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What is a close-coupled toilet?

Close-coupled toilets are a common toilet design found all over the world. It has a toilet seat (the part you sit on), a pan (the part underneath the seat) and a visible cistern (the part that holds the water used when you flush). The closed couple toilet is a great choice for any bathroom; it can be particularly handy if you are trying to utilize limited space. Due to the cistern being accessible (not hidden in the wall), in the unlikely chance of something going wrong with the flush, it can usually be fixed very easily. Get one of these if you want a classic look toilet.

What is a wall-hung toilet?

A wall-hung toilet is simply a toilet that is attached only to the wall. The visible part of the wall-hung toilet comprises of a pan and toilet seat. The toilet does not have any connection to the floor. Wall hung toilets can be used in either small or large bathrooms. Wall hung designs are modern, timeless and can help create a feeling of open space; they can even help with bathroom cleanliness as they allow for cleaning under the toilet’s zone. The toilets themselves are hung onto a concealed frame, hidden behind the wall the toilet is being attached to. Get one of these if you like the design or need the space.

What is a back to wall toilet?

Back-to-wall toilets consist of a pan and a toilet seat. They are not wall hung. The cistern (where the water for the flush comes from) is hidden from sight with these types of toilets as they are either concealed behind the wall the toilet is connected to or hidden within a piece of furniture. Our back to wall toilets are sturdy, high quality and have amazing designs. Back to wall toilets have the added quality of stopping the toilets pipe work from being seen. Back to wall toilets are sometimes used in smaller bathrooms as they are known for being space saving. We believe any type of bathroom, large or small would be a good fit for these types of toilets. Back to wall toilets are sometimes abbreviated to btw. Get a back to wall if you are either space conscious or need to hide the plumbing. Cost Toilets are available in all price ranges for all types. It might be however worth considering the amount it might cost to fit your toilet as some may require a little bit of extra work - have a chat with your plumber or give us a call on 01422 363 589 (We don’t bite).



What is a freestanding bath?

A freestanding bath is simply a bath that is not built into the bathroom it’s in. They comprise of the bathtub itself and sometimes bath feet. They are found in lots of upmarket hotels and increasingly in design conscious homes. Freestanding baths come in endless styles, with traditional period styling being extremely popular. The factors to consider when choosing a freestanding bath include design of the bathroom it’s going in to and material it’s made from. Typically, freestanding baths come in acrylic, iron or stone. The material these baths are made from all have there own properties and heat retention qualities – See our material guide for a breakdown. (DROPBOX > NEW TEXT) Get a freestanding bath if you are design conscious. Freestanding baths really make a statement.

What is an L Shaped bath?

An L shaped bath is simply a bath shaped as an L. It has straight edges as opposed to a P Shaped bath. L Shaped baths are great for those who would like to be able to shower in the bath but also take baths from time to time. The wider part of the L shaped bath allows for more moving space when showering. If you buy an L shaped bath you should look to buy a bath screen with it, some come with them. The team always advise on practicality, it might be worth balancing design and probable use when making your decision, if you will use it for showering regularly, maybe a swivel bath screen would be best as it will allow extra access to the bath surface for cleaning. Get an L shaped bath if you use your bath as a shower or the dimensions of your room lend itself to the shape. This will work well with angular bathroom fixtures.

What is a P Shaped bath?

A P Shaped bath is very similar to an L shaped bath and follows the same naming convention. They are shaped like the letter P instead of L. The widest part of the bath is generally used as the place to stand and have a shower when the bath isn’t being used to bathe in. Most P shaped baths come with a screen included but its best to check, especially if you intend to use the bath for showers. When selecting the type of bath you need, have in mind what kind of look the rest of the bathroom will have. If curves are what you’re after as opposed to straight angular lines, a P shaped bath would be ideal. Get a P shaped bath if you use your bath as a shower or the dimensions of your room lend itself to the shape. This will work well with curved bathroom fixtures.

What is a shower bath?

A shower bath is simply a bath that has a design that will allow you to use it as a shower. They are generally paired with bath screens; these shield the rest of the bathroom from the splashes of the shower that don’t land in the bath itself. Shower baths can vary in design and can be P Shaped (Link), L Shaped (Link) or traditional (link). Things to consider when looking into a shower bath are; thickness of the bath material, thickness of the shower screen (generally, the thicker the better) and importantly, if the bath has any safety measures such as an anti slip surface. Shower baths are increasing in popularity as people choose them for the flexibility they provide. Have a bath or shower; it’s up to you.




What is a corner basin?

A corner basin fits directly into the corner of a bathroom or whichever room it’s needed in. An advantage of a corner basin is that they are a good use of space, sometimes there are plumbing advantages to a corner basin in that existing boxing may already be present to hide pipework. A popular pairing with this type of basin is a chrome bottle trap. The material used for these basins is generally porcelain. Something to watch for, and this goes for all types of basins and not just corner, the quality differential will come in the finish of the porcelain. Lower quality corner basins may have some imperfections on the surface in the forms of uneven surfaces. Rest assured, do their best to make sure we don’t associate with lower quality products. Corner basins can help make use of space in small bathrooms.

