Clawfoot tubs are stylish and luxurious bathtubs, noted for their freestanding design that sits atop feet. Popularized in the early nineteenth century, they were a common decorative style that enhanced rest and relaxation due to their larger size.
Today, clawfoot tubs come in a wide range of styles and materials. Costs vary depending on the tub material, size, and style. The national average cost range is $2,300 to $4,100 for an installed clawfoot tub. Most homeowners pay $2,850 for an installed cast iron, roll top tub. However, prices vary widely, from as low as $900 for an installed acrylic clawfoot tub to $5,800 or more for an installed copper clawfoot tub with an enclosed shower and jets.
|Clawfoot Tub Prices|
|National average cost||$2,850|
Clawfoot tubs come in various styles, which impacts how comfortable and functional the tub will be. The choice of style may also be influenced by the interior design and historical period of the home. There is a lot of overlap in terms of costs when comparing styles, with material, length, and depth being the biggest driving factors behind the final cost. Below are the average price ranges for clawfoot tubs, not including installation:
|Type of Clawfoot Tub||Cost|
|Slipper||$800 - $2,000|
|Classic / Roll top||$1,100 - $2,000|
|Double slipper||$1,100 - $2,100|
|Double ended roll top||$1,100 - $2,100|
|Pedestal tub||$2,000 - $4,000|
The slipper tub is a popular vintage-style tub. The slipper tub style is rounded at both ends, and one end is raised and sloped to allow for a comfortable, reclining position. This keeps any stress off the back or neck as the bather reclines. The cost of these tubs is generally $800 - $2,000.
Classic roll rim clawfoot tubs, also known as roll top or flat rim tubs, are the traditional clawfoot tub style. The classic clawfoot tub has a perfectly level top with a rolled edge, and there are also single styles that have a flat and a rounded end. The cost of these tubs varies greatly between materials, generally costing around $1,100 - $2,000 for acrylic.
The double slipper clawfoot tub is similar to the slipper clawfoot tub in that it is rounded at both ends and also sloped at both ends to provide two bathers a comfortable, reclining position. This tub is typically longer than single tub styles. The cost of these tubs is generally $1,100 - $2,100 for acrylic.
The double ended clawfoot tub is similar to the classic clawfoot tub, except that both ends are rounded. The faucet is often mounted in the middle of the tub, allowing room for two bathers. The cost of these tubs averages $1,100 - $2,100.
A pedestal tub is any tub style that rests on top of a pedestal or platform. While a pedestal tub can be any style, it lends itself well to a clawfoot tub in both style and structure. Depending on the design, these tubs may be more difficult to climb into. Expect costs to be approximately $2,000 - $4,000.
Clawfoot tubs are available in many materials beyond the traditional cast iron. Not only will the choice of material affect the tub price, but it will also affect the tub’s look, durability, weight, and heat retention properties. The weight is a very important factor for proper installation. Because clawfoot tubs are freestanding, heat retention properties play a more important factor than with other tub models. These are the general prices for the most common materials for clawfoot tubs, not including installation:
|Clawfoot Tub Materials||Cost|
|Fiberglass||$650 - $1,700|
|Acrylic||$800 - $2,000|
|Cast iron||$1,300 - $3,000|
|Stainless steel||$2,000 - $4,000|
|Copper||$3,000 - $6,000|
|Marble||$6,000 - $20,000|
To make fiberglass 1, glass fibers are heated and sprayed with a resin gel coat. They are one of the least expensive and easy clawfoot tubs to install because they are very lightweight and do not require reinforced support of the floor beneath them. Fiberglass tubs usually last between 10 and 15 years. The cost of these tubs generally ranges from $650 to $1,700.
These tubs look like traditional cast iron tubs but are made of acrylic. Acrylic tubs are lighter weight, and the surface allows for scratches to be buffed out. They may feel softer and will not initially be as cold to the touch in colder climates. These tubs cost $800 to $2,000.
These tubs are the most traditional and have a timeless look and appeal. Cast iron tubs are more durable, hold heat better, and retain their value longer than tubs made of other materials. Their surface is coated in enamel, which can chip easily but can be refinished. Because they are so heavy, installation can be complicated and may involve reinforcing the floor. Expect costs of between $1,300 and $3,000.
