How to choose a bathroom suite: A buyer’s guide

Here at The Bathroom Showroom we pride ourselves on the wide range of suites available to ensure you find your dream bathroom. However, we also know that having lots of choices can add confusion, so our bathroom suites buyer’s guide is designed to help you on your journey.

 

What type of bathroom is it?

For cloakrooms, ensuites and very small bathrooms look for space-saving suites like the iflo Trapini or Roca Mini with corner basins, slimline furniture, wall-hung toilets and mirrored cabinets. For larger bathrooms, where storage solutions and furniture is essential, why not take a look at our furniture range which offers the practicality necessary for your spacious bathroom.

Who will be using the bathroom?

Think about how many people are going to use the bathroom and what their needs might be. For example, with a family bathroom, you might require your suite to be durable and easy to maintain. If it’s an ensuite for the master bedroom, perhaps you can prioritise luxury and style.

What’s your style?

Consider what style you prefer - modern and contemporary, or classic and traditional. If you prefer a more modern look aim for suites with clean lines, angled forms and showstopper centrepieces like the Roca Modo Collection, or the iflo Serino Collection. To achieve a contemporary look you could opt for wall-hung toilets, vessel basins and waterfall taps with a digital shower in a frameless enclosure to complete the look.


Should traditional and timeless be more to your taste, take a look at our Victorian-style suites, such as the iflo Herita or any of the Heritage suites. Featuring roll-top baths, high cistern toilets and mixer showers with rain can showerheads. In need of some more bathroom inspiration? View the latest bathroom trends in our latest bathroom brochure and discover the perfect suite for you.

 

Select a type of toilet

There are three types of toilet to choose from: close coupled (open or closed back), back to wall toilets and wall hung toilets. If you have a small bathroom, wall hung toilets are a great option as they give the illusion of more space. If your bathroom is not limited by space, the choice is yours. Wall hung and back to wall toilets would work well in contemporary style bathrooms, and close coupled toilets are most commonly used in traditional style bathrooms.


If you're looking for more advice about choosing the right toilet, read our toilet buyer’s guide has all the information you need.


Select a type of basin

The most common type of basin is a basin with a pedestal. These are available in a variety of shapes and sizes with various base options - full pedestal, semi-pedestal and bottle trap.


However, if you opt for bathroom furniture, there are a few more basin options; countertop which simply sits on top of the furniture unit, semi-recessed which generally offer a deeper bowl and stylish contract between basin and worktop or vessel basin which sits on top of a worktop and gives an exceptionally modern look.

If you’re buying a basin and a toilet we always recommend buying the two units from the same collection to ensure the shades match, as if the ceramic is made using different raw materials the shades of sanitaryware may be different. We've got more handy hints and tips in our basin buyer’s guide.

 

Select a type of bath

If you’d like a statement piece in your bathroom and you have the floor space available, consider a freestanding bath. We’ve got a range of both traditional roll top freestanding baths, or more modern styles like the Ideal Standard Tonic II and  Roca Virgina. Straight baths are available in round or square and single or double-ended, and shower baths are a great solution for where space is limited. Read our bath buyer’s guide to find out more about the different styles and shapes of baths available.

Select a shower

It’s time to choose a shower. The four main types of shower are: concealed showers, whereby the valve is concealed behind a wall, exposed showers, which have an exposed valve that takes a hot and cold water feed, electric showers, which heat the water by passing a cold water feed through a heating element, or digital showers which use a control unit or your smartphone to control the temperature and water flow.


If your shower is in a separate enclosure rather than over a shower bath, consider what shower enclosure you’d like - a conventional fully framed enclosure, a semi-frameless or a frameless shower enclosure.


Our shower’s guide is packed full of useful information to help you choose the right style for your bathroom.

Wall and floor coverings are essential

Your wall and floor coverings are the starting point for setting the mood and style of your new bathroom suite. From traditional to bright mosaics, we can provide you with more options than ever before. Check out our range of tiles, wall panelling and vinyl floor coverings in pages 269-279 of our latest brochure.



Don't forget the final touches

When planning your dream bathroom, it’s easy to forget the final touches that really bring your bathroom to life. Choose practical and well-designed mirrors, cabinets, lighting, towel rails and accessories to bring the whole bathroom together. You can even add a little luxury to your new bathroom suite with underfloor heating. Be sure to speak to your Showroom Manager about our ranges and let us help make your bathroom dreams a reality.


 
 

Book a bathroom design appointment

Whether you're just starting out with your bathroom project or you're in the final stages of choosing your new bathroom suite, we're here to help. Explore our range of suites in our latest brochure or book an appointment to visit your local Bathroom Showroom where our friendly team can help you choose the right shower for you.