UK Bathrooms Archive

Villeroy & Boch Subway features in our Summer Sale

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ukBathrooms.com is set to save you a fortune on your new bathroom this summer, with our biggest ever Summer Sale now is the best time to shop for your new branded bathroom!

With the latest designs from leading bathroom manufacturers you can spec-out your new bathroom to the highest standard, with quality fittings from trusted and respected market leaders such as Hansgrohe, Roca, Crosswater and many more.

A Villeroy and Boch logo on your ceramicware ensures lasting quality and performance: Villeroy and Boch are one of the most revered, trusted, leading bathroom industry brands and are currently featured in our Summer Sale; there hasn’t been a better time to buy V&B from ukBathrooms! Pronounced “Villeroy” and “Bock” (not Bosch) the German brand is known for its clean European style.

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One of Villeroy and Boch’s most popular ranges is: Subway. These timeless, uncluttered designs exude the true beauty of pure form and function lead design, they are usually Architects and Designers range of choice. The scale of choice on offer means you can fully customise your product selection, creating a bespoke bathroom unique to your family and your home.

Colour OptionsFor example the Subway furniture comes in a variety of colour options and sizes, you also have the choice of a single or a double “his and hers” style vanity unit. Even the handles can be customised, contact our sales team for advice on handle selection. You have a choice of: White, Glossy White, Glossy Walnut and Macassar. Matching tall units are available for those bathroom must haves, decluttering your space and enhancing the envisioned design aesthetic of your new bathroom.

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The Subway wall hung toilet is a hugely popular design, with its most appealing feature being completely smooth lines, no gaps or cut out spaces around the sides, just clean shapes and a smooth form. This single piece form helps you create a clutter free aesthetic as well as having the excellent advantage of being easier to clean, and keep clean, no more horrible dust and dirt collecting in recesses around the toilet base!

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A matching Subway Bath from this range will enhance any bathroom space and compliment other items from the design line. Match with free standing or wall mounted brassware to achieve a contemporary high end look that would be at home in a luxury hotel suite, or your new bathing sanctuary!

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Subway furniture vanity units are versatile, practical and simply stunning. Available in a choice of finishes lots of different looks looks can be achieved, pleasing even the most discerning of us! From light and bright whites, to deep rich and warm wood finishes, you can mix and match this range across your entire families bathrooms, kitting out your whole home with high quality products that can meet the tough demands of family life and the breadth of different design tastes we all have.

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Browse the range on the link below, most subway items are in UK stock and can be delivered in 3 to 5 working days, custom furniture can take longer as it is ‘hand made to order’ in their German factory, but the wait is well worth it when your hand-built custom bathroom order arrives, and is fitted and finished in all its splendour!

Just contact our sales team to check lead times and pricing: 01765 694 720.

The Subway range on ukBathrooms.com

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Londoners spend most time in the bathroom every day

Our latest study shows just how much time the average Brit spends in the bathroom each day, and the results will astound you. On average, Londoners spend the most time in the bathroom, a staggering 3 hours and 12 minutes each day.

A total of 2,231 UK residents over the age of 18 were quizzed about how they entertained themselves whilst in the bathroom every day. Participants were asked, ‘How do you keep yourself entertained within the bathroom?’ 59% said that they kept themselves entertained by using their mobile phone when in the bathroom.

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There respondents were additionally asked how they used their mobile phones, to which 76% admitted to talking to friend and family while in the bathroom, 37% played games on their mobile, 31% surfed the internet and 20% texted friends.

All of the participants were then asked to state roughly how long they spent in the bathroom each day, this included going to the toilet, taking a bath/shower and doing their hair and makeup; the results are shown below:

  1. London (3 hours, 12 minutes)
  2. Scotland (3 hours, 5 minutes)
  3. South West (3 hours, 1 minute)
  4. West Midlands (2 hours, 42 minutes)
  5. Wales (2 hours, 40 minutes)
  6. South East (2 hours, 33 minutes)
  7. North West (2 hours, 30 minutes)
  8. Northern Ireland (2 hours, 17 minutes)
  9. Yorkshire and Humber (1 hour, 59 minutes)
  10. East Midlands (1 hour, 48 minutes)
  11. East of England (1 hour, 36 minutes)
  12. North East (1 hour and 11 minutes)

According to our data, 38% of participants admitted to spending at least half their time in the bathroom on their mobile phone, with 31% claiming that they regularly waste time in the bathroom.

