So you’ve got a brand new bathroom suite in your bathroom. It looks amazing, right? But what have you forgotten? What is your toilet paper hanging on? Where are your toothbrushes sitting? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you may have forgotten to pick up some bathroom accessories. This guide will give you a run-down of what’s available and what you may need.
Determine What You Need
As noted, it’s often easy to forget the little things when you’re looking at the bigger picture of finding a decent bathroom suite. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a complete look at your bathroom before you begin the research and buying process and go over every nook and cranny of what you need in there. For example, you know you need a toilet but don’t forget a toilet roll holder and a toilet brush holder too.
When you just want to make small updates to your bathroom, or you’ve moved into a new home where certain things are missing, then you can jump straight into the research process. Below we’re going to highlight all the different bathroom accessories you can buy at Plumbworld and where they fit into your overall bathroom picture.
Consider the quality of the bathroom accessories too. You could go down to your local DIY store and buy bathroom accessories for cheap prices, but they may not stick around for long. Of course, it’s not possible to physically check the quality of a product when you buy it online, but reading reviews first can give you a good idea. It’s not always the case that paying more means it will last longer, but at Plumbworld you can be sure that all our products are of high quality and thoroughly tested – no matter the price!
Where possible it may be a better idea to buy your bathroom accessories in packs. This is not only because you can be sure they will match, but it will also generally offer you better value for money than buying each item individually.
We’ll begin with the toilet. If you’re buying a toilet then it’s highly likely that a toilet seat will already be included with your purchase. However, you may want something different, something on a more luxurious and higher comfort level. It could also be the case that your current toilet seat is broken, and it’s pointless replacing the entire toilet when the seat is only a small portion of the overall cost.
Toilet seats made from wood, such as a pine toilet seat, are a unique selection. In terms of looking at structure, a heavyweight toilet seat will offer more support. Soft close toilet seats are also a popular selection, which allow you to let the toilet seat fall down without slamming against the toilet itself.
Wall Mounted Bathroom Accessories
A broad range of accessories come under this one, and there’s an option to buy them in packs and ranges if you’re starting afresh. If you just need one item, buying them individually is fine, but it’s not the best idea to pick and choose accessories from different ranges as you’ll come to find that they may not match and it may cost you more.
Beginning with toilet roll holders you can immediately see that, even with this seemingly basic item, there is a wide range of styles available so you should be able to find one that matches your bathroom décor. The same goes for the majority of other wall mounted bathroom accessories available; you need to be sure that it will match your bathroom suite.
Alongside toilet roll holders, other priorities are shower caddies for in-shower storage. Soap dishes, tumblers and toothbrush holders all look incredibly stylish when mounted to the wall instead of simply resting on your sink. You may also want to get a towel ring or towel rail so your towels aren’t just hanging limply off a radiator, unless it’s a stylish heated towel rail (see the heated towel rails buyers guide).
You can have the best looking bathroom in the world, but if you don’t get the lighting right then a spectacular looking bathroom can immediately become a dingy affair. Thankfully there are plenty of options to choose from, whether your preference is for ceiling or wall mounted lights. If spotlights are your thing then those are available, but you can also go for flush fitting lights too. Wall mounted lights are a rare choice but scream style and cast light in different ways.
Although function is the most important thing, the form needs to be considered too. Again, compare picks to your bathroom suite to make sure it matches the style you’re going for.
For safety reasons, you should get all bathroom lighting installed by a qualified electrician.
Everyone needs a bathroom mirror if only to stare into it in the morning and wonder why you’re not still in bed. In all seriousness, a bathroom mirror can make a big difference to your bathroom. Small bathrooms benefit the most, as a mirror can instantly make it look that much bigger.
As with everything in this guide, there is a multitude of styles available. Shapes include your regular rectangular versions, rounded versions and arched versions. For a more spectacular effect, and some extra lighting, illuminated bathroom mirrors, backlit mirrors and LED bathroom mirrors all add that extra dimension to your bathrooms style. If you want to stop your mirror steaming up you can also buy demister mirrors, or convert a mirror that’s not demistable into one with a demista pad.
Finally, there is also a range of shaving and cosmetic mirrors that are attached to extendable arms so that it’s an easier job to deal with those hard to see places.
If you have mobility issues then a little extra support in the bathroom is crucial, especially as it’s already a slippery environment. Grab rails improve safety with a sturdy hold for places where grip can be reduced. Combined with shower seats too, assistive accessories can make getting into and out of the bath or shower safely that much more reassuring.
Remember that when you buy a bath you’re going to need a bath panel in most cases. There is a range of styles and sizes available, but before you buy make sure you know the exact size of your bath so your new panel fits perfectly.
Aside from bath panels we also offer a range of shower curtains if you prefer that over fixed bath screens. The great thing about shower curtains is that you can really let your personality shine through, although try not to go too overboard as a brightly coloured shower curtain will clash with that neutral modern bathroom suite you’ve just installed.
Also, don’t forget extractor fans. These are crucial if you don’t have a window in your bathroom, but even if you do it’s worth thinking about installing one as they do a better job of tackling mould build-up than simply opening the window.
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