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Guide to configuring your shower space

Creating The Perfect Contemporary Shower Space

If you’re looking to create the perfect shower space then consider Crosswaters 10mm options available from UK Bathrooms.

Crosswater have introduced their Gallery 10 and Optix 10 showering solutions so that you and your family can enjoy the ultimate shower experience. Both ranges are made from the highest quality materials and using toughened 10mm glass.

Configuring your shower room can seem a little daunting, with a wide choice available across both Optix 10 and Gallery 10

This guide will help you to make the right choices so that you end up with the perfect showering space.

Gallery 10 allows you to create a luxury walk-in shower whilst Optix 10 offer a range of shower enclosures. If you have chosen a walk-in shower space then Gallery 10 is the range for you.

Gallery 10 – Walk-in Shower Space

First of all, you need to decide the location for your shower space. This could be a corner or recess space, or it could be on a straight open wall. Measure the space you have chosen and select the correctly sized glass panel to fit. We recommend that you allow a minimum of 500 mm entry space.  The Gallery 10 collection offers glass panels to suit all shapes, sizes and spaces giving you a huge amount of flexibility with your shower design.

Additional Stabilising Fixings

Once you have selected your glass panel you may need to consider the option of stabilising fixings, these will depend on your chosen configuration but may include:

  • Glass to glass seal – this will allow you to join two glass panels together
  • Wall profile – this will support a glass panel up to 500mm without a bracing bar
  • Glass to wall bracing bar – this connects your glass panel to the wall and can support panels up to 1400mm
  • Glass to ceiling bracing bar – this connects your glass panel to the ceiling and can support panels up to 1000mm
  • T bracing bar – this is a ‘T’ shaped bar which will connect two glass panels up to 1000mm to a wall

Optional Deflectors

You can then decide whether you need to reduce splash by adding optional deflectors. Any overspray will be minimised by adding fixed or hinged deflector panels.  A hinged deflector shower panel works on 180-degree hinges, great for shower access. While fixed deflector panels remain in a permanent position.

A Gallery 10 walk in shower configuration will be based on your choice of shower base. Gallery 10 walk ins can be set up with the use of a shower tray or the panels can be installed on a tiled bathroom floor – again allowing you a great deal of design flexibility.

Choice of Colour Finish

The Gallery 10 collection is available in a choice of 4 fabulous finishes – Brushed Brass, Polished Stainless Steel, Matt black or Brushed Stainless Steel – choose one of these to match with your bathroom colour scheme. The Matt Black finish looks stunning in a monochrome design and the Brushed Brass works perfectly with the on-trend green and pale pink hues.

Whichever you choose don’t forget you can complete your look with colour-matching MPRO shower brassware, including shower heads, flexible handsets, shower valves and bathroom accessories.

Optix 10 Shower Enclosures

If you opt for Optix 10 luxury shower enclosures then once you’ve decided on your shower location, you’ll need to measure the space so that you can then work out what is the most suitable enclosure or your contemporary bathroom. Consider who will be using the shower and what kind of shower experience you would like to create.

Choose Shower Door Type

You can then choose one of four door types from Crosswaters Optix 10 collection:

  • A single sliding door
  • A pivot door
  • A single bath screen with inline panel
  • A pivot with inline panel

A single sliding door is great if you need a space saving efficient solution. Whereas the single bath screen is good if you are looking for a combined bath shower function.  If you’ve planned a larger shower space then opt for the pivot door with an inline panel. Pivot doors a re a great choice as they feature watertight magnetic door seals for seamless integration and a hassle-free showering experience.

Shower Tray Or Tiled Floor Installation

An Optix 10 shower enclosure also allows you to either install a shower tray or install directly onto a tiled floor. And you can enjoy further design flexibility in the three colour finishes available Brushed Brass, Brushed Stainless Steel and Polished Stainless Steel.

Creating a luxury contemporary shower space is easier than it’s ever been with Crosswaters Gallery 10 and Optix 10 showering spaces.

 

 

 

How to choose the best radiator for your home

Choosing the best radiator can be somewhat daunting for many of us. UK Bathrooms have put together this little buying guide to help you decide which radiator you need.

We all like to be warm and cosy in our homes, no matter which room or space we spend time in – and one thing that we need to get right is the heating. Room temperature settings are very much a personal choice – according to the World Health Organisation 18 degrees is the comfortable setting for healthy adults! A little cool perhaps for some!

