Buyers Guides Buyer's Guide

From deciding between a freestanding or inset bath to selecting the right tiles, colour scheme and bathroom furniture, realising your dream bathroom poses many questions. Thankfully, our comprehensive buyer’s guides combine inspiration with practical advice and tips, giving you all the answers you need to ensure the whole process is a breeze.

Designed with all types of budgets and bathroom sizes in mind, from modest to majestic, you’ll find expertise covering all four corners of your bathroom from top to bottom. We’ve even produced jargon busters to help you understand all the tub-talk lingo!

What accessories will I need for my bathroom?

Sometimes it’s the smallest, simplest additions that are the all-important finishing touches to a perfect bathroom. Bathroom accessories include everything from shelving and storage to towel rings and toothbrush holders. These often overlooked additions are something of a necessity to create the perfect functional bathroom, but practicality doesn’t have to be boring.

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Jargon buster

There are lots of accessories to tidy and organise your bathroom, ensuring everything has its place. If you’re searching for the right accessories for your space but are baffled by terminology and phrases, then we’ve got the answers here in our jargon buster!

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I need a new basin for my bathroom... where should I start?

A good basin can be a real feature in your bathroom, and many options are available that are stylish, practical, and affordable. However, before you buy one, you will need to consider a number of things including the size, colour and style of the bathroom. Whether you want a modernist rectangular basin, or a more traditional Victorian vanity unit with built-in drawers, there are basins available to suit every style of bathroom.

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Should I opt for a washbowl?

Dynamic, eye-catching and luxurious, washbowl basins are a great addition to any modern bathroom suite. With their sleek lines and soft finish, they turn washing your hands into a deluxe experience and can transform the way the entire room looks.

 

 

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Basin jargon buster

When you are buying a new bathroom appliance, the last thing you want is to be confused by a load of jargon. To help you make sense of bathroom basins, here is a quick and handy guide.

 

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I need a new toilet... where should I start?

In any bathroom, big or small, a toilet is an absolute essential. If you are buying a new toilet, there are a lot of things to consider before deciding which one, and this can be quite a daunting prospect. This quick guide should give you all the vital information, from what kinds of toilet there are, to how much you could spend. Hopefully, this will help you find the perfect choice for your bathroom suite.

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Close coupled, back to wall or wall-hung toilet?

When choosing a new toilet for your bathroom suite, you have the option of three different styles. The differences largely involve how the toilet is fitted within the room and how much space it takes up. Here at bathstore, all three are typically made from a similar material – vitreous china – and you can be sure of their high quality and durability, irrespective of style. They are also all available in a range of aesthetic styles from modern and angular to elegant and curved. This short guide should take you through all the key features of each style, helping you choose which one is best for your bathroom.

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What is a bidet?

After 300 years in mainland Europe, the bidet has made its way over to the U.K., with more and more bathrooms featuring this handy, hygienic little device. Used for intimate washing, the bidet can help you stay clean and fresh, as well as injecting a bit of continental style into your bathroom suite. 

 

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What other toilet fittings will I need?

When buying a toilet for your bathroom suite, you will need more than just the toilet itself. Many toilets require you to purchase the seat separately and, if you are looking to mount it onto the wall, you will need a wall frame to keep it totally secure. Also, your toilet must be paired with a cistern and if not included in the purchase, you will need to make sure you get the right one. 

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Bathroom Toilets jargon buster

Buying any new bathroom fixture can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re confronted with a load of jargon that seems to make no sense. Buying a good quality toilet is such an important part of building a bathroom, so here are a few words and phrases you might come across while you browse. This guide can stop the process from being confusing, helping you make sense of all the jargon!

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I'm looking for a basin tap... what are my options?

So you’ve decided on your ideal basin, and it fits into your new bathroom just perfectly – but what about the finding the right tap? Although this may not have been high on your priority list when you planned your design, it is still important to get those final finishing touches spot-on in order to complete your perfect haven.

 

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I'm looking for a bath tap... what are my options?

Soaking yourself in a nice, hot bubble bath is one of the best ways to relieve stress caused by everyday life, or soothe aches or pains brought on by an active life. Making sure your bath is as attractive as it is functional is a significant part of the relaxation process, so it’s important to choose the right tap to ensure it provides your household with the ultimate retreat. 

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Can I change from pillar taps to a mixer tap?

