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

Clawfoot Tub

Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 1/21/2021

Are clawfoot tubs dangerous? Despite having a reputation for being the perfect spot to relax and unwind, clawfoot tubs can be somewhat more dangerous than standard bathtubs because they are more difficult to get in and out of, which can lead to more slips and falls.


A clawfoot tub is a type of freestanding bathtub, which is typically supported by four legs with feet often in the shape of animal claws. Nowadays, there are many variations of the clawfoot tub available and they can come in different sizes, shapes, and materials. Clawfoot tubs are generally bigger than most alcove bathtubs and require more water to fill. Traditional, clawfoot tubs may require external clawfoot tub faucet and shower fixtures. Newer clawfoot tubs can include features such as whirlpool jets and showerhead fixtures.

Is A Clawfoot Tub The Right Choice For Your Bathroom?

Before you decide to install a clawfoot tub in your bathroom, you may want to consider a couple of important factors, such as will you need a clawfoot tub shower curtain?

  • Clawfoot tubs lack many of the conveniences of most standard alcove bathtubs, including a built-in shower space, ledges, and sometimes shelving. Clawfoot tubs 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 clawfoot tub 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.