Clawfoot Tub Education
New Clawfoot Tubs
The many different kinds of clawfoot tubs fall into four broad categories: traditional roll rim, slipper, double ended, and pedestal.
The most common and familiar clawfoot tub is the traditional roll rim bath. Our roll rim tubs are based on the original cast iron tubs which were made by the millions between 1890 and 1940. The typical vintage roll rim bathtub measures 5' long – just big enough to fit into the standard post-World War I American bathroom. We offer our new tubs in 4', 4.5', 5', and 5.5' lengths to fit all sizes of people and spaces.
Slipper 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 bathtub gives you all the support you’ll need.
Double-ended clawfoot tubs" have each side rounded for your choice of bathing positions. These bath tubs have a center drain configuration and side-mounting faucet. The double-ended slipper tub offers both ends with high-back construction.
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: 61” roll rim and 66” double-ended.
Whichever style you choose, rest assured you’re choosing the best made tubs on the market. We’ve inspected and rejected many other tubs in a quest to find the highest quality cast iron clawfoot tubs anywhere on this planet. With the best interior porcelain, exterior finish, and foot fit, a Vintage Tub & Bath clawfoot tub will provide you with a lifetime of quality and value.
Clawfoot tub faucets are available in a variety of styles and mountings. Most of the faucets sold on our web site are antique reproductions made to resemble the faucets found during the early 1900s. Regular tub faucets like the Strom Plumbing P0030Q mount onto the inside wall of the tub and are generally small, compact tub fillers. For more function and form, the handshower faucets are larger tub fillers with the added practicality of a handheld shower – great for rinsing out the tub or washing hair. Handshower faucets like the Strom Plumbing P0146Q are available in wall-mounting, deck-mounting, and freestanding installations. To get the most function out of your tub, a shower enclosure generally comes complete with the faucet, riser pipe, shower head, shower ring, and supports. The Strom Plumbing P0168Q shower enclosure has the added feature of a handshower faucet that mounts directly to the riser pipe.
Most faucets are available in a variety of finishes with the most popular being brass, chrome, and nickel. If you’re looking to remain true to an antique style, choose polished nickel as this is the finish most commonly found on antique faucets.
Drains and Supply Lines
There are two styles of clawfoot tub drains from which to choose: rubber stopper with chain or lift and turn. The more traditional of the two is the rubber stopper with chain, but either style will perform its intended function. All of our tub drains include the entire waste and overflow assembly. The appropriate drain to fit each tub is listed on its product page, so choosing the correct drain is just a click away.
Supply lines are the water pipes that go from the floor rough-in to the tub faucet. They need to be chosen to fit both the proper faucet configuration and rough-in through your floor. The lines we sell are for exposed installations and come in four general styles: straight, single offset, double offset, and freestanding. Straight supply lines are used with deck-mounted faucets. Single-offset and double-offset lines are used with our regular and handshower faucets as well as most of our shower enclosures. Freestanding supply lines are made of thicker brass to support the weight of the tub faucet and are roughed-in according to the centers of the faucet. Single-offset lines go through the floor at 3-3/8” on center. Double-offset lines go through the floor at 8” on center. Straight supply lines are roughed-in on the same centers as the faucet drillings on the rim of the tub, most commonly 7”.