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Give A Special Something from Liberty Bathrooms

December 11, 2012 in Bathroom Mirrors, Heated Towel Rails, Uncategorized


At Liberty Bathrooms we go crazy for Christmas; the gentle sounds of jingle bells in the distance, the soft white snow that glides to the ground during the chilly winter season and the hot steaming mugs of cocoa that help keep toasty during the cold winter nights are all things that make the Christmas season just that little extra special.
If there’s one more thing we love during winter, it’s enjoying the luxuries of a warm and toasty bathroom while the icy wind plays havoc outside. A bathroom that is fitted with a spacious tub and a luxurious shower enclosure provides all the warmth and comfort you yearn for when braving the winter winds on your way home. And what better way to complete the winter bathroom than by giving some fantastic bathroom gifts for Christmas!
We’ve put together a short rundown of a few Liberty Bathrooms accessories that are sure to add those perfect finishing touches to your bathroom, and prove to be great gifts too!

 

Bathroom Televisions
What better way is there to enjoy a steaming bath or an indulgent shower than with your favourite soap opera or football team on television, in plain sight (and on a high-quality LCD display no less!). Our fantastic range of LCD bathroom televisions are perfect for those long, indulgent soaks, and with the safe, splash proof technology that make up these televisions, you can rest assured you and your family are completely safe and free to enjoy the wonders of these televisions.

Bathroom Cabinets

Mirrored bathroom cabinets are an ideal gift when buying for a loved one who holds primping, pampering or grooming in high regards. Not only is our selection of stylish vanity cabinets affordably priced, but they are also incredibly practical when it comes to quick, easy-access storage in the bathroom.

Designer Heated Towel Rails

If your other half is particularly fashion conscious, our range of designer heated towel rails is sure to warm their heart! The cutting edge contemporary designs and great functionality make this range a fantastic way of adding a warming touch to your bathroom, but gifting your loved one with a stylish and decorative home furnishing that says much more about your eye for style than any background ornament ever could!

At Liberty Bathrooms, we stock a vast range of products that suit bathrooms of all shapes and sizes; take a peek at our fantastic bathroom features for extremely affordable prices, the perfect gift is waiting just a click or two away!

Time To Spring Clean That Bathroom!

March 27, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails, Off Topic

The sun’s out, the weather is warmer, the clocks have changed and the days are definitely getting longer. It’s probably time to do some tidying, cleaning and getting everything ready for summer. And this is as true in the bathroom as it is in the rest of the house.

Depending on what kind of window covering you have in your bathroom, it could be time to change from the heavy and insulated curtains of winter in favour of a fresher, lighter colour and style for the summer months. The same could be true about your bathroom rug, and even the colour of towels that you use. We find that many people tend to choose brighter, fresher colours during the summer and richer, more luxurious tones for the winter months. In summer the emphasis shifts to lightness and space while, in winter, the movement tends to be more to cosiness and warmth.

Beyond a change of fabrics and style, what else should you be doing for summer?

A thorough, deep clean wouldn’t go amiss:

Clean your pot with a mild cleaner or even spirit vinegar to ensure that you get up all the dust and dirt while keeping the glaze intact and not ruining the high shine finish of your toilet, basin and bath. The sealant around the baths will probably need special attention. Using a dilute bleach mixture and scrubbing it with an old toothbrush works wonders. You can use the same technique on grouting around the tiles.

Your shower screen, mirror and tiling can usually be cleaned with simple soap and water. Try to clean from top to bottom so that you can catch streaks and runs as you go down by keeping a side to side motion going with your soft cleaning cloth. Don’t use anything too abrasive to make sure you don’t scratch the surfaces. To bring up an extra special shine dry the surfaces using scrunched up newspaper and small, circular motions to prevent smearing.

As much as possible use the same scents throughout the bathroom to keep it pleasant and also harmonise. A citrus scent is great for summer and tends to blend better with scents without becoming cloying.

Remember that keeping your window open as much as practical will keep the room smelling fresh and also help to ensure that moisture doesn’t become trapped or linger.

With a little work you will make your bathroom inviting and refreshing, which is what you tend to need for those quick showers to help you cool off during summer rather than the long, relaxing baths you take to warm up during winter. You may still need to use a heated towel rail to dry off the towels you use, but you won’t find yourself using the central heating anything like as much.

How To Heat A Bathroom And Towels

March 16, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails

For many people, whether they have central heating or not, heating their bathroom proves troublesome. This is particularly true in winter and in older houses, but it is something that needs considering all year round as this is a room that we are often naked while covered in water in and a room where we feel the cold more acutely.

