‘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.
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 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.
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.