What is a semi-recessed basin?

Get back some space. Semi recessed basins have the advantage of having the ability to hide pipe work behind the counter to which it’s connected. Semi recessed basins are popular in toilet – basin units (link), these combined units will help support style continuity in the bathroom and also make buying bathrooms easier! Semi recessed basins are also known as semi inset basins.

What is a back to wall basin?

A back to wall basin is a basin designed to fit flush against the wall it is fitted against. They can either be wall hung, that is, attached to the wall without a pedestal or they come with a pedestal. Pedestals allow for extra detailing in your bathroom and some come with spectacular designs (LINK). Back to wall basins can work well in both modern and traditionally designed bathrooms.

What is a wall-hung basin?

A wall-hung basin simply connects to the wall and is not held up by a pedestal. Like any wall hung bathroom items, the wall-hung basin comes with hygiene advantages as the space underneath the basin, where traditionally a pedestal would be, is now clear for cleaning. Wall hung basins are a good choice in bathrooms where you might be going for a minimal approach or in bathrooms limited of space. Wall hung basins can help create a feeling of more space. Something to keep in mind is that a wall-hung basin will require a basin frame. In some limited cases, a wall-hung pedestal might not be the best option. If you are unsure if your bathroom would require a basin frame, please ask your plumber. Some wall hung space saving basins will allow you to choose whether you require a tap hole on the left or right hand side of the sink, allowing you to customize tap placement.

What is a Basin Frame?

Wall-hung basins require a basin frame and sometimes other basin units like vanity basin units (where the basin is a part of a cupboard). The frame holds and supports the basin. Frames support a minimalistic bathroom look and are generally embedded behind the front of the wall you have chosen to install the basin on. There are many different makes and types of basin frames however we only use components we trust, you can rest assured that if you find a frame on our website, it will be of good quality. It’s a good idea to speak to a fitter/plumber to make sure a frame will work on your bathroom, as they are not compatible with every wall type. prides itself on offering the lower prices on the Internet. Please call us if you see a basin frame cheaper anywhere else – we do everything we can to beat any genuine quote and are sure to take care of any queries you may have after the sale.

What is a splash back?

The splash back is a protective façade tat usually sits behind your basin. It protects the wall from water splashes etc. to stop the quality of the wall finish from deteriotating. Once extremely popular, splash backs are now coming back into fashion with more and more people realizing the importance of keeping moisture away from walls. A vide variety of splash backs are available in multitude of designs and this is one product that might be best to call us about. We tend not to list so many on our website due to regular design changes, needless to say we do have one of the widest selections available on the market.

What is a pedestal basin?

A pedestal basin is simply a basin with a pedestal connecting it to the floor. It is the most common form of basin in the United Kingdom (and maybe the rest of the developed world, but don’t quote us). Pedestal basins usually come in two parts; that is, the basin and the pedestal. Many different styles of pedestal basins are available, traditional style basins are in particular becoming more sought after as people increasingly are getting into decorating and DIY. Something to watch out for is the number of tap holes on a basin, although this may sound obvious, many have been caught out. A one-tap hole basin will accommodate a basin mixer tap whereas a two tap hole basin will require separate basin taps (not a mixer tap). Some basins, increasingly designer have three tap holes; so will require a spout and two handles.

What is a waste trap?

A trap the piece of hardware that sits underneath a bath or basin that directs the water to the waste pipe. It sits underneath the plug and come in a variety of different shapes. The Shape of the basin or bath trap you choose is dependent on a few things like the shape of the basin and the effect you are trying to go after. Basins without a pedestal, wall hung (aka wall mounted basins) benefit from having a more design friendly bottle trap. These bottle traps generally come in chrome and add an element of detail to your sink as they are exposed. Different traps exist for different uses; your bathroom fitter will be able to advise on the correct trap you require.

What is a vanity unit?

A vanity unit is a practical bathroom storage solution. It's a cupboard with a basin on top of it. The storage space takes up what would traditionally be a pedestal or empty space (for wall hung basins). The basins of vanity units are generally recessed, that is, they sit partly within the unit and protrude out. There are versions that look closer to a counter top and are the basins for these are sometimes known as ‘Ground’ basins. Many designer ranges are available in a vanity version and it’s handy to know that some people call vanity units, furniture units.

What is a toilet unit?

A toilet unit is simply the furniture that sits behind certain toilets to conceal a cistern and the associated plumbing. Toilet units are a great way to maintain a clean look in your bathroom and are ideally pair it with a vanity unit to maintain a consistent theme. The main advantages are cosmetic and it’s critical to remember, toilet units are to go with back to wall toilets (BTW). Buy a toilet unit if you like clean, unfussy design. The material used will give your bathroom a certain feel and we like the wood effect toilet units. Toilet units are sometimes known as WC units. Different types of radiators! —> Blog?