With many people updating their bathrooms to achieve a more contemporary look, the popularity of mixer taps has risen considerably. Mixer taps offer a fuss-free and streamlined solution to the more traditional two faucet tap, allowing users to control the temperature and pressure of the water with one handy lever – but how easy is it to go from pillar to mixer? Is this process going to cost an arm and a leg? Our handy guide will give you all the information you need to decide if it’s a viable option. 

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Bathroom Taps jargon buster

Your quest to find the perfect taps for your bathroom suite can be a tough task at the best of times. With so many different things to consider before you make a purchase, the last thing you need is to be confronted with a string of jargon that doesn’t make sense. Our jargon buster will help you understand some of the most common terms and phrases used in the world of taps, to help you understand what options are available to you. 

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I want to install new lighting in my bathroom... Where do I start?

If you think about it, most rooms in the house adhere to their own lighting scheme. Your living room is likely to have ambient lighting, perfect for relaxing and watching TV, whereas your kitchen is a practical space and much more likely to have bright lights. Similarly, your bathroom will need a significant amount of consideration as to how the room will be lit. 

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What other fittings will I need?

When you’ve chosen the right lighting for your bathroom, there may be one or two other fittings or accessories that could be useful in your space. For example, if you regularly use an electrical shaver, a shaver socket is a must-have fitting which mustn’t be forgotten about.

 

 

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Bathroom Lighting jargon buster

There are lots of technical terms used to describe different types of lighting and light fittings, so if you’re feeling a little lost amongst the terminology, check out our handy jargon buster.

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What do I need to know about bathroom heating before I buy?

The bathroom is quite unlike most other rooms in the home as it has different requirements when it comes to keeping warm; it is usually damp and humid, we are often undressed in there, it is the first place we visit when we get up in the mornings, and it is smaller than other spaces in the home. All these factors - and more - make for some very specific heating requirements.

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I want to know everything about... bathroom radiators

Bathroom radiators come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials and types and it can be difficult to know what to choose. The decision to purchase a particular type of bathroom radiator takes into account personal taste, budget, space considerations, safety, timescale for installation, energy efficiency and many other factors. 

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Bathroom Heating what other fittings will I need?

When it comes to choosing your bathroom heating solution, there are a whole host of decisions and choices to be made to ensure you get the right heating system for your bathroom. Once you have decided on a heating system for your space, there are a handful of other fittings you’ll need to purchase alongside the system itself. 

 

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Bathroom Heating jargon buster

We know that not everyone is as passionate about bathroom heating as we are, so to save you puzzling over any terms, check out our jargon buster which explains any terms which may be unfamiliar.

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Freestanding or inset?

When it comes to choosing a new tub you’ll really feel spoilt for choice. One of the best ways to start narrowing down the list is to decide whether or not you want a freestanding or an inset bath. This decision will largely depend on how much space you’ve got to play with. Any bath is the centre piece and focal point of a bathroom, so it’s best to choose something that’s going to work well in the space. 

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Straight, corner, L-shaped or P-shaped?

Space is one of the main things to keep in mind when it comes to choosing a new bath. The size and shape of your bathroom will influence the size and shape of your new tub. While more generously sized rooms offer the luxury of choice, smaller or more awkwardly shaped rooms will need slightly more consideration. 

 

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Single or double ended?

Style and appearance are important when it comes to selecting your new tub and, of course, you’ll want it to be the perfect fit for your bathroom. More important than style, however, is practicality. It’s important to consider how you’re going to use your tub before you invest.

 

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Shower bath or separate shower?

Different bath styles and sizes can make you feel spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out a new tub. But there’s a more practical element to this decision making process too, in terms of how much space you’re working with and how you’ll be using your new bathroom in the years to come.

 

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Bathroom Baths Jargon Buster

Buying a bath is complicated enough – with so many decisions to make about size, shape and style, the whole process can be a little overwhelming. To help make things a little more straightforward, here’s a glossary of terms and phrases specific to baths:

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How can I increase the storage in my bathroom?

A bathroom refit can involve a lot of planning. Everything from layout to style and size of your sanitary ware and bathroom fittings needs to be considered. Another aspect of bathroom planning is storage. This is can be problematic in small bathrooms and disruptive to designs for minimalist, contemporary and traditional style bathrooms. 

