In the past a bathroom radiator was a device for providing heat. Today’s it’s role has extended beyond the merely functional to the decorative as well. Hence the latest, trendy, coloured and magnificently sculpted bathroom radiators available in aluminium, steel and iron at affordable prices for just about every home bathroom these days.
Types of bathroom radiators
Column radiators, designer radiators, traditional radiators and electric radiators – take your pick from a huge selection.
Sleek and stylish column radiators (both vertical and horizontal) have come a long way from those clunky wide and painted old iron radiators used to heat up old school rooms. Their slim shape makes them especially suitable for small bathrooms.
With designer radiators you can perfectly match your heating with your furniture and overall room theme whether you need it in silver paint, neon pink or unusual curved design.
Perfect for vintage style and country cottage décor, as well as homes furnished with a Georgian or Victorian décor theme in mind, traditional radiators add character to a bathroom and double as an excellent heated towel rail too.
Stylish and smart, electric radiators are available in a range of shapes and sizes as well as colours so that you’re bound to find something that appeals to both your design aesthetic and your pocket.
Most modern day radiators have been built bearing in mind the fact that within the past decade or so homes have been created with smaller rooms. And the bathroom, being the smallest room anyhow, has become space-compromised in many instances.
As a result bathroom radiators are designed nowadays to fit into smaller spaces and a variety of crevices with reduced ceiling space or width. Many have narrow rails or curved shapes for instance. White radiators can help with smaller bathrooms too since they can make a white-painted bathroom look larger (the radiator blends in with the wall, giving the impression of more space).
Being larger the traditional radiators are better suited for villas and older tenement style flats and bungalows which tend to have more space in the bathroom. Designer radiators are also good for properties with more space since it’s possible to install a dramatic coloured and shaped radiator as the focal point of a bathroom.
How to choose a bathroom radiator
This depends on how big the room is that you need to heat, as well as available wall space. It’s possible to erect small bathroom radiators at waist height to allow the space below to be used for storing other items such as towels.
Heat-wise you can calculate a radiator’s heating potential in terms of British Thermal Units per hour (BTU/h). This can be achieved by consulting a professional plumber or heating engineer. It’s worth remembering that radiator’s with a shiny surface don’t give out heat as well as matt-surfaced radiators.
Ideally – although it’s not always possible - a radiator should be put in whatever part of the room needs it most ie under the window or on an outside wall since cold air will push the heat further around the room.