This simple guide looks at the best brands, designs, colours, functions, styles etc so that you can easily find the best radiator for any of the rooms in your home, whatever their size and shape!

There is a plethora of radiators available which as I say can be somewhat daunting but the good news is this massive choice means if you get it right you’ll end up with the best radiator for your home. Consider best type of fuel, location for your new radiator, heat output required for the space, finish and style.

 

 

 

One of the first questions you should ask is where is the radiator going, which room and where inside the room.

Best radiator for your living room

Your living room/lounge is the room where you most want to be warm, cosy and be able to relax and feel comfortable. It may well be one of the rooms where you need a radiator to fit in with your décor and style more. As your living room is usually one of the larger rooms in your house you’ll need to consider BTU Rating of suitable radiators, 5000 or higher being the most favoured. When narrowing down the choice think about your style, traditional or contemporary? Traditional column radiators look amazing in a more traditional setting and vertical flat panels look great in a contemporary styled room. Check out the Zehnder Charleston Horizontal Column Radiator for that more traditional look or the Apollo Milano Horizontal Flat Panel Radiator for a more contemporary style.

Best radiator for your bedroom

A small – medium sized bedroom will need a radiator with a BTU rating of 1000-3000, larger bedrooms will need more. Radiator designs can be matched to your style easily. Opt for a designer radiator from leading brand Bisque. Arteplano is a real eye-catcher and a work of art. Available in a copper or brass finish this ultra-modern minimalist wall hung radiator is available in 3 sizes with a BTU of up to 3548.

 

Best radiator for your bathroom

Heated towel rails are by far our biggest sellers for bathroom heating.  And again there is a great choice of these available on our website. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to not check the heat output of their towel radiator. Believing this will be good enough to heat the room. Check your BTU rating to make sure the heat output is sufficient. Or include underfloor heating in your bathroom makeover and so only using your heated towel warmer to do what it says on the tin!

 

What radiator fuel type should I opt for?

When you have decided where your radiator is to be located in your home and what style of radiator you want then you need to think about what is the best radiator fuel type. Central heating radiators use water heated by the central heating system. Electric radiators obviously need an electrical feed and you can also buy dual fuel radiators which use both. Especially useful in the summer months when your central heating may be switched off but still need to dry towels.

Heat output and BTU rating

Usually the bigger the radiator the higher the BTU rating. Meaning that the larger radiators give more heat output. If the BTU rating is high enough to heat the room you can be more flexible on where you actually position your new radiator. As a rule the best place would be in a central location so that heat is more evenly distributed.

What are the best radiator brands?

When it comes to radiator brands then UK Bathrooms offers the best of the best. With leading radiator brands such as Zehnder Bisque, SBH, JIS or Apollo. All are renowned names within the radiator industry. Many of the leading bathroom brands also produce great radiators that can be used in rooms other than the bathroom too. Burlington, Crosswater and Abacus included. UK Bathrooms have our own Essentials range of radiators at great prices.

Best colour for radiators

If you intend for your radiator to be part of your room design and style then the colour and finish is going to be important. Nowadays there is a vast choice in radiator colours. Some brands such as Zehnder offer a personalised colour service where you can match the colour of your radiator perfectly to your colour scheme. Popular with customers are the moment are the coloured radiators in brushed brass, gold, pink and blue finishes.


Buy the best radiator you can afford. It needs to last and to perform as well as look good!

January Specials on hansgrohe Showers and Taps

Leading bathroom brand hansgrohe

hansgrohe are one of the leading bathroom brands when it comes to showers and taps. They are renowned for excellent quality and they employ some of the best designers in the world.

Great Savings at UK Bathrooms

UK Bathrooms currently have some exciting offers on a number of hangsrohe Raindance shower products. Including the Metropol Single Lever Basin Mixer and the new, innovative DogShower.

hansgrohe Raindance Select

The hansgrohe Raindance Select S 2 jet Showerpipe set is now available at an unbelievable £819 inc vat. This represents a massive saving of £441 on RRP.  This exposed shower set includes the award winning Raindance Overhead Shower, Raindance Select hand shower, Isiflex shower hose and matching wall bar. Finished in chrome to match almost any bathroom space the product abounds with technological functions.

These include hansgrohe RainAir, featuring air injectors and WhirlAir with its massage spray for that de-stressing shower experience.

