If you are considering buying a bath, you must immediately pay attention to the choice of legs for it. Nowadays, the choice of filling for the bathroom is one of the difficult tasks. After all, there are so many offers, the assortment is so large that the eyes are scattered. To choose a product that will last a long time and will be a stylish element in the interior of the house, you need to consider the recommendations below.
It is possible that a comfortable bath in the form of a graceful design can be placed in the center of the room. In modern design, such a move is a luxurious addition to the interior, it is considered an elegant solution, it looks very worthy. Today, a variety of bath arrangement options are practiced. But do not forget that it should be not only beautiful, but also reliable. Nowadays, modern bathtubs on elegant legs are no longer considered an exotic element, they can easily be bought in a regular plumbing store.
An important criterion is the size of these same legs. Before purchasing such accessories, you need to think about the current installation height of a cast-iron or steel bath. If you choose between models that are not adjustable in height and the models to be adjusted, please note that the type of support elements depends on this choice.
Unregulated legs have a standard height: short 19–20 centimeters, and high - 40 centimeters. Decide immediately at what level you need to mount the bathroom. Subtract the font height from the received number and get accurate data at what level you need to install the legs. The optimal height of unregulated models is 120 mm.
Unlike unregulated models, adjustable ones are more practical, they allow you to change the current installation height of a steel or cast-iron bathtub. The standard height is also one hundred and twenty millimeters. Not always such designs perform the functions of the necessary support for the bath.
A modern beautiful bathtub can become a decoration of the house due to its installation on the original legs, become a kind of designer item. Special stands may be needed for proper function and stability.
A wide selection of decorative and original modern legs are made from such high-quality metal as bronze. They can take the form of unusual mythical paws, charming colors, images of elves and fairy fairies. It looks very stylish and relevant both in modern design and in antique-decorated rooms.
What are the types and how to choose?
One of the component parts for the bath is the legs, they can be purchased with the bowl. It’s better to do it right away so that the bowl matches the size. This is a prerequisite for further installation convenience. The legs, which are necessarily included in the kit for each bath, the manufacturer is responsible for the complete set, perform the following functions of support, compensation and decorative function. All these functions are very important both collectively and individually.
Based on these functions, three types can be distinguished: support legs, original famous false legs and auxiliary legs. In today's market, such a wide selection of these accessories cannot go unnoticed. It immediately becomes clear that each species has its own function and is an important element in the installation of the bath. Manufacturers can offer the buyer combined options, as well as a wide range of products both in price category and in design.
Today it is easy to find the best option for supports and legs for cast iron, acrylic or steel tanks.
Consider the most relevant types of supports.
- Reliable load-bearing structures that perform a supporting function. These products have a rigid mount, which will not allow it to slide or swing during use of the tank.
- Auxiliary elements necessary for stability. Used to install the bath on a flat surface of the floor in order to fix and provide immobility.
- The final ones are the changing, adjustable legs. Here, the height of the legs can be adjusted using screws, which is very convenient and practical.
It is worth noting that the main differences of all legs are in such characteristics as strength, reliability of fastening, withstand load. It depends on the tightness of the legs and the correct fastening whether the bowl is securely fixed. Today, gold or forged overhead products are becoming increasingly popular.
The choice of legs depends on what type of bath you choose and from what material. We will consider three main types of bathrooms and determine which type of legs is suitable for each of them.
For cast iron
One of the most popular options in apartments is a cast-iron bathtub, which has proved itself to be reliable, durable, easy to use. Accordingly, such models have a high price, which is not surprising, because in their production a large amount of cast iron is used. Since such an undeniably winning bath has a lot of weight, the design for the bowl should be as reliable and safe as possible. Therefore, the high strength of the support elements is required in this case.
There are several mounting options for such legs. One of them serves for the installation of bearing supports; it is fastened with a wedge between special protrusions. The second fastener - with nuts, is mainly used for decorative legs to hide the unaesthetic appearance of the support. Moreover, hydromassage systems are built into modern cast-iron bathtubs using new technologies. It will cost much more. Cast iron legs are more designed to hold a bulky and very heavy bath, and go with them on sale, in the included configuration.
It is recommended to buy a decorative kit that will hide the main support. A bathroom with such unusual and original decor elements will create an atmosphere of comfort and coziness in the room. A freestanding oval bathtub made of cast iron is most often equipped with high sides.
The following features of the legs designed for a cast-iron bath can be distinguished: they are made directly from reliable cast iron; must be additionally fixed by erecting a podium from brick structures; sometimes with the help of nuts there is a fixation of decorative supports; even simple supporting legs are built in by a wedge in the allocated ledges.
Most consumers prefer a light steel frame. Thanks to it, you can set the room in a hi-tech style and at the same time get a reliable and safe design.
Enormous popularity to date have received acrylic models. The elegant legs of acrylic bathtubs are two metal bars that are attached directly to the bottom of the bathtub, and the legs themselves are screwed into them. It is a versatile, convenient and easy to use design.
The main advantage of acrylic bathtubs is their accessibility due to their relatively low cost. There is also a very large selection of colors, sizes, designs in stock, which is a plus when choosing offers on the market. The light weight of acrylic bathtubs is a hallmark that affects the choice of legs. After all, the shape of the legs should be stable, safe to use. Although the legs in this case have a more decorative function, since the additional frame takes on the support, it is he who supports the entire structure.
Particular attention must be paid to the installation of corner bathtubs. Here, in addition to the main fastening, a frame from a profile pipe in the form of a cross is also needed. In combination with pulls to the wall, a uniform distribution of loads between the floor and walls can be achieved. Of the durable pipes that take on the entire weight load, there is an installation for acrylic bathtubs in the middle of the room, this interior is very successful today. Speaking about the design, it should be noted that such a design can not only change the interior, but also create a new decorative orientation of the room.
