outside. Imagine how peaceful and relaxing your bath time would be. These gorgeous tubs will make your bathroom a real focal point in your home. Consider having the outside of the tub painted in your choice of color, like candy apple red or midnight blue.  The tub’s legs also come in an assortment of metallic finishes, such as chrome, oil rubbed bronze, white or brushed nickel. Imagine how beautiful your bathroom will be. Even more, imagine the serenity of bathing in that beautiful tub!

The free-standing Slipper Tubs tub don’t require an abutment against the wall, where it’s lost or hidden. It can stand in right smack in the middle of the bathroom if you want. All that’s required is a little extension of your existing plumbing.  And if there’s room in the floor for water lines and drainage, it’s not that difficult to manage.

Or, consider adding free-standing water supply lines that come out of the floor and drape over the edge of the tub, where a gorgeous brushed nickel faucet hangs with porcelain hot and cold caps inserted inside the cross point handles. Then add the English “telephone faucet,” which has the hand held shower sprayer. Now you really have a touch of class.

There are other exotic porcelain tubs, if you prefer, like the Single Slipper, which comes in various sizes, or the traditional Roll Top or Dual Ended Tub. Everyone has his or her own personal taste and needs. I suggest you visit a showroom like the one at Tub King, so you can see firsthand the beauty and elegance of the tubs. You’ll get a real sense of the look and feel, and I guarantee you’ll fall in love with one of these tubs.

While you’re at it, think about taking out the old bath sink and replacing it with something Victorian-looking, like a pedestal or console sink. They come in many sizes and designs, but they all take you back to times when bathing was something truly special.

Now you’re ready to consider the finishing touches of live plants, wall hangings and color. Add Victorian trim to the entryway, floorboards, windows and ceilings and finally, update the bathroom door to a multi-panel one to complete the look.
Remember, your new bathtub is the center piece. Once in place, everything else follows. When finished, your bathroom will not only be something you’re proud of, it’s a functional sanctuary you can escape to wash the stress of the day away.

In this article, I have discussed how the bathtub is the center of focus in most designer bathrooms. These usually have Claw Foot Tubs, or a Slipper or Double Slipper Claw Foot Tub. Some will showcase the Roll Rope Claw Foot as the center of attention. Either way, using a claw foot tub is an easy way to add beauty and elegance to any bathroom. That’s why you see them in so many movies and in the homes of the stars.

Customer testimonial for Cast Iron tub
If you found this article to be useful, please pass it on to your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment related to this article, please leave it in the comment section below. If you’d like to receive a FREE Walk-In Tub Buyers’ Guide, click here.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article and I will personally get back to you. It has been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for visiting with us.  

Until next time.

Alan and Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com in Jacksonville, Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” three years running. If you would like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or email them at alan@tubking.com.

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The Cinderella Slippper Tub

By Kerry Knight
Everyone remembers the Disney classic, “Cinderella.”  As she rushes from the Ball, as midnight approaches, she loses her slipper.  The Prince will eventually find her, but only after he puts that slipper onto her foot for the perfect fit.

There is a deep soaking bathtub that has been appropriately named, the Slipper Tub.  One end of the tub has a very tall, and pronounced slope, thus resembling a slipper.  The sloped end is 29 inches from the floor to the top of the rim.  The opposite end is 21 inches tall.  The faucet is located on the side of the rolled top, so that one can conveniently control the water  flow. 

The slipper tubs are made of cast iron with bright, white,

porcelain glass  covering the interior.

The Slipper comes in several sizes.  All tubs are measured from outside rim to outside rim.  The width is a consistent 30 inches.

The 57 inch slipper would be appropriate for the petite body.   The 61 inch Slipper is for the average frame.  The 67 inch would be more for the taller person.

The Slipper comes with majestic metal legs, ornately designed.  They are available in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, or a color of choice.

The Slipper can be accented with a color on the outside the tub, other than white.   Popular colors have been candy apple red, midnight black, and buttery cream.

The Slipper tub often comes with a tub caddy, which is a metal tray that reaches across the width of the tub.  This is the ideal place for the glass of wine or your favorite book.

The Slipper tub has appeared in more movies than any other style of tub.  It will forever be known as the sexy tub or the glamour tub.

Another variation of the Slipper is the “Double Slipper.”  

This one has the tall slope on each end of the tub.  It reaches 72 inches in length and can be the tub of choice for a couple wishing to bathe  together.  It is a monster in size and a real beauty to behold.  The dual symmetry of the tub makes it a perfect choice to be centered  at a large decorative window in the bath.  The ornate legs that support it are even larger than normal, and also can be purchased in chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze or a color of choice.


The Slight Slipper also has the high back on each end without such a pronounced  slope.  Some find this one to be even more comfortable.  It is 71 inches long by comparison for the back.

And we all know, it’s not just the beauty of these tubs that attract us.  It’s also the comfort and relaxation that it offers, when you fill these deep tubs with warm water, place the towel at the nap of your  neck, close  your eyes, and forget about the day’s drudgery.

In this article, I have discussed the Slipper tubs and its other variants, the Slight Slipper and the Double Slipper. I  discussed all the benefits, the dimension and the varieties for this glamorous tub. Because this tub has been featured in so many movies, it is always remembers as a sexy and glamorous tub to bath in. This tub is so beautiful that people sometimes forget how relaxing and comfortable this tub is in use. If you found this article to be useful please pass it on to your friends. Leave a comment or tell us your slipper tub story in the comment section (PG only) below. It has been my pleasure sharing this information with you. Thanks again for sharing this journey together. 

Until next time keep smiling.


Alan & Kerry Knight are the owners of Tub King, Inc and Senior Bathtub.com in Jacksonville Florida. Together they have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products they are also award winners, winning the best of Jacksonville Chamber Award 3 years running. If you would like to contact them call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231 or email them at alan@tubking.com. 


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