Visiting a good cross-section of different bathroom showrooms is essential before embarking on a new bathroom design project. It’s not just to get inspiration   for your own choices of products, layout and design, it’s to become familiar with the types of bathroom showroom   out there and how they can help you attain your dream bathroom. Use our showroom finder and visit  one or two nearby bathroom showrooms to get a flavour of what’s available … look at prices and displays to gain an idea of the goals you can achieve within your space and budget. 


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A bathroom showroom isn’t just a ‘shop’, it’s a destination full of ideas and inspiration . Some bathroom showrooms just have rows of basins, display panels full of taps and stacked-up samples of work surfaces and door fronts. Some bathroom showrooms have full size display room sets which can translate into real-life  layouts. On-line bathroom showrooms can be starting point too, giving an overview of price ranges and styles available.


Independent Bathroom Showrooms

Visiting an independent bathroom showroom can be a  wonderful experience … especially if you’re embarking on your ‘bathroom showroom’ journey not having purchased a bathroom for a while. Independent bathroom showrooms sell well known branded products such as those from Grohe, Villeroy & Boch and Laufen. They offer high quality products and can suggest services which can include design and installation. If you want the full service, including advice and provision of hi-tech lighting and technology, flooring, tiling and other accessories, visit an independent bathroom showroom.


The Bathroom Chains

Making time to visit a branch of a well-known chain or franchise is a great idea – especially if you’re moving to a new area and have had a good experience from the chain store in a previous town or city. These bathroom showrooms can be great value for money, usually have credit schemes available and can put prospective customers in touch with local tradesmen. Some may have their own fitting and installation teams. These bathroom showrooms usually have great room-set displays with lots of sample boards available too.


Buying a bathroom online

Online bathroom companies may be worth considering, especially if you are confident about your bathroom layout  and have a clear vision of what you want. Online companies don’t have a physical bathroom showroom you can visit of course, but can offer good value for money. However, many products on offer are unbranded. Some bathroom installers and fitters dislike working with unbranded products and have much more confidence in well-known brand names from independent showrooms where customer service has a much higher priority.


Choosing a DIY Bathroom

The DIY stores can be a great source of inspiration, although it depends on how often a particular DIY chain updates their sales and showroom floors. It’s always well worth a visit to the big-name DIY sheds  such as Wickes, Homebase and B&Q - most items are individually priced and it’s easier to get a rough idea of how much you’re spending. Most of these bathroom showrooms offer an installation and design service too, so you can take along a floorplan and sit down with a designer. It’s usually necessary to make an appointment, especially at weekends.


Plumbers Merchants

Plumbers merchants are where your builder, plumber and tradesmen go to buy their supplies – from bags of tile grout to a full bathroom suite. Don’t expect a pristine bathroom showroom though, most plumbers’ merchants are very practical environments where perfect displays and room settings aren’t a priority! Tradesmen often send their clients round to the plumbers’ merchants to look at a particular style of tile or tap or to see the size of a showerhead in-situ. A plumbers merchant can usually offer down to earth and solid, practical advice on the basics of plumbing and drainage, such as the logistics of moving a soil pipe or re-siting a shower.