Bathroom Buying Guide Archive

Bathroom Mirror Cabinet Buying Guide

Bathroom mirror cabinets are one of the most popular and best selling bathroom essentials and it is easy to understand why: in a bathroom, sufficient storage and a useful mirror are vital and this component combines these uses. In addition to being practical, they are also design statements in themselves – the mirror draws the eye and they become the focal point of the room.

A good choice of cabinet can really bring a room style and layout together, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs. There are hundreds of attractive bathroom mirror cabinets available on our site, so here are some points to consider when selecting the perfect choice for your bathroom.

Cabinet size

The size of the cabinet may well be dictated by the dimensions and arrangement of your bathroom, but if you have the space for a larger unit then it is generally never a bad idea to have plenty of storage. This is especially true if it is a family bathroom. If the cabinet is to be wall mounted, ensure that the cabinet is not too wide, or too close to an adjacent wall or shower screen, which could impede the opening of its doors.

The Tavistock Detail Mirror Cabinet
Tavistock Detail Mirror Cabinet

Illuminated mirror cabinets

Mirrors reflect light, so a bathroom mirror cabinet will brighten up the room and give the impression of a larger space. But extra electrical light is usually always an essential for a bathroom, so many of our mirrored cabinets also have built in illumination. Indispensable for close up mirror use, such as shaving, make up or any personal grooming, the light can be focused by means of spotlight style downlighters or a more diffuse LED strip type.

Crosswater (Bauhaus) Allure Mirror Cabinet
Crosswater (Bauhaus) Allure Mirror Cabinet

These need to be installed by a qualified electrician, but having all that incredibly convenient light exactly where it is most needed is certainly worth it. Some units also have useful internal lights and down lights underneath the cabinet which light up the sink area.

Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet
Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet

Shaver sockets

The average man spends just over an hour a week shaving – a task which is made easier when everything needed is kept together in one place. Illuminated bathroom mirror cabinets require wiring into the mains, so very often have a built in shaver socket for additional functionality. Crosswater and VitrA both have a good choice of modern stylish illuminated bathroom mirror cabinets with shaver sockets.

Bathroom mirror cabinet with shaver socket
Crosswater Allure 500 Mirror Cabinet

Anti-mist mirror cabinets

Some bathroom mirror cabinets have an integrated heating component which will clear condensation from the surface of the mirror when needed – yet another helpful feature to make busy mornings easier. We recommend the brand Crosswater for cabinets with this extra function.

Space saving cabinets

There is a range of options to suit all bathrooms if space is tight, such as single slimline cabinets which are reduced in depth as well as width, corner cabinets, ones with sliding doors and inset units, recessed into the wall.

Roper Rhodes Ascension Refine Slimline Split Door Cabinet
Roper Rhodes Ascension Refine Slimline Split Door Cabinet

A recessed or semi-recessed cabinet can provide adequate internal storage space and wonderful lighting, and yet give a streamlined, contemporary and spacious feel to the bathroom.

Keuco Royal Lumos Recessed Mirror Cabinet
Keuco Royal Lumos Recessed Mirror Cabinet

Mirror cabinet design styles

Mirrored bathroom cabinets can be either traditional or contemporary forms, designed to reflect and complement your chosen bathroom style. Some of our recommended quality brands for classical style cabinets are Bayswater, Imperial and Burlington.

Burlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Mirror CabinetBurlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Mirror Cabinet

The addition of LED lighting strips enhance the modern look and open up design options, so many cabinets with illumination offer cutting edge shapes. Look out for contemporary features such as frameless doors, curved cabinet corners, LED light inset patterns, dimmer functions and light tone variability.

Vitra Sento Double Door Illuminated Mirror Cabinet
Vitra Sento Double Door Illuminated Mirror Cabinet

Both vintage and ultra-modern style cabinets can showcase modern colours and materials so they can blend seamlessly with any overall scheme. White is a timeless choice, whereas wood veneers and strong colours are en vogue and many brands offer several different attractive surface finishes. We are also seeing reinvented classical tones becoming highly sought after for cabinets, such as deep navy blues, petrol blues and a range of greys.