Metropol Single Lever Basin Mixer

Match the shower set with a Metropol Single Lever Basin Mixer in chrome also on special offer at just £263.25 saving £141.75 on RRP. This stunning, sleek mixer tap is a best seller. It’s easy to see why as it is made to last and looks great. Its Quickclean technology means that it can be kept in pristine condition with little effort.  Another benefit is that the mixer comes complete with push up waste and is supplied with connection hoses.

Matt Black Finish

Black in the bathroom has been a growing trend over the last few years and is a trend that is here to stay.  Also on special offer from hansgrohe is the Raindance Select S Showerpipe 240 1 Jet with PowderRain in gorgeous Matt Black at £996 inc vat. This all-in-one shower kit includes a swivel overhead shower and a triple spray handshower. Complement with a Metropol Single Lever Basin Mixer also available in Matt Black for a perfectly co-ordinated high-end bathroom finish.

hansgrohe DogShower

We were delighted to be the first retailer to supply the hansgrohe DogShower and we’re even more delighted to be able to offer it at the special price from just £68.90 inc vat. This innovative DogShower will offer your dog a unique cleaning experience, it is available in a choice of Matt White, Matt Black, Sky Blue or Pink too. Created with three different spray types and a Select button to switch easily from one type to another, the DogShower will remove shampoo easily from your pooch so preventing diseases and skin irritations.

CURVE APPEAL FOR YOUR BATHROOM

If you want to be ahead of trend then get curve appeal in your new bathroom. Curvaceous bathrooms are predicted to be the trend for 2022.

Curves are in

These days our bathrooms need to be not just functional but also a sanctuary of relaxation. A place where we can shut out the world for a little while and rest. And that’s why we agree with Pinterest’s new ‘Predicts’ that curves and soft lines are going to be big in 2022.

New bathroom collections do away with square, harsh edges and introduce a softer, gentler style that really does give your space that chilled out vibe.

 

Adopt a rounded approach

It’s not just bathroom furniture that’s going curvy. It’s everything from toilet to basin, bath to showerhead, taps to mirrors. This ‘rounded’ approach will make your bathroom feel that little bit more indulgent. A place where you can recharge your batteries, whatever time of day.

VitrA’s new Liquid by Tom Dixon

One of the most exciting collections with curve appeal is the recently launched VitrA Liquid.  Liquid is a unique collaboration between designer Tom Dixon and the leading bathroom brand and is all about expressive minimalism. It’s soft and rounded forms are generous in proportion and eradicate all sharp edges from the bathroom.

All elements of the bathroom

As well as looking good, the collection is tactile and functional and encompasses all elements of the bathroom, from ceramics to brassware, tiles to accessories.

Ceramics have been extended beyond the traditional realms of basins and sanitaryware, including a rotund stool which can be used in the shower or anywhere else in the home. 

Tom Dixon’s theme continues into the expressive showerheads and controls.  The whole collection incorporates fatter, softer lines that are more generous, long-lasting and stronger.

Not just for the home

Taps and showers are available in chrome or gloss black finish for a contrast.  The products can be combined flexibly to create a unique style and purpose and are designed for use either in the home or professional environments, including offices, hotels and restaurants.

At a time when there is more emphasis being placed on the bathroom, this unique collection is both innovative and contemporary and will certainly add curve appeal to your space.

BEAT THE NEW YEAR PRICE INCREASES

Nowadays our bathrooms are deemed to be one of the most important spaces in our homes – as an up to date, stylish room to relax and unwind in.

Bathroom budgets

When it comes to creating a new bathroom, costs can vary substantially depending on the quality of products we choose and the level of technology-driven appliances, all to suit our individual budget.

However, when planning a new bathroom its a good idea to work out a budget.  The one thing that is out of our control at this time of year is the annual price increase from the manufacturers.  Whilst this is something that is expected we very often forget to include it in our figures and the result is we either have to spend far more than we wanted, or we have to rethink the specification and maybe look for a compromise.

Live stock feeds

This year has been a difficult year for everyone, and many of our brands are struggling to meet demand.  UK Bathrooms have taken the decision to only advertise products on our website that we know we can deliver. We’re on live stock feeds for the majority of our bathroom brands now which means we can pass on as accurate lead times as possible to our customers. We’re already receiving notifications from suppliers of their intended price increases from January 2022 so we’re basically urging customers to buy now and beat the price increases.

On average price increases from January 2022 are from 3% all the way up to 8.5% from some of the leading names in bathrooms, including Villeroy & Boch, hansgrohe, Grohe, Geberit, Ideal Standard and VitrA.

