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Bath Tap Guide

Choosing the right bath taps is not only essential for functionality but also plays a significant role in enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal of your bath and your bathroom. With numerous options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to navigate through the choices.

In our July blog post, we will explore and help identify the best bath tap for your bathroom, helping you make an informed decision that suits your style, need, and time commitment. 

Types of Bath Taps



Freestanding Bath Taps

For a luxurious and dramatic statement, freestanding bath taps are the perfect choice. Often paired with freestanding baths, these taps stand independently on the floor next to the bathtub. Freestanding taps are available as a single hot/cold tap or as a pair. These bath taps are available in many different traditional and modern styles. There are a wide variety of finishes available: chrome, nickel, brass, brushed brass, gold, and oil-rubbed bronze to name a few. 

Wall Mounted Bath Taps

If you prefer a clean look or are a minimalist, then you may be better suited to wall-mounted bath taps. As the name suggests, wall-mounted bath taps are installed in the wall above the bath rather than on the bath itself or standing on the floor. These taps are great for a more elegant, modern look and great for saving space when compared to freestanding bath taps. 


Deck Mounted Bath Taps

Deck-mounted bath taps are a popular choice for traditional and contemporary bathrooms with an abundance of different styles and finishes. These taps are installed directly onto the rim (deck) of the bath and come in a various contemporary and classic styles. The handles for these taps are typically either: lever handles, or crosshead handles (available in a full turn or quarter turn). The handles for deck-mounted bath taps can be available in various ceramic finishes or typically a metal finish that is the same as the body of the tap. 

Bath Shower Mixers

Bath shower mixers are a great choice if you don’t have room for a full shower for your bathtub. This combination includes a diverter that allows you to swap between water pouring from your bath filler to a more controlled pressure in a shower head. These have become popular in recent years due to pet lovers as bath shower mixers are great when cleaning not only your mucky kids, but mucky pups too!


Bath Taps: Finish & Functionality

When buying bath taps, an afterthought tends to be the functionality and how it blends in with your lifestyle. If you have more time to care for and clean your bathroom, living finishes like brass may be a good choice. This is because brass can oxidise over time, changing colour from rich gold to a deep patina. Certain polished brass finishes may require repolishing and more maintenance compared to other finishes.

However, if you lead a busy lifestyle and don’t have the time to regularly clean and care for bath taps, chrome may be a better option. Not only does a chrome plated finish give bath taps a versatile and clean feel, they require less maintenance and are one of the hardiest tap finishes on the market. No wonder chrome is such a popular choice!


Selecting the right bath tap can be crucial in adding the finishing touch to your bathroom, both for style and functionality. Whether you prefer traditional deck-mounted bath taps, minimalist wall-mounted bath taps, or luxurious freestanding bath taps. There is a wide range of choices available to suit your preferences.

Once you’ve found the type of bath tap you want (freestanding bath tap, wall-mounted bath tap, deck-mounted bath tap), Evaluate the different finishes – what will look better with your colour palette and match your bathroom? What will match your lifestyle and level of maintenance? After this, you know you’ll have the ideal bath tap that is perfect for you.

Looking For Inspiration?

Browse our traditional collection of bath taps. Shop premium quality classic bath taps. Finishes are available in chrome, nickel, gold, polished brass, brushed brass, and oil-rubbed bronze bath taps. 


Premium Quality Traditional Bath Taps

Want to see classic bath taps before making a decision? Old Fashioned Bathrooms is proud to supply a wide range of premium bath taps. With a showroom located in Mickfield, Suffolk. You can browse a huge range of chrome, nickel, gold, polished brass, brushed brass, and oil-rubbed bronze bathroom taps.


Old Fashioned Bathrooms

Stonhma Road, Mickfield


IP14 5LS

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