Advice

Whether it’s your bathroom or bedroom, we all need a little bit of help and advice when it comes to buying and installing your products. In this section, you’ll find a whole range of articles, videos and downloads, with simple to follow how-to guides, articles on room planning, buying guides and installation instructions.

Shower pump buying guide
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Shower pump buying guide

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If you're suffering from low water pressure, find out which shower pump can help boost your flow rate for your shower or even your whole home.

Bed buying guide
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Bed buying guide

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Buying a new bed - arguably, it's one of the most important purchases you'll ever make. Follow our bed buying guide to find the right bed for you.

How to tile
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How to tile

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Looking to tile your bathroom or kitchen? Our handy step-by-step DIY guide will give you all the help you need when tiling your home.

Bathroom jargon buster
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Bathroom jargon buster

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Can't tell your MDF from your MFC? Don't know what the WRAS do? Don't worry, help is at hand. In our bathroom jargon buster, we'll explain all those unusual terms you only come across when buying a bathroom.

Bathroom tiles advice
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Bathroom tiles advice

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Tiles are the foundations upon which many great bathrooms are built, so it’s vitally important you get this bit right. Here at VictoriaPlum.com we’re dedicated to helping you build the perfect bathroom, so here are our tips for bathroom tiles.

Mattress buying guide
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Mattress buying guide

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Double or king size? Open coil or pocket spring? Soft or firm? A new mattress is arguably one of the most important purchases you can make, so we’re on hand to guide you through the process and make sure you get it right.

Chest of drawers buying guide
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Chest of drawers buying guide

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Tall or wide, oak or pine, there are many different chests of drawers available for your bedroom. Follow our handy guide and choose the right design for your needs.

How to fit a wooden bath panel
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How to fit a wooden bath panel

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The number of panels you’ll need to fit will depend on the size, position and type of bath you have. All straight baths will usually require at least a front panel (the long panel that runs down one side of the bath), but may also need an end panel (the smaller panel that runs along the end of the bath).

Shower head buying guide
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Shower head buying guide

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Here at VictoriaPlum.com, we know buying a shower head can be confusing, especially when there are so many different options to choose from. We’ve put together a guide to give you an overview of the shower head styles available, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our customers.

Whirlpool baths guide
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Whirlpool baths guide

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This handy guide will give you a brief introduction to the luxurious world of whirlpool baths, and the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

Shower baths guide
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Shower baths guide

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This guide will give you a brief introduction to shower baths, and a look at the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

Cloakroom suite buying guide
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Cloakroom suite buying guide

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Cloakroom bathrooms can be tricky to get right. Space is at a premium, so it’s important to choose a suite that will work with your room and complement its style. At VictoriaPlum.com we have a great range of cloakroom suites available, giving you a wide choice of designs and styles so you’re sure to find the perfect suite to fit your space.

Straight bath buying guide
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Straight bath buying guide

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This guide has been designed to introduce you to the range of straight baths at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can decide what would work for your bathroom.

How to fit a bath mixer tap
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How to fit a bath mixer tap

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Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new bath mixer tap.

Bedroom furniture buying guide
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Bedroom furniture buying guide

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From your wardrobe to your chest of drawers, this handy bedroom furniture buying guide will "furnish" you with all the information and advice you need to make the right choices for your bedroom.

Planning a period style bathroom
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Planning a period style bathroom

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Living in a period property means that you have a range of choices when it comes to choosing your interior design style. Although an ultra-modern, high-tech approach can work well as a stark statement, most people choose to decorate in a way that is sympathetic to the original building itself. But you don’t have to live in an older property to enjoy traditional style.

How to fit bath taps
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How to fit bath taps

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Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new bath taps.

How to fit basin taps
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How to fit basin taps

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Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new basin taps.

How to redesign your bathroom in 10 simple steps
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How to redesign your bathroom in 10 simple steps

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If you're looking to redesign your bathroom, it shouldn't cost a fortune. There are plenty of things that you can do to enhance the look of the room. The tips below should help to give you some inspiration. If you follow steps one to ten you will have a completely different room!

