Love it or hate it, bathtubs are making their way into the bedchamber.

In a life-changing move, homeowners Hannah Smith and Jeremy Witt reside in a caravan in the rural landscape of Suffolk, England, to oversee the restoration of a crumbling barn complex. Simple plywood, cut out to allow views of the landscape, creates subdivisions within the home for private bedroom and bathroom spaces. Rather than formal rooms, they have the effect of large-scale furniture. The master bedroom features an ensuite tub.

Though it may seem incongruous to some, luxury hotels have spearheaded the trend of installing freestanding tubs in the bedroom. And while naysayers worry about privacy and tidiness, the seamless transition from pouf to pillow does feel like the ultimate opulence. Done right, as the following examples show, the design can strike a balance between ensuite and waterbed.

A Bedside Bathtub With Sweeping Views of the San Francisco Bay

In the master bedroom of a pinwheel-shaped house in Sausalito, California, a circular bathtub sits next to a full-height window with a view of Angel Island. It’s joined by a Vico Magistretti & Mario Tedeschi floor lamp from the 1960s. A lipstick sculpture by Kelly Reemtsen anchors the view north toward Tiburon. The homeowners encouraged architect Mark English to leave the seismic steel frame exposed, to give the white interiors a slightly industrial look.

In the master bedroom of a pinwheel-shaped house in Sausalito, California, a circular bathtub sits next to a full-height window with a view of Angel Island. It’s joined by a Vico Magistretti & Mario Tedeschi floor lamp from the 1960s. A lipstick sculpture by Kelly Reemtsen anchors the view north toward Tiburon. The homeowners encouraged architect Mark English to leave the seismic steel frame exposed, to give the white interiors a slightly industrial look.

Photo by Joe Fletcher



Created for a design showcase in São Paulo, Loft Ninho is a warm, oak-wrapped space with an en suite bedroom box. The bookshelf separating the bedroom and bathroom is the "Icon" system from "Sollos" by Brazilian designer Jader Almeida, and creates a natural delineation.

Created for a design showcase in São Paulo, Loft Ninho is a warm, oak-wrapped space with an en suite bedroom box. The bookshelf separating the bedroom and bathroom is the “Icon” system from “Sollos” by Brazilian designer Jader Almeida, and creates a natural delineation.

Photo by Denilson Machado

The sunroom is off the master bath.

The sunroom is off the master bath. “The homeowner asked for a stand-alone tub,” Simon says. “We’ve done them in the past, but never had a homeowner lead us to install one.”

Photo by Clay Grier

See the full story on Dwell.com: Do Bathtubs Belong in Bedrooms? These Dwellings Say “Yes”

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