Space around freestanding tub?

MrsHunterAugust 29, 2013

Just wondering how much space should be around the sides of a freestanding tub? After looking at pictures, it seems like a lot of them are right up to the wall. But then I don't understand how you clean behind it? Is a couple of inches good enough? Or more?

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A pedestal sink requires a minimum of 4" between the side edges and a wall or obstruction, so the distance may be based on that code requirement. I would want more, I think.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2013 at 10:28AM
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Good question, does anyone have an answer? How much space should I leave around a freestanding tub? Also, I see that some baths have beadboard around the freestanding tub. Is this a good idea? I seems cheaper and easier to install than tile. Do you just hope water doesn't spray on the walls?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 11:11PM
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I had a free standing tub next to the wall and a wall mounted faucet. I also had bead board around it - I am not doing that in my new house because it does get splashed. I had no trouble cleaning around the tub........ I just pushed the mop underneath.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:06PM
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You don't need the NKBA 21" minimum on All sides, only the side you are entering or exiting the tub from. On the other three sides I think you would want at least 4" between the outside edge of the rim and the wall so you could clean around it and easily retrieve anything that fell between the tub and wall. (Which is the purpose for the measurement for sinks that do not abut the wall directly).

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 10:33PM
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I am planning a 66 inch freestanding tub centered on a 76" space giving me 5 inches on each end. I will plan 4 inch clearance on back wall under the window. Does this sound adequate? I do have room for clearance if needed by making my shower smaller. What did you end up doing for yours?

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 11:48AM
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Mine ended up being closer to the wall than I would have liked it to be (because of the floor joists). It's pretty tight, but I can still get behind it well enough to clean (with the handle of the broom/mop).

I would think 4 inches and 5 inches would be fine.

    Bookmark   November 12, 2014 at 12:16PM
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