Frequently asked questions about tiles
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Frequently asked questions about tiles

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When it comes to buying tiles, there are many questions we get asked. So, to save you time and money, we've provided the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tiling your home.

Wardrobe buying guide
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Wardrobe buying guide

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So many clothes and so little space to hang them! That is until now... We've pulled together this handy wardrobe buying guide, to ensure you buy the right one for your bedroom.

Bathroom accessory buying guide
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Bathroom accessory buying guide

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When you’re thinking bathrooms there can be a tendency to concentrate so much on the big things like the suite you want, that you can overlook the different accessories that can also improve your bathroom in so many ways.

Common tap problems and solutions
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Common tap problems and solutions

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When it comes to taps, there can be a lot of problems that occur and we often get a lot of questions sent in – so we thought we would put together our most asked questions and a few solutions to help you out.

How to fit a pedestal basin
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How to fit a pedestal basin

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Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new pedestal basin. Follow our step by step guide here.

How to fit a shower enclosure
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How to fit a shower enclosure

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There are a great variety of shower enclosures on the market for you to pick from, with different styles, shapes, and purposes. Whichever you choose, you can follow our step-by-step instructions to fit your new shower enclosure.

Corner toilet buying guide
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Corner toilet buying guide

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For small bathrooms, cloakrooms or ensuites, a corner toilet could be just the answer to open up your space. Here are a few things you should know before you buy.

Freestanding baths buying guide
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Freestanding baths buying guide

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When you want to create a beautiful and luxurious bathroom, there’s no better choice than a freestanding bath. Whether your room is contemporary or traditional in style, a freestanding bath adds that extra special touch. This guide will give you an introduction to freestanding baths.

Shower enclosure buying guide
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Shower enclosure buying guide

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When buying a new shower enclosure, there are many things to take into consideration, including size, shape, door type and tray. Our handy buying guide will help you make those tough decisions.

Basin taps buying guide
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Basin taps buying guide

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When you’re updating your bathroom suite, choosing the right basin taps can really alter its look and feel. Our buying guide will help you to choose the style that’s right for you.

Bedside drawers buying guide
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Bedside drawers buying guide

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No bedroom is complete without a set of bedside drawers. At the end of the day, you need somewhere to rest your book, mobile phone or maybe even a lamp. But with so many options, our handy buying guide will help you choose the right bedside cabinet for your needs.

Freestanding taps buying guide
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Freestanding taps buying guide

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Freestanding taps can make a beautiful addition to a bathroom, whether it has a slick contemporary look, or a more traditionally luxurious style. This guide will give you an overview of what you need to think about, and introduce you to the range at VictoriaPlum.com.

Shower cabin buying guide
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Shower cabin buying guide

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If you’re looking for the perfect shower solution for your bathroom, a shower cabin may be the perfect choice. This guide will show you what shower cabins are available at VictoriaPlum.com, what kind of bathrooms they suit, and the features they include.

Waterfall basin mixer tap buying guide
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Waterfall basin mixer tap buying guide

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A waterfall tap can make a stunning addition to any contemporary bathroom, adding a stylish feature and a feeling of luxury. This guide will introduce you to waterfall taps and how they work, and how they could fit into your bathroom design.

Corner basin buying guide
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Corner basin buying guide

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When it comes to designing a cloakroom, making the most of the space is usually one of the top concerns. With its clever space-efficient design, a corner basin can provide the solution. This guide will give you a brief introduction to corner basins, and how one could work in your bathroom.

