Is Joanna Gaines’ Favorite Feature Disappearing from Bathrooms?


Some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly, chocolate chip cookies and milk, and Joanna Gaines and freestanding bathtubs. (For once, we’re not talking about shiplap).

Joanna Gaines is known for many things, but her love of freestanding tubs — and clawfoot tubs in particular — is legendary, and for good reason. This beautiful bathroom feature makes a room feel more luxe, and also adds a serious amount of style in one single spot. When raised on feet, tubs can also make a room feel more spacious, versus traditional tubs built into the wall that look more weighted on the bottom.

Despite all the beauty of a clawfoot bathtub, it seems the mammoth beasts are on the decline. According to a recent Houzz study, one in four renovations involves removing the master bathtub (because homeowners want a larger shower (91%) instead). And for those homeowners who upgraded their tubs, 64% went with a soaking tub, 43% with a flat-bottomed freestanding tub and clawfoot tubs, in all their vintage glory, were added a measly 7% of the time.

It seems that vintage styling is giving way to more modern versions that are more comfortable and allow you to easily soak without your legs sticking out of the water.

What do you think? Are you a clawfoot bathtub friend or foe?

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