Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
Bathroom accessories can serve a range of purposes and can be designed for use by the sink, on a bathroom countertop, in the shower, bathtub or for the toilet. They should be chosen according to your needs, as well as the style of your bathroom. These accessories, from the most basic soap holder to a magnifying bathroom mirror, come in two different types: ones you simply place on the counter and ones that require some installation.
Free-standing bathroom accessories can be placed on any surface in the bathroom. They are practical as they can be moved around and do not require the use of any tools. Soap holders, tumblers, toothbrush holders, bathroom waste bins, non-slip mats, laundry baskets, soap dispensers, bath mats, cotton storage boxes and broom holders are all examples of free-standing accessories. They are available in various sizes and styles according to the number of people in your household and the style and colour scheme of your bathroom. These accessories can easily be replaced and can make up an integral part of your decor. As they take up space (on the floor, on the toilet, etc.) they are not recommended for small bathrooms. They will also require more regular cleaning.
Some accessories require fittings, such as some types of soap holders, soap dispensers or toothbrush holders. Other accessories, such as toilet roll holders, towel rails and shelves, almost always require wall fixings. This type of bathroom accessory is more practical and offers a longer service life as it is subject to less wear. The materials used to make these accessories can also vary. Bathroom and shower shelves can be made of plastic, glass, aluminium and stainless steel, to name a few. In order to fit these accessories, you will generally need a drill as you will often have to drill into bathroom tiles. You'll also have to make sure to choose the proper wall plugs. Some bathroom accessories can be fixed via suction pads (towel hooks, soap holders or sponge holders); others can be hung – although it is not recommended to hang anything too heavy.
Broadly speaking, there are as many styles of bathroom accessories as there are types of bathroom decor. To make sure your bathroom accessories match the overall ambiance you're going for, you'll have to choose the right style and materials.
The style of bathroom accessories is determined by their shape and the type of materials used to make them.
The materials used are often determined by the style of the accessory. It is, for example, quite difficult to find a vintage-style bathroom accessory made of plastic. Bathroom accessories can be made of:
No matter which material you go for, it is crucial to use a suitable cleaning product. Your cleaning products should not harm the surface of the material but should be strong enough to disinfect your accessories.
Bathroom accessories can be sold individually or in sets. It is common to find sets comprising the following accessories:
Hooks, towel rails, shelves, baskets and storage boxes are generally installed around the sink or bathtub while bathroom bins are kept next to the toilet. Magnifying mirrors can be hand-held or fitted, in which case they are adjustable and can even be telescopic.
Shower accessories are designed to make your products more accessible and to generally improve comfort. These include:
Towel rails and hooks should be installed wherever you exit the shower. Whether made of chrome-plated steel or stainless steel, towel rails allow you to hang your towels and can also be used as storage if equipped with a shelf. Towel rails can be free-standing or fixed and come in a range of designs from rings to mobile or stationary arm brackets.
Toilet accessories can be free-standing or fixed to a surface. The most common toilet accessories are as follows:
Like all bathroom accessories, the colours and materials of your toilet accessories should match your overall decor.
Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 221 guides
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