Bath panel buying guide
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Bath panel buying guide

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A bath panel is an essential part of creating the perfect look for your chosen design, whether it’s a straight bath, corner bath, or shower bath. They hide unsightly pipework and other structures, so your bath looks sleek and seamless. This guide will give you a brief introduction to bath panels, and an overview of the range available at VictoriaPlum.com

Toilet unit buying guide
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Toilet unit buying guide

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A toilet unit conceals the cistern for a back to wall toilet, creating a streamlined and sleek look for your bathroom. This guide will give you a brief introduction to the range of toilet units at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Family bathroom suite buying guide
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Family bathroom suite buying guide

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When planning a family bathroom, you don't just have to consider your own needs, but also those of your partner and children. Follow our handy buying guide and you'll find that a family bathroom doesn't mean having to compromise on style.

Wall mounted taps buying guide
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Wall mounted taps buying guide

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If you’re considering wall mounted taps for your bathroom, this guide will tell what you need to consider and give you an overview of the range available at VictoriaPlum.com.

Wall hung basin buying guide
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Wall hung basin buying guide

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When it comes to creating a contemporary bathroom, a wall hung basin can be the perfect choice for achieving that sleek, minimalist look. If you’re thinking about a new basin for your bathroom, this guide will give you an overview of wall hung basins at VictoriaPlum.com.

Toilet and basin suite buying guide
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Toilet and basin suite buying guide

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If you’re looking for a toilet and basin suite, but aren’t sure where to start, this guide is for you. Find out about the different types of toilets and basins that we have available at VictoriaPlum.com so that you can decide which suite is best for your bathroom.

Bathroom flooring advice
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Bathroom flooring advice

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Bathrooms are about more than just fixtures and fittings, and here at VictoriaPlum.com we’ll do our best to help you get every aspect of your bathroom up to standard.

Mounting frame buying guide
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Mounting frame buying guide

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If you’ve chosen a wall hung toilet for your bathroom, an essential feature you will need is a mounting frame. This provides support for the toilet, as well as incorporating a concealed cistern and other pipework. This guide will give you a quick overview of what a mounting frame does, and the things you need to think about when installing one.

A guide to planning your bathroom layout
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A guide to planning your bathroom layout

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The first thing to take into consideration is the where the toilet is going to be positioned. The location of your toilet is dictated by the soil pipe, find where the soil pipe comes into the bathroom rather than where the existing soil pipe connects to the toilet. Once the soil pipe has been located you can work out a logical place to put your toilet.

Planning a loft bathroom
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Planning a loft bathroom

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Space constraints in your home may mean, when it comes to a new bathroom, the only way is up. You’re not alone. Turning your loft into a bathroom is fast becoming a popular choice.

Bathroom heating advice
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Bathroom heating advice

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When decorating a bathroom, it’s all too easy to spend your time thinking about the appliances, units, floor and wall coverings that you use – but what about practical considerations such as heating?

Planning a cloakroom bathroom
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Planning a cloakroom bathroom

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Decorating in a small space can be difficult, as balancing furniture and colour choices become trickier. This is especially the case in a bathroom where there are a number of key units which need to be included.

How to fit a basin mixer tap
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How to fit a basin mixer tap

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Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new basin mixer tap.

Planning a small bathroom
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Planning a small bathroom

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Whether you are looking at creating a new bathroom in a loft as an ensuite or in an old under-used box room, it will certainly add to the value of your home and provide practical advantages for all the family too.

Corner bath buying guide
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Corner bath buying guide

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With its great space-efficient design, the corner bath is ideal for smaller bathrooms. This guide will introduce you to the range of corner baths at VictoriaPlum.com, and give you some tips on what to think about when choosing one.

Bathroom lighting advice
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Bathroom lighting advice

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From applying makeup to brushing your teeth, there are numerous things you do in the bathroom which rely on clear visibility. Lighting is a key consideration but bathroom lights are about more than just clarity of vision – they’re about atmosphere too.

Your guide to planning a bathroom makeover
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Your guide to planning a bathroom makeover

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As one of the most functional rooms in the house, how your bathroom is arranged and designed is highly important, so here at VictoriaPlum.com, we’re on a mission to prove to the nation that an aspirational, designer-look bathroom is easy to achieve on virtually any budget.

