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Fitted bathroom furniture is ideal for any type and any size of bathroom. They can provide either a functional or luxurious feel to a modern or traditional design, and will make the most of the available space. Fitted bathrooms typically consist of a toilet, a vanity unit with an inset or countertop washbasin, as well as storage units and cabinets. A bath and or a shower will also be included in the room.

 

Advantages

They will give an instant uplift to a tired bathroom

Making improvements to an old bathroom will make an immediate difference to your home. Simply by updating the suite, which can be achieved at a relatively low cost, you can make a dramatic change. The bathroom is often considered one of the most important rooms of the home, so it’s important to ensure it is an enjoyable and relaxing space.

They will make the most of the available space

UK bathrooms are traditionally small, 8 feet by 6 feet, and because of this, bathrooms are typically cramped and uninspiring rooms. Fitted bathroom furniture works with the space that is available, no matter how little. Fitted bathroom furniture can come in a variety of styles, both contemporary and traditional, and can also be more compact in size to fit into a smaller room.

They can add value to your property

Aside from the fact that the bathroom is one of the most important and most used rooms of the home, they can also add value to a property and make it much more appealing to buyers. When viewing a property, buyers generally look carefully at the kitchen and bathroom and these two rooms can potentially sway a decision. It’s therefore important to invest in a bathroom both for yourself and future buyers.

Disadvantages

They are permanent

Once a layout has been decided upon and installed, it is permanent. It is only possible to change the layout of a fitted bathroom by removing the current furniture and starting again. It is therefore very important to make sure that the design, style and layout of the room is satisfactory before making that final decision.

They can be expensive

As with any major change to the home, adding a fitted bathroom will come with a considerable expense. Fitted bathrooms can vary in price significantly, and the average price in the UK is approximately £3,000. It is possible to buy a standard bathroom suite from around £200, but there will additional costs from taps, to pipe work, to installation costs, which can double this amount. At the other end of the scale, it's also possible to have a unique bespoke bathroom commissioned for tens of thousands of pounds.

FAQ's

How much will a new shower cost?

The price of a new shower will depend on which shower you buy, and the type of plumbing system in your home. Prices can range from around £50 for a basic, low kilowatt electric shower up to thousands for a high-end luxury digital shower. Electric showers are the most popular type of shower in the UK. They heat mains cold water on demand and will need to be installed by a Part P registered electrician. Conventional mixer showers supply water from your hot water heating system – the most common types are gravity-fed, combi boiler and high pressure.

I have a small bathroom – how can I create a feeling of space?

This is a common problem amongst many UK homeowners. Bathrooms are traditionally one of the smallest rooms in the home, but they can still be made to feel spacious. Many bathrooms have no or very small windows, meaning that there is limited natural light in the room. Use of clever lighting in the rooms, from ceiling spotlights to illuminated mirrors can bring light into a dark room and help create a feeling of spaciousness. Other tips include using large mirrors to reflect light, and using pale colours to create the allusion of extra space. Small bathroom furniture, such as compact vanity units, small baths and curved showering enclosures, can be purchased to ensure that they don't overwhelm the room.

Should I go for a contemporary or traditional style bathroom?

It's entirely up to you. If the rest of your home follows a certain theme, be it modern or more traditional, then it may be an idea to continue this theme into the bathroom, but it really is down to your personal taste. Contemporary bathrooms are characterised by minimalist, sleek lines and are generally clutter free. Materials used typically include chrome, glass and plastic. Traditional bathrooms are more formal with more attention to detail. They usually involve classic shapes and styles such as arches and columns. Modern style bathrooms will typically be better received by potential buyers, so if you are thinking about moving in the near future then it may be safer to stick with a more contemporary design. Look for cabinets with soft close options that will appeal to families and make sure to fit plenty of storage without overpowering the room.

How can I create an eco-friendly bathroom?

The typical family uses approximately 70% of their water in the bathroom. It is very easy to find fitted bathroom furniture that is stylish yet environmentally friendly. Dual flush toilets can save up to nine litres of water per flush when compared to an older toilet. Typical dual flush toilets use around 4 litres for a reduced flush and 6 litres for a full flush, whereas an old single-flush toilet can use up to 13 litres each flush. Another option is choosing a water-saving shower head for your shower. These can typically save around 25% of water, by restricting the flow and aerating the water, to ensure there is no reduction in pressure or shower performance. In addition, it's also a good idea to think about water saving bathroom habits – such as limiting time in the shower, choosing showers over baths, turning off the tap when brushing teeth and generally conserving water when possible.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are lots of questions that arise when buying a new fitted bathroom. Before making any purchasing decisions, make sure to read our fitted bathroom FAQs to find the answers to some of the more common questions we get asked:

There’s no reason why a designer look can’t be achieved on a tight budget. Buy budget sanitary ware, including the toilet, basin and bath, but look for curvaceous, sleek units from DIY stores. Look out for sale periods in order to get the best bargains. Spend money on fittings, such as taps and handles, and high-end tiles, rather than the sanitary ware. By saving money in some areas, you can spend more on the aspects of the room that will make more of an impact. Check our designer bathrooms page for more inspirational ideas.
It is an unfortunate tradition for many UK bathrooms to be the smallest room in the house. Fortunately, there are plenty of tricks to make smaller spaces appear larger. Clever use of bright lighting and larger mirrors can improve the amount of light and ultimately the feeling of space. Pale, reflective flooring will also help to bounce light around the room and create a spacious feeling. Compact bathroom furniture can also be purchased to disguise a smaller room.
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms of the home – it’s a place to rest and relax after a hectic day. Aside from that, the bathroom is also one of the primary rooms in the home, after the kitchen that buyers really look at when viewing a property. It’s therefore very important to spend time designing and styling the bathroom, both for your enjoyment, and the potential value it can add to your property in the future.
The most important thing is that your bathroom provides everything that you need both now and in the future. A standalone showering enclosure is a fantastic addition to a bathroom, but if it means that a bath will have to be removed due to lack of space, then you need to think long and hard about this decision. When you come to sell the property, buyers with families will look for a bath, and it may affect potential sales. If it is not possible to fit both a shower and a bath, then consider adding a shower over the bath instead, to make the room as flexible as possible.
Showers are a fantastic addition to any bathroom – they save time and money, and can be much more environmentally friendly than baths. Electric showers heat mains cold water on demand using an integral electric element, whereas conventional mixer and modern digital showers work from your hot water system. There are three main hot water systems in the UK – gravity-fed (most common), combination boiler and high pressure, and the type of shower you buy will depend on the type of hot water system in your property. If you have a gravity-fed system, you may need an additional pump to provide extra water pressure otherwise the flow may be quite weak. Always consult a plumber before purchasing a shower, and a Part P registered electrician may be required to install an electric shower.

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