The Buyer’s Guide to Shower Enclosures

Shower enclosures come in a huge variety of styles, so choosing the right one for you can be an overwhelming task. But fear not; we’re here to talk you through your options so you can decide which shower enclosure is the perfect fit for your bathroom. So, on that note, here is our Buyer’s Guide to Shower Enclosures!

Buyer's Guide to Shower Enclosures- Sliding Door Shower Enclosure

Sliding Door Shower Enclosure

A sliding door shower enclosure is a classic design that remains a popular choice in many bathrooms. As the name would suggest, this type of enclosure features a sliding door mechanism, which opens smoothly within the enclosure without impeding on the rest of the bathroom.

Sliding door shower enclosures are available in a range of different sizes, so you can pick one to suit your space. A sliding door shower enclosure is useful in smaller bathrooms that don’t have space for a door to open outwards. The only downside is that they have limited access, so may not be as easy to get in and out of, especially for those with lower mobility.

Hinged Door Shower Enclosure with Black Shower panel

Hinged Door Shower Enclosure

A hinged door shower enclosure is a simple option with a modern appearance