Recently we researched the buying habits of our customers, here at UK Bathrooms. We noticed the trend when buying a new bathroom suite was that many people opted for shower enclosures rather than bath tubs. In the past 12 months we have seen a 54% decrease in bath orders whilst at the same time a 72% increase in shower enclosures. More information on our study can be found here at; Death of the British Bath.
Small bathroom with shower over bath
As we are living increasingly busy lives, the opportunity to relax and have a nice hot bath have disappeared. Instead we look to clean ourselves as quickly and as easily as possible. This coupled with the fact that people are constantly short of space in their houses, especially new builds, it makes sense to fit a space saving shower cubical rather than a bath. This means not only do you clean quicker it’s you also have more space.
Small bathroom with a space saving shower enclosure
Many people who bought a shower enclosure or walk in showers from us said that they chose this option over buying a new bath with a shower over because of the space saved and the time saved showering. However this was something they only considered when re-modelling their bathroom. With many happy to stick with a shower over a bath until they could afford to make changes.
Wet room bathroom also works in small spaces
Shower cubicles, shower enclosures, walk in showers and wet rooms are available at UK Bathrooms. Each can fit small and unique spaces, coming in a range of sizes and styles so there is something to suit yours and your family’s needs and the space you have. We also specialise in en-suite bathrooms, where many people choose to fit a shower instead of a bath due to size constraints of these added rooms. We also have a wonderful range of baths, if you still like the option of taking a bath.
Dec 09 201316:44 pm
Converting a bathroom to suit the needs of someone with a disability is not an easy task however when the situation arises you shouldn’t be put off and only make minimal changes, there are a number of great options now available to make bathroom access much easier, safer and allowing for continued independence.
The bathroom can be a very dangerous environment for those with disability one of the most common bathroom accidents is a slip or a fall. You need to ensure the safety of all those who use your bathroom in your own home.
UK Bathrooms stocks a range of bathroom products which are specifically designed for people with disabilities to make going to the toilet, bathing and washing your hands manageable allowing independence and reducing accidents. Variable height toilets, easy access baths, shower and washrooms, low access wash basins and accessories including grab rails and anti-slip products. We can also help you design the bathroom to fit around disabilities, making access easy with wide access showers, movement inside the bathroom better by making sure there is enough space and placement of support rails to ensure as much independence as possible.
The products in our Disabled and Less Able Range are of the highest quality and from well-known companies such as Armitage Shanks and Phoenix. With products designed to make life easier and more manageable for those living with disability.
Fitting a disabled bathroom also does not mean you should put up with a bleak and boring design. There are a number of stylish options available so that your bathroom is not only functional for someone with disabilities and safe but also stylish. Wet rooms are popular and stylish option which gives you the space needed stopping your bathroom looking cramped. Opt for interesting tiles to create a stylised look whilst fitting the essentials needed for safety.
Dec 07 201314:15 pm
With Christmas on its way our UK Bathroom elves are busy working away to ensure your orders get to you in time for Christmas.
UK Bathrooms will be closed between on 20th December at 12 o’clock and 9am, January 2nd 2014. However our website will be available for you to check out our fantastic range.
If you have any queries regarding Christmas delivery please don’t hesitate to contact us and have a wonderful Christmas!
Dec 04 201317:37 pm
So after a month of growth for Movember we can see what the guys have accomplished. There are no bushy beards and no one managed to achieve a Salvador Dali tash however it wasn’t a bad effort from all.
The winner with the best tash is David Laugher the general consensus in the office is that he’s got the best ‘tash and looks like a movie villain!
Everyone put in a sterling effort and we raised a lot of awareness which is the main aim. And we also want to give a special mention to Declan, who at least tried….. Better luck next year Dec!
Nov 29 201313:03 pm
One of the most luxurious things you can add to your home is your own en suite bathroom. Unfortunately, many homes don’t have a lot of room where they can build one, but even a wardrobe sized space can fit a tiny en suite, and there are plenty of ways to make it feel a little bit bigger than it really is.
If you want your en suite to look modern and uncluttered, you need to be careful what you choose to put in there. Try to keep the number of bottles and towels low or store what you need in the bedroom. If you really need some storage in the en suite itself, have open shelves so you’re not calculating how much room you can spare for doors and drawers.
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to improve a small room. If there’s no window, it’s particularly important to design your lighting strategically. Halogen spot lights will brighten the room within invading the space, and using mirror or mirrored surfaces to bounce the light will work wonders.
Choosing the right tiling too will make a huge difference to how your little en suite looks – the lighter the colour of the tiles, the better. Anything reflective or lightly coloured will make the space seem much larger. The size of the tiles is also important – very large ones can give the illusion of a more open room, and very small ones, such as mosaic tiling will have the same effect. Too much repetition on medium sized tiles will shrink the room though.
You should always remember to measure your shower, storage cupboard and toilet fixtures before installing them in a small bathroom and figure out the layout first. They might appear to fit but block your access to the door or shower if not laid out properly.
Nov 27 201314:10 pm
During the Best of British Month, we have championed a few great British brands, today we are looking at kudos. These shower products including enclosures and glass panels are made in the heart of the beautiful Lake District. Kudos have been designing and manufacturing high quality showers for over 10 years and are one of only a few who are committed to manufacturing here in the UK. If you’re looking for a strong and durable British made product which is high quality and affordable, and which also comes with a life time guarantee then for new bathroom shower enclosures Kudos is the ideal choice.
