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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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Expand Your Bathroom and Make Room for a Slipper Tub

By Kerry Knight

Emma & the Washtub textured
Emma & the Washtub textured
(Photo credit: Barney Wrightson)
How have the demographics of the common American family changed the size and functionality of our homes over the past century?

A hundred years ago, home designs in the U.S. were much different than they are today.  For middle class America, they were more functional than elegant.  Kitchens were normally larger, especially in rural areas, because families were bigger.  There were many farm homes, where a couple might raise ten or twelve kids.  Having a larger family virtually guaranteed help in farming the fields, which, before the invention and proliferation of automated machinery, was physically labor intensive.  But feeding more people meant needing a larger kitchen.  Conversely, bedrooms and bathrooms were small because no one spent much time there … folks were just too busy.   In some homes, the bath tub was simply a large, metallic tub, in which families would also later do their laundry. (You’ve perhaps seen photos of those old, metallic washboards, where clothes were washed clean using manual friction?) So aside for a small area this tub and perhaps standalone washing basin, there wasn’t much else in ― or room for ― a full-functioning bathroom.

Sunnyland Washer
Sunnyland Washer (Photo credit: lars hammar)
Likewise, in textile towns, houses were designed primarily for utility.  Companies would move in and build entire developments for their workers.  Some of these were called mill villages.  All the houses basically looked the same, again with small bathrooms and bedrooms being the norm.

Apartments in urban centers were also fairly small, and consequently had limited sized bathrooms and kitchens. One of the advantages of the then newly invented vertical, one-person shower was that it didn’t require as much floor space as a bathroom with a horizontal bathtub that could fit two adults or three or four kids.

Times have changed.  Today, bedrooms and especially bathrooms are two to three times larger than yesterday’s.  There’s far more emphasis on comfort, leisure, design and elegance.  Even in modest homes, modern design calls for a garden tub, double vanities and extended countertops.  Separate showers, a small room for the toilet (often times with its own door), and linen closets are common.

Customer testimonial on Her Claw Foot Tub

With this new look, many bathrooms are sporting new bath tub designs.  Instead of the old, common drop-in tubs, space is available for free-standing, claw foot and slipper tubs, so-called because they resemble a women’s slipper supported by four feet. Pedestal tubs are similar, but instead of being supported by feet, these include a pedestal underneath, hence their name. These modern tubs still manage to reflect a degree of “old world” elegance as they’d become very popular among the aristocracy in late 19th century Europe.  

Today’s common design choices for cast-iron, porcelain tubs are Single Slippers, with a dramatic slope on one end; Double Slippers, with slopes on each end; Double Ended, offering a symmetrical dual slope with a center drain; and of course, the traditional Roll Rim tubs.  The most elegant of these are sturdily constructed of cast-iron and porcelain, and are capable of lasting several lifetimes.  While heavier than traditional drop-in tubs, they’re extremely durable, unlike today’s more common acrylic tubs that fade and show wear and tear rather quickly.

These stand-alone unique tubs can become the centerpiece of the larger bathrooms that are being built today.  Mounted on exotic legs in metallic finishes including chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze, they create a whole new look in the bathroom.  They offer a very relaxing bathing experience, but equally as important, they suggest a more treasured appreciation for the home itself. 

If your aim is to express your keen decorating skills, one way to do so is by installing an attractive, new claw foot tub in your garden bath.  The exterior (and even interior) of the tub can be painted in a wide variety of colors, if you really want to make a “fashion statement.” (More traditionalists usually opt for neutral) white.  Likewise, there’s a wide range of fashionable yet functional accessories you can buy to make your bathing experience even more enjoyable.

If you have a smaller home, or smaller bath, consider expanding it.  With remodeling, you can add a lot more value to your home.  Simple projects such as adding a longer countertop in a stone finish; or perhaps porcelain, pedestal sink with antique mirror; and, of course installing and a handsome, new claw foot tub, can add tremendous value without breaking the bank.
Get rid of that old, out-of-date drop-in tub and replace it with a new cast-iron, porcelain claw foot design. Its elegance and durability will enhance your bathroom and bathing experience for years.

Short Video about Claw foot tubs

In this article, I talked about the difference between the bathroom sizes and designs of yesteryear in comparison to today. I discussed the various types of cast-iron, porcelain claw foot tubs that are available which can enhance any bathroom’s décor. I also mentioned a few suggestions on popular bathroom upgrades that are available today.

Short Video about Walk In Tubs
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’ll personally get back to you. It’s been my pleasure sharing this information with you.  We hope to be helping you in the near future.