One of the most common methods of heating bathrooms is heated towel rails. These are heaters that can either plug into an existing central heating circuit or be installed as standalone devices. Even if they are integrated into the existing heating for the house, they can usually be used by themselves without necessitating turning on the heating and incurring the costs that such an action is associated with.

They’re available in a whole range of styles, from ones that look like the traditional cast iron Victorian radiator in its chunky and imposing glory, to radiators that run vertically up the wall and look more like installation art that you would see in a modern tower block than a means of heating a home. They’re also available in the conventional chromed tube or rectangular design, but even these can be vertically or horizontally orientated on a wall according to your preference and space available. They can run flush against the wall or curve slightly into the larger room, according to how much floor and wall space you have available and whether you are looking at creating a more streamlined or curvilinear effect overall.

Heated towel rails come in a range of different capacities, which means that they can heat a smaller or larger room according to how they are rated and the more powerful they are the hotter they can get a room. If you’re heating a small en-suite you might only need a small rail that is just to hold a couple of towels. However, a family bathroom may need a much larger device capable of heating a greater area and storing several towels at once.

Heated towel rails do more than just heat the room or store towels. They can be used to air towels, to dry towels and clothes, or to heat towels and clothes as a welcome treat for bathers. They make a world of difference to your bathroom, and can change it from a cold and unwelcoming room where bathing is a necessary yet unenjoyable chore to a warm, welcoming and enjoyable room where you can relax and unwind.

Bathrooms And Insulation

January 16, 2012 in Baths, Heated Towel Rails

As we are currently experiencing a cold snap, our houses may seem cold and unwelcoming in the morning as we get out of bed for work. Which makes it that bit harder to get out of bed and showered before heading off to work. We have covered the importance of heated towel rails before, and they are products that many of us will find vital during these cold winter days. But it is also worth considering other aspects of your bathroom in order to maximise the warmth and comfort inside it.

Window coverings can make a big difference, as they prevent it seeming quite so cold and dark (there is nothing quite as dispiriting as waking up and realising it is still dark) and also provide an extra layer of insulation to even the most efficient double glazed windows. Having them in the right colour, which you ideally match with your towels and bath rug, can make the room feel warmer psychologically as well.

If you have a wet room, then under floor heating will be an investment that is currently paying off massively in terms of comfort and warmth. A floor that is warm to the touch feels luxurious and means that you don’t have to dash to dry off and get dressed after you bathe.

If you don’t have a wet room and are instead using a bath, the type of bath itself can make a huge difference to how warm it feels. Obviously, when the water is in the bath, the warmth of the water will be the determining factor in how warm it is. But the material that the bath is made from is a factor, as is the way that the bath is constructed. Old enamel baths, as well as fashion glass baths are both cold to the touch and tend to take a while to heat up and will cause a cold bathing experience. Acrylic baths have fibreglass on their reverse to act as insulation and prevent them from leaking. They also have an encapsulated base board to give them rigidty and this further retains the heat to keep the bath warm. It sounds odd, but a modern acrylic bath can make the whole room warmer, especially when it has warm water in it.

We also have a range of free standing baths made from dual layer acrylic with an inner insulation layer. These remain warm to the touch and have great thermal properties, making them ideal for a decadent and warm bath, especially in winter.

Towel Rails Are A Necessity In Winter

January 12, 2012 in Heated Towel Rails

As the winter draws in, and even during the summer months when you are faced with towels that need to dry out or air, you often find that your existing central heating system isn’t up to the job of heating up your bathroom and keeping your towels warm and dry. Rather than get frustrated at this, it’s the perfect opportunity to add flexibility to your bathroom by installing a heated towel rail.
Heated towel rails come in many forms, however, amongst the most common is one which drops into your existing central heating circuit and takes warm water which it either uses at the temperature of the overall system or you can heat up in isolation. This feature is especially convenient when you just want to heat the bathroom rather than spending money on the whole house. And, it being an isolated component, you can make it much warmer than you would otherwise allow a radiator to become.
Heated towel rails come in a variety of forms to fit in with any space, style of décor or purpose. They can fit in with an old style cast iron radiator central heating system, as a series of chunky fins protruding from the ground. They also come as sleek and shiny chrome that contain clean lines and help fit in with a minimalist décor. Some of them even more closely resemble installation art than a heating device.
When placing a heated towel rail, consider the space available to it both horizontally and vertically. Some heated towel rails have low profiles and run along a wall, allowing you to place storage or mirrors above them. Some have a small footprint but rise majestically, allowing you to store and heat many, many towels in the space of only a couple when compared to a more traditional arrangement.
This is not the limit to the choices available to you though. The variation in designs of heated towel rails is such that you should also consider how far you wish them to protrude from the wall. A chunky, old fashioned, towel rail tends to take more room up in the actual room than one of the newer and sleeker designs. You can even get curved heated towel rails which bow out into the room at the middle, allowing you to store and heat more towels in a smaller horizontal footprint without sacrificing functionality.