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Our director Peter Gregg talked about the survey saying:

“It seems the days of reading a newspaper, magazine or book are long gone! These activities didn’t make it in to the popular list of things to do when keeping yourself entertained in the bathroom. We are truly living in the digital age, even when it comes to our bathroom habits! It’s all good and well to keep yourself occupied whilst sat on the toilet or relaxing in the bath, but it can be a huge waste of the day – particularly when so many Britons admit that over half of their time in the bathroom is spent on their phones. Perhaps the fact that many respondents confessed to stalling to purposely waste time there suggests that we need to slow down our pace of life a little, so we aren’t in such need of an escape!”

Creating a relaxing spa bathroom experience at home

Today at UKBathrooms we’ve been thinking about creating a relaxing spa experience in the home and have put together a great looking mood board to help you create your very own.

Creating a spa experience in your own home is all about pampering yourself with a range of luxury products to provide the most relaxing space possible. We have also added a list of all of the products used in our mood board so you can try them for yourself.

Happy relaxing 🙂

Click on the picture for a larger view.

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Products featured in our Spa Bathroom mood board are:

The majority of Brits only get 45 minutes of time to themselves each day

In a bid to continue our research into the habits of the British family, our team of researchers has found that most Brits are so busy that they get very little time to themselves a day. In fact, many of those that participated in our study claimed that they struggle to find more than 45 minutes a day relaxing and spending time doing what they wanted to.

Our research found that people are now busier than ever. Juggling work and family lives takes up the majority of their time, and as a result they often neglect themselves. The study asked 2,351 UK residents, “How much time do you have to yourself a day?” The majority of respondents stated that they only had 45 minutes a day to themselves, falling to just 30 minutes a day for those aged between 45 and 55.

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Participants aged between 18 and 24, and those over 65 tended to have the most relaxing lifestyles, stating that they had over 2 hours of relaxing ‘me time’ a day.

With the majority of respondents not able to find a lot of time for themselves, our researchers wanted to find out why. They asked the participants with the shortest amount of free time, “What is your biggest distraction which stops you from having time to yourself?” Respondents were asked to choose from a list of options, here are the results:

  • Family and friends – 37%
  • Work – 29%
  • Technology – 21%
  • Pets – 13%

Our researchers asked all of the participants, “What is your favourite way to relax?” and asked people to choose from a list of options, the top five answers are listed below:

  • Take a bath – 31%
  • Listen to music – 27%
  • Read a book – 23%
  • Have an alcoholic drink – 11%
  • Meditate – 8%

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Our very own Peter Gregg commented on our latest study saying, “We are all aware of the responsibilities of modern life and how time can easily escape us, however time is precious and it is important that people are able to take time for themselves. We are not surprised that people take a bath to relax after all, our previous research shows that the bathroom is where a lot of people choose to go to get some peace and quiet away from family.”

He added:

“Taking time for yourself can offer you a number of benefits, allowing you to fully relax and your body to recover. There are many distractions in life, sometimes it can be hard to say no to family and work; however unplugging from technology is much easier to do than people think and can have many proven health benefits. “

83% of British parents admit hiding in bolthole rooms to get some peace and quiet

Our researchers have been busy continuing with our look into the habits of the British family, and have found that a staggering 83% of parents admit to escaping to bolthole rooms to get some peace and quiet, with the bathroom being the most popular hiding place. The study also found that the kitchen is the respondent’s favourite place to relax.

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Our researchers asked a total of 2,041 stay-at-home parents in the UK; all of whom rented or owned their own home and had at least one child living in the household. Participants were first asked if they had a ‘bolthole’ room where they could escape to for a few minutes of quiet time during the day. 83% of those polled admitted that they did and when asked which room they escaped to 79% stated that it was the bathroom.

Participants were then asked, “What’s your favourite room to relax in your house?” 34% chose the kitchen as their favourite place to relax in the home, with 27% saying the bedroom was their go to room and 24% stating that the bathroom was their quantum of solitude.

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57% of those who chose the kitchen as their favourite place to relax stated it was because the kitchen was the ideal room for entertaining. Similarly, 45% of those who chose the bedroom said that they did because it signals wind-down time for the day, and 68% of those who chose the bathroom said that it was the only room of the house where they could get total peace and quiet.

Our director, Peter Gregg commented on the study, saying:

“We’re a little shocked that so many parents have admitted to hiding in the bathroom for a moment just to get some peace and quiet, whether it’s from their children, their partners or even their neighbours. It’s hard being a parent and you are never off-duty, so I expect many of us can relate to that feeling when you can need a moment to yourself!”

People in the South East are most Bathroom Proud in the UK

As our study into the bathroom habits of the British continues, this month we looked into which rooms were most likely to be cleaned before having guests. From the results we can state that residents living in the South East were most likely to be bathroom proud than any other region.

