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Imperial’s Impressive UK Ceramics Factory

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes in the making of your new bathroom suite?
Probably not until you started researching for your new bathroom!
Let us tell you more about Imperial’s renowned Midlands ceramics factory and wood workshops.

imperial factory

We continue to work closely with Imperial Bathrooms as we have for several years.
Their products are proudly on display in our showroom.
Our sales staff have visited Imperial’s factories to see how the goods are manufactured first hand.

Imperial Drift High Level Toilet

The above picture is the Imperial Drift High Level Toilet

Imperial Firenze Large Basin 705mm

The above picture is the Imperial Firenze Large Basin 705mm

So what’s the magic of their renowned ceramics factory?

It’s not just another ordinary sanitaryware factory.
Imperial is a company that relies firmly on the expertise and diligence of its craftsmen.
Skilled employees some with 20 or 30 years’ knowledge and understanding of traditional hand-finished ceramic production.
They are the essential and vital workforce behind Imperials superior product.
This type of hand-made ceramicware depends on traditional human experience to manufacture best-quality products.
Goods are handled and hand inspected at various stages ensuring the highest possible quality.

Where is Imperial’s Ceramics Factory?

Imperial is a British company who strive to support and keep local craftsmanship alive.
Its Ceramic Manufacturing Division is situated in a beautiful historic town, Aldridge.
Originally recorded as a settlement in the Domesday book of 1086, the native landscape is naturally rich in clay and coal,
as such Aldridge is well-known for its history of clay and brick production.

Imperial Oxford Low Level Toilet

The above picture is the Imperial Oxford  Low Level Toilet

Imperial’s company philosophy is a belief in the ability of the team to set and maintain high- standards which are unequalled elsewhere.
They will carry on perusing its high-standards and as a well-respected name throughout the bathroom industry.
Imperial devote to high-quality design producing the best in British-made bathrooms.
This ensures we have absolute confidence and pride in selling Imperial Bathrooms.
As we’ve seen the care and attention, knowledge and expertise that go into producing this industry-leading brand.
For us, it is a beautiful and reliable product.
And the same goes for the customer themselves who will enjoy a stunning-looking new bathroom that will stand the test of time!

Design ideas to inspire your cloakroom

When planning installation of a cloakroom, the main goal is to make the best use of a small space and create the illusion of the cloakroom being larger.
You can achieve this goal easily if you choose the perfect colour, room layout, specially designed cloakroom and compact bathroom-furniture.

Use Brighter Colour

Generally, light colours make a room look bigger and brighter.
Lighter, brighter coloured wall is more reflective and it can help to maximise the effect of the light available.

Vanity Unit and basin

Choose a compact vanity unit for your slimline basin, it will provide you extra storage for a smaller space.
This would be perfect for you to hide spare toilet rolls, cleaning products and toiletries inside.
Keeps the outside clutter free!

A floating or wall hung vanity unit can make the illusion of space.
It opens up more of the visible floor space which creates the illusion of a larger surface area.
Or if you are looking for traditional style, this Roper Rhodes Hampton Cloakroom Unit creates a feeling of period classic with its hand-painted finishes.

Roper Rhodes Hampton Cloakroom Unit

The above picture is the Roper Rhodes Hampton Cloakroom Unit

This Britton All in one Floorstanding Vanity & Basin provides the best efficient use of the space.
it holds loo roll and brush!

A well-placed mirror

Use of a well-placed mirror can create the illusion of a greater bathroom space, reflecting the available light and giving the impression of further space at eye level.
Make sure you position it correctly, so you can use a focal point and angle to give the illusion of depth.
Mirrors will also reflect light to make a room brighter and bigger.
A stunning combination of light and glass, this Vitra T4 Single Door Illuminated Mirror Cabinet provides you extra lighting and also satisfy all your personal grooming needs.

Door positioning

Burlington 500mm Wall Hung Toilet

The above picture is the Burlington 500mm Wall Hung Toilet

If possible make sure your door opens outwards, or even choose sliding or folding door to create the least impact in the room.
These are sometimes called “pocket doors” and slide into the door frame and wall cavity area.
Opening the room up without worrying about hitting bathroom furniture or having to shuffle around the door into the room!

Extractor Fans

Generally, unless you’re lucky, there is no window in a cloakroom. Therefore a good ventilation is important here.
This Vectaire X-Mart Advanced Deluxe Axial Fan operates at a quiet 37 decibels and takes just 15 Watts to power.
The low noise, low energy fan is an efficient way of keeping bathrooms clear of excess moisture and odours.