Planning a family bathroom
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Planning a family bathroom

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A family bathroom has to cater for all ages and every member of the household. That means it needs to make use of all the available space in the best possible way.

Toilet buying guide
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Toilet buying guide

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With such a range of styles and designs available, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to choosing a toilet. This guide will explain the options available to you, and tell you everything you need to know, so you can find the perfect toilet for your bathroom.

Planning a wetroom
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Planning a wetroom

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Turning your bathroom into a wet room, or installing one in a separate space from scratch, can be relatively straightforward as long as you plan everything in advance.

Bath buying guide
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Bath buying guide

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From roll tops to single ended, to corner and rectangular, baths come in many shapes and sizes, and it helps to know what you’re looking for when you’re choosing one for your bathroom.

Redesigning your bathroom
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Redesigning your bathroom

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What are the key considerations you should take into account when redesigning your bathroom? We take a look at the questions you need to be asking.

5 ways to create more space in your bathroom
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5 ways to create more space in your bathroom

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For those of us who don’t have the luxury of a big bathroom where everyday design considerations aren’t a problem, we offer the solution. At VictoriaPlum.com you can chose efficient space saving designs to meet both the size constraints of your bathroom.

Planning an ensuite bathroom
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Planning an ensuite bathroom

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An ensuite bathroom not only adds value to your home, but is also one of the most practical and useful additions you can create. Perfect for both small and large spaces, the ensuite is the king of bathroom luxury.

Tap buying guide
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Tap buying guide

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With a wide range of taps available, in different styles, for your bath, basin and kitchen sink, our handy buying guide will help you find your ideal product, and give you an overview of what you need to think about when choosing your taps.

How to fit a bath screen
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How to fit a bath screen

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If you're looking to turn your bath into a multipurpose shower bath, why not follow our handy how to guide and fit your bath screen yourself.

Mirror and cabinet buying guide
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Mirror and cabinet buying guide

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Cabinets and mirrors can really bring your bathroom alive, adding convenient storage as well as stylish details. They provide those finishing touches that can have a big impact on the look and feel of your bathroom.

How to save water in your home
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How to save water in your home

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With the prospect of increased droughts, resources becoming increasingly scarce and the world warming up, saving water is a topic that is discussed and debated more frequently.

Semi pedestal basin buying guide
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Semi pedestal basin buying guide

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The semi pedestal basin is a sleek and contemporary choice for modern bathrooms, and comes in a wide array of designs and styles. This guide will give you an overview of the semi pedestal basins at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Bath taps buying guide
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Bath taps buying guide

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A bath can be a practical addition to a family bathroom, or a stunning and luxurious centrepiece, and your choice of bath taps can make all the difference. This guide will help you find the right choice for your bath.

Why choosing a good quality bath is so important
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Why choosing a good quality bath is so important

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One of the most exciting and enjoyable additions to a bathroom is the bath tub itself. Here, we take a look at the benefits of a good bath; giving several reasons why investing in a quality design will do wonders for the overall success of your bathroom.

Back to wall toilet buying guide
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Back to wall toilet buying guide

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A back to wall toilet is the ideal choice for a contemporary bathroom, providing a sleek, modern look. If you’re thinking about a back to wall toilet for your bathroom, this guide will give you an overview of the range available at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to consider when choosing one.

Bathroom furniture buying guide
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Bathroom furniture buying guide

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Adding furniture to your bathroom can provide all sorts of advantages, from creating a harmonised and stylish look, to adding useful and efficient storage. This guide will give you some easy-to-follow advice on the different types of furniture available, and what you’ll need for installing them in your bathroom.

How to save heat in your home
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How to save heat in your home

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Losing heat from your home not only makes you shiver, but it’ll also make you quiver when it’s time to pay those heating bills. So how does it happen? And what can you do to stop it?

Toilet seats buying guide
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Toilet seats buying guide

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The toilet seat is an important element of the toilet that can have a big effect on its overall feel, look and shape. There are quite a few options to choose from too. This guide will give you a quick overview of toilet seats at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you need to think about when choosing one.

