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Buying a new bathroom

7th May, 2013

Buying a new bathroom can be a complicated and daunting process for homeowners, as the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house not only by the homeowner but also by visitors, it is also one of the most expensive to renovate, usually beaten only by the kitchen.

So where do you start and how do you get it right?

Whether you’re a homeowner reading this or an installer looking to pass on some helpful information, we can all agree that budget is key. Forget about what you think it might cost or how much a friend or relative has paid for their bathroom and decide; how much do I want to spend? Whether it’s a small budget or a large budget, having a top figure in mind for the total completion of the work is important, as you need to have a clear idea from the start if you want to prevent yourself from feeling short changed at the end of the process. It will also help the installer to provide you with the best service possible, rather than them exploring ideas which are over budget or are not as bespoke or luxurious as you would like. Most importantly, when it comes to budget, allow what you feel comfortable with and don’t be persuaded to spend more than you really want to.

It’s always best to speak to a professional, they’ve seen hundreds if not thousands of bathrooms, it’s their job to help you to achieve the bathroom design you desire and they will help you with the entire process. Also to ensure your bathroom project is being carried out by a reputable installer; visit the ‘find out more’ section of, type in your post code and select from our list of approved installers in your area, you can also search installers work in the inspiration section of our website to get some ideas for your project.

If you’re planning on measuring the bathroom yourself use some graph paper, measure all dimensions and draw the whole bathroom out to scale. Include doors, radiators, waste pipes, other outlets and highlight any accessories in your bathroom which you want to keep, note down all sizes next to the relevant part of your drawing. Within the measuring process, consider what type of flooring and tiles you would like and measure the thickness as this will also help to ensure than your bathroom measurements are correct, some styles of flooring and tiles can be up to 20mm thick, so it’s important to bear this in mind.

Remember bathroom furniture is a fantastic way achieving a stylish and contemporary look as well as being a great storage solution, but don’t forget to check the sizing. To get a feel for how it will work in the room, try cutting a piece of cardboard to the same size as your desired unit, you may find you can fit a larger or different shaped? unit in than you first thought and if you find you don’t have the space, consider a slim line or a modular unit, in order to give yourself more floor space without sacrificing storage. Check out our products page to see our comprehensive range of bathroom furniture.

If you have more helpful suggestions of how to make the bathroom buying process easier or if you have any other handy bathroom hints and tips, we’d love to hear from you, email, we will tweet the best ones and also add them to