Bathroom suites come in so many styles and designs, so it may come as no surprise that choosing the most suitable one can seem a little overwhelming. To make things easier for you, we’ve created this handy guide on how to choose the best bathroom suite for your home.
What should I consider before choosing a bathroom suite?
Before buying the first bathroom suite you lay eyes on, there are a number of things to take into consideration. First and foremost, you will need to work out the best possible layout and the available space you have for fixtures and fittings. Measure the room and double check your measurements, as every inch counts, especially in a small bathroom. It’s important to note where the pipework is, but just be aware that relocating pipework significantly increases costs.
Use graph paper to make a scale drawing of your bathroom, and mark the position of the window and door.
To make it a bit easier you could use free online 3D design software, but if you have any doubts about how to go about designing your new bathroom suite, seek professional advice from a specialist.
Ventilation is another important factor to think about – if there’s no window in the bathroom, you will need to fit an extractor fan to help prevent issues caused by damp.
You will also need to work out how much you want to spend on your new bathroom. It’s a good idea to add an extra 10% on top of your budget, as no matter how well you plan, there will almost always be unforeseen costs.
There are ways to keep costs low though, for example you could carry out the installation work yourself if you are confident at DIY. Or just carry out some basic tasks such as fitting the accessories or even painting the walls. But as always, if you lack the required skills, we highly recommend hiring an approved plumber or bathroom fitter to carry out the installation of your new bathroom suite. You can find an approved tradesmen on trustedtraders.which.co.uk
As well as considering all of the above, you will also need to think about how the bathroom will work for you in your home. Think about who and how many people will use the bathroom. If you are a family with young children, you will need to choose a suite with a bath and perhaps a vanity unit so you can keep toiletries and other essential items hidden away yet easily accessible.
Perhaps your bathroom is just for the two of you. So, why not do away with a bath and instead fit a stylish walk in shower enclosure? Walk in showers are great for those who lead a busy lifestyle, as well as for those who are less mobile.
There are plenty of bathroom suites available to suit any requirement – whether you’re after a family friendly design or something more chic and contemporary.
What bathroom suite styles are available?
Once you have all the technical elements of your bathroom planned, you can then move on to choosing a bathroom suite style. The two main, and most popular suite styles are modern and traditional. Looking at the existing décor and style of your home, is a good starting point for helping you choose the best bathroom suite. You could also look at Pinterest and home improvement magazines for inspiration. Save all the images you like and make a note of what you like about each bathroom; this makes it easier to create a look you’ll love and ensures you get it right first time.
Traditional bathroom suites create a classic and timeless look that will never go out of fashion. They evoke the look of a Victorian or Edwardian bathroom, and usually feature a freestanding roll top bath or slipper bath, that will become the main focus of the suite. As well as a freestanding bath, they also make use of cross-head taps and a high or low level toilet. Traditional doesn’t have to be old-fashioned though. You can still make use of modern design with a rainfall shower head, thermostatic shower valve and taps with ceramic disc technology.
Modern bathroom suites are all about the latest styles and trends. They feature clean lines and bold shapes, making them ideal for creating a designer look. There are many modern suites to choose from, and it’s a style that will suit most homes. If you want to add wow factor and are lucky enough to have the space, opt for a suite with a freestanding bath. Or if your bathroom lacks the space for a separate bath and shower enclosure, it’s a good idea to choose a shower bath suite, so you get the best of both.
If you are fitting out an en-suite bathroom, you will want to choose a suite with a shower enclosure rather than a bath. These are available with a choice of shower enclosures designs and include a tray and waste, so you don’t need to worry about buying any extras.
What does a bathroom suite consist of?
A bathroom suite typically consists of a bath, basin and toilet. Although you can buy all the items that make up a bathroom suite separately, it’s always a good idea to choose a toilet and basin from the same collection to ensure a coordinated look.
Buying a toilet and basin suite, or a complete bathroom suite bundle can even help you to save money too, and it’s also an easier way to shop for a new suite. Some suites include the taps, but make sure to check what extras are required before you buy.
What bathroom suite is best for a small space?
If you have a small bathroom, there are plenty of options available. You could opt for a suite with a compact bath, short projection toilet and wall mounted basin to enhance a sense of space. Or you could fit a quadrant shower enclosure, along with a slimline vanity unit and wall hung toilet in a small en-suite. Just because you lack the space, it doesn’t mean that you can’t create a super stylish look.
What types of bathroom suites are available?
As well as modern and traditional styles, bathroom suites come with a choice of baths including straight standard baths, corner baths, shower baths and freestanding baths.
Suites with straight standard baths are the most affordable option. The bath comes in a range of sizes, and can feature a single or double ended design. A double ended bath allows you to bathe in comfort at either end, as the taps are positioned in the middle.
A shower bath is where one end is wider than the other, which creates a spacious showering area. This option is ideal for bathrooms that don’t have enough room to install a separate shower and bath. Choose from square and p-shaped designs.
If you want to create a luxury look and love to soak in the bath at the end of a long day, then a suite with a freestanding bath is the perfect choice for you. Freestanding baths are available in modern and traditional designs to suit any home.
Corner baths provide an alternative to straight baths, and can help make the best use of an awkward space. They incorporate plenty of bathing space, and come in a choice of styles. Some corner bath feature a handed design, so make sure to check if you need a left or right hand version before you buy.
The finishing touches
Once you’ve chosen a bathroom suite, you can start thinking about taps and accessories to add those all-important finishing touches. When choosing taps, make sure they enhance the design of your new suite. Cross-head taps are perfect for traditional schemes, while waterfall taps are a great option for modern bathrooms. A matching accessory set with loo roll holder, towel rail and soap dispenser will complete the look perfectly.