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Looking for tips on how to spruce up your bathroom or need décor ideas for a swift makeover? The bathstore blog is full of handy hints and tips for everything bathroom-related. Whether you’re remodelling a small en-suite or need design ideas for a new wet room, you’ll find it all right here!

How to replace a toilet seat

In this helpful and easy to follow guide, we explain how to replace your old toilet seat. Small changes can make a huge difference and help to turn your bathroom into a sleek and relaxing space – and fitting a new toilet seat is a quick and simple way to refresh the look.

Whether your old seat has broken or you’re simply ready for a change, we walk you through the steps you need to take to replace the toilet seat in your bathroom.

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How do I fix or replace a leaking shower?

Fixing or replacing your leaking shower doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive, and in the long run both your sanity and your wallet will feel the benefit!

The constant dripping of a leaking shower is enough to test anyone’s patience, and the irritation comes with waste – losing water that you aren't using every month through a small leak can add a surprising amount onto your water bill.

We’ll explain how to know if you should fix or replace a leaking shower and guide you through the process. Before you know it, your bathroom will be revitalized and restored to a space of tranquility!

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How to install a demister mirror pad to stop your bathroom mirror steaming up

A demister mirror pad will keep your bathroom mirror fresh and clear, helping you get the highest level of functionality and saving you time and energy from cleaning the marks on its surface.

Few things are more irritating than a misty bathroom mirror. Not only is it annoying when beads of water on the mirror’s surface stop you from seeing clearly, but constant wiping can also cause smudges that seem impossible to get rid of. However, there is a simple solution!

To help solve this annoying and common problem, we explain how to install a demister mirror pad to any bathroom mirror.

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4 ways to improve your shower pressure

Nothing beats an invigorating hot shower to awaken the senses and get you ready for whatever you’ve got planned in the day ahead – and shower pressure is key to making sure that you get the satisfying boost you need. 

If the water pressure in your shower leaves much to be desired, there are a few things you can do to improve it. We run through some of the most common causes in low water pressure in your shower and provide you with advice on how to fix the problem.

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How to change a radiator valve

Whether your radiator valve has stopped working or you need to replace the old one with a thermostatic valve, it’s a task you can do yourself if you’re confident about your DIY skills.

A thermostatic valve is a worthy investment in any home, as its self-regulating heating system adjusts the temperature automatically, based on the current temperature in the room. It’s a convenient addition that can also help you save money on your heating bills.

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How to keep your bathroom well ventilated

Ventilation is one of the most important things to think about when planning a bathroom design, as it will ensure your space stays clean and hygienic over the long term. Good air quality in the bathroom not only prevents unsightly condensation and mould, but ensures your sanitaryware and furniture maintains its quality over time.

How you choose to ventilate your bathroom will largely be dictated by the way your space is designed. Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to ensure your bathroom will remain fresh and dry, allowing your beautiful décor to steal the show.

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How can I replace a leaking bathroom tap?

A dripping tap is not only an annoyance – it costs money, too! A recent report revealed a tap that drips once per second can hike up your annual water bill by as much as 6%. And with Britons wasting 460 million litres of water every year due to leaky taps, it’s clear that we need to do something about it!

To help solve this common household problem, we explain how to fix or replace a dripping tap, so you can turn your bathroom back into the haven it once was and prevent more money from (quite literally!) being poured down the drain.

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Everything you need to know about shower screens

Choosing a shower screen for your bath might not be the first thing you think of when planning your dream bathroom, but it’s one of the most important aspects of your bathroom design in terms of both style and functionality.

We’ve broken down everything you need to know about choosing the right bath shower screen to go over your bath, so you can ensure your bathroom looks great, operates safely, and stays tidy and fresh over the long term.

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How to plan a rectangular bathroom

No matter how big or small your bathroom is, you need to design space that works best for your lifestyle. A rectangular shaped bathroom can present a number of options when it comes to planning a layout and design.

Where you place your key features will depend on the size of space and how the bathroom is plumbed. Check out our tips on designing a rectangular bathroom, so you can create a design scheme that looks great and feels effortless to use every day.

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How to tile a bathroom

Tiles are a popular choice for bathrooms. Not only are they resilient enough to safeguard against mould, leaks and water ingress, but they will stand the test of time, too. 

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How to install a wet room

Perfect for contemporary bathrooms, or spaces looking to achieve a truly minimalist aesthetic, a wet room is both a practical and stylish solution for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes.

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How to install a power shower

A power shower is a popular choice for those on-the-go.

Power showers use an electric pump to enable a high-pressure showering experience. Even those who live in a home with low water pressure can enjoy the benefits of the powerful flow of water, which can make showering much quicker.