Bayswater 1050 Double Door Mirror CabinetBayswater 1050 Double Door Mirror Cabinet

 

Burlington Fitted Furniture

Burlington Bathrooms are one of UK’s leading brand names for Victorian style bathroom furniture, WC’s, basins and much more! Burlington’s Fitted Furniture collection offers a customisable bathroom furniture suite combination that is suitable for almost any bathroom!

Mix and match wall and floor units to build a combination of units that is ideal for your bathroom needs, pair this with Burlington basins, a Burlington WC and Burlington taps and your entire bathroom suite is compete!

This stunning fitted furniture creates a wide range of combination possibilities, in addition to the choice of units and cupboards there are 4 elegant colour options: Matt white, Grey, Sand or Olive, further broadening the design possibilities of the collection!

Burlington Fitted Furniture from UK Bathrooms

Take the lovely image above for example, this Burlington Fitted Furniture bathroom suite combination can be achieved by combining the following products:

  1. Burlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Mirror Cabinet
  2. Burlington Fitted Furniture 60cm 2 Door Cabinet
  3. Burlington Fitted Furniture 30cm 1 Door Wall Unit
  4. Burlington Fitted Furniture 60cm Basin Unit
  5. Burlington Taps & Mixers
  6. Burlington Victorian Semi Recessed Basin
  7. Burlington Fitted Furniture Wall Hung WC Unit
  8. Burlington Wall Hung Pan
  9. Burlington Fitted Furniture 30cm 1 Door Unit
  10. Burlington Fitted Furniture Minerva Worktop

Don’t forget your Burlington worktop which comes in lengths of 1200mm, these comes in 3 stocked colours and a wide range of other special finishes that are made to order, simply get in touch with our sales team for more information and a quote, special finishes include Copper fleck, Sparkling white and other innovative finish options.

The Minerva care kit is a great additional purchase as this can be used to buff out any scratches and grazes on the worktop in the future, keeping it looking as good as new. Browse our Burlington Fitted Furniture or contact our team to discuss your new Burlington bathroom suite today!

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A Buyer’s Guide to Towel Rails

Maybe you have already noticed the days are getting a little shorter, and temperature has started to drop. Of course, this means the winter is coming! It’s time to make sure you have your bathroom radiator installed for those cold days. This is a basic guide to help you decide what towel rail would work the best in your bathroom.

Before looking further, here are some questions you should be considered first:

Function:

Towel Warmer

Looking for something just to warm the towels only? Towel warmers only warm towels, it delivers lower output.

Towel Drying Radiator

For those would like to warm towel and heat up the room.

Type of heating:

Are you going to connect the towel rail to the central heating system or you will just use a heater element?

Central Heating Towel rails

You can simply plumb your new towel rail into your existing central heating system, controlling flow with a pair of existing or new radiator valves. However, you can only use it when the central heating is on.

Electrically heated rails

This is usually suited to flats or high-rise buildings, where the pressure required for central heating may be tricky to achieve – or in the room that only have an electrical spur connection. Such as in a converted loft or an extension.

Dual Fuel 

This allows you to heat the towel rail in the summer months by switching to electrical heat and heat in the colder months by your central heating.

Where is the best location to install my towel rails?

Ideally, the towel rails should locate on the coldest wall of the room, as this will ensure the heat is distributed throughout the room effectively. This would normally be the external wall.

Then, you need to consider the space and the shape of your bathroom, where is your existing pipework, and where are your bath and shower going to be located? You’ll want to get out of the shower and the bath, with an easy reach to your warm and cosy towel.

Make sure the towel rail will heat up your bathroom

Every bathroom is different, there are various requirements when it comes to getting them to an optimum temperature. Firstly, working out the usage, what type of bathroom that you are planning to install? A small ensuite, cloakroom or a big family bathroom? Use this calculator to work out what the BTU is (British Thermal Unit) for your room. Then, you can find the towel rail that is effective enough for your room.  You can usually find the towel rail’s BTU in product description or specifications.

