It was once an afterthought – often contained to a shed in the garden. But now, after the kitchen, the bathroom is probably the most important room in the house in terms of resale value. As we seek to make the most of precious downtime, its status has been raised. No longer driven by purely practical needs, many of us are renovating our bathrooms with relaxation and pampering in mind. We explore why you should start by taking advantage of your local bathroom showroom.

As well as simple renovations, we’re also planning more extra bathrooms and en-suites. Whatever your reason, installing a new bathroom is a serious undertaking and can be deceptively tricky. It requires quite an array of fittings and technical skill, often in a very compact space. For this reason, carefully planning from the start will prevent costly mistakes and changes down the line.

Part of installing a bathroom includes visiting a local bathroom showroom. Of course, Nothing beats seeing products in the ‘flesh’ so put the time in to visit plenty of showrooms. Don’t be afraid to get in the bath and test it for comfort right there in the showroom, and feel for furniture and taps for build quality. Preferably one with various brands by a designer who can offer you experienced advice.

If you’re still at a loss, why not ask bathroom showroom salesmen for their advice. They’ve most probably been around long enough and can offer you in-depth information about their products. You can even bring your bathroom plans or mood boards for a showroom consultant to see and base some suggestions from with regards to your fittings and dimensions even if you’re only having a look around. This will make your local bathroom showroom visit worth the while.

The Advantages of using a Local Bathroom Showroom

Some local showrooms offer free consultancy. Take advantage of such services and come back with more details about your plan and ask for options and best buys. Better yet, the in-house designer might even come up with better suggestions that haven’t occurred to you before. It’s a total win-win.

Once you’ve decided on which products you will be purchasing for your new bathroom, try to ask for their recommendation on installation services. The bathroom showroom may even offer such service or can refer you to a recommended fitter to do the installation for you.

A visit to a bathroom showroom doesn’t mean you must give in the pressure of buying immediately. It is advisable to look around a few more showrooms and seek as much advice as possible before making a purchase. In fact, visit a bathroom showroom as many times as you need to. Try asking your friends about their past experiences, opinions about certain brands and their suggestions and again, browse through the internet. Find valuable information.

Always keep in mind that having gathered much information before going to a bathroom showroom would avoid overwhelming confusion as compared to when you’re going in blind.

Howards of Hayling offer a selection of stunning bathroom designs for you to touch and feel from traditional elegance to contemporary styles.  There’s a choice for any project and any budget – whether you are refreshing your ensuite, adding a cloakroom or refurbishing a family bathroom.  If you need a little inspiration, head to our local showroom where our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand to help make your perfect bathroom become a reality.