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How to install an electric shower

Enjoy a steamy shower on demand – always ready to use, day or night.

Electric showers only take water from the mains cold water supply, which is ideal for households where there may be a shortage of hot water.

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How to install a bath

The tub is often the centrepiece of a bathroom – whether you’re enjoying a relaxing soak or working your way through the regimented bedtime routine, there’s no doubt that the bath is an important element in your lifestyle. 

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How to install a shower tray

When installing a new shower, we tend to think carefully about the shape and style that will suit us best when we want to nip in for a quick refresh or indulge in a luxury soaking. However, it’s not often we consider the tray that rests beneath our feet, catching all the excess water and faithfully carrying it away.

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How to install a shower

Whether it kicks off the start of your day, or helps you to unwind before bedtime, your shower is likely to be one of the most used features in your home. It is important to select a model that suits both your lifestyle and the look of your bathroom, and once you’ve found the perfect design, it’s time to start putting it to use! 

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How to fit a bathroom basin

Choosing a new basin is an exciting part of remodelling or updating your bathroom – with a range of shapes and styles available, this essential feature is also important in dictating theme and mood. 

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How to fit an extractor fan in the wall

Considering the amount of water-related activity they endure – including baths, showers and sinks running sometimes several times a day – bathrooms can quickly become full of condensation.

In order to prevent moisture from transforming into mould, most bathrooms require an extractor fan. This handy device draws the moisture from the bathroom and disposes of it outside of your home. 

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How to fit an extractor fan in the ceiling

It’s no surprise: bathrooms and moisture go hand-in-hand. In order to avoid the problems that can arise from excess damp, venting condensation out of the bathroom is an important procedure that can be achieved by installing an extractor fan. 

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How to unblock a bathroom basin

We’ve all felt the frustration that arises when we notice that the water in the sink is also rising at a time that it shouldn’t be. There are many reasons why a bathroom basin can become blocked, and if you’re facing a slow drain situation, we feel your pain.

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How to unblock a toilet

So, the toilet’s blocked. It’s a situation we all dread, and one we are all likely to encounter at some point in time. 

Though certainly not a pleasant problem, it is one that you can tackle yourself. With a few simple steps and a whole lot of resilience, you can hear the satisfying flush of clarity once more.

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How to bleed a radiator

At times, nothing can compare to the toasty comfort of a snug bathroom – welcoming on a cold morning and relaxing after a long day at work. However, when your radiator isn’t working at its best, it can throw everything off and turn that hopeful apprehension into disappointment. 

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How to fit a towel rail

When it comes to your bathroom, sometimes it’s the little things that count. While there’s no doubt that a great bath or shower can make your day, having a warm towel to hand is the icing on the cake.

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Investing in your future: Our new easy bathing range

Adaptations to the home can make dealing with mobility issues and disabilities easier. Usually being the smallest room in the house, the bathroom can present some of the biggest challenges when dealing with limitations in mobility, flexibility or dexterity, with impaired vision or any other barrier that requires a little additional support to surmount. 

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Mother’s Day inspiration: Top 10 gift ideas

Celebrated this year on March 6th; Mothering Sunday is a day to show our Mums and the special women in our lives just what they mean to us.

For many Mums, there’s nothing more indulgent than a long soak in the tub. So why not treat her to some pampering gifts this Mother’s Day? A well-deserved escape to the bathroom for an evening of relaxation, peace and tranquillity.

Check out our top ten gift ideas for inspiration…

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Beginner’s guide to cold showers: Benefits and tips

Cold showers – athletes incorporate them into medal-winning regimes. Old-Hollywood royalty Katharine Hepburn swore by them. Chances are, at least one of your co-workers or friends is keen to list off their benefits, too.

And yet, when it’s time to shed the towel and step underneath the shower head, many of us can’t find the willpower to twist the dial towards cold.

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How to fit a shower and bath into your bathroom

Fitting both a full-sized bath and shower in your bathroom isn’t an indulgence that only a large bathroom can provide. There are many innovative ways to get both features into a small washroom.

By thinking carefully about the models you choose and being savvy with your placement, you can shun the combined shower-bath forever.

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Break the Blue Monday taboo: 5 ways to embrace blue in your bathroom

In 2017, January 16th is Blue Monday – deemed the most depressing day of 2017. The experts say it’s the day when Christmas feels a distant memory and the next break from work is out of sight. When our New Year’s Resolutions have fizzled away, and when winter daylight savings, the weather and our motivation to do anything all seem to be working against us. 

 

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Candle-power: Using candles to enhance the atmosphere of your bathroom

Whether you’re looking to create a touch of romance in your bathroom or completely escape into a night of bathtub therapy, the flickering light and warm glow of candles are the perfect ingredient for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

How do you choose the perfect candles to suit the mood in your bathroom? From the look to the smell and the overall presentation, we have a few tips to help you set the scene. 

