Takara Deep Soaking Tub (‘easy access’ style)

The Takara deep soaking tub is the newest addition to our market-leading range of Japanese ofuro-style baths. It is based on nearly 30 years of design experience and customer feedback.

Like all of our deep soaking tubs, the Takara is easy to enter and exit, but the incorporation of two ergonomically placed bars adds an additional sense of security for those who feel they want it.

Takara is a Japanese name meaning ‘treasure.’ As the sixth generation in our history-making range, it incorporates everything embodied in our earlier deep soaking tubs that previous customers have said they most valued.

Description

Easy Access Deep Soaking Tub

The most distinctive features of the Takara deep soaking tub are the grab rails set above its long armrests. These rails, together with the supportive, carefully contoured seat, make the bath feel exceptionally secure.

More generally, the soaker bath has a compact design, with external dimensions of 1372mm by 860mm. It is therefore well suited for use in smaller bathrooms. However, there is another important reason for its limited size. Placing the side walls closer to the bather’s body makes the bath particularly well suited to the incorporation of a Hydrotherapy system. This is because jets set close to muscles and other soft tissue are more effective at delivering heat and a therapeutic massaging action.

Soaking tubs are increasingly being chosen for smaller bathrooms, including en-suite bathrooms. The Takara is therefore designed with a flat footwell that makes it suitable for use with an overhead or wall-mounted shower. On request, it can also be supplied with a bath/shower screen.

Key benefits:

  • Ideal for smaller bathrooms
  • Grab bars for an added sense of security
  • Footrests for added stability and comfort
  • Easy access
  • A deep bathing position, keeping the bather well supported and stress-free
  • A flat footwell for showering
  • A compact, water-saving design
  • An excellent Hydrotherapy soaker tub

Use and Placement:

Like all our soaking tubs, the Takara is suitable for all sizes of bathroom and it can be installed in a number of different ways. It can be used as a corner bath or set into an alcove; it can be sunk into a floor or built into a deck. It can also be set against a wall or used as free standing bath, if fitted with side panels. These could be made of wood, for example, or customers can request a bespoke, Cabuchon-made panel instead. These can cover anything from one to four sides, as noted below. (See Options.)

For people with limited mobility, the Takara is very easily accessible thanks to its grab bars, which add extra security when entering or stepping out of the bath. When sunken into a deck, it is far easier to access than most conventionally designed baths. It can also be used with an overhead hoist or bath lift.

The Takara may be used with overhead and wall-mounted showers, and with bath/shower screens.

Access and Fitting:

When turned on its side and with timber foot arrangement removed, the Takara soaking tub will pass through a standard door, assuming a door width of 737mm / 29″.

Taps and other fittings (such as hand showers) may be fitted wherever space and good plumbing practices allow. The Takara soaker tub requires an extended waste / overflow. In other words, the height of the soaking tub means that the cable operating the waste plug needs to be longer than in conventional baths. The overflow hole is located on the right-hand narrow, angled wall of the bath, opposite the seat. (See main image.) Locating it here, rather than in the wall directly facing the bather, helps to keep the bath’s overall dimensions as compact as possible.

Unless the client wishes otherwise, the Takara soaking tub will be supplied with the waste and overflow holes ready-drilled. Holes are not pre-drilled for taps or other fittings. (It is best to decide the final placement of these items when the customer and fitter can see the bath in situ.)

The Takara soaker bath is built on a steel chassis. Its height can be adjusted via four screw-threaded feet. These are factory-fitted and set to spread the bath’s weight evenly. During installation, care must be taken to accommodate a sloping or uneven floor. For security, stability and durability, it is essential that the whole of the bath’s weight rests squarely and evenly on the four feet. No weight should rest on any other part of the bath.

More details are provided in the Takara Specification Sheet.

Dimensions and Specifications:

Dimensions:
(External dimensions) 1372mm x 860mm / 54” x 33¾”
(Internal dimensions) 1272mm x 630mm (seat back) / 50” x 24¾″
(Internal seat depth) 488mm / 19¼″
(Internal footwell depth) 715mm / 28¼″

Full internal and external dimensions are shown on the Takara Specification Sheet.

Step: If not sunken, the Takara should have a step for easy entry or exit. The step can be fixed or removable when not in use.

Material: FICORE®

Download the Takara deep soaking tub technical data sheet (PDF.)

Panels:

The Takara deep soaking tub may be built into a raised deck or sunk into a floor. Otherwise, it should be fitted with a side panel. Customers can choose their own custom-built panels, which can be made of wood, tile or stone etc. However, for an extra charge, we can produce a bespoke panel. It will be supplied separately, for on-site installation.

We make panels to cover anything from one to four sides, depending on the intended installation:

  • One side: when fitting into a niche/alcove
  • Two sides: when the Takara is to be used as a corner soaker bath
  • Three sides: for installation against one wall
  • Four sides: when the Takara is to be used free standing soaker tub

More information and illustrations about panel choices, and details of what and how to order, can be found on our main Deep Soaking Tubs page.

Colour choice:

The use of FICORE® means we can produce the Takara in literally any colour, or in any combination of colours. We can also produce a non-standard matt finish, or we can prime it in readiness for a specialist paint finish.

For more details on colour options, please see our Bath Options page.

The Takara as a Hydrotherapy bath:

 The Takara deep soaking tub is compatible with our Hydrotherapy systems.

At Cabuchon, we believe that deep soaking baths and Hydrotherapy systems are perfect for one another.

The Takara deep soaking tub was designed with Hydrotherapy in mind.  It has steeply angled side walls that are set close to the body. (This is important: the further away the jets are from the body, the less effective Hydrotherapy tends to be.) A close setting enables efficient heat-transfer and an effective hydro-massage action. It also means that the jets can be positioned and swivelled for maximum accuracy.

The Takara’s in-built seat is also well suited for Hydrotherapy. It promotes a semi-reclined, seated position that puts no strain on the neck or shoulders. This, together with the supportive effect of the deep water, the armrests and footrests, all help to alleviate tension. The bather’s muscles remain relaxed and more receptive the Hydrotherapy treatment.

Please see our Hydrotherapy section for more details.

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