Alternatively, calculate the heat requirement of the bathroom in Watts. Check with your heating engineer for the exact requirement. As a rough guide for initial sizing allows 50 Watts per cubic metre of the room. To convert the Watts into BTU/HR multiply 3.412.

 

 

 

Understand water pressure: Find the perfect taps and showers for your bathroom

Not every single tap and shower will suit your bathroom, therefore,  it is advisable to check the water pressure your home has first to identify the suitable taps and showers. In this simple guide, we will go through the common water system that the majority of British households will have in their home.

What is water pressure?

Water pressure is measured in bars and we use water pressure to define the flow strength of water through a pipe.  Different taps or showers will require various water ratings, consequently, this is the reason why we need to understand the water pressure of the house before buying the tap or shower.

Types of Water System

Gravity System

What is water pressure? Water pressure is measured in bars and we use water pressure to define the flow strength of water through a pipe. Different taps or showers will require various water ratings, this is the reason why we need to understand the water pressure of the house before buying the tap or shower. Types of Water System Gravity System

  1. You can normally find the gravity system in an older house.
  2. You can find a cold water tank in the loft and a hot water cylinder.
  3. The gravity system is typically considered as low pressure.
  4. You should be looking at taps and showers operating with minimum 0.2 bar

Pump Assisted: Fit a pump on top of the gravity system

Pump Assisted

Alternately, you can add a pump to boost the flow rate. Then, you will be able to fit any taps or shower you like.

Combination (combi) boiler

Combination (combi) boiler

  1. The boiler is normally installed in the kitchen, it heats water on demand.
  2. Generally, on the front, a reading is available to show you the water pressure.
  3. The combination boiler is considered as medium-high pressure.

Unvented system

Unvented system

  1. The unvented system is commonly referred by the brand “megaflo”. It is often fitted in newer or refurbished properties
  2. The hot water cylinder can be located anywhere, but normally can be found in airing cupboards or garages.
  3. The invented system is considered as high pressure, you can generally choose whichever fitting you like.

If you are still not too sure what water pressure you have, the best way is always to get your plumber to provide you with the accurate figure.

When you are looking taps or showers on UK Bathrooms website, the specifications section will show you the required pressure to operate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toilet buying guide: Toilet types and options for your bathroom

With so many types of toilets, so many options, it could be pretty confusing when you are buying a toilet. Therefore, here is a simple toilet buying guide that will go through different types of toilets to give you a bit more direction.

 

Before you start

Have a good idea of your plumbing before you choose your new toilet. Especially the connection between your soil pipe and spigot. If your soil pipe and spigot are different heights, use a flexible pan connector to join them!

Note: The spigot is the spherical pipe at the end of your toilet pan that joins it to the soil pipe. All British toilets include spigots that are parallel to the floor. Depending on the toilet, this can either be connected to the soil pipe vertically or to the left or right.

Types of Toilets

A toilet is definitely essential for any bathroom, no matter it is big or small. Fortunately, nowadays a toilet can look stylish and be a design statement for your bathroom as well as perform their functional purpose.

Close Coupled Toilets

These type of toilets comes with a cistern that fits on top of the pan. It usually has a dual flush button on the top, or you can choose to go with a lever handle. UK Bathrooms also offer options where you can adjust the flow of water. The main benefits of close coupled toilets are that it is normally much affordable and easier to install compared to other types of toilets.

Low-Level Toilets

The cistern is mounted on the wall and connected to the pan via an exposed metal flush pipe. If you are creating a traditional or Victorian style bathroom, this will be your top choice.  Burlington Bathrooms and Imperial Bathrooms offer a wide range of traditional style toilets. In addition, you can choose the toilet seat colour to match your bathroom colour scheme.

High-Level Toilets

High-Level toilets are similar to low-level toilets, but with the cistern sitting high up on the wall and with a very long exposed metal flush pipe. You can achieve an iconic periodic look effortlessly with high-level toilets. Furthermore, we offer matching basin and furniture pieces for your high-level toilets.