Add value to your Home

Did you know upgrading your bathrooms, or adding additional washrooms/cloakrooms to your property can increase the value of your home?

According to Nationwide Building Society, it can boost your property value by approximately 5 %.

An en-suite bathroom is particularly popular at the moment, as people are increasingly looking for comfort, convenience and better living space.

At UK Bathrooms, you can find a wide range of branded bathroom goods to create the perfect en-suite or cloakroom washroom.

We also offer suites and packages to save you time and money.

You can find bathroom suites here.

If you don’t have a big budget at the moment, or you are not quite ready to renovate the whole bathroom,

here are some insider tips to make your instantly refreshed and updated:

Update your brassware with a set of new taps

Burlington Claremont Cloakroom Taps

The above picture is the Burlington Claremont Cloakroom Taps

We offer a wide variety of taps, from traditional, classic to contemporary and modern in style.

You can find the perfect style to match your basin.

Check out our range of taps here.

Upgrade your shower head into a large overhead shower

Crosswater Dial Fixed Shower Head

 The above picture is the Crosswater Dial Fixed Shower Head

A large, round overhead shower can build a luxury look immediately, and create a sense of lavishness.

Find shower heads here.

Replace a shower door

Instead of having a shower curtain that is easy to get mouldy, a shower glass is always a much better choice.

It’s easy to clean and allows light through into the bath space, the more light the brighter and lighter your room feels.

Have a look of shower door here.

This is a great time of year to plan on improving your home and property value, you could start by upgrading your bathroom today!

The Bathroom Brands 2017 Sale – Everything you need to know

The Bathroom Brands 2017 Sale

It’s that time of year again; the Bathroom Brands Sale has come round again. Leading brands such as Burlington, Clearwater & Britton are running a national promotion where you could save up to 50% on their items. Here some answers to questions we normally get during the sale & at the bottom of the page check out what we here at UK Bathrooms think are the Top 5 deals in the sale!

How Long Is The Sale On For?

The sale will be running from the 30th September to the 12th November. You have plenty of time to research the items you need and get your order in with us. Our prices now reflect (or the soon will) the sale price and this would be the best price we could offer on the items whilst the sale is on, so make the most of it. As soon as the sale finishes on the 12th we will have to return the prices to where they were, and we will not be able to extend it for anyone ordering late.

I don’t need my item straight away, can you store them?

Within reason yes we can. These are great price, so we completely understand you want to take advantage of them now, even if you are not ready to push the button on your new bathroom. Give our sales team a call and we can go through your requirements.

I have seen this in a showroom and I cannot see it on your site, can you get it?

Yes! We do not always have every variation or model on the site (we do try though). If you see an item in the sale elsewhere, get in touch and we will get it priced for you. We supply nearly every possible item from Burlington, Clearwater & Britton.

How big is the discount?

The discount ranges from 20 to 50% depending on the brand and the type of product.

UK Bathroom Top 5 Deals in the sale

Why not take a look at some of the offers we have picked out of the sale we believe are great value:


Introducing the SoHo 2 range from Villeroy and Boch

Villeroy & Boch have long been the biggest name associated with bathrooms. V&B are renowned for their great design and world class engineering. As part of their already expansive collection, Villeroy and Boch have refreshed and reintroduced their SoHo collection, with the new SoHo 2.

Subway or SoHo?

We are asked all the time; “is that just Subway?”, “Why do some people still call it Subway?” or “How come it’s not on the Villeroy & Boch website?”. Ok, this bit is a little complicated, originally the SoHo collection was part of a range called Subway, but with the introduction of the newer Subway 2 range the collection was renamed SoHo. So there were two collections called Subway and there sort of still is, some people still call it Subway and some people call it SoHo to differentiate it. The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design

The SoHo collection as it was had been around for a few years, so when the new products have been introduced they were named: SoHo 2 (are you still with us here, someone thought that this made sense!). The Subway bathroom collection has dominated bathroom sales for the past decade; it’s the flagship range you think of when you think of Villeroy & Boch. It’s not the cheapest Villeroy & Boch range, but it is far from their most expensive. Now it’s called SoHo 2 the designers have gone back to the drawing board and re-engineered the furniture in the range; they have updated the finishes and used their most recent design innovations so that for the price, the quality will not be surpassed.

