Four questions to ask yourself when buying a bathroom suite

When it comes to furnishing your home, you usually approach it in the same way you would with anything else. From sofas to lighting, you begin with an online search and after a few clicks you’ve found what you wanted and it will arrive in 3 to 5 working days. Although this approach is hugely convenient, there are some areas where it just doesn’t apply, and bathroom furnishing is one of them. If you’re on the hunt for a new bathroom suite, these four questions should ensure you stay on track.

1.     What space do you have to work with?

First of all, you need to measure up the space you have available, and put together some rough estimates of what you can accommodate. This will help you when you start to look online at different styles; there’s no point in falling in love with a huge, ornate roll-top bath if you can’t accommodate it. Use the sizes to guide you, and you shouldn’t have to face this problem. When conducting your searches, narrow them down with measurements to discount anything you can’t fit into the space.

2.     What’s your style?

Now that you’re armed with the facts and figures, it’s time to look around online for the design ideas and colour schemes that will make your bathroom unique. From clean and contemporary porcelain to rustic wood or traditional, once you know the style you’d like, you can then start browsing between bathroom suppliers and companies for the suites you prefer. You’ll be able to get a good idea of what trends are around and what kind of looks are better value than others.

3.     Where’s your nearest showroom?

Of course, it wouldn’t be a wise move at this stage to buy a suite without checking it out first. On the one hand, if you’ve found something you love you can do a search for stockists close to where you live. However, what I’d recommend is visiting a bathroom showroom, such as the ones www.betterbathrooms.com have throughout the UK. Stores like this stock thousands of products, and even if they don’t have the specific product you’re looking for, you’re more likely to find ones of a similar nature set up for you to see in the flesh. You’ll get a far better idea of how it will work in your home, as well as being able to see the quality.

4.     What’s your budget?

Now that you know exactly what you want, look around online for the best deals. There are tonnes of seasonal offers and end-of-line discounts to be had, but you can also look on sites like eBay for high-end designer names at cheaper prices. Of course, the best approach is always to buy from a reputable retailer, who lists genuine reviews on their site. Look for people who have reviewed the suite you want, and check whether they came across any faults.

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