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Claw Foot Tub Buying Guide

Claw Foot Tub Styles

Vintage Tub & Bath offers a wide variety of different claw foot tubs. Claw foot tubs fall into four broad categories: traditional roll rim, slipper, double ended, and pedestal. Below you will find a description of each kind of claw foot tub and information about the claw foot tub drains and claw foot tub supply lines that fit each style. You can also view a 2-minute video which explains the differences between tub styles.

Classic Roll Rim Claw Foot Tub

Classic Claw Foot Tub The most common and familiar claw foot tub is the traditional roll rim claw foot tub. Our roll rim claw foot tubs are based on the original cast iron claw foot tubs which were made by the millions between 1890 and 1940. The typical vintage roll rim claw foot tub measures 5' long – just big enough to fit into the standard post-World War I American bathroom. We offer our new claw foot tubs in 4', 4.5', 5', 5.5', and 6' lengths to fit all sizes of people and spaces.


Slipper Claw Foot Tub

Slipper Claw Foot Tub Slipper claw foot tubs are distinguished by their high-back construction which provides a more comfortable seating position. If you prefer to lounge in the tub with a place to rest your head, the slipper claw foot bath tub gives you all the support you’ll need.


Double Slipper Claw Foot Tub

Double Slipper Claw Foot Tub The double slipper claw foot tub offers both ends with high-back construction. These bath tubs have a center drain configuration and side-mounting faucet. Double slipper clawfoot tubs are available in both cast iron and acrylic construction.


Double Ended Claw Foot Tub

Double Ended Claw Foot Tub Double-ended claw foot tubs have each side rounded for your choice of bathing positions. These claw foot bath tubs have a center drain configuration and side-mounting faucet.


Pedestal Tub

Pedestal Tub Pedestal tubs mimic the art-deco style tubs that appeared in the 1920s and 1930s. Instead of clawfeet, the pedestal tub sits on a base. Vintage Tub & Bath currently offers two styles of pedestal bathtubs: 60” roll rim and 66” double-ended.


Cast Iron Claw Foot Tubs vs. Acrylic Claw Foot Tubs

Cast Iron Claw Foot Tub

Cast Iron Claw Foot Tub The porcelain surface on a cast iron claw foot tub is harder and more scratch-resistant than an acrylic tubs. Cast iron claw foot tubs also have a more substantial “feel” and “sound” to them than do lighter acrylics. Finally, cast iron tubs tend to appear more historically authentic to the eye than do acrylic claw foot tubs. A disadvantage is that once you scratch or otherwise damage the porcelain in a cast iron tub it will be a permanent blemish. Vintage Tub & Bath cast iron tubs include classic claw foot tubs, double ended claw foot tubs, slipper claw foot tubs, double slipper claw foot tubs, pedestal tubs, and complete cast iron claw foot tub sets.




Acrylic Claw Foot Tub

Acrylic Claw Foot Tub An acrylic claw foot tub interior surface is a bit easier to scratch than the extremely hard porcelain glass interior surface of a cast iron claw foot tub. However, such scratches in an acrylic surface can be more easily repaired by sanding and polishing methods than a similarly scratched porcelain enamel tub. Acrylic claw foot tubs are usually a better insulator against heat transmission than cast iron claw foot tubs (that is to say that they warm up faster than a cast iron tub). Although once heated, a cast iron tub will tend to keep water warmer longer than an acrylic tub because of the greater thermal mass of the cast iron tub. American Bath Factory acrylic claw foot tubs are crafted from two ¼” sheets of high-quality cast acrylic, bonded together with a patented crushed stone/resin compound to give the tubs thickness, strength, and weight.



Claw Foot Tub Drillings

The drillings are the holes on a clawfoot tub where the faucet is mounted. The clawfoot bathtubs we offer on our website are available in three drilling options: wall drilled, rim drilled, and no drillings. Below you will find a description of each kind of drilling option.


No Faucet Drillings

No Faucet Drillings Taking a look at the picture to your left you will see that this tub has no faucet hole drillings. There is only the waste & overflow holes for the tub drain. Therefore, if you are purchasing a tub with no faucet drillings you have the option of either purchasing a freestanding faucet which is supported by the supply lines that come up from the floor and connect directly to the faucet which hangs over the rim of the tub or bathroom wall-mounted faucet which is mounted directly to the wall of your bathroom. No faucet drillings are available in the Cast Iron Classic Clawfoot, Classic Pedestal, Slipper Clawfoot, Double Slipper Clawfoot and Double Ended Pedestal Tubs. Also in the Acrylic Classic Clawfoot, Slipper Clawfoot & Double Ended Clawfoot Tubs.


Wall Faucet Drillings

Wall Faucet Drillings Taking a look at the picture to your left where you will see that the faucet hole drillings are on the inside wall at the end of the tub. The standard measurement between the center of one drilling to another is 3 3/8". Therefore, if you are purchasing a tub with wall faucet drillings you take a look at these options: gooseneck, handshower, or traditional faucet to mount on the wall of your tub. Wall Faucet drillings are available in the Cast Iron Classic Clawfoot, Classic Pedestal & the Acrylic Classic Clawfoot & Slipper Clawfoot Tubs.


Rim Faucet Drillings

Rim Faucet Drillings Taking a look at the picture to your left you will see that the holes are drilled on the rim of the tub. The standard measurement between the center of one drilling to another is 7". Sunrise Specialty bathtubs are drilled on 8" centers and 3 3/8" on their 61" slipper clawfoot tub. Therefore, if you are purchasing a tub with rim (deck) faucet drillings you need to purchase a deck mounted faucet with handshower or without a handshower to mount on the rim of your tub. Make sure the fauce centers match your tub drillings or will fit with adjustable centers. Take a look at the matching deck mounted faucet for the above listed Sunrise Specialty tub on 3 3/8" center or look at the Sunrise 8" rim mount faucet on 8" centers. Rim faucet drillings are available in all the Cast Iron models and in the Acrylic Classic Clawfoot, Slipper Clawfoot, Double Ended Clawfoot and Double Ended Pedestal tubs.