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What is a standard bath size?
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What is a standard bath size?

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 1 month ago 5 min read

When it comes to your bathroom, is there a “standard” bath size? Read on, as we help you get the measure of your bathroom layout…

Bathrooms come in all shapes, sizes and layouts, meaning that each and every bathroom project throws up its own unique problems. One of the things you'll likely have to tackle is where and how to position your bath. So, it's no wonder one of the questions we're frequently asked is "What is a standard bath size?".

Whilst things like bathroom plumbing, electrical equipment and heating all come with industry standard sizes, it can often appear that baths do not come with similar standard dimensions. But is this actually true?


What is a standard bath size?

Before the widespread use of the metric system, it was generally accepted that the standard bath size in the UK was 5 foot 6 inches in length. Of course, this now translates as a bath size of 1700mm in length x 700mm in width, which is the most common bath size we sell at Victoria Plum.

As the average UK bathroom is around 2.3m x 2.7m in size, this would make sense, as it still leaves at least 0.7 metres or 1 metre of clear space, depending on the orientation of your bath.

Orchard Square edge single ended bath

The Orchard Square edge single ended bath 1700mm x 700mm is a great example of a standard bath size

One important thing to remember when measuring for your straight bath is that tiles may give you a false impression of the space you have available. If you measure from tiled wall to tiled wall, you may have a measurement of, say 1685mm, whereas, in fact, the total space will more than likely be 1700mm.

No matter what type of bath you're installing, whether it's a freestanding tub or a straight bath, find out how to measure correctly with this quick video:



Small baths

Despite there being a standard bath size, you will sometimes find baths or spaces that do not fit with these dimensions. For example, when Victoria Plum was approached by the BBC's DIY SOS to help with a project on a family home near Hull, we found that the bath actually measured an incredibly short 1400mm in length. In fact, this was so short, we were forced to order a specially constructed bath from one of our suppliers which would fit such a small gap. We now stock a 1400mm length bath on our site.

Small baths are generally considered to be around 1500mm or 1600mm in length, however, in most cases, the width generally won't deviate from the standard 700mm. If you do have a space as small as this, why not consider a corner bath?

Orchard Elsdon right handed offset corner bath

Small bathroom? No worries. The Elsdon corner bath slots neatly into the corner (right handed version shown)


Large baths

At the opposite end of the scale, whilst humans are, on average, getting larger, baths have now increased their proportions, especially in new builds and renovations, resulting in large baths that exceed the standard bath size.

The largest bath we stock is 1800mm in length and up to 850mm wide. That's 5 foot 9 inches, which is just shy of the average height of a male in the UK today. If you have the luxury of space in your bathroom, why not opt for a larger size?


Standard bath sizes

We’ve included some of the standard bath sizes we sell here at Victoria Plum.

Straight bath dimensions

Based on Orchard Square edge single ended bath

Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Capacity (litres)
1400mm
700mm
400mm
160l
1500mm
700mm
400mm
175l
1600mm
700mm
400mm
185l
1700mm
700mm
545mm
200l
1700mm
750mm
545mm
220l
1800mm
800mm
545mm
260l

Corner bath dimensions

Based on Orchard Elsdon offset corner bath

Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Capacity (litres)
1500mm
1020mm
560mm
160l

Freestanding bath dimensions

Name Length (mm) Width (mm) Height (mm) Capacity (litres)
Orchard Wharfe freestanding bath 1565 x 740
1565mm
740mm
580mm
180l
Orchard Wharfe freestanding bath 1770 x 800
1770mm
800mm
555mm
220l
The Bath Co. Dulwich freestanding single ended bath 1500 x 780
1500mm
780mm
500mm
217l
The Bath Co. Dulwich roll top freestanding bath with chrome claw feet 1695 x 700
1695mm
700mm
610mm
170l

Shop baths

At Victoria Plum, we have tubs to suit all sizes. Why not browse our wide range of baths today and use our simple filters to find the right dimensions for your room.

Shop baths


Expert advice on baths

If you need more help selecting a bath, why not click on one of the links below?

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Room Planning | 1 month ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 7 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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