Clawfoot bathtubs are one of the fondest memories of my childhood home. The reason for this is when I was about eight years old, my mom moved into an old house that had one of the most beautiful old clawfoot bathtubs that you have ever seen. It was a great place to relax after a hard day of school with the windows open and a cool breeze blowing on a hot summer’s night. I always thought that it would look really nice painted red.
The one drawback to the clawfoot bathtubs of yesterday was the fact that most had a tiny spigot or faucet that lay very close to the side of the bathtub. This made it very difficult to wash your hair while in the tub, so in those days I usually washed my hair in the sink. The solution to this was a handheld sprayer that you could slip over the faucet opening, the problem we had was that it was hard to find a hand held shower that made a good fit over the tiny faucet opening.
My mom ended up tossing the old tub out to the trash, a fate that many clawfoot bathtubs of the day met. She had no idea that some people would pay a lot of money for clawfoot bathtubs in the day of shabby chic. She just knew that her new shower and tub enclosure made life a lot simpler as my brother grew up. I was long gone from home when the old clawfoot tub was taken out of my childhood home.
New clawfoot bathtubs are much more expensive today than they were in my youth. They have the same vintage look as the old clawfoot bathtubs but they are made for today’s lifestyle of convenience. Special shower trim is made for clawfoot bathtubs made today so you can still enjoy the vintage look of a bathtub with legs along with a modern shower. Tubs with claw feet give your home a touch of old fashioned elegance.
Special enclosures are made to encircle clawfoot bathtubs with a shower curtain, to prevent the floor from getting wet. They don’t detract from the looks of the tub and they give you privacy in the shower while protecting the floor from excess moisture. The clawfoot bathtubs of today look much like the clawfoot tubs of yesteryear with the modern features that you need for your busy life of today.