With the buzzword these days in bathroom design being spa, nothing says luxury quite as much as a Japanese soaking tub does. Also known as an Ofuro hot tub, these tubs have been used for centuries and were originally made with Hinoki wood.
You may be surprised to find out that some soaking tubs are not made to be used with soap—using soap, in fact, can actually damage some of them. So, then, what exactly are they for, you may wonder? A soaking tub is actually a spa-like amenity that is meant to help you unwind and relax at the end of the day.
Japanese soaking tubs are not as large as a hot tub and can often fit in a space that a regular bathtub would be too big for. They come in different shapes of square, oval and rectangular and are designed to hold more water than a regular tub, thereby giving you the capability of blissfully soaking your entire body.
Many homeowners who have installed a soaking tub have also installed a shower on the other side of the bathroom to use for personal cleaning. Once they are clean from the shower, they slip into the soaking tub to relax and de-stress.
Since their introduction, soaking tubs have undergone a metamorphosis of sorts. Some of the tubs now have seats, jets and are made from materials other than wood; what has been traditionally a one-person tub, is now available in models with seating for more than one person. Contact a bathroom remodeling specialist to see what exciting options you have for installing this amenity in your bathroom.
The only obstacle you may have to overcome before you can settle in for that first soothing bath is that your hot water heater may not be able to keep up with the quantity of hot water you need to fill up the tub. The demand-type of hot water heaters work better for filling the soaking tub. Others have opted to install heaters in the tub itself, completely bypassing the need for the hot water heater.
As you decide which home improvement project you want to tackle next, keep in mind this centuries-old Japanese soaking tub, which is enjoying a new surge of popularity in our stressful modern times.