Why You Shouldn’t Install a Clawfoot Tub in Your Home

Clawfoot tubs evoke images of long, relaxing soaks in the bath. While a clawfoot tub is great for relaxation and bringing a classic feel to bathroom decor, a clawfoot tub is actually very impractical. Keep reading to find out why clawfoot tubs are the worst.

Clawfoot tubs are difficult to install

cast iron tub

Those tubs are heavy. | Motionshooter/iStock/Getty Images

The main reason installing a clawfoot tub is difficult is because of the tub’s weight. A traditional clawfoot tub is made of cast iron with a porcelain finish, according to Boston Standard Plumbing. The floor may have to be reinforced before installation of the tub begins because of the tub’s weight (an empty cast iron tub weighs 200 – 400 pounds).

Climbing in and out of the tub can be dangerous

Red baroque classic bathtub

It can be dangerous to get in. | mihalis_a/iStock/Getty Images

Clawfoot tubs require more from a person physically. Simply getting in and out of the tub can be a challenge. Add in a slippery tile floor and a wet bathtub, and clawfoot tubs can be downright dangerous. It’s a much different experience than stepping down into a tub.

Clawfoot tubs are big

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They take up a lot of space. | RossHelen/iStock/Getty Images

The appeal of a clawfoot tub is the size. However, the size can be a problem for small bathrooms. A clawfoot tub takes up most of the space in the bathroom leaving little room for much else. While clawfoot tubs add charm to a bathroom, consider a space-saving tub for small bathrooms.

Hard to clean in a small space

It can be very hard to clean. | iStock/Getty Images

Clawfoot tubs are commonly next to a wall, leaving a small gap. The trouble with this arrangement is that the tub becomes more difficult to clean. If the tub is in a really tight space, climbing into the tub is the only way to clean parts one’s unable to reach standing outside of the tub. My back hurts just typing this.

Walls get damaged

Claw foot bath tub in olive green bathroom

The wall can be damaged from the water. | ToscaWhi/iStock/Getty Images

Continuing on about the aforementioned gap, walls can be damaged. “It doesn’t butt up against the wall, so you get a lot of spillage and it can cause damage to your wall or can seep in and actually drip down from your bathroom to your lower level ceiling,” Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s Property Brothers, told PopSugar. This is especially a problem for families with young children who splash in the tub. Consider tiling bathroom walls or nixing a clawfoot tub altogether.

Clawfoot tubs are costly

Yellow bathroom with claw foot tub

They can get very expensive. | irinia88w/iStock/Getty Images

Clawfoot tubs can be pricier than other tubs because of their size and the materials used to make each tub, Apartment Therapy says. The additional reinforcement mentioned earlier, is another necessary precaution to add to the overall price of the tub. Clawfoot tubs are beautiful and built to last but they’re not without a hefty price tag. “The average cost for a 60-inch standard cast iron tub ranges from $500 to $2,000,” according to HomeAdvisor.

Lack of storage space

Stand alone clawfoot bathtub in clean bathroom

It’s hard to get proper storage. | ShyLama Productions/iStock/Getty Images

Picture your current bathtub. Bottles of shampoo and conditioner probably sit on the edge of the tub. Now, picture yourself in a clawfoot tub without any space to store your bath products. Clawfoot tubs offer no storage space.

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