Are research also found that the average Briton spend approximately £300 per year keeping their homes clean. We asked 3,248 UK residents ‘People are coming over – what room in the house are you most likely to ensure is clean and tidy?’ to which participants could choose from a list of answers.

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The results were broken down by region and revealed that residents living in the South East were the most bathroom proud, while residents in Scotland were more likely to clean the lounge when having guests. A full list of the results are below:

  • South East – Bathroom (63% of respondents in this region selected this room)
  • Scotland – Lounge (56%)
  • London – Kitchen (55%)
  • Yorkshire & Humberside – Hallways (54%)
  • East of England – Bathroom (53%)
  • North West – Bathroom (51%)
  • West Midlands – Lounge (49%)
  • South West – Kitchen (48%)
  • Northern Ireland – Bathroom (44%)
  • East Midlands – Bedroom (41%)
  • Wales – Kitchen (41%)

Participants were also asked to indicate which room in their home they cleaned the most. 38% of respondents stated that they cleaned their bathrooms the most, while 24% admitted that their kitchen was the most cleaned room in their home. 19% of respondents cleaned their bedrooms more than any other room.

Those who stated that they cleaned their bathroom more than any other room were asked to reveal why. 49% said that they cleaned their bathroom regularly as the felt visitors would judge them on the cleanliness of the bathroom. 36% of participants said that the bathroom got dirty a lot quicker than other rooms in the house.

All of the respondents were asked how much they spent on cleaning products for their home every month; the average spend came to £24.50, equating to £294 every year.

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Our very own Peter Gregg had this to say about the study:

“Our research has discovered that those living in the South East of the UK are the most bathroom proud, with more respondents in this area taking pride over their bathroom than any other room in the house. It’s important to leave your bathroom in a clean and tidy state, because you never know who might pop by and nip to the loo!”

Brits spend over £1,000 colour co-ordinating their homes every year

Our researchers have been busy finding out how us Brits spend money on our houses and have found that the average Briton spends £1,143 on colour co-ordinating their home each year. The survey also found that the bathroom is the most colour co-ordinated room in the British household.

According to the data, Brits are breaking the bank when it comes to colour co-ordinating their homes, spending over £1,000 per year to make sure that their rooms have a common theme. The survey asked 1,648 UK residents who owned their own homes “Do you feel that it is important to have a colour co-ordinated home?” 68% of those polled said that they thought colour co-ordination was important, while the remaining 32% did not think it was important or were unsure.

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Those respondents who said that colour co-ordination was important were asked why they felt this way. 53% said that colour co-ordinated rooms made the décor seem more impressive, while 34% said that it made the rooms look bigger and 13% said that it made the rooms look brighter.

These respondents were then asked to select all of the rooms that they were likely to spend money on colour co-ordinating, below are the top five rooms that Britons invest in the most:

  1. Bathroom (38%)
  2. Lounge (33%)
  3. Bedroom (26%)
  4. Kitchen (21%)
  5. Dining Room (9%)

Participants who chose the bathroom as the room in which they would invest in the most were asked to name the items they would most likely buy to colour co-ordinated the room. Towels were the most common item with 42% of the vote, while 36% said that decorative details were their number one purchase. 14% of participants said that they were most likely to colour co-ordinate their floors and/or rugs.

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Finally, the participants were asked, on average, how much they spent on colour co-ordinating their homes each year. Our researchers compiled all of the data to reveal an average annual spend of £1,143 per home.

Our director Peter Gregg had this to say about the research:

“The bathroom is an important room in the house, so it’s no shock that Britons are looking to colour co-ordinate this room. It’s also easy to throw down some new bath mats and hang up some new towels to brighten up a tired environment, so it doesn’t have to take extensive planning or lots of money in the bank. I am shocked that Britons are spending so much each year just to colour co-ordinate their homes! It is, of course, important to make your home nice so that you can enjoy it and relax in it, but this is a lot of money.”

Bathrooms through the ages part 9 – The Future

We have come to the end of our look at bathrooms through the ages, and for the last part we look into the future and imagine what bathrooms will be like in generations to come. Technology is constantly evolving, and now we are starting to see technology integrated into everyday bathrooms from water saving toilets to waterproof media systems, but what does the future hold?

We imagine a time where humans don’t just occupy earth, but also other planets too, as space travel becomes a reality. These new planets will mean a whole new way of living, including how we dress, eat and of course bathe ourselves.

Here are some of our thoughts on how we might live in the future. We imagine clothes in the future will be very different to the way that they are now, with compression suits becoming the norm. Not only will these suits protect against the atmosphere, they will also monitor all of the body’s systems including heart rate, digestive requirements and overall health. These suits can diagnose any problems within the body and relay that information to doctors and health professionals, just don’t ask us where the zips are!