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6 ways to get festive in your bathroom this Christmas

Well, the weather outside is frightful, so make your bathroom look delightful!

With Christmas fast approaching, you’ll soon be putting up the Christmas tree in the living room, hanging a wreath on the front door and ironing those stockings, ready for the hearth. So, why not extend the festive cheer into the most important room in your home – the bathroom.

Not sure how? Try these quick and simple design ideas.

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The ultimate Black Friday Survival Guide

Of all the American traditions that have made their way across the pond, Black Friday is one of the most exciting. Retailers across the UK will slash prices during Black Friday week (Black Friday is 25th November 2016) giving shoppers a short-term opportunity to score huge deals on products ranging from t-shirts to TVs to toilets. 

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How to wash your towels

There’s nothing quite as cosy as the warm hug of a soft, fluffy towel after a luxurious bath or shower.

By following a careful maintenance and washing routine, you can keep your towels in quality condition and enjoy their welcoming hugs for years to come.

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5 ways to make #bathroomsmatter in creative problem-solving

If you have a lot on your mind – whether it’s work worries or personal problems – a soak in the bath could be just the solution to ease those thoughts spiralling around your head, allowing you some quiet thinking time.

A bathroom should be a tranquil haven to relax and shut off from the world – the go-to place when you feel stressed or anxious.

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No more drama: How to create the perfect couple’s bathroom

No matter how lovey-dovey you are in any other room of the house, sometimes, when it comes to the bathroom, couples can quickly turn from cutesy to competitive.  

So, don’t let the drama continue! Whether you’re working with a small space or you’ve got plenty of room for improvement, read on for top tips on how to make the most of your space so that bathroom bickering becomes a thing of the past. 

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5 reasons why #bathroomsmatter for first dates

There are few things more simultaneously nerve-wracking and exciting than a first date, between the butterflies that arise when you meet someone new, the anxiety that you might do something totally embarrassing, and the niggling possibility that this one might be the one. 

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How to add a splash of red to your small bathroom

Make every day a red-letter day!

If you’re looking to inject a bit of excitement into a small space, incorporating the fiery shade into your bathroom can be a great way to spice things up. From the statement to the subtle, read on for top tips about how you can add a splash of red to your bathroom. 

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5 signs it’s time to refurbish your bathroom

Imagine you receive a sudden request from an old friend who you haven’t seen for ages – they’re passing through town and was hoping to stop by for a cup of tea and a chat. You rush around and prepare your best china, lay out a new tablecloth and then the thought hits you: what about your bathroom? 

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World Water Day: How can you make a difference?

Are you more like a camel or a fish? Bear with us – it’ll make sense in a minute.

International World Water Day is March 22, held every year to raise awareness about water-related issues around the globe. First developed by the UN in 1992, each year has a different theme, and 2016’s is Better Water, Better Jobs. 

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Bath to the Future: Teching up your bathroom

If you’re one of those people counting down the hours until the release of the next Star Wars film in May ‘17 or impatiently waiting for hoverboards to hit the mainstream market (wasn’t that supposed to happen last year already?) please, take a deep breath and get ready to scratch that futuristic itch.

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Get the look: Create a perfect man-cave bathroom

Fed up of bathing in a girlie haven of bath bombs and frills? Be the envy of all males with your own man-cave bathroom.

From a self-cleaning wet room to bath tub gadgets for guys and stylish storage solutions, we can help you create the masculine low-maintenance retreat you’ve always dreamed of. 

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The 8 struggles people with small bathrooms have to face

Do you dream of a life where you can step out of the tub and not land in the toilet? Where legs no longer bear bruises of collisions with the bath panel?

This is in fact the harsh reality for people with small bathrooms around the world.

Warning: those with a spacious bathroom may find this article somewhat distressing. 

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3 top morning routines for the modern woman

Between the soul-destroying sound of your alarm and rocking up at work ready for action, there is one vital task to complete: your morning routine.

For the modern woman, this time of the day is when you become the strong, confident, independent woman everyone knows and loves, so we’ve put together three top-quality, award-winning* morning routines to help you feel bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, ready to take on the world.

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Stay positive in your bathroom with feng shui

We often take it for granted, but the bathroom is one of the first places we visit after waking up, before heading out the door, when we get in after a long day and before going to bed. So what impact does the energy of your bathroom have on your life?

 

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Design ideas for a kids’ bathroom

We know that bath lovers can be any age, and for the little ones who understand the overwhelming joy of a great bathroom, only the best will do!

Styling up a bathroom for kids is such an exciting opportunity to have fun with colours, decoration, and themes. So sit back and relax while we take you through some of our top suggestions.