Stainless steel clawfoot tubs are beautiful and add a contemporary design element to a bathroom. They are very durable like copper and also resist rust. Stainless steel tubs retain heat well and do not need a coating like cast iron to protect them from corroding. These tubs range from $2,000 to $4,000.
Clawfoot tubs made of copper are classic in appearance while being both durable and versatile. These tubs do not rust and are very good at retaining heat. Like cast iron, copper tubs are very heavy and require a reinforced floor beneath them. Copper tubs are sensitive to abrasives and acidic substances. These tubs cost between $3,000 and $6,000.
Marble clawfoot tubs are less common. Their weight presents special concerns at installation because they weigh an average of 1,700 pounds. For reference, an average cast iron tub weighs 300 pounds. Marble tubs are incredibly durable but need to be cleaned with a special marble cleaner. Expect costs to range from $6,000 to $20,000.
While clawfoot tubs are designed for soaking and bathing, the water is not actually very deep. The average tub has a depth of somewhere between 13 and 16 inches, with most coming in at around 14 inches. This is the same depth as a standard alcove tub. Pedestal tubs or plinth tubs are typically deeper, giving you depths closer to 20 inches or more.
Keep in mind that when climbing into the tub, it has a much higher total height than an alcove tub of the same depth. A 14-inch alcove may have a water depth of 12 inches, and it requires 14 inches to climb over while a typical clawfoot tub may be 20 to 24 inches in total height from the feet to the rim. The depth is usually indicated by how high the water can go before hitting the overflow valve installed on the side.
As for the length and width, most are around 30-inches wide but can range in length from 48 to 72 inches.
Installing a clawfoot tub is fairly straightforward. The tub is positioned in the room, and the feet are leveled. Plumbing can be brought through either the wall or floor, and unless the tub is flush against the wall or plumbed through the floor, the plumbing will be somewhat exposed. There is nothing that can or needs to be done to fix this because this is part of the tub design. The option not to expose the plumbing is to position the tub flush against the wall or bring the plumbing up through the floor. Some people see this as a design element, while others view it as a drawback.
A plumber must install the tub and plumbing. Labor costs to install the tub will be around $730 for fiberglass and acrylic tubs and $1,000 for cast iron and other metals. The entire job should take less than one day. Stone tubs are unique, and installation begins at around $750 and increases depending on the tub size, shape, weight, and location. Installation for these tubs takes more time than other clawfoot tub types.
Depending on the tub material, the weight may be excessive, and you may need to reinforce the floor underneath the tub. This involves floor framing, which takes the expertise of a carpenter. This job may take 4 to 8 hours and costs $300 to $800 in labor and $600 to $700 in materials.
The weight of a clawfoot tub depends entirely on the tub material and its dimensions. The average weight of a classic clawfoot tub is noted below.
|Tub Material||Average Weight|
|Cast iron||300 lbs|
|Stainless steel||385 lbs|
Refinish a cast iron tub is a good alternative to purchasing a new one. Cast iron tubs are porcelain-finished, which means they can easily chip. This can be corrected with refinishing, however. Having a vintage porcelain tub refinished usually costs between $500 and $1,200, depending on the extent of the work.
If you have a new tub, be advised that cast iron tubs are only porcelain on the interior. The exterior may be primed, primed and painted, or completely unfinished. If your new tub is either primed or unfinished, you need to have it painted to protect the iron from rusting. This costs $100 to $200 on average. Acrylic tubs do not need this finishing, and many cast iron tubs can be purchased completely finished.
Maintenance for your clawfoot tub varies depending on the type. Cast iron tubs are usually primed on the exterior and need a coat of paint after installation. This may need to be periodically touched up. Cast iron tubs can be cleaned with a broad range of products without fear of scratches.
When made of metal, the feet may need to be cleaned properly to avoid rust, especially where the iron and feet meet. Compared to cast iron tubs, acrylic and fiberglass tubs are much lower in maintenance, but acrylic may scratch and cannot be refinished like cast iron. Always clean your acrylic tub with a non-abrasive cleaner to prevent scratches. Stainless steel tubs must be kept dry when not in use and should be cleaned with baking soda, water, and a soft cloth because they can scratch easily.