Bathing will also be very different in the future. Gone are the days of spending hours cleaning and grooming, as technological advances now mean that machines do all of the hard work for you. The user simply stands in the middle of the bathroom and lets the robots clean, shave and pamper them to their heart’s content.

Applying cosmetics will no doubt evolve in the future too. We imagine a mask type gadget that can be programmed with an array of different looks. The user would then place this mask on their face and the clever gadget will create the look they are after in a fraction of the time (men all over the universe rejoice!).

As for holidays, space travel means that there are an ever growing array of weird and wonderful sights and sounds to experience. How about visiting the Rings of Saturn or watching a meteor shower on Mars? There truly is no limit to what can be achieved in the future.

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Bathrooms through the ages part 8 – Modern Times

We’ve made it to present day with our bathrooms through the ages cartoon and the principle of the bathroom hasn’t really changed since Victorian times. In the majority of bathrooms there is still a bath, toilet and a basin which all work in a similar way to their Victorian counterparts.

Nowadays, every house in the UK has a bathroom, even those that weren’t originally built with a bathroom now have a room dedicated to going to bathing. This created a boom in the sector, spawning hundreds of bathroom manufactures from the 1900’s onwards, some of which are still trading today.

Modern bathrooms have changed throughout the decades with heavy cast iron baths being replaced by cheaper and lighter resins, acrylic and fiberglass. This revolution lead to many different colours of bathroom suites to suit individual tastes and peeked people’s interest for the latest in bathroom design.

From the 1950’s right through to the 1980’s coloured bathroom suites were the norm; pastel colours such as pink, blue and green were all the rage and the shower was also becoming a popular way of saving time in the bathroom.

During the 1990’s and early 2000’s people’s tastes changed again, this time going back to standard white bathroom suites, with accents provided by coloured walls, tiles and mood lighting. Showers now became the norm, with many households getting rid of the bath completely, opting instead for a shower enclosure.

However, over the last decade people have moved back to older designs with Victorian bathroom suites becoming a popular fixture in the home again. Modern comforts have also become popular such as walk-in steam showers and eco-friendly toilets, and as technology advances we can expect to see a whole new sector of ergonomic and technologically advanced designs including interactive screens and water saving features.

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Bathrooms through the ages part 7 – The Victorian Era

In part 7 of our look into Bathrooms through the ages, we are looking at the Victorian era and their bathroom habits. Most houses built during the Victorian era featured non-flushing toilets or ‘privies’ often located at the end of the garden or street.

The Victorians developed and built a network of sewer systems to improve hygiene in major cities, and although early wall mounted water cisterns improved things, early waste pipes allowed the smelly sewer gas into the house and the idea never caught on.

It wasn’t until 1891, when Thomas Crapper patented a new valve and siphon system which eliminated smells coming from the sewers that well-to-do Victorian houses started to have inside water closets fitted. Toilet paper had been on sale in the US since 1857, but for the majority of people it was expensive and regarded as a luxury. Many families during the Victorian era and into the early 20th Century used torn up pieces of newspaper instead.

Up until the late 19th Century, the bath was made of copper or tin and was portable meaning that there was no plumbing attached to it; the bath was often used in the kitchen or the bedroom. The poor would collect water from the local water pump and heat it on the fire, while the wealthy would have a purpose built gas water heaters that the servants would use to fill the bath up with.

Once indoor plumbing and gas water heaters became more accessible to the middle classes there became a need for a dedicated space in the house for the bath as it was no longer portable, leading to the first bathrooms to be built. By the end of the Victorian era, bathrooms became a standard feature in most newly built houses.

Make-up on women was largely frowned upon during the Victorian era, with many believing that women that wore make-up were prostitutes, so limited use of cosmetics was the rule for most women.

Women often used pastes to smooth their complexions and to make their skin paler, a sign that they did not work in the fields. Cosmetic products would have been purchased from the local pharmacist, from doctors, or if you were wealthy imported from abroad.

Victorian women often used arsenic to improve their complexion too. This was mixed with vinegar and chalk; it was often eaten or rubbed on the face and arms to improve the skin.

Thomas Edison invented the first commercially viable incandescent lightbulb and was first publically demonstrated on December 31st 1879 in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Many of the incandescent electric lamps that had been invented before were impractical and suffered from short lifespans, were expensive to produce and drew a high electric current.

During the first public demonstration of his incandescent lightbulb Edison famously said, “We will make electricity so cheap that only the rich will burn candles.”

Part 7 The Victorian Era