Category: Features

In-depth looks at aspects of how to make your bathroom the best room in your home.

  • The traditional bathroom look – and how to get it

    Let’s be brutally honest. Not everyone wants slate floors and gleaming white porcelain married with angular chrome taps and one tiny splash of colour in the shape of a £75 designer toilet brush that you don’t dare even use in case you depreciate its value. There’s really not a lot of point in installing the…


  • Is your toilet cleaner than your kitchen sink?

    So, is it actually possible that the fixtures in your bathroom, the ones we all think of as germ hotspots, are cleaner than the ones in your kitchen? We decided to investigate… And we found a 2008 study from a group of environmental scientists that suggests this might well be the case. The scientists, working…


  • What to do if you have a consumer problem with your bathroom

    None of us want to think about it, but it can happen… Having planned your dream bathroom, and budgeted for all the items you want, there’s something wrong with one of them. Or you’re simply not happy with the way it has been installed. What should you do? The first step when complaining is always…


  • How to bathe safely and avoid scalding

    How can you ensure that the water filling your bath is at a safe temperature, and avoid accidents for everyone using it? We asked bathroom merchant Big Bathroom Shop for some tips and advice. They told us that hot bath water causes serious harm to around 600 people each year as well as causing up…


  • The reluctant home improver: bathroom redesign

    Has improving your bathroom ever seemed like a task that is simply too big, complex or expensive to take on? Did you conclude that it was easier simply to live with what you had – or was the combination of horrid tub, garish tiles and water-guzzling toilet cistern finally too much to take?


  • Deciphering bathroom-speak: how to tell what’s what

    Could you recognise a piece of sanitaryware or a dual-flush WC at ten paces? If not, start here with our beginners’ guide to bathroom terminology The world of bathroom fixtures and fittings has its own language and if you are going to make sure you get the exact suite you want it makes sense to…

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  • How to fit a shower

    So, you’re faced with one of the most irritating bathroom jobs going – your shower has failed, leaving a queue out the bathroom door every morning of people needing to use it urgently. What should you do? Your very first move is to check the guarantee. Most showers have a manufacturers’ guarantee of two years,…


  • Water-saving in the bathroom

    How well does your bathroom use water? Ensuring it’s as efficient as possible isn’t just about making sure your home is green and sustainable. It’s also about saving you money as water efficiency will correlate directly with lower bills. If you’re looking to install a new bathroom, then it’s the perfect time to familiarise yourself…

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  • Five cheap bathroom makeover ideas

    We all dream of the ultimate in designer bathrooms – but sometimes we have to settle for a new shower curtain… Well, obviously we’d all like the latest designer bathroom with a sunken bath, a steam shower or maybe a top-of-the-range wetroom complete with an overhead power jet and a slinky glass shower screen. Unfortunately…

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  • The retro bathroom look – and how to get it

    Whether it’s the fabulous fifties or swinging sixties that press your buttons, the past has always been a fertile source of inspiration for interior design – and the bathroom is certainly not excluded from that. However, the smallest room in the house might seem one of the harder rooms to customise with a retro style…

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