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Bathroom heating advice

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 5 years ago 2 min read

Choosing your bathroom suite, shower, bath and taps is the easy part of any bathroom project. However, selecting the more practical elements, like heating, can be an altogether more tricky experience.

Your bathroom is the place in which you want to unwind and relax, which means it needs to feel warm and welcoming, rather than cold and uninviting.

In this expert guide, we'll provide all the expert advice you'll need to choose the right bathroom radiators and heated towel rails.

First, why not take a look at this quick 60-second video?


The most obvious part of your bathroom heating is your choice of radiators. Placement, quantity and style are all important things to consider.

The Heating Co. Salvador anthracite grey double vertical radiator

Whilst this room setting may not be quite the same as your typical suburban semi, using a vertical radiator, like this Salavador model from The Heating Co., is a great way to save space

In many homes, radiators will already be in set positions in the bathroom and it may not be worth your while changing this. Evaluate how the room performs on the heat front to decide what you need. At this point, we'd highly recommend calculating your required BTU—the heat output you'll need for your specific room.

If they’re fine as they are, then consider changing your radiator style or adding a radiator cover to inject a little class. You could even simply change your radiator valves to complement your decor better.

Modern designs for radiators feature a heavy use of chrome—the perfect accompaniment to taps and other fixtures around the bathroom. Interestingly shaped radiators are best used on large, clear walls where they’ll act as a feature. Avoid crowding them with other fixtures as this will help them radiate heat throughout the room so that they perform at their best.

Remember that radiators can sit vertically as well as horizontally, and they don’t have to be placed at floor level either.

The Heating Co. Corso anthracite grey 2 column radiator

Make your heating the focal point of your room, like with this Corso column radiator from The Heating Co.

Underfloor heating

One of the biggest gripes we have when climbing out of the bath or shower is placing our feet on a cold, hard floor. Rugs and bath mats can go some way to combating this but the best option is underfloor heating.

Tiles and other hard floor coverings can be cold and unforgiving, especially in winter, but by adding heating beneath, you’ll ensure your feet stay warm and toasty whenever you step out of the tub. Check out our underfloor heating buying guide for further information.

Heated towel rails

With a warm room and warm floors, you may think you’ve got everything covered – but what about that cold towel you’re about to wrap yourself in? When you get out of the bath or shower you want something warm and comfortable to help you dry, so this is where a heated towel rail can save the day.

You can use them to speed up the drying process after towels have been used and even warm your clothes on them. Our top picks are the Santa Fe traditional radiator (see below)—a vintage style freestanding model—and the more modern, wall mounted Bali heated towel rail.

The Heating Co. Santa Fe traditional radiator

Traditional style meets modern convenience, with the Santa Fe radiator from The Heating Co.

Shop bathroom heating

Now you've read the advice, why not make up your own mind, by browsing our fabulous bathroom heating range. Click on any of the images below to shop specific heating products.

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Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in DIY advice | 5 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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