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Modern Bathtub Origins

Mar 30, 2018  |  By Brham Trim (Lethbridge)  |  Bathtubs


giant bathtub by Erica Nicol

Most Canadians bathe regularly, even daily, thanks to bathtubs and showers built directly into our homes, and hot, clean water available on demand. But how did our modern bathtubs come to be?

Public bathing is traceable back to ancient civilizations, and the simple act of bathing is likely a ritual pre-dating history. That said, our current bathtubs evolved directly from the old ‘clawfoot’ tubs that peaked in popularity in the late 1800s.

The clawfoot tub – which gets its name from its claw-like legs under the tub – originated in Holland in the 19th century, and from there made its way through Britain to North America. These heavy cast iron tubs initially gained traction with only the wealthy. Slowly, though, as residential indoor plumbing began to become more widespread, so too did baths in many homes.

Since the 20th century, the clawfoot tub has given ground to the built-in apron-front bathtub due to its ease of maintenance. Today, though the clawfoot model has managed to establish itself as a designer household fixture, the built-in model is commonly found installed in many homes.

Regardless of what model you have or prefer, at Action Auger, we are always available to help you install or repair your bathtub. Give us a call 24 hours a day!