Waking up to a warm bathroom on a chilly morning is one of life's little luxuries............
Having a standard radiator sat unloved in the corner is no longer an option as the latest designs come in all sorts of innovative shapes and sizes. Bathrooms need to be cosy. It doesn't matter what sort of scheme you choose - totally traditional or contemporary bathroom chic - it's the one room that should be warm and toasty when you need it.
Choosing The Right Style
Today's bathroom heating designs offer something for every taste, from chunky industrial pipes for modern lofts to undulating wave formations for contemporary homes, and with multifunctional pieces that double as towel warmers, mirrors or shelving units, you'll also be getting more for your money while saving space in this smallest of rooms. You can even buy reconditioned radiators for an authentic look in a period home.
Manufacturers are constantly launching a variety of shapes and sizes such as wall-mounted heated shelving cubes and angular boxed designs. The latest trends also include curved profiles, connecting rails, coiled springs and ladder styles. A new radiator can in fact become a work of art for your bathroom wall. If you are also considering installing underfloor heating, it's still worth having a radiator on the wall to dry towels and keep robes warm.
Stainless steel is one of the most popular materials, with brushed and satin finishes softening the industrial effect. Glass is gradually taking off with heated glass panels that look stunning on decorative tiles. Composite stone and resin offer a more versatile solution as they can be produced in virtually any shape and colour.
Some radiators will be heated by the central heating system while others will be operated electrically. Think about the costs involved before you purchase, and ask your supplier for advice. The benefit of an electric model is that it will heat up quickly as soon as you plug it in while a central heating version will take longer. Dual fuel models run on electricity when the central heating is turned off and are ideal for chilly summer evenings when you don't need to heat the whole house.
A large system can do away with the need for bulky radiators, offering extra space and a clean decorative finish. Underfloor heating is thought to be a more efficient way of heating a room - where that room's walls, doors and windows are well insulated - because of the way the heat is distributed. Radiators rapidly heat the area immediately around it, with the heat rising and slowly distributing around the rest of the room. An underfloor system heats a larger surface area from the floor upwards at a lower temperature, resulting in a more consistent temperature.
• Provides warm and cosy stone and tile floors
• Can replace radiators in a room, freeing up wall and floor space and offering a high-end finish
• Lots of flexible options available, covering different flooring types
• Possible to install in a new-build or retrospectively
BTU Radiator Heat Output Calculator
To help with choosing a radiator suitable for your room, the heating calculator below will predict the necessary heat output required to maintain a comfortable room temperature. This is calculated in BTU's and Watts. These values can be used to help shortlist a suitable product for you.
The best way to get an accurate calculation is to enlist the services of a plumber. However, our BTU Calculator is an accurate guide as to what level of BTU and Watt output will efficiently heat your room.
Please note: the calculated figure is for the combined heat output of all radiators and/or towel rails in your room (larger rooms may require more than one).