a clawfoot tub with a clawfoot tub show inside a wooden bathroom

Clawfoot Tub

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/1/2021


Are clawfoot tubs dangerous? Despite having a reputation for being the perfect spot to relax and unwind, these beastly beauties can be somewhat more dangerous than a standard bathtub. By design, they are typically deeper than a regular tub and they usually sit higher off the floor, making them more difficult to get in and out of. Together, these two features, although lending to the comfort and style of the tub, can sometimes lead to more slips and falls.


The term clawfoot tub commonly refers to a type of freestanding bathtub that is generally supported by four legs, often with feet in the shape of animal claws. Although, nowadays, there are many variations of the tub available, and more modern versions can come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. These tubs are generally bigger and deeper than most alcove or corner tubs and require more water to fill. And, in most cases, require external faucets and shower fixtures to be attached or mounted on a wall or structure nearby. Newer clawfoot tubs can also include features such as whirlpool jets and showerhead fixtures.

Is A Clawfoot Tub The Right Choice For Your Bathroom?

We’ve all seen them in movies and magazines, people comfortably soaking in their deep bubble-filled clawfoot bathtubs. You may even be thinking about installing one in your bathroom. But, before you decide to spend your budget on one of these hefty makeovers, you may want to consider a couple of important factors ~ such as will you need a special shower curtain?

  • Clawfoot tubs lack many of the conveniences of most standard alcove bathtubs, including a built-in shower space, ledges, and sometimes shelving. They also require more upkeep and cleaning to prevent damage to the tub and space around it, so you’ll need to invest in a good custom shower curtain.
  • One advantage to a freestanding clawfoot tub is the addition of open air space, which can help make a room seem bigger. However, because of the exposed nature of the tub, water pipes and drains are more difficult to keep out of sight. However, in some cases, placing the tub closer to a wall allows for the fixtures to be mounted and hidden in behind.