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Ask a plumber: Space-saving bathtubs

A corner-style tub like this Ensemble whirlpool bath fits snugly into a corner.
A corner-style tub like this Ensemble whirlpool bath fits snugly into a corner. TNS

Q: We have a master bathroom with a large walk-in closet area. We plan to turn part of this area into a small bathroom, complete with a bathtub. Since floor area in the new bathroom will be tight, what type of space-saving bathtub could you recommend we look into?

Dave, Washington

A: In a small bathroom, every extra inch of floor space can be prime real estate. Plumbing fixtures like wall-hung sinks and residential wall-hung toilets can be great choices.

As far as a space-saving bathtub, you may want to check out a corner-style tub. Like the name says, this type of tub fits snugly into a corner area in the bathroom. The front wall of the tub runs diagonally across the corner area, and this can open up a little more floor space. Corner tubs are available in soaking, whirlpool and bubble models.

Also, new clover shape corner tubs can give you a little more bathing space with the same footprint by utilizing more of the dead corner area.

These tubs can be special order fixtures and before your start the job I recommend a visit to your corner plumbing store to see what models are available.

Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com

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