You can choose from a range of bath screens which can be fitted to suit your needs, whether single panel, multi-panel, l shaped shower bath screens or over bath shower panel. The glasses is toughened for extra safety, and comes in different thicknesses to allow you the best protection. The Inspire collection mixes style and performance, with engineered panels which are suitable for everyday use with high performance showers. And which are also stylish and chic, with a minimalist design which would work in any bathroom.
The Original Collection, doors and enclosures from Kudos, have been designed to a high standard, with great engineering, design and great value for money. The range of designs available means that you can find a shower enclosure to fit your space, whether you’re completely re-modelling your bathroom or creating a small en-suite bathroom. The collection includes:
• Nylok™ frame levelling system
• Concealed wall post fixings
• Adjustment for out-of-true walls
• Highly polished metal finish
• Suitable for use with power showers*
• Toughened safety glass with Lifeshield™ protection
• KUDOS Sliding doors feature stainless steel roller bearings for ultra-smooth action
• KUDOS Pivot Doors feature Nylok™ and stainless steel hinge mechanism with individual adjustment for precise door closure
• Lifetime Guarantee†
The Infinite collection of the doors and enclosures, feature the great designs and minimalist aesthetics which Kudos champion which makes them “one of the most technically advanced showering enclosure systems available today.” The main features of this wonderful collection include:
• Crystal clear, glass to glass seals
• Chrome effect wall sections
• Chrome plated, cast metal corner joints
• Unique three dimensional adjustment system
• Concealed fixings
• Suitable for use with power showers*
• Toughened safety glass with Lifeshield™ protection
• Lifetime Guarantee†
• KUDOS Hinged feature unique self-closing hinge mechanism
Design is key for Kudos, a lot of thought goes into the collections to provide customers with the perfect shower design to fit in around busy lifestyles as well as look good. The ULTIMATE collection allows you to create a spacious luxury showering area with walk in door-less enclosures. One of the highlights is the ULTIMATE2 Shower Panel which are highly versatile to create the shower area for your needs. With a beautiful minimal design which provides you with protection, but also looks no clutter and takes design to another level.
To create your dream bathroom, using high quality products, manufactured in the UK, take a look at the range offered by UK Bathrooms.
Nov 25 201313:53 pm
Not long until the end of Movember and already we can sort the men from the boys! With the moustache growth for November. For the photo op this week, we included Declan (not that there’s much need, doesn’t look much different) and then David, was a bit shy at showing off his growth preferring to hide it behind his festive reindeer scarf!
However we did get a small shot san’s scarf and well not much growth here, perhaps its better kept behind that nice scarf!
Hopefully some of the guys get a bit of a growth spurt next week!
Nov 22 201316:46 pm
For most of us having access to a safe, sanitary and private toilet is a way of life, but did you know that an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide do not have this luxury.
World Toilet Day is a UN recognised event and was set up to raise awareness of the daily struggle that one in three people in the world suffer with poor sanitation and to do something about it. Since its creation in 2001, World Toilet Day has become an important platform to raise global awareness of the problem and demand action from governments around the world.
There is a strong link between good sanitation and a better standard of life. The economic growth in Europe and North America wouldn’t have been possible without improved sanitary conditions, as this helped to produce a healthier population and thus increased labour productivity.
It may seem silly, but toilets really are a symbol of better health, a higher income, more education and a cleaner living environment. World Toilet Day aims to break the taboo of toilet talk and to bring to the forefront not only the health and emotional consequences of poor sanitation, but the economic impact too.
So, let’s work together to ensure that this basic human right becomes a reality for all.
Get involved now by visiting the World Toilet Day website.
Nov 19 201311:41 am
As part of our Best of British month, we will be focusing on the British Brands we sell here at UK Bathrooms and the ones we champion. If you’re looking for a new shower enclosure which are innovative and strong and durable, then British brand Aqata is an excellent choice. With a factory in Leicestershire this family owned company, prides themselves with the range and options available and quality of service which they have been providing for over 25 years.
UK Bathrooms have visited the Aqata factory and have seen first-hand the work that goes into producing the bespoke shower enclosures that they offer. This includes designs etched into the frosted glass tailored on what the client wants. There are modern and classical designs available including designs created by customers themselves. The glass etchings can be produced on flat panels with some options available for curved enclosures. Ideal if you want to add a personal touch to your own bathroom or are looking at a design to fit a corporate logo in places such as hotels, spa’s and gyms.
The frames for the enclosures also come in a range of colours which work with any bathroom. These including gold frames, which are a hard colour to find for many people if you wish to match it to your other fixtures and fittings. You can also add the award winning ClearShield ‘Non-Stick’ glass which keeps your bathroom looking clean and clear even with daily use.
The service offered by Aqata, allow you to create the shower room tailored to your specific needs, from simple walking corner showers to elaborate wet rooms. The bespoke options available means you can have extra height panels for your enclosure, angled panels to fit slanted roofs and shorter panels to fit awkward areas. Whatever your needs, UK Bathrooms and Aqata can build the shower room which is manufactured in the UK, by experienced craftsmen and fitted with the utmost care and attention, ensuring a quality finish.
Nov 18 201316:47 pm