Bathroom Fittings Buying Guide

‘Fixtures and fittings’. It’s a term you may have heard a lot if you’re renovating your bathroom, or even buying a new home. But what’s the difference between bathroom fittings and bathroom fixtures and what do they mean for your ever-growing to-do list? 

In this guide we’ll talk you through what counts as bathroom fixtures and what counts as bathroom fittings. Plus any considerations for when you’re buying fittings for your bathroom – both aesthetically and practically.

Bathroom fixtures

In legal terms, if you were to buy a property you may see on the description that it includes bathroom fixtures but not bathroom fittings – the majority of people take these with them.

Bathroom fixtures are the parts of your bathroom that are plumbed or wired in. For example baths, toilets, showers and sinks that you can’t simply move around the bathroom – they’re ‘fixed’ in place. A lot of the time these have a shelf-life of around 25 years, so you may not need to replace them.

Bathroom fittings

Bathroom fittings on the other hand are the parts of the bathroom you could easily remove and replace if you like. They’re usually the smaller parts that really show your style and make your space your own. 

We’ve put together a concrete to-do list for you so you don’t miss any important bathroom fittings when planning your new space.

Toilet seat

Made to last, toilet seats are bathroom fittings usually made of tough stuff. They go through their fair share of wear and tear and need to be cleaned often. This means you may want to replace your seat even if you don’t replace your toilet itself – especially if you’re buying a home and one’s been left.

There are a few things you can do to make your loo seat last longer and avoid wear and tear. For example a darker colour seat won’t show stains as much as a white one. Solid wood toilet seats can also last a lot longer than plastic ones – and can also be painted and varnished to match the style of your bathroom.

Shower curtain

These bathroom fittings require a little more than just choosing a curtain style. You have to make sure you have the rail fitted too – which may mean baths with glass screens are unsuitable for a curtain unless you want to pay to remove it. 

Once you’ve installed a rail and measured for size, choosing a shower curtain is a great way to show off your creative flair. A bold curtain can bring that much needed pop of colour to a neutral bathroom suite, or even compliment a busy bathroom. 

As they’re often in contact with products, they’ll need a good wash every now and again, so you may want to choose a darker colour to hide mildew more easily.

Toilet roll holder

Again, even though you may not think it, this bathroom fitting can complement the style of your space easily. It doesn’t need to be a bog standard bit of silver fixed to the wall.

Choose a simple wall mounted toilet roll holder in anything from painted wood to polished chrome. Or, pick up a jazzier freestanding holder to match the other bathroom fittings and fixtures in your suite.

Soap dispenser

Soap dispenser sink fittings are some of the most versatile and are very dependent on what kind of soap you prefer to use. A solid block of soap will need a dish to make sure it doesn’t easily slip into your sink. This could be mounted over your sink or in any kind of soap dish you could think of – so long as the size and shape of it sits neatly on the side of your sink. The other options are liquid soap dispensers, which again come in a multitude of colours and styles to complement your bathroom.


You’ll need storage in your bathroom, be that cupboards, shelves or baskets. It’s a good idea to check what you’ll need to store first and then plan these into your space. For example if you want to store unsightly cleaning products a cupboard may be best, whereas beautiful bottles of bubble bath or bath salts could sit on glass shelves alongside some plants. 

You’ll also need to think about how your bathroom fittings and sink fittings affect accessibility. An under-sink cupboard may be great until you’re bending down every day to get your toothbrush and face wash. In which case a head height mirror cupboard may be good for items you use daily.


There are plenty more accessories you can add to your bathroom other than what we’ve discussed above. From towel rails, to toilet brush holders, to robe hooks, it’s worth exploring exactly what you need and taking it from there.

If you do need any more help with bathroom fittings, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re on-hand on social media, our website or at your local Bathstore.



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