Whatever the shape of the space available to you and regardless of whether you have a large amount of wall space or not you can find a towel rail to suit. Just be mindful to check the heating properties of the towel rail and make sure it is sufficient to heat your towels and, should you wish it to, the bathroom as a whole.

Drying And Heating Towels Quickly And Efficiently

December 15, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

Heated towel rails are aesthetically appealing, which is one of the reasons that make them a great alternative to the traditional radiator. They have been designed so that they can dry towels faster and are lighter so that they can be hung on partition walls more readily than their traditional counterparts. Additionally, they are usually finished in chrome and are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. You may also want to consider the cost, depending on the size and design that you want.

Many people believe that heated towel rails originated in European Hotels, even though this fact cannot be certified. Heated towel rails have multiple functions. They can dry and store towels as well as heat the bathroom at the same time. They are also very attractive and do not take up a lot of space in the bathroom. These towels are the ideal choice for hotels that have many rooms because the contribute to a lower structural load. Additionally, they contain less water than traditional radiators. That is what makes heated towel rails much easier to install and maintain than traditional radiators.

There are electric alternatives available. However, the hot water version is more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly in the long run.

When you are choosing a traditional radiator or towel radiator, it is important that you select one that will emit the right amount of heart. This is especially important if you want to use your towel rail to heat your bathroom. For simplicity I recommend that you measure the length and the width of your bathroom in metres. After that, you multiply the length by width and that will give you the area of the bathroom floor. If you allow 90 watts for ever square metre, you will have enough to meet your heat demand.

For example: Let’s say your bathroom is 3m by 4m. This is pretty large bathroom, so you will need to select a towel radiator that is at least 3X4X90. This would be equal to 1 kilowatt or 1080 watts. Keep in mind that towel rails have a smaller surface area than traditional radiators. You will need about three towel rails to meet the heat demand. I have given this example to show that heated towel rails are best used for smaller bathrooms. If they are used in larger bathrooms, they can supplement the primary means of heat. Heated towel rails are best used for drying and storing towels. Because they have a chrome finish, they are clean and attractive and make a nice addition to a bathroom.

The majority of heated towel rails measure 4 on the pressure bar. The normal domestic heating system usually functions at a 2 or 3. Pressure is not as large a concern due to modern-day manufacturing standards. However, you should still make sure that you know the pressure before you install your towel radiator. This is especially true if you have an older heating system. This type of system will use a hot water cylinder that will also provide heat for your hot water outlets. These systems may have a higher pressure because of the cylinder. Additionally, this pressure may also be increased due to gravity.

Improving A Bathroom By Adding Accessories

December 9, 2011 in Bathroom Cabinets, Bathroom Furniture, Heated Towel Rails

It is the small details that can really complete the look of your bathroom. Accessories like shelves and mirrored cabinets can help improve the look of your room, while giving you creative ways to organize. Make sure that you choose accessories that go with the overall design and theme of your bathroom for the perfect look.

You can match different accessories like the towel rail and toilet paper holder along with a robe hook and soap dispenser. Your bathroom will look neat and sophisticated this way. You will also have everything that you need for convenience. You can choose from traditional or modern accessories. There is something for every type of bathroom out there. You can also get a wire basket to keep all of your bath and shower supplies organized. You can easily store items like shampoo and bubble bath in it, so that you do not have a cluttered shower area. You can find wire baskets in all shapes and sizes. Just just the one that you can put all of your items in neatly.

If you really want to enhance the way that your bathroom looks, then choose a mirrored bathroom cabinet. They look good and will be one of the first things that people notice in your bathroom. These cabinets can make smaller bathrooms look bigger. They do this by reflecting light around and giving the appearance of more space. You can choose from many different cabinet styles and sizes. These cabinets can keep all of your personal items out of sight and well organized. Shelving is another great option for your bathroom. You can decorate the shelves with flowers or collectibles. You can also store perfume and other items on them if you choose.

A heated towel rail is becoming a popular choice for many people. They are that perfect finishing touch that you have been looking for. These rails will really impress your friends and family. They make a bathroom inviting and cozy too. Heated towel rails come in a large variety of shapes and sizes. Just choose the one that fits your area. You should have the towel rail installed as close to the bath tub or shower as possible, so that you can just reach out and grab it. There is no need to walk across the room to get your warm towel. These racks come in compact sizes for small rooms and large sizes for luxurious bathrooms. Make sure that you get one that is right for your room. The higher the BTU rating, then the quicker the rack will heat up. This is a great accessory that everyone can really enjoy.