Copper tubs should be cleaned regularly with a mild dish soap and soft rag and stripped with copper cleaner and waxed a few times a year. Like metal tubs, marble and other stone tubs need to be kept dry when not in use and should be cleaned with a stone care cleaner. The marble tub also needs to be resealed once every six months to a year.
Like any material or fixture you add to your home, clawfoot tubs have both advantages and disadvantages for the homeowner. Part of this stems from the fact that these tubs have different materials, each having pros and cons. In addition, the tub style has other attributes to consider.
Clawfoot tubs are standalone. Therefore, they take up more space than an alcove tub, which means that it can be harder to find room for them in smaller bathrooms. They also need to be plumbed differently than standard bathtubs. The only way the water can be plumbed from the wall is if the tub is pressed tightly against it. Otherwise, it needs to be plumbed through the floor. Some people see this exposed plumbing as a design element, but others view it as a drawback.
Clawfoot tubs add ambiance to a room. They have an attractive style and, in many cases, are very comfortable to use, holding more water than the average bathtub. Cast iron clawfoot tubs also hold heat well so that you can soak longer. Cast iron versions retain their value and may improve the value of your home as well.
Many materials can be used to make a clawfoot tub, but the most popular are acrylic and cast iron.
One of the main reasons to use an acrylic tub over cast iron is that acrylic tubs are lower in cost and lighter in weight. Therefore, they do not require a reinforced floor under them, which adds to the installation price. Acrylic tubs are less durable than cast iron ones, and if damaged, they must be replaced instead of being refinished. Cast iron is preferred for its durability, low maintenance, heat retention, and ability to be fitted for a shower.
For a cast iron roll top tub expect to pay between $2,300 to $4,100, including installation. If the floor joists need to be reinforced, include an additional $200 to $400 per joist. The price for a tub with the same style in acrylic would range $1,530 and $2,730, installed.
Technically, a clawfoot tub is a variety of freestanding tub, meaning that it is not in an alcove or deck installation. However, when most people discuss freestanding tubs, they are referring to tubs that do not require a pedestal, plinth, or feet to stand on. This means that the tub extends straight down to the ground.
In general, freestanding tubs are larger and more expensive, with many starting at around $1,900 to $3,000. Despite their size, they are often lighter than clawfoot tubs, except for stone tubs, because they are most commonly made of acrylic. Costs for installation, reinforcement of floor joists, space constraints, and plumbing are all similar for freestanding and clawfoot tubs.
A standard tub refers to the tub size. A standard tub is typically 60 inches long and 30 to 32 inches wide. Clawfoot tubs are generally larger in every dimension than a standard tub. This is particularly true of volume because a clawfoot tub is made for soaking. The clawfoot tub is a more timeless design element, while a standard tub is a more practical element. The clawfoot tub may add value to your home.
Clawfoot tub shower enclosures can be added to the top of the tub, from the adjacent walls, or hung from the ceiling. For any changes to the plumbing or fixtures, it is necessary to call in a plumber. This enhancement costs around $1,560.
A shower can be added to a clawfoot tub, depending on the tub material. Some materials, such as acrylic, are not conducive to adding a shower because of their brittle nature when being cut for plumbing. But generally, adding a shower can be done with a cast iron tub. This enhancement requires a plumber and costs approximately $560 in materials and $100 to $400 in labor.
Clawfoot tubs can be outfitted with jets for added luxury. This project involves a plumber. It should only take a couple of hours and costs $350 to $600 in materials and between $100 and $400 in labor.
Installation of a clawfoot tub costs around $730 for an acrylic tub and $1,000 for a cast iron tub.
This depends on the tub size. Most are around 30-inches wide but can range in length from 48 to 72 inches. You also need at least a few inches on one end for the plumbing, and you may want additional space to make it easier to clean around.
Yes, you can install a clawfoot tub on any suitable bathroom flooring material. However, your floor joists may need to be reinforced if the tub is cast iron, copper, stainless steel, marble, or another heavy material.
Technically, the tub can be placed up against a wall, but you may want to leave some room to make it easier to clean.
Cast iron, copper, stainless steel, and marble tubs are very heavy, while acrylic and fiberglass tubs are quite light.
The most common length is 60 inches, but they are available in 48, 67 and 72 inches too.