New features

The main differences in the new units are the drawers. The original Subway/Soho unit had one large draw and sub-divided draws within the unit:

Image result for villeroy and boch soho furniture

The new Soho 2 unit has two large distinguished drawers, both with soft close mechanisms on them. This offers perfect storage for any of your typical bathroom products. The larger drawer at the bottom can more than handle large bottles:

The new furniture options come in updated finishes, you will always have a white gloss finish (it’s timeless and matches all any tiles). You have now got the option of:

Everyone at the UKB office has had a look at the new units; we think they are great and would easily recommend them to any of our customers. If you are looking to refresh your bathroom and are unsure where to start; Villeroy and Boch is a name you can be confident in, and the SoHo 2 is a range that will suit almost any bathroom layout.

Villeroy & Boch Subway features in our Summer Sale

furniture-01 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.


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.

Popular Subway Products

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!


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!


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.


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.

















Bathroom makeover tips

With house prices being fairly dormant and many reports showing a decrease in the asking and subsequent selling price, now is perhaps the time to stay put and to undertake some renovations. Estate agents confirm that the bathroom and to some extent the kitchen, is one of the biggest selling points in many houses, so a makeover in the bathroom will pay dividends when house prices stabilise and you do decide upon a move.

Modernising your shower or installing one is sure to be a big selling point; the trend away from baths is fast growing and more people than ever prefer to start the day with a refreshing shower. The Rainshower are very much in vogue now and fitting a Grohe Jumbo Rainshower can be a winner. This is no shrinking violet, but a 400mm head with no less than 252 nozzles to provide a true rainstorm effect; it also has an inbuilt anti-limescale system ensuring a clean sparkling head. The head will work for as little as 0.5 bar, but 3 bar is the optimum. Fitting a booster pump will increase the pressure at the head and we will be happy to discuss this option.

A double basin has that luxury hotel look about it, very contemporary and when built into a vanity unit you not only have the look, but you have plenty of space in the cupboards as well. These improvements will not cost a fortune, particularly when you check out our unbeatable prices.

Grohe Rainshower Cosmopolitan 400mm Jumbo Shower Head

Add a modern touch to your bathroom with the VitrA designer collection

The name of VitrA is well known in the heating and sanitary world, and with good reason, not only is it responsible for being the third largest supplier of ceramic bathroom products, but as you might expect from this company, steeped firmly in the traditions of the Turkish bathing culture, stunning design is second nature to them.

At UK Bathrooms, we have been at the forefront in promoting VitrA products and at our web pages, you can see displayed no fewer than 123 products from the company. Naturally it would be very difficult to feature all the products here, but we would draw your attention to just five of them that are slightly different.

These are stunning countertop basins from the VitrA Designer Collection, ranging from round, oblong, oval, square and rectangular. These products are manufactured form mineral resin, which allows VitrA to fashion these items into classic designer basins that feature a crisp edge, shallow in depth, that do not have tap holes or an overflows, which would break up the smooth appearance.

Designed as countertops, they are ideal for either a wall mounted tap set or a pillar style mixer, deck mounted. Finished in cool pure white, this neutral colour will blend naturally into whatever the decor of the bathroom or ensuite where it is situated. All of these fashionable items are available at unbeatable discounted prices and 0% finance is available.

VitrA designer collection

Creating a modern en suite

En suites provide a private area to wash and groom away from the main bathroom and are great for busy families and lifestyles. In this article we’ll show you some of our favourite products for creating the perfect modern en suite, that won’t break the bank.

Shower Enclosure

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower
The Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure is sleek and stylish, and built to last. It’s clean lines and durable 8mm toughened glass make it ideal for an en suite, and it also features a reversible door making installation and positioning easy.

Measuring 1400mm x 900mm and 1950mm high, the Simpsons Design View Shower Enclosure makes a perfect focal point for any modern en suite. It also features a lifetime guarantee for peace of mind and is finished with a silver frame.

Simpsons Design View Inward Opening Quadrant Shower


Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm

To finish off your shower design, you can’t go far wrong with the Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head.

Elegance by Crosswater: a mix of traditional design and contemporary styling making the most of your new bathroom. Wall or ceiling mounted, this elegant shower head provides the best showering experience thanks to its integrated air-fusion system.

This quality shower head is engineered and manufactured to exacting standards, and comes complete with a 15 year manufacturer guarantee.

Crosswater Solo Fixed Shower Head 200mm


Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin
The Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for any en suite and can be fitted with an optional full or semi-pedestal and has a choice of 1 or 2 tap holes. Available in gloss white, this basin was designed by award winning designer Robin Levien and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Offering outstanding value for money, the Ideal Standard Concept Cube Basin is perfect for small bathrooms and en suites alike.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube 40cm Handrinse Basin

Basin Tap

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap

Another great statement piece, the Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap is the pinnacle of style and design. Ideal for both high and low pressure systems, this mixer taps unique design and waterfall effect adds to the visual appeal of your en suite.