Right time to buy

Now is definitely the right time to buy. A new bathroom of £8000 may cost up to an extra £680 based on the price increases we’ve been notified of to date. We’re still awaiting confirmation from brands such as Crosswater, whose products prove very popular with our customers. Their recently launched Artist range is sublime, on trend and stunning – the collection includes the gorgeous Circus Countertop Basin, which is available in a Brushed Brass finish. At £665.00 this basin is a real state of the art piece so definitely one to order now and beat those January prices!”

Best lead times in the bathroom industry

Our lead times are the best in the industry! Being honest about product availability is key….

 

Challenges past and new

The last 12 months have been challenging for everyone and the team here at UK Bathrooms have faced each new challenge with one aim. To ensure we offer the best possible service we can to our customers.

We’ve dealt with many issues from driver shortages, lack of skilled installers and an industry wide stock shortage. Impacted by the global health crisis and Brexit we are facing yet further slowdowns in our supply chain from some of our brands.  This is a challenge for the entire industry and may be long-term, we certainly don’t believe there is a quick fix.

We are ‘approved retailers’ for the brands that we sell on our website, as such our lead times are the best in the industry. We’re confident that we can supply customers quicker, or as quick as any other retailer. But we do get somewhat ‘frustrated’ at retailers who are still taking sales from customers for products that simply are not available for their stated delivery time.  We believe this is wholly unfair and we’re flagging up all those responsible to the brands involved – asking them to step in and protect the consumer and their brand.

Integrated stock feeds

We have integrated our stock feeds into our website from our suppliers so that we can give you the most accurate delivery times possible.  We do not think it is fair to our customers to sell these products with a false lead time, unlike other online suppliers who continue to do so.

So basically what does this mean for you?

What you see on our site as far as delivery lead times is as accurate as it can be – provided by live feeds from suppliers.  If a product is shown as ‘Out of Stock’ – then that means it is not available, and we’ll do our best to recommend an alternative for you.

We know how much time it takes for you to choose your new bathroom and how important it is to create your dream space.  We know you will be disappointed if you can’t get the basin or tap that you’ve set your heart on – however we have the largest selection of luxury bathroom brands and literally thousands of products, so we’re pretty sure we can offer you a great alternative – if you’re struggling and need advice email our sales team – [email protected] their product knowledge is vast and they’ll be able to help.

Shower trays in stock for quick delivery

Having just bought a shower tray myself I was delighted to find a great choice on ukbathrooms.com.  Choice of either rectangular shower trays, quadrant shower trays, square shower trays and all available in a range of materials.

I could also choose whether I wanted low profile 25mm tray too. Which is great for those wanting a more streamlined ‘walk-in’ look.

Most impressive was the huge range of sizes, for instance the Crosswater Simpsons 25mm Stone Resin Shower Tray with Linear Waste  is available in 14 sizes!

Prices too are fantastic at the moment – with up to 60% of  UK Bathrooms Essentials range of shower trays which are in stock and delivered within 1 – 2 days.

This was the deciding factor for me. I needed to get my hands on a shower tray fast.  The UK Bathrooms Essentials Rectangular Shower Tray is available in 9 sizes and the 800 mm x 1200 mm was the size for my space, in stock and only £132.30 inc VAT.

This shower tray is 40mm in height and is made from a single cast piece of quality Pearlstone resin material. It’s solid build gives a high quality feel underfoot and it’s also quick and easy to install. A high-flow chrome waste was included, bonus!

 

Bathroom trends for 2022

As winter approaches and Christmas draws nearer, it’s a good time to look at the exciting bathroom trends we can look forward to in 2022.

Green will be seen

Green will be seen in our 2022 bathrooms. From pastels to sage green, emerald green to forest green – it’s a great colour to ensure your space looks fresh and encourages your positive wellbeing. Try green tiling to your walls and floor. Or a bold wallpaper with green hues to bring your bathroom completely up to date.

Farrow & Ball’s Breakfast Room Green

Farrow and Ball recently unveiled their top 5 colours for 2022. Breakfast Room Green, Babouche, School House White, Stone Blue and Incarnadine being named. These wonderful hues offer a great mix of form, function and comfort. Breakfast Room Green is most definitely the cheeriest of all the F & B greens to date.  Use on all four walls in your bathroom to make the space look bigger.

