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Taps and Bath Fillers

Taps- simple right? Just hook them up and away you go. Well unfortunately as with most home furnishings, the reality is never that simple. Increased choice is never a bad thing but technological advances has meant that we are now flooded (I make no apologies for that one) with hundreds of different varieties and styles of taps and the type you choose can make or break your bathroom.

A tired old sink can be brought back to life with a gleaming new set of taps but conversely, a lovely tub can ruined by badly chosen bath fillers. The following list includes some of the more popular options now on the market, and is intended to help you cut through the jargon and determine what each tap actually does!

BASIN TAPS- A pair of matching taps for hot and cold water, usually fitted to a bathroom or cloakroom wash hand basin. Note: these are low height taps and therefore not normally used for kitchen sinks.

BASIN TAPS LONG SPOUT- As above, but provided with extra-long spouts. Used for plain-rimmed vanity basins, or for designer effect.

BATH TAPS- A pair of matching taps for hot and cold water, usually fitted into the rim of a standard bath.

BATH GLOBE TAPS- A pair of matching taps for hot and cold water. A traditional design for cast-iron baths which have holes in the end-wall of the bath itself. The holes will be positioned each side of the bath overflow (not mounted on the bath rim).

MONOBLOC BASIN TAP- A mixer tap for hot and cold water, intended for single tap-hole basins. Mixed water is supplied through a single fixed spout. A PUW (pop-up waste) is included with some designs of tap.

BATH (DECK) FILLER- A mixer for hot and cold water, sitting flat on the bath rim. Mixed water is supplied through a single spout.

PILLAR BATH FILLER- A mixer for hot and cold water, standing proud of the bath rim, on pillars. Mixed water is supplied through a single spout.

BATH/SHOWER (DECK) MIXER- A mixer for hot and cold water, sitting flat on the bath rim. Mixed water is supplied through a single spout. A diverter valve is also provided, to send water through a flexible hose to a shower handset, which can be wall mounted.

PILLAR BATH/SHOWER MIXER- A mixer for hot and cold water, standing proud of the bath rim, on pillars. Mixed water is supplied through a single spout. A diverter valve is also provided, to send water through a flexible hose to a shower handset, which can be wall mounted.

WALL MOUNTED BATH MIXERS- Generally as described above, but mounted on the wall above the bath, not the bath rim. You will need a plain-rimmed bath, without tap-holes.

Despite the plethora of bathroom options now available, the most successful ones are the ones that have been kept simple. An overcrowded bathroom will feel chaotic and defeat its intended purpose. Choose blinds over fussy curtains as they will stand up to humid conditions much better. In terms of towels, bathmats, flannels etc, white fabric is always best for a fresh and clean finish.

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