A distinctive feature of a steel bathtub from a cast-iron one is that it is lighter. Such a bath is installed on two pairs of legs made of sheet iron. The legs are attached to a curved plate that supports the bottom. They can be fixed both with bolts and other adjustable fasteners. An alternative mounting method is a single design on four legs. This design is fastened with studs to achieve greater rigidity.
Without a reliable support, the steel bath can fall, so you need to fix it so that it is not only beautiful, but also safe. Depending on where the bath will be installed and the method of installing and attaching the legs is selected.
Consumers note such positive qualities of steel baths as strength, low weight, low cost. In the sales market, it occupies high positions, because it is easy to install anywhere, at any height, in a position convenient for you.
Also, for such a bathroom, it is possible to purchase special frames that allow the bath in any part of the room. This is a very original and bold design. At the same time, ugly legs can be covered with decorative overlays, which will add even more piquancy and sophistication. Contrast legs look very well with steel bathrooms: black for white bathtubs or shiny steel or white for colored ones.
In some cases, when it is necessary to adjust the mounting height for a perfectly even installation of the bath, resort to the use of universal legs. When buying these legs, you need to consult a specialist, since such legs are not suitable for all bathtubs. Additional fixation methods may be required. Sometimes sellers offer homemade legs, they need to be treated with caution, since they can not provide long-lasting, impeccable support.
To make a win-win choice at the time of purchase, it is worth determining which models are the most attractive and popular. Among them, you will definitely find the perfect combination that suits you.
It is the bathtubs that stand alone, unlike the built-in ones, that erase all the boundaries of the imagination, because the manufacturers took care of a large selection of different shapes, colors, dimensions of this design. For the attention of the buyer are oval, round, rectangular, and even bathtubs of the sample as in antiquity, curly, each of which has the size necessary for you, for example, of the Roca brand.
Cast-iron bathtubs are increasingly wearing classic shapes, but the acrylic bathtub has a colossally large range of colors and shapes. Also very original baths made of unusual materials such as wood, artificial marble, exclusive glass. This is aerobatics of all the desires of the consumer. Of course, it is very difficult to give your preference and make a choice. But after the bath model is still selected and installed, you can apply some more tricks in the interior of your bathroom. For example, you can install a canopy with a white or transparent, weightless curtain from tulle.
It looks very original and elegant. Designers explain the need for such eye-catching products with the modern desires of consumers to purchase something unusual and add chic to the ordinary interior. It is with the help of catchy and irresistible bathtubs that the opportunity to express your good taste opens up. You can decorate the interior with a beautiful fountain or a small aquarium, and then the bathroom will take on the look of a garden of paradise.
When you finally come to the conclusion that you want to have a bath on curly legs, you need to take note of the following rules.
- It is important to remember that even before making a purchase, you must definitely check all the fasteners, the reliability of the legs. It is worthwhile to decide in a timely manner whether the selected size is suitable specifically for the bathtub of your form.
- Do not forget to pay attention to the material itself, from which the legs are made, it must be designed for heavy loads. The most common reliable materials are steel or bronze, enameled iron is also suitable.
- Do not install the structure on old coatings with cracks. In this case, safety rules are violated. It is recommended to replace the old coating with a new one before starting work.
- When choosing the legs, do not forget what function each of them has. Whether this foot serves only as an ornament, or is it the main support for your bath.
- Remember that fasteners such as duct tape cannot be considered reliable. Moreover, it is unsafe. Although many are attracted to its ease of use, its use for these purposes is contraindicated. It is better to use such durable fasteners as screws, brackets.
- When installing the bathroom in the right place, avoid scratching the floor and the product to be mounted. To do this, when fixing the fasteners, it is recommended to turn the bath upside down or lay on its side.
- Properly select all plumbing accessories so that the general appearance is not spoiled at the end of the work.
The bathroom must not only be assembled, but also firmly fixed to the surface. Sometimes it is necessary to put special linings and screw them to the product. They can also be attached using a special moisture-resistant construction adhesive.
Do not forget to decorate the places where you decided to fix the legs. You can decorate with various materials and methods. With such a difficult matter as installing a bath on the legs with your own hands, you need to take into account a lot of expert advice.
Consider the main ones:
- be sure to verify the integrity of the kit, whether it is equipped according to existing standards or not;
- use caution when choosing a place for your bath, you must consider all the possible nuances during installation;
- Be sure to install a brick structure;
- prevent and avoid scratching the surface of the bath; it is necessary to use cushioning materials during installations;
- if you want to install the bath next to the wall, then do not forget that you will need additional fasteners for the safety of installation and installation;
- in order to avoid the appearance of mold on surfaces, in no case do not neglect such an important matter as the preliminary processing of the wall;
- give preference to universal legs, they are similar to almost all models and therefore it is impossible to make mistakes when choosing;
- use overlays if you want to hide ugly supports.
Summing up, we can distinguish the following advantages of the correct choice of legs: reliable support, spectacular design accessory, height adjustment. Cons: most bathtubs are sold without legs, there is a risk of making mistakes when choosing them. Improper fixation of supports for steel and cast iron products over time leads to negative consequences: the enamel surface is cracking, the bottom is deformed; weak legs break. Cast iron and, to a lesser extent, steel are heavy. The weight of fonts filled with water can withstand only reliable foundations, which are not so easy to pick up.
However, all these arguments for and against can be balanced by contacting qualified specialists when choosing for help. So you can make the only right choice, thanks to which a reliable bath will delight its owners for many years.
On how to install the legs on the bath with your own hands, see the next video.