LIKE the bathroom, the bathtub has progressed from being a purely functional installation to becoming something that is not only visually appealing, but also allows you to soak away all your troubles in the comfort of your own home.Corner bathtubs are an excellent space-saving addition to any bathroom.This is according to Blanche Burger, from Bathroom Bizarre, who says that these days, when it comes to choosing a bath, the possibilities are endless. She says the options include spa baths, classic ball-and-claw tubs, free-standing baths, corner, drop-in, three-wall alcove and undermount baths.She says buying a bath is no longer a simple decision, and because it can be a permanent and expensive purchase, it’s important to do a little research before making your purchase decision.These days, baths come in all different shapes and sizes.Burger says the type of bath you choose should not just be a decision made purely on aesthetics, but also on how you will use it.She says it’s essential to consider the practical things as well, such as whether small children or elderly members of the family will be using it, what kind of space do you have in your bathroom and do you like to take long, leisurely baths?The answers to all these questions will affect the type of bath you choose.Free-standing baths are all the rage at the moment. Standing as a focal feature in any bathroom they grace, their sculptural design makes for an impactful feature.Burger shares the different types of baths homeowners can choose from.• Standard bathtubStandard baths are the simplest types of baths available. The most common size is around 1 800 mm in length x 800 mm wide x 430 mm deep. They’re a great option for the more budget-conscious homeowner and their compact design makes them suitable for smaller bathrooms. Standard bathtubs also work well as a bath-shower combination.• Corner bathtubInstalled in a corner of the bathroom, these types of tubs are an excellent space-saving addition to any bathroom. Some have a built-in seating area, which can be convenient. Bear in mind, however, that not all corner baths can accommodate a shower. • Free-standing bathtubFree-standing baths are all the rage at the moment. Standing as a focal feature in any bathroom they grace, their sculptural design makes for an impactful feature. You can choose from a footed, skirted or decked free-standing bath.• Ball-and-claw bathtubClassical in its appeal and feminine in shape, the ball-and-claw bath will never go out of fashion. These baths were named after the ornate feet that support the tub.Dating back to the Victorian times, ball-and-claw baths were originally made from enameled cast iron. Today, they are lighter and more affordable versions being made from acrylic.• Deep-soaking bathtubThis is the ideal choice for those who love taking long, leisurely soaks in the bath. These baths are wider, deeper and longer than the conventional bath. As such, they epitomise the romance and luxury associated with bathing.• Spa bathFor those looking to replicate a spa-like retreat in their own homes, then a spa bath is a must-have.These baths use jets to soothe muscles and massage the body with thousands of tiny bubbles. Bear in mind that many types of baths can be specially fitted with jets if so required.- Supplied.