3 top design tips for planning your new bathroom
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3 top design tips for planning your new bathroom

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Planning a bathroom renovation can be a daunting task, so Ruth Corbett, Houses Editor for Ideal Home magazine, has teamed up with VictoriaPlum.com to give you the three most important tips to consider when planning your bathroom design.

Electric shower buying guide
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Electric shower buying guide

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If you’re wondering if an electric shower is the right choice for your bathroom, this guide will explain what they are, how they work, and how they’re different, so you can see if it’s right for you.

Heated towel rail buying guide
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Heated towel rail buying guide

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Heated towel rails are often seen as a bit of a luxury, but at VictoriaPlum.com they’re truly affordable. Follow our handy buying guide and get the the right heating for your bathroom.

Planning a stylish spa bathroom
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Planning a stylish spa bathroom

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One of the most popular concepts in contemporary bathroom design is the “home spa”. Making your own indoor spa means using all the features a luxury retreat has at its disposal, but converting them into a format suitable for your home.

Semi recessed basin buying guide
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Semi recessed basin buying guide

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Designing a bathroom is often about making the most of the space, and a semi recessed basin and unit is a great way of doing that. Our handy guide will help you choose before you buy.

Shower valve buying guide
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Shower valve buying guide

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There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a shower valve. The choices available may seem a little overwhelming if you’re not sure what design you need, so our shower valve buying guide should help point you in the right direction.

Toilet troubleshooting guide
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Toilet troubleshooting guide

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We understand how important a functioning toilet is in the home, and it’s awful when something goes wrong with one. Here’s a guide to troubleshooting the issues you can have with your toilet.

Close coupled toilet buying guide
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Close coupled toilet buying guide

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Close coupled toilets are the most popular design for modern bathrooms, thanks to their wide variety of styles. This guide will give you an overview of the types of close coupled toilet available at VictoriaPlum.com, and the things you need to consider when choosing one.

Ensuite buying guide
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Ensuite buying guide

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If you are looking to update your ensuite bathroom there are plenty of options available to you at VictoriaPlum.com. Read our guide for some great ideas about where to start.

Understanding home water systems
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Understanding home water systems

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Household cold water systems are extremely efficient and very rarely encounter significant problems. If you’re thinking of doing some work yourself on your bathroom understanding your water system is essential.

Shower buying guide
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Shower buying guide

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This guide will help you find the perfect shower for your bathroom, and give you an overview of what you need to think about when choosing.

Shower tray buying guide
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Shower tray buying guide

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A shower tray is an essential part of creating a shower enclosure, keeping water where it should be and efficiently draining it away. This guide will give you a quick overview of what’s available at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can easily find the one that’s right for you.

Vanity unit buying guide
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Vanity unit buying guide

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Vanity units provide extra storage and can help give your bathroom a unique style. This guide will help you choose colour, style and give some advice regarding installation.

Wetroom buying guide
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Wetroom buying guide

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A wetroom is the ultimate in luxury bathroom design, creating a calming, spa-like space you can enjoy every day. This guide will explain the basics about buying for a wetroom, and what products are available at VictoriaPlum.com, so you can create your own bathroom paradise.

Full pedestal basin buying guide
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Full pedestal basin buying guide

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A full pedestal basin is the classic choice for bathrooms. This guide will give you an overview of the full pedestal basins at VictoriaPlum.com, and what you should consider when choosing one.

Basin buying guide
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Basin buying guide

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The basin forms one of the main focal points of your bathroom, so it’s worth taking the time to choose one that you’ll love to look at and use every day. Follow our handy buying guide and get the right basin for you.

Improve your bathroom to sell your home
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Improve your bathroom to sell your home

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A horrid looking old bathroom with mildew, manky carpets, crusty fixtures and unappealing furniture can really put buyers off and could mean the difference between a good offer and cutting your price. In fact, as we recently discovered, a new bathroom can add as much as £13,000 onto the value of your home