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6 unbreakable rules for sharing a bathroom

The bathroom is an incredibly intimate and personal space, but for those of us who don’t have the luxury of having the bathroom all to ourselves, we have to learn to share the space. Whether it’s with our family, housemates or significant other, there’s a certain etiquette that needs to be adhered to in order to harmoniously share a bathroom. 

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10 signs your love of baths is getting out of hand

It's a truth universally acknowledged that baths are pretty much the best thing ever. Whilst we strongly advocate a love of baths, as you might have guessed from our name, there are certain signs that can only mean one thing: your bath addiction is getting out of hand.

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Brightening up a dark bathroom

Many bathrooms are built without windows or a lot of natural light. To combat this, there are a few ways of brightening the place up without the need for a big refurb! Take a look at our quick and easy tips for transforming your dark bathroom!

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Perfect bath: 4 recipes for a soothing soak

Bathing has been considered a relaxing and calming activity since, well, pretty much forever (we’re talking as far back as Cleopatra, who regularly indulged in a soothing milk bath)! If history has taught us anything, it’s that there are very few things that soothe...

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The ultimate book list for bath-lovers

Reading in the bath is possibly one of life’s greatest pleasures, soaking all your troubles away while you enjoy a great book. If this sounds like heaven, we’ve got 10 suggestions that will see you through your next few soaks!

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Top tips for a glamorous girly bathroom

To make your bathroom an absolute haven, there are a number of tricks you can try out on your décor, lighting and even your fixtures. Take a look through our suggestions to see if you can inject some girly glamour into your bathroom.

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How to design a heavenly ensuite bathroom

There’s something so luxurious about an ensuite bathroom – a truly private space which typically doesn’t see the same amount of traffic as the family bathroom. If you’re fixing up your existing ensuite, or planning to build one as a luxurious addition...

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Designing a Victorian bathroom

We run through everything you need to design your own Victorian bathroom with some styling hints and tips to get your creative juices flowing; before long, you’ll be bathing like it’s 1888, albeit a little cosier.

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Tub Talk Four: The Lagoon

This time, I've had the pleasure of testing Lagoon freestanding bath. Merely uttering the words sends a warming shiver down my spine. For over a year I have been trawling the galaxy in search of the ultimate bathing experience.

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10 steps to preparing a luxurious bath

If you have an especially busy lifestyle, an indulgent soak in the tub may be a luxury you can only afford once in a blue moon, so it needs to be perfect. Follow our 10 top tips on how to guarantee a luxurious bathing experience.

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How to add a splash of colour to your bathroom

Whilst the majority of us associate the perfect bathroom with cleanliness and serenity... there's nothing wrong with a splash of colour to add a touch of drama and character to your dream suite, and this doesn’t necessarily mean redecorating either.

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5 ways to kick start your morning

If it’s true that the first 60 minutes influence the rest of the day, then maybe it’s time to look for a routine that doesn’t involve hiding under the covers. So if you’re like the rest of us, then check out our top-five tips to kick-start your morning.

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Choosing the right basin for a small bathroom

If you’ve got a bathroom that’s a little limited on space, then don’t worry.  When it comes to basins, you’ll want something that’s large enough to be practical, but small enough to not overwhelm the room. Thankfully, there are a number of tips and tricks...

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10 tips to spruce up your bathroom

Even the most stylish space struggles to survive against years of persistent use. So if you’re feeling a tad disheartened with the state of your bathroom, then we’ve got ten top tips to help you spruce it up!

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Bathing abroad

You've thrown the entire contents of your wardrobe into the dusty suitcase you've pulled down from the attic, knowing full well you won't wear half of what's in there.

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Pamper bath

Leaving the office on a Friday afternoon, smelling like old shoes and bordering on exhausted insanity, one could forgive you for returning home, downing half a bottle of whatever you can find, be it Ribena or beer, and passing out face-down on your bathroom floor, ready to embrace two full days of sweet nothingness.

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Getting Ready for 'The Test'

The weather of late had brought the majority of us a glimmer of sun, to some of us hope, and that all too familiar feeling of feebly attempting to start afresh. What it indisputably has given us, however, is all the more reason to bathe.

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Bathers of the Universe

Bathers of the Universe, I am honoured and humbled to have been given the opportunity to introduce myself to you all formally as representative of bathstore in the capacity of Bathroom Executive Officer. It is also with great pleasure that I introduce you to Graham...

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Introducing our new BEO, Sam Collins

Meet Sam Collins, bathstores new Bathroom Executive Officer who will be testing baths for us for the next 12 months and blogging about it from the comfort of his tub. To give you a flavour of why we chose Sam we thought we'd share his cover letter with you. 

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