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’d like to contact them, call (800) 409-3375 or (800) 843-4231; or send an email  alan@tubking.com.
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Buy Something That Will Outlive You — a Clawfoot Tub

By Kerry Knight

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There is a huge push today to find the magic pill that would enable us to live forever.  Books line the shelves of bookstores on how to prolong life 
or at least how to extend vibrant health.  There is “The Longevity Bible,” by Gary Small MD.  The “Healthy at 100:  Secrets of the World’s Longest-Lived People,” by John Robbins is another popular one.  One that has really caused controversy is “The China Study,” by T. Colin Campbell, PhD.  This one clearly suggests that diet and lifestyle changes can prevent and even reverse many chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.  Deep down, we know it probably doesn’t work, but we wish anyway.  We all long for permanency.

It is often said that we live in society that loves instant gratification. The fast food industry is based on this principle. As our technology has improved, companies have worked hard getting us use todisposable or renewable products. We started with Windows 1.0 and are now at windows 8.1.  Whether it’s computers, furniture, clothing, you name it, few things you buy today last very long. It seems like it’s all about upgrading to the next thing.

Nothing Seems To Last.

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We catch ourselves saying, “Nothing seems to last anymore.”  Usually, we’re talking about the shoddy workmanship on products we have purchased.  We imagine (and we’re often dead right) that years ago manufacturing was aimed at quality, not just quantity.  Things were made to last a lifetime.  However, today, we are lucky to get out of the store before something breaks.  We all long for something that is really worth what we paid.

We often have people that come into our showroom looking for a claw foot tub.  They ask if the tubs are acrylic.  Our answer is NO, and for a very good reason.  Claw foot tubs hold a lot of water.  The pure weight of the water will sometimes create a strain on the acrylic structure.  In time the tub actually becomes misshapen.  They are also subject to damage to the surface by being easily scratched.

A Claw Foot Tub Can Last 200 Years!

On the contrary, newly cast porcelain claw foot bathtubs are designed to last.  The exterior is cast iron.  Porcelain is actually sprayed over the cast iron at temperatures of over 2000 degrees.  The result is a bathtub that may last for 200 years.

Short Customer Testimonial

We often have customers come into our showroom and ask about our warranty.  Our clawfoot tubs will no doubt outlive the customer, so we joke about a 300 year warranty.  Of course, the porcelain surface of the tubcould be damaged (if you hit it with hammer or droped a very heavy object on it).  Remember, porcelain is a glass finish.  But normal wear will allow the customer to enjoy the tub for a lifetime.

The bottom line is porcelain clad cast iron claw foot tubs are the most durable bath tubs that you can buy. There are lots of companies selling weaker acrylic or fiberglass tubs, but they won’t last anywhere near as long as a cast iron claw foot bath tub.

Short video showing the variety of Clawfoot tubs.

Claw Foot Tubs come in a Wide Variety of shapes and Colors

Claw foot bathtubs come in a variety of shapes including the Slipper Tub, Dual Ended tub, the Double Slippers, and the Traditional Roll Top claw foot tub. These claw foot tubs are not only appealing to the eye, they are built to last.  If you really want something that is truly beautiful, that adds value to your property, and can be a showpiece for any home while adding a sense of ageless permanence, then you need to look at modern claw foot bathtubs. Noting says elegance and beauty like a claw foot tub.

In this article, I have discussed how cast iron, porcelain claw foot bathtubs can outlast any of their acrylic or fiberglass counterparts.  I have discussed how our society has been conditioned to accept short lived products, even though we crave products that last a long time. People often say nothing lasts anymore, but cast iron claw foot tubs can last more than 100 years.

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 read more articles about claw foot tubs enter claw foot in the search box of this blog. You will find more than a dozen articles.  Have a question? Feel free to contact me at the number or email listed at the end of this article.  I’ll personally get back to you. It’s 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, having received 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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Placing Your Bathtub on a Pedestal

By Kerry Knight
Items of beauty, works of art and yes, elegant bathtubs need to be shown off. We put movie star on pedestals to show them off, why wouldn’t we do the same for a functional work of art like a beautiful slipper tub.


We recently had a couple in our showroom who were shopping for a claw foot tub.  They didn’t want just any tub.  They wanted something that was unique and special, something you don’t find just every day.  After looking at our “footed” tubs they announced that they just weren’t happy with the idea of a tub resting on the legs of some animal.  The chrome, brushed nickel and oil rubbed bronze legs that we carry often display the image of an eagle’s claw, and bear claw or an emperor’s headdress.  Not everyone  is drawn to that style.  So this couple asked if there was something else they could see.  