Wall Hung Toilets

Wall hung toilets are a clever creation which is efficient to install. They help you get a clean and clutter free bathroom space. It doesn’t touch the floor, therefore, it gives the illusion of more space. This also makes your cleaning process much easier.  A wall hung toilet requires a wall mounting frame. This can deliver the best comfort as it allows you to hang the pan at your desired height (within reason). There is no worry of aftercare, as you can reach the cistern through the flush plate after the toilet is installed.

Back to Wall Toilets

Back to wall toilets are visually minimal and modern. This type of toilets is a standard toilet pan that stands on the floor, with a hidden cistern in the wall or furniture unit. They are a great compromise for those who may not be able to install a wall hung pan, but still prefer the invisible cistern.

Shower Toilets

Freshness and comfort. With the developing of technology, the clever, innovative shower toilets are created! With a refreshing shower spray, shower toilets deliver the best hygiene for your personal care. From start to finish without the need of toilet paper, you can experience the pure cleanness of water that refreshes you.

 

Bath Buying Guide

A bathtub is an important investment to consider when planning your new bathroom. As a bath is one of the primary elements of the bathroom, it can also be the centrepiece and focal point when you are entering your bathroom. In this guide, we will provide you with some ideas to help you choose the perfect bath.

Before selecting the bath you like…

Make sure you have already measured the size of your bathroom and work out the shape of you’re the space the bath will be in. This will help you to find the perfect tub that fit well in your bathroom design.

For more information about how to measure your bathroom, read more here.

Types of Baths

A bath is not only simply somewhere to have a wash, it also creates a stylish statement for your bathroom.  You can find a wide range of baths at UK Bathrooms.

Single Ended inset Baths

This style of the bath is usually created for a single person. The taps and shower valve can be fitted to the wall directly. Single-ended baths can also be used as shower baths and often have the taps and waste at one short end.

Double Ended inset Baths

Both ends of the bath have a gentle slope. The largest sizes can accommodate two. The waste and taps are normally in the centre along the long side or fitted to the wall. You can also choose a freestanding bath tap to go with it.

Freestanding Baths

Inspired by traditional style cast iron tubs, a freestanding bath is a good option when you are creating a classic, luxury bathroom. At UK Bathrooms you can find a freestanding bath from a traditional Victorian style through to a minimalist look for a contemporary bathroom design.

Shower Baths

If you don’t have sufficient space in your bathroom, a shower bath is a clever space-saver.

Whirlpool & Spa Baths

Hydrotherapy has been known to deliver substantial health benefits directing to a progressed quality life. After a long hard day, getting home and enjoying a relaxing massage, it doesn’t get much better than this!

Easy Access Bath

Having difficulty raising your legs to get into the bath? This is the best solution for you!
Providing an easy access function to bathe and relax in comfort, the bath is fitted with a low-level door for you to enter the bath. Accessible products can look stylish and beautiful, too.

Simple Bathroom measurement guide

Before you start to plan your dream bathroom, one of the most important things is to get the size of the room right! This is a simple bathroom measurement guide for you to measure your correct bathroom size.

Preparation

Prepare a piece of paper (if you have the graph paper is even better), a pen and most importantly a tape measure or a laser measuring tool.

Taking the Measurement

  1. Indicate where your door and window(s) are.
  2. Measure the door or window(s) from one outside edge of the trim to the other outside edge.
  3. Double check your measurements by measuring the entire wall length from wall to wall and comparing it to your individual measurements.
    For example AB+BC+CD=AD or AE+EF+FG=AG

Things to consider

Ceiling Height

If you’re wishing to sneak a bathroom into that area under the stairs or fit one into loft area, you need to make sure you check the ceiling height.

You should be especially aware of the area that you are intending to place a shower enclosure! You will need to bear in mind that if your enclosure is going to sit on a tray your 2-meter enclosure might be a lot taller on your chosen tray. We do offer shorter models and slim trays, just get in touch with our sales team for advice! Furthermore, make sure the awkward space has been taken note of and marked up in the plan.

Door position

Remember to note whether your door goes inward or outward! This will be affecting your space planning process.

We will keep publishing more guides and tips to help you plan your dream bathroom! Stay tuned!