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How to Buy an Old Fashioned Bathroom

Whether it’s your first or your tenth time, renovating your bathroom is an exciting endeavor. However, it can also be a daunting and intimidating experience when organising your plumber, purchasing your bathroom products, and making sure everything goes smoothly. Before you kick up your feet in the tub and purchase your next bathroom – read our November blog post so you know what to expect and have a smooth experience. 

IMPORTANT: If we could offer a single piece of valuable advice before your bathroom installation it would be to make sure you purchase your items before booking a plumber. It is of utmost importance that the plumber has all items available for a first fix. Although technical specs are incredibly accurate, because many old fashioned items are handmade, there could be slight variations in the sizes of your products. 

    Step 1: Setting a Budget

    Although it can be exciting going out to pick a new bathroom – setting your budget will be one of the biggest factors determining what you can go for. Remember to account for installation costs as well as the bathroom suite and bathroom accessories. Toilets typically do not come with a toilet seat so you’ll want to keep an eye out for the kind of toilet seat you’d like. These can range greatly in price from acrylic to hand crafted solid wood toilet seats.



      Toilet: Thomas Crapper 814 Cast Cistern Low Level Toilet | Sale Price £1473

      Step 2: Measure Your Space

      Whether planning to design and organise your bathroom renovation yourself or plan to have it installed proffesionally, it’s important to get an idea of where you would like the bathroom fittings and to measure up your bathroom. You’ll need to measure up and account for bathtubs, shower trays, ceiling height (especially if you live in old cottages with low ceilings), toilets, and basins. Consider the layout and flow of the room to optimise both aesthetics and functionality.


        Step 3: Get Bathroom Inspiration

        Browsing traditional online bathroom retailers is a great start. Finding an individual product, such as a freestanding bath or brass bathroom basin taps could be the stepping stone to starting your bathroom design. You can then work around the style of your favoured product. Alternatively, you can browse bathroom retailer Instagram profiles for inspiration. These typically will include projects that the retailer has finished so you can get a good idea of the various styles they have to offer.

        Not fully convinced? You can visit traditional bathroom showrooms to test out the comfort of baths, how each finish looks on your favourite tap, and even discover a range of tiles that look better in person compared to online images. 



          Bath: Burlington Blenheim Bath – RRP £1078  Sale Price £1473 | Basin: Burlington Edwardian Round Basin – RRP £314  Sale Price £251.20

          Step 4: Get Expert Advice

          Getting expert advice can be the key to a successful bathroom installation. Many bathroom retailers will be able to advise on what could work best for you, helping you with design choices and guidance on compatibility. Some retailers, such as Old Fashioned Bathrooms, will even draw up a bathroom design layout online with your measurements so you can get a feel of how your new bathroom could look with the products you’re interested in.


            Step 6: Installation

            Remember at the start of our blog post we mentioned how important it is to purchase your bathroom suite before booking your plumber? Well now that you have purchased your old fashioned bathrooms and received your items – now you can book your plumber in for the first fix. Yes, many will tell you to book the plumber in conjunction with ordering your items. When it comes to old fashioned bathrooms, many items are handmade, made to order, and bespoke. Therefore, their delivery times may be a little longer when compared to modern bathroom products. 

              Conclusion: Time to enjoy your (new) old fashioned bathroom!

              Want to reduce all the anxiety and stress of a bathroom renovation? Old Fashioned Bathroom offers a turnkey solution. By having a chat with our experts – you can purchase your old fashioned bathroom suite and book installation with our fitters all in one place. Reduce the stress by using experts who have years of experience fitting bespoke bathroom products. Pop us an email at sales@oldfashionedbathrooms.co.uk or call us at 01449 711782


              Looking for inspiration? You can find all the latest and upcoming trends by following our Instagram @oldfashionedbathroomsofficial or browse our stunning collection of traditional bathroom products to decorate your bathroom this season.

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