Keeping Your Bathroom Warm In Winter

December 8, 2011 in Bathroom Radiators, Guides, Heated Towel Rails

Having just had the first real cold weather of the winter, we’re probably all acutely aware of the need to keep our rooms warm and cosy at the moment. Nowhere is this more important than in the bathroom, where it’s a shock to come out of a nice, warm bath into a chill. It doesn’t have to be this way.

• You need to make sure that you have proper insulation on the windows, ideally they need to be double glazed. The right privacy guards (curtains, blinds, screens, panes) can also add a layer of insulation, as well as protecting your modesty.
• Bath rugs serve a multitude of purposes, they act as insulation from the floor, absorb water and prevent you slipping.
• A heated towel rail will heat the room quicker than a normal radiator, but they serve the dual purpose of also heating towels. Drying off with a warm towel will help you feel warmer and more pampered.

Of course, you don’t just use your bathroom during the winter months, and any design decisions have to be flexible enough to be of benefit for the rest of the year as well. Keeping your bathroom comfortable all year long can be a bit of a struggle. Sometimes in the summer it just gets so stifling hot that you can feel yourself begin to melt and sweat as soon as you step out of the shower. If you are like everyone else on a hot and humid day your whole purpose of the shower was to get rid of the sweaty and dirty feeling. There are things you can do to your bathroom to make sure that it is comfortable when Mother Nature is not.

Keeping your bathroom cool can be difficult, however, there are a few things that you can do in order to keep it from being too hot during the summer months.
• If you have windows in you bathroom make sure to keep the blinds closed. This will keep heat out of your bathroom and not allow the sun to shine through causing stifling temperatures.
• If possible, run a ceiling fan or attic fan. This will allow the air to circulate and some of the cooler air to get in. It will also push the hotter air up and out of the house through the ceiling.
• Upgrade the insulation around the windows, this will allow the air to stay in the room instead of seeping out through the windows. This is also good in the winter time.

These are just a few things that can help you stay comfortable during the different seasons. Each one brings different comfort issues to deal with and these ideas may help you overcome them. The bathroom is a room in the house that can be difficult to keep comfortable but, with a little planning, you can make it a haven of luxury and tranquillity regardless of the weather.

Choose the right towel rail for your bathroom

October 19, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, and having it heated adequately is vital, especially if you are planning to sell your home. There are vaarious heating options, and you may want to look at having a designer look or going with a traditional radiator.

Radiators come in different colors, depending on your existing decor and color scheme, and the most popular options are white, silver and black. In addition to the color, you can also choose between a traditional look and a modern and contemporary look. Both towel rails and radiators look good in chrome, although if you prefer the old-fashioned look, you can easily find this too.

Electric towel rails are a practical option for any homeowner unable to power a rail with their central heating system; these have a heating element that not only heats the bathroom, but keeps your towels warm at the same time. On the other hand, dual radiators are a good choice if you want to power your radiator with a heating element and central heating.

So-called cloakroom rails are a good option if you are short of space in your bathroom. These towel rails will easily fit into a small space, but at the same time give out a lot of heat and they are available in designs that either hang vertically or horizontally.

The amount of heat that you need will largely decide what type of rail will work best for you. Heated rails and radiators measure heat in units that are known as British thermal units (BTU) and a good strategy is to buy a rail or radiator that emits slightly more heat than you actually think you will need. This means that your bathroom will always be adequately heated, and the heat can always be turned down. A heated towel rail that is painted, generally gives out more heat than a chrome rail, although if you are in doubt your installer can help to calculate what will work best for you.

The next step after choosing the appropriate rail or radiator is to choose the correct radiator valves. Angled style valves are necessary if the piping in your bathroom is coming out of the wall; pipework coming out of the floor will need straight valves.

Regardless of the type of towel rails that you choose, it is a good idea to have them fitted and installed by a qualified builder or electrician. Once installed, you can enjoy the comfort and convenience of a heated bathroom.

How to Keep Your Bathroom Warm in Winter

January 5, 2011 in Heated Towel Rails

When the winter days draw in, the bathroom can be a very cold place to be. Getting ready for work in the morning or pampering yourself for a night out can be a lengthy, mundane process in itself; but getting ready in the bitter cold can make it worse. A sumptuously warm bathroom is essential, especially for when you step out of a piping hot bath or shower onto freezing floor tiles.

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