What is a quadrant shower?

We have no idea why it’s so hard to find a basic description of what a quadrant shower is on the Internet. Lets start with the tray; a quadrant shower has two straight edges and a curved edge. Unless the quadrant is ‘Offset’ the two edges are the same length. Quadrant shower enclosures can have pivot doors (which open the same way) or sliding doors. The thickness of glass is a variable to take note of, as thicker glass is generally more expensive. Quadrant showers sit in the corner of your bathroom and will complement any type of bathroom. Small bathrooms that don’t have space for a bath would also benefit from the convenience of a quadrant shower.

What is a hinged or pivot shower door?

A hinged or pivot shower door refers to the part of a shower enclosure that opens to let you in to use it. The door or panel that opens will swing open as opposed to slide to the side. There are a few things to consider when choosing a shower enclosure with a hinged or pivot door, firstly, do you have enough room? Many people use showers as solutions for smaller bathrooms and if that's the case, will you have enough room to open the door fully to get into the shower. Advantages to hinged or pivot doors are accessibility and the fact they are easy to clean!

What is a sliding shower?

A sliding shower refers to the part you use to get in and out of the shower. The door slides to the side instead of opening like a hinged or pivot door. The obvious advantage is the amount of space needed for a shower is reduced. Sliding shower enclosures work well for small bathrooms and are a popular option for many modern bathrooms. Something to look out for is shower enclosures to be seen as either right or left handed – this is nothing to do with if you are right or left handed (yes, we have had customers make shower decisions based on their dominant hand!) It is to do with the orientation of the actual shower – this can get confusing if you are new to buying showers so give us a call if you need any further information.

What is a shower tray?

A Shower tray is the part of the shower you stand on. They are generally white in colour and either square, rectangle or quadrant shaped (looks like a big pizza slice). The type you choose will be dependent on the shower enclosure you choose, the orientation of the shower placement in the room (do you need a left or right handed shower tray? – if unsure click here). Something to look out for is the word ‘offset’ (sometimes abbreviated to O/S), this means that the two straight sides of a quadrant shower tray will be different lengths. Shower trays also vary in depth; the choice on depth will be your preference. It may be good to call us or talk to your bathroom fitter if you wanted a special type (e.g. slim line). What is a left handed or right handed shower? — > Blog post

What is a wet room?

A wet room discards the needs for a shower enclosure. The entire room or part of becomes a shower area. The floor of a wet room has a gentle gradient to direct water to drainage set within the floor. Wet room’s need to be fitted properly and waterproofing needs to be carefully considered. Waterproofing starts with priming the floor and the walls. Care needs to be taken when fitting a wet room in your home and should be done by an experienced professional as imperfections could cause leaks. Wet rooms are stylish, modern and increasingly popular.

What is a Side Panel (also covered…. what is an end panel)?

This relates to a bath or shower generally. A side panel for a bath is the piece of material that covers the outer long side of your L / P or Standard bath. It hides the pipework and can be made from different materials including wood. Side panels will follow the design of the bath and are not required if you are having an inset bath (a bath that's built into you bathroom with tiling around it). An end panel does the same thing as a side panel but it for the short side of the bath. Something to keep in mind for deciding on an end panel is if the end of the bath will be exposed. It’s a common option to place the bath against a wall that is similar in length so there is not much space between the end of the bath and the end of the wall, any space that does remain is usually tiled off – it this circumstance you wont need an end panel. Bath end panels follow the design of the bath. For showers, side panels are the panes of glass in the side of the door. Side Panels can exist on either side of the door or one.

What is a basin mixer tap AKA Monobloc?

A basin mixer is known by most as a tap. This type of tap generally has a lever to control the temperature and flow of water. Basin mixer taps are also known as Monobloc taps and are now more popular than individual hot and cold taps. Basin mixer taps are available in a few different variations and you should make your decision on which taps to buy based on your personal preference and the type of basin you are pairing the mixer tap with. Monobloc mixer taps are generally used with basins that have 1 tap hole. Designs of basin mixer taps vary and the waterfall variety are a sought after option. Popular brand include Hansgrohe and Vitra.

What is a bath mixer tap?

A bath mixer tap is a tap with one water outlet. They are frequently also known as bath mixer’s as well. Bath taps with showerhead are also available and are know as bath shower mixers. The majority of new taps for contemporary style bathrooms will be bath mixer taps. There is not much worry about other than design with these taps as they are relatively standard in fitting. Some baths will come with pre-drilled holes whereas others will need to be drilled for these mixers to be fitted. Something to be aware of is that some taps will cope better with low water pressure than others – give us a call if you need any further information about this.