That’s when I introduced the Pedestal Tub.  Many of our claw-footed tubs come with the option of being on a pedestal.  Some call it a skirt or a ring, but most just refer to it as a Pedestal Base.  Most remark that it makes the tub look more contemporary, more modern.
 But it also makes it look even more elegant.  Just after the turn of the twentieth century, the pedestal tub became the tub of choice for the elite, sophisticated, and wealthy.  During the roaring twenties, it was a popular item at parties and new-worthy events.  I remember reading about a party during prohibition.  There was gunfire as the Revenuers came in with guns blazing.  One guy jumped in the cast iron tub filled with gin.  He survived but was very tipsy when he came up.

 
Check out this video on double slipper tubs
 
There is a big event-taking place in our city where the theme is a throwback to the roaring twenties.  A couple of reps for this project came by our showroom recently and RENTED one of our pedestal tub for the event.  They said this was going to be the centerpiece for the entire event.

The cast iron and porcelain tubs that we offer with the pedestal base instead of legs would include:
  • The Dual Ended in sizes of 60, 66 inches and 75 inch lengths.
  • The Slipper Tub in sizes of 61 and 67 inch lengths.
  • The Traditional Roll Tub in sizes of 61 and 66 inch lengths.
  • The Double Slipper Tub in the 72 inch length.
  • The Slight Slipper Tub in the 72 inch length.

Double Slipper Pedestal Tub
The pedestal tubs will typically weigh around 100 pounds more than the footed tubs due to the massive skirt.  Make sure to check the support capacity of your floor when considering it, although for the majority of homes, this weight will not be a problem.  The tub will set up slightly taller, so the step over may be a little more than the footed tubs, but again, it’s not prohibitive.

The pedestal tub is definitely in a league of its own.  When considering your purchase of a claw-footed tub, you might want to give it a look.
In this article, I have discussed how claw-footed tubs can be purchase with a pedestal instead of the traditional claw feet. Adding a pedestal totally changes the appearance from a more Victorian look to that of a modern or contemporary bathtub. A pedestal roll or slipper tub provides that modern look that may desire and it’s a great addition to most of our claw-foot tubs.

Customer Testimonial

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

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The Coolest Bathtub Around

From the Unfinished Man
By Kerry Knight

Somewhere in the late ’50s and early ’60s, when jazz was still king and rock ‘n’ roll was in its formative years, the definition of the word “cool,” was changed from something that wasn’t warm to something that was all the rage. Jazz was cool. Bebop was cool. Diners were cool. James Dean was cool. Even cigarettes were cool. Something that everyone felt excited or moved by when they encountered that special object, sound or concept was cool. And that word has retained its meaning to this day.

Now, the word “cool” is being used a lot around our showroom.

We sell bathtubs … but not just any bathtubs. Sometimes we get a call from someone interested in an acrylic shower surround or a regular steel, five-foot bathtub. “Sorry, we don’t carry those,” we reply. “Check with Lowes or Home Depot.”  You see, our tubs are SPECIAL. You don’t find them just anywhere.  As a matter of fact, in the city of Jacksonville, Florida, with a population just topping a million, we’re the only company that specializes in these unique tubs.


Short video on what makes these tubs special!
What is this SPECIAL TUB?  It’s the cast iron and porcelain claw-foot tub.  And the model that’s in the greatest demand is the Slipper Tub, named because it resembles Cinderella’s Slipper. Even more popular is the Double Slipper.

Recently, while displaying our cast iron/porcelain claw-foot tubs at a couple of Home and Patio Shows (a major, bi-annual event in Jacksonville), we noticed that more and more people were drawn to the Double Slipper Tubs. When we questioned why clients preferred that model above the rest, they gave two answers. One was its size; at 72 inches long, it’s one of the largest tubs we carry. The second reason given was its beautifully symmetrical shape. You see, it has a dramatic slope on each end of the tub, which means two people can use it at the same time. In addition to being cool, another common adjective we hear about these Double Slippers is that they’re sexy. Some couples like the idea of bathing together. Nothing wrong with that.

Step into a Double Slipper  

The Double Slipper Tub comes with huge majestic legs with lion’s paws, each one weighing about 20 pounds. These legs can be chrome-plated, brushed nickel-plated or done in oil-rubbed bronze. Some even choose to have the legs painted in their favorite color with a specialized coating. There’s another option, which is having no legs at all. Instead, it comes with a pedestal base or “skirt,” as some call it.  For those who want something more traditional, this is perfect.