 

Biophilia

The trend for biophilic bathrooms is going to continue in 2022. Bathrooms are busy places. We start and end each day in the room but there is a growing need for bathrooms to be a safe haven, a place to relax and reduce stress levels.

A biophilic bathroom uses plants to introduce nature. Not only do they help to de-stress they also help to purify the air.  It’s not all about plants though, look to introduce natural materials into your new bathroom design. Wood, stone, cork and bamboo can all be used on floors and furniture. Or just add wooden accessories to add a pure, simple and natural aesthetic.

Wooden Floor Tiles

Beautiful natural wooden floors as a finish for the bathroom is definitely a growing trend.  Wood effect tiles are practical yet bring the instant warmth and coziness of a wooden floor. Watch out for our new tile ranges – COMING SOON to UK Bathrooms!

Black Bathroom

We’ve seen a huge trend for black in our bathrooms over the last few years and it will dominate in 2022. Use black furniture or accessories or make a real statement with a freestanding black bath. Add black tiles to your shower wall to create a stunning contrast.

Leading traditional bathroom brands such as Burlington and Imperial have recently launched their black bathroom collections which includes bathroom basins, wc’s and furniture. These pair exceptionally well with gold finished brassware and accessories – if you’re aiming for an opulent, luxurious style.

Overall

In 2022 we will definitely see a trend for earthy natural colours and finishes. Stick to one hue and create that nature-inspired zone where you and your loved ones can relax and de-stress.

Beautiful basins from UK Bathrooms

I recently discovered that choosing a new basin for your bathroom isn’t easy. There are a plethora of styles and designs. There are also many different sizes, so I went back to basics and thought it might help to explain how to choose the right basin for your home.

Types of basins

First thing to consider was what type of basin I needed, there are corner basins, wall hung basins, countertop basins, vanity units with basins inset, semi recessed basins, cloakroom basins, basins that sit on washstands, basins that need a pedestal or semi pedestal and inset basins.

Check your size

I’d inherited a vanity unit in matt black and needed a basin that literally sat on top of the entire unit. The most difficult part was then finding a basin that would fit, it had to sit on top of the unit but not be too deep.  I also needed a basin that had smooth flat edges for toiletries to sit on.

Number of tap holes

Finally, I needed just one tap hole as I already had a black mixer tap, Crosswater MPRO Matt Black Basin Tap

Modern or traditional

Style and design were just as important as I wanted my finished bathroom to be modern.

 

 

Great choice

I worked through all of the options on ukbathrooms.com and  using the filters, I was quickly left with a handful that were the right size, shape and style.  Comparing brands and prices I opted for the VitrA Sento Large Basin, 78cm wide for just £166.60 inc VAT. I simply had to confirm the size and whether or not I wanted to purchase the matching waste.

I did fall in love with Villeroy & Boch’s Artis, the Oval Washbowl is simply stunning and they also offer a Colour on Demand Bespoke Service. Choose from 12 colours inspired by the seasons with two additional neutral colours in black-grey also available. The soft pink with a brushed brass tap is what I have my eye on for my next project! Just don’t tell my husband!

Crosswater Bathroom Sale Now On

NOW is a very good time to buy your new bathroom…

                             …it’s THE Crosswater Bathroom Sale.

THE Bathroom Sale is now on at UK Bathrooms. With hundreds of luxury bathroom products available with discounts of up to 50%. So now is an excellent time to buy a new bathroom.

However, curating your ideal bathroom can seem like a daunting task, with important features often being overlooked. When designing your bathroom there are many aspects to consider. These include space, style, design, and storage, to the all-important finishing touches.

Crosswater Bathroom Bundles

Bringing together a beautiful collection of their bestselling products, Crosswater has created a selection of stunning bathroom bundles.

Available in a wide range of themes, including modern and traditional, these bundles  have been carefully put together to offer imagination and inspiration. They includes everything you need to achieve your perfect bathroom.

The Calming Compact House Bathroom Bundle

If you are looking to replace your house bathroom check out the Calming Compact bundle.

The gorgeous finish of the KAI vanity unit with matt black touches is an ultra-elegant way to piece together a modern bathroom. This suite is completed with Crosswater MPRO accessories that deliver a sophisticated statement. The suite contains a harmonious selection of bathroom additions too with flush plates, basin wastes, shower trays to toilet roll holders.

Bathroom bundles are an excellent way to reach your desired look at a discounted price and help you create a space you’ll love down to every detail.