 

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I want to know everything about... vanity units

Having a vanity unit in your bathroom can be a really effective way of saving space as well as creating extra storage room. They are available in a number of sizes and shapes, which means that there is one to suit any bathroom suite, no matter how much space you have to work with. They most frequently come with a basin (either fully or semi-inset), so you can combine a bathroom necessity with the luxury of extra storage. It can be tricky figuring out which option is best for you, but this article should help you make the choice.

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Bathroom furniture jargon buster

Buying new bathroom furniture can be a confusing task, especially if you are confronted with a load of terms and phrases that don’t make sense. With this handy jargon buster, you will be able to make sense of bathroom furniture terminology.

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I want to design a new bathroom... where do I start?

Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the house. If this is true, then the bathroom is definitely the soul. A good bathroom should be a place of solitude where we go to re-energise in the morning with a refreshing shower or wind down in the evening with a long soak in the bath.

 

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How do I measure my bathroom?

When you are planning to create your dream bathroom, it’s easy to get carried away with the design and aesthetic and forget about the practicalities! Measuring your bathroom should be one of the first things you do before you start looking at tubs and shower enclosures – that way, you know exactly what can and can’t be done with the space you have to work with.

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Should the bathroom be tiled before or after fitting the units?

Tiling is one of the best ways to properly finish a bathroom. While tiling might seem expensive from the outset, it’s the perfect way to give your bathroom a real sense of panache. There are many benefits to tiling a bathroom aside from looking great - they’re relatively low maintenance, easy to clean, and will last for years to come.

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Bathroom suites jargon buster

Here at bathstore, we’re pretty fanatical about our bathroom suites, but we don’t expect everyone to get the lingo we bounce around. Here’s a quick glossary of words, terms and phrases you might see whilst researching bathroom suites.

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Why should I opt for a shower in my bathroom?

Where would we be without showers? Showers are a modern convenience we’ve come to know, love and let’s face it, depend on to get us through the busy and stressful weeks. Gone are the days of piling into the tub for a weekly bath, instead, we’ve come to love starting the day by hopping into a refreshing cascade of water.

 

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I want to know everything about... shower trays

When thinking about a new shower for their bathroom, many people think that their choices are limited. But actually, there are loads of different styles all designed to suit your needs. Whether you’re redesigning the ensuite, putting in a shower room, or simply don’t have space for a bath or shower bath, then a shower enclosure is a stylish option that gives plenty of space for a comfortable shower.

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I want to know everything about... shower enclosures

Every bathroom is different and choosing the right shower enclosure to suit both your needs and the space can be complicated - particularly if you’ve got an awkwardly shaped room to work with. So whether you’re designing a contemporary shower room or putting in a separate bath and shower in a large room where there’s space to share, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got the answers here!

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I want to know everything about... walk-in showers

Walk-in showers are the cutting edge of modern bathroom design. Promoting an almost open-plan style of bathroom, a walk-in shower is a fresh, contemporary and luxurious addition to the home. If you’re thinking of designing your own spa-like sanctuary at home, then we’ve got all the information you need to design the perfect walk-in shower.

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I want to know everything about... frameless showers

A frameless shower provides a true taste of indulgence. These minimalist designs make an elegant addition to contemporary and designer bathrooms. A frameless enclosure promotes clean lines and a sense of space, giving a modern, fuss-free design. For those serious about showering, there’s no better option than a spacious walk-through shower.

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I want to know everything about... quadrant showers

A quadrant shower can provide you with an enclosed haven within your bathroom in which you can shut yourself away from the world for a refreshing showering experience. Fitting neatly into the corner of your bathroom, a quadrant shower is the perfect solution for those with the snuggest of bathroom spaces. 

 

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I want to know everything about... wet rooms

A wet room is the ultimate deluxe, contemporary bathroom, almost guaranteed to add value to your home. Taking inspiration from continental-style bathrooms, a wet room is a spacious and open plan shower room that’s easy to use, easy to clean and will continue to look stylish and elegant for years to come.

 

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Which shower system should I choose?

There’s nothing more satisfying than ripping out an old, sub-par bathroom for a new, contemporary design that offers a luxurious showering experience. So if you’re putting in a fabulous new shower, you don’t want to end up standing under a trickle of water, or washing in water that’s either boiling hot or freezing cold. That’s why it’s important to install the right shower system for your design, which will give your new shower the very best performance.

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Shower jargon buster

There are lots of words and phrases used to describe showers and fittings, and we don’t expect everyone to be as fanatical about showers as we are. So here’s a quick guide to some of the most commonly used words for showers, associated fittings, and their meanings.

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