This tap is also eco-friendly and comes equipped with an Enviro-Click cartridge, which can save you up to 50% of your water. It is also backed by a 10 year manufacturer’s guarantee for peace of mind.

Phoenix CA Series Basin Mixer Tap


Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

To match in with the basin design, we have chosen the Ideal Standard Concept Cube toilet. Its compact design makes it a great addition to any en suite and comes complete with everything needed to install it straight away.

Designed by the legendary Robin Levien, this stylish toilet has a soft close seat and push button flush to save you water. This toilet features a lifetime guarantee on the pottery so you can be sure of many years of service.

Ideal Standard Concept Cube Close Coupled WC Suite

Bathroom Cabinet

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

The Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet is lightweight and easy to install. It features a low voltage overhead light for better visibility and an inner shaving socket. It’s compact, yet stylish design is great for small bathrooms and en suites, and is perfectly suited for other Noble Furniture products such as wall units, vanity’s and freestanding units.

Noble Primo Aluminium Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

Bathroom Interior Design Trends for 2014

Luxury is top of the bill for 2014 bathroom interior design trends. Many people are looking for comfort with a touch of luxury when it comes to remodelling their bathrooms. Many of the big design ideas we are seeing, take a nod towards home-spa styles as people look to recreate relaxing and luxury vibes they experience when at a spa. From soft bathroom designs to convenient walk in showers and wetrooms here at UK Bathrooms we can help you with all your bathroom design needs.

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Curves are big in 2014, soft and sleek designs from wash bowls to tubs through to accessories. The organic flow of the curves make for a soft and luxurious feel to your bathroom. Bathroom designs have in the past felt boxy, square and uniform however Soft Curves and Organic Shapes from 2014 see us moving away from that. Curved designs add a new dimension to a bathroom, and you can move away from sharp corners, great if you want a practical family bathroom.

Bauhaus Bowls

Check out the newest designs on UK Bathrooms, from Bauhaus, Clearwater and Villeroy and Boch if you’re looking for some Soft Curves and Organic Shapes for your bathroom. (Designs from Clear Water Baths, Bauhaus Sinks and Villeroy & Boch Bathrooms)

Soft Curves and Organic Shapes

Luxury Tiles

Tiles can be a wonderful focal point to a bathroom, whether a patterned tile floor, a feature tiles wall or large tiles to make a statement. For design tips in 2014 there are a couple of design trends to look out for. Large tiles and over-scaled décor are a must, making even the smallest bathrooms seem bigger. Natural looking tiles are also a must, soft natural shades from luxury marble to soft slate. While all white bathrooms are clean and a timeless look, adding some natural colour shades can add a new dimension to your bathroom.

Whether you’re looking to add a statement tile feature to your bathroom or completely covering floor to ceiling, UK Bathrooms have a great selection of tile. Keeping up with the popular trends of 2014, with designs from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel. (Luxury  tiles from Villeroy and Boch and Nobel)

Bathroom tiles

The Wetroom

Perhaps the humble bath has had its day, or people are looking for more simplicity and ease from showering, but one of the most popular trends we will be seeing from 2014 is the wetroom. Whether they are frameless showers which give an illusion of and airy open space or curbless showers which offer a continuous, seamless look, 2014 is the year of the luxury shower. Wetrooms are much easy to fit into homes now, as technology has advanced, plus it’s also a lot more affordable to get that at home luxury spa/hotel feel.

You can find everything you need here at UK Bathrooms to design your perfect wetroom, bathroom. We have Aqua4ma and Impey packs to get you started, as well as some wonderful frameless showers from Kudos and Matki. And we also have a wide range of shower trays to suit any bathroom from leading suppliers such as Simpsons and Kaldewei. (Create your perfect wetroom from Matki, Kudos, Simpsons and Kaldewei )


Seamless Storage

Anti-clutter for 2014 as storage becomes key in bathroom design allowing you to store all your items easily away and out of sight, without causing clutter. Clever storage ideas from under-sink cupboards to floor to ceiling bathroom cabinets and floating shelving. There are a number of wonderful options available. Many of the furniture and vanity designs are made as flexible as possible, allowing you to easily fit these great storage options into your bathroom, no matter what the size.

You can find a range of modern and contemporary vanity units, wall hung and freestanding furniture and fitted bathroom cabinets and countertops on UK Bathrooms. Providing you with your storage needs. (Storage from Roca, Nobel and Roper Rhodes )

Bathroom storage