A wooden bathtub is a bold statement. When redesigning your bathroom space, instead of a traditional porcelain bathtub, consider a wood alternative. Wood bathtubs have long been relegated to spa environments, but that’s changing among homeowners nationwide.
Wood bathtubs offer unique benefits. Here, we’ll explore wood bathtub designs and show you why they’re special.
The desire for a relaxing experience is driving the popularity of wooden bathtubs for soaking worldwide. Buddhist cultures see bathing as a ritual cleansing tradition. A wooden bathtub is for soaking in hot water.
Origin Of Wood Bathtubs
In Japanese culture, wood bathtubs are not used to soap and wash your body. People clean themselves outside of the tub and afterward soak themselves in a tub. Traditional style wood bathtubs in Japan include seats.
In Japan, Hinoki wood is used to make wooden tubs. The popularity of hot tubs and spa experiences in modern society could possibly be behind the rising popularity of wood bathtubs for soaking.
Wood Bathtub Ideas To Transform Your Bathroom
After careful research and review, we’ve created a list of the best wood bathtub ideas available on the market today.
Traditional Hinoki Wood Bathtub
Modern Wood Bathtubs
Puntoacqua, an Italian company, has been creating hydromassage wood bathtubs, multipurpose cabins, saunas, Turkish baths, and other sauna accessories for 25 years. This wood bathtub example, known as the “Natural,” features Canadian cedarwood.
Rectangular Wood Bathtubs
Even in this rectangular wood bathtub by Unique Wood Design, the light wood and spare style evoke an Asian aesthetic.
Western Soaking Wood Bathtubs
Handcrafted Natural Wood Bathtub
From KHIS, the “Natural” is a large and versatile wood bathtub. The tub can hold 250 gallons of water. It offers built-in light, massage, and water heating controls. The Natural is available in a wood or stone bottom for added protection.
The way the wood is thermally processed gives this KHIS wood bathtub a dark brown, almost black finish. Besides giving it a luxe look, the process makes it water-resistant and durable.
Oval Wood Tub
This oval wood bathtub design from KHIS can hold 100 gallons of water.
This KHIS wood bathtub is a stunning addition for all bathrooms thanks to its dark color and elegant lines. The depth of the tub provides an excellent soaking experience.
Mixed Wood Styles
Japanese Bathtub Aesthetic
The Laguna Pearl is available in a variety of woods: Wenge, walnut, pear. mahogany, iroko, and oak. Importantly, all the woods are certified wood from forests with controlled felling and reforestation.
Go ahead and fill it to the brim. Alena’s Laguna Spa wooden bathtub has a wide rim filled with pebbles to take any overflow. The excess water gurgles away between the pebbles, adding to the relaxation of soaking in this beautiful tub.
The Laguna basic wooden bathtub is a misnomer. The beautiful woodgrain and velvety-looking finish are elegant and stylish without being flashy.
The “Sailor” wooden tub from Bagno Sasso has digital touch controls built into the edge of the tub. As a result, it elevated this design from a basic soaking experience to a luxury spa soak.
Hand Finished Wood Bathtubs
Mair’s produce description explains that the sophisticated drain and overflow lie flush with the surface of the bathtub, disappearing into its form.
Old-School Feel, Modern Shape
The Barrel tub from Wood + Water is made from Tasmanian Oak and maintains the feel of a traditional soaking tub, even though its shape is modern.
Matteo Thun and Partners made this wooden bathtub called ‘Ofurò’. Inspired by traditional, the design features a European shape. “Made of larch wood – for a sauna-scented experience – it is dried in several work steps and cut, shaped and joined together in a special procedure.
The clean design focuses on the essentials and harmoniously emerges out of the wood grain. ‘Ofurò’ is haptic, visual, and comfortable: one of a kind,” says the product description.
Shell Shape Wood Bathtubs
Although not a traditional deep soaking tub, the Ocean Shell wood bathtub by Bagno Sasso is inviting. The sleek design, resembling an open seashell, makes you want to slip into the water.
Shallow Wood Bathtubs
This wood tub is by WS Bath Collections. It is available in a number of wood varieties including larch, beech, mahogany, cedar, walnut, cherry, wenge, or teak
Unique Wood Tub Designs
More ship-shaped than the other wood tubs we found, the European-style custom tubs from Bath in Wood of Maine are very interesting. Of course, these tubs would fit well in a more ornate bathroom.
Heart-Shaped Wood Tub
Glass And Wood Combo
The Wave Diamond tub by Bagno Sasso Mobili s a combination of glass and wood.
Poland’s Unique Wood Design created these luxurious wooden tubs. The company began building wood boats and yachts. Consequently, they use the expert carpentry and boat-building skills they developed.
Unique Wood Design says that “Our impregnation method has been adopted from yacht hull building. The tub’s multilayer coating is waterproof and has mechanical and chemical resistance.
Wood Tub For Two
Niewendick’s two-person Bamwan wood tub is more European than eastern style, but would still be equally relaxing for a good soak. Overall, the design is ergonomic and the stainless steel railing helps bathers enter and exit safely.
The Rosemarie wood tub by Wooden Baths Ltd in Scotland is coated with a High Clarity glass-reinforced epoxy resin. Most important, this coating is hard-wearing. Moreover, the glass fabric reinforcing makes the bath resistant to changes in humidity, temperature, and high UV levels.
Sleek Wood Tub
Without a doubt, some homeowners prefer a more traditional built-in style. For instance, this is a variation of the Laguna basic, the stand-alone model we showed above.
Unique Wood Design’s Vanala custom wood tub offers not only a beautiful tub but also the surround in the same wood. This provides extra counter space, like many large built-in standard bathtubs — but with the beauty of wood.
Life Boat Tub
Remember the film “Titanic”? You may recall the scene when the luxury cruise liner was sinking and the passengers used wooden lifeboats to stay alive. Well, with this bathtub design from Gallerie Kreo, you can play “Titanic survivor” in the privacy of your bathroom.
This boat-shaped, homage to history bathtub, isn’t a traditional standing tub, but rather a sturdy wood tub. This comes from Dutch firm Studio Wieki Somers.
Shallow Circular Tub
Bagno Sasso’s Circle Tub is not quite like the usual soaking tub. the wooden tub is dramatic and makes a bathroom statement, but is much shallower than a real soaking tub.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)FAQ
What Is The Best Wood For A Bathtub?
Cedar is the best wood for a bathtub. The reason why cedar is the best wood for a bathtub is due to its fast-drying capabilities. However, and like all wood types, cedar does not absorb moisture well.
Do You Need To Waterproof Cedar?
Cedar is meant to be treated every 24 months. For a maximum lifetime, apply multiple coats of waterproofing. If you want to paint your cedar surface after you waterproof it, then do not apply more than one waterproof coat on the cedar.
How Long Do Wood Bathtubs Last?
Wooden tubs last 30 years. However, their average lifespan is between ten to 15 years.
What Is Hinoki Wood?
Hinoki is a popular coniferous tree in Japan. The wood was first used to build shrines and temples. Today, the wood is for floors and walls.
Can I Waterproof A Wooden Bath With Varnish?
Varnish will help waterproof your wood bathtub and also protect it from scratches.
Wooden Bathtub Conclusion
Only wooden bathtubs offer natural health benefits. If you want to elevate your bathroom appearance, a wood bathtub would be the best investment. Wooden tubs preserve hot water for longer periods, so they reduce unnecessary water expenses. The tubs might be a little more expensive than other tubs, but their benefits are long-lasting, making them wise interior design investments.