Pick a Color, Any Color!

You can also have the exterior painted in another color other than white.  Now you can really do some creative decorating. Many are decorating their entire bathrooms around this tub, as it becomes the centerpiece of the room — literally — since the tub’s faucet holes and drain are at the center point of the tub. (That’s why it’s called a “Bathroom” after all.)

When you add a gooseneck or wide spout faucet with the “English Telephone” attachment, along with matching drain, overflow, and water supply lines, perhaps in a finish that matches the claw-foot legs, you have a real beauty. Someone recently called it, “the coolest tub they had ever seen.”

Your Happy Days can Include a Double Slipper Claw Foot Tub

So yes, whether it’s Fonzy from “Happy Days” or your teenager talking about the latest craze in movies, cool is stillin and Double Slipper Claw Foot tubs are the coolest thing in bathroomsaround the world.

In this article, I’ve discussed several reasons why Slipper Tubs and Double Slipper Tubs are all the rage — from their unique design, numerous decorative options, including elegant claw feet, choices of color, accessories and more.
Check out this short video for a few tips.
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’ll 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 (888) 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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What do Keanu Reeves, Cameron Diaz & Albert Finney Have in Common?

Back in the year  2003 I received a phone call from Hollywood, California.  A young lady who introduced herself as an AD or assistant director, made an unusual request.
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English: The Hollywood Sign as it appears from a trail in the Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It seemed a large  production company , Columbia Pictures, and a young director named Tim Burton were making a movie, to be filmed in my home town of Wetumpka, Alabama.    But why would they call me,   I was in the bathtub business.    After a brief conversation, it all began to make sense.

One of the scenes for the movie required Albert Finney and Jessica Lange  to be together in a clawfoot bathtub.  They wanted a BIG tub and one that could accommodate two.    That we had.  The dual ended tub, with  a slight slope on each end with a center drain and faucet was ideal.  It comes in 68 inchand even a 75 inch version.    There is plenty of room for two people, each reclining on opposite ends of the tub.  There is also a Double Slipper version.  It is 72 inches long with a more dramatic slope on each end.



By the way, the movie went on to win an academy award for Best Score.

Again, in 2004 another call rang in.  Another studio in L.A. was making a movie that required , not one cast iron clawfoot tub, but  twelve.   The movie would star Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz and Shia LaBeouf, with Reeves playing an irreverent, supernatural detective.   They asked that the tubs be as long as possible (I suppose to make it more obvious in the shot.)  The traditional roll top design was their first choice.  In the movie, the tub was to be destroyed in a violent scene, and so many extra ones  were needed. 

Then again, in 2005 a call came from Hollywood.  Sony pictures was making a movie
Cameron Diaz receiving her star on the Hollywo...
Cameron Diaz receiving her star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, and Jack Black.  It was a romantic comedy bouncing between New York and the rather snowy English countryside.  They were in need of the smallest  cast iron tub we had.   Cameron Diaz would be taking a bath in it.  Well that made no sense because Cameron Diaz is a tall 5 foot 9 inches.  That was the whole point.  It was a comedy, and they wanted her to look uncomfortable in the tub.   The smaller tubs we had were 48- and 54-inch roll tops.  It  did make for a great laugh  to see her leggy frame in such a small tub.

Since the beginning of film making, free standing, cast iron and porcelain, claw footed tubs have been a constant prop for movie making.  They are glamorous, sexy and perfect for staging almost any scene.  Because of their attraction, many everyday people, young or old, still love them today, and you can find them in everything from log cabins to the most expensive estates.

One of the greatest draws to these tubs is the fact that they have become so affordable.  The prices begin as low as $795.00.  They come with beautiful chrome, brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze legs.  The faucet and accessories also come in many gorgeous designs and finishes, and these too are very affordable.   The English Telephone faucet has always been a favorite.

So, today you can live like a movie star, bathing in elegance and enjoying the good life, as you lean back in your tub dreaming of your own  Hollywood story.

In this article, I have talked about how several movie company’s have contacted Tub King to use our clawfoot tubs in their movies. Because clawfoot tubs are so elegant, they are often featured in movies, including dramas, science fiction and comedies. Today anyonecan afford these beautiful tubs. Come to think of it, that’s why they are selling so well.  I hope you found this article useful. If so, pass it along to your friends and co-workers. If you have a comment, enter it below. I am glad I had the chance to share this information with you.
  
Until next time, stay stress free.
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 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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