The origin of bathtubs
They were invented in the ancient times, the citizens of Ancient Rome borrowed the bathing custom from Greece at the end of the 3rd century B.C. In the mid-18th century, the tubs in a form that is more familiar to us were introduced in the Netherlands and actively spread after their appearance in England in 1828. They were mostly made of cast iron or porcelain enamel. Producing larger tubs would not only significantly increase the cost, but would also make it extremely difficult to install them anywhere higher than the first floor of buildings with the existing level of technological development.
For safety purposes
It is important to remember that the bathroom is the most dangerous place in your home. Although it’s quite unlikely that you’d fall asleep and slip underwater in a bathtub without noticing it, the danger of fainting and drowning is definitely there. Hot water becomes a burden for your heart when you’re bathing, this can lead to a so-called “hot tub” syncope. In this case, it’s better to not be able to submerge underwater.
Showers are a priority
There’s always a debate on larger bathtubs when constructing a residential building because most people simply prefer taking showers. Showers are better for cleaning the body because when you take them, water gets evenly distributed all over your body.
Using bathroom space efficiently
Bathrooms are always designed to be small and that's why it’s important to use this space efficiently. Bathtub sizes vary across the world, but standard tubs especially in older buildings, are 60 inches long, 32 inches wide and 18 inches deep. This is just enough for an average adult to sit up straight and submerge their legs into the water, which meets the minimum requirements.
Comfort comes at a cost
Whenever you choose the size of a bathtubs, you should also consider the cost of extra water and electricity necessary for filling up a larger bathtub with hot water. The cost of those things varies a lot, but we can still look at the water consumption by itself. Experts claims that daily bathing in a small tub takes 42 gallons or 160 liters and saves you about 259 gallons or 980 liters of water a week compared to a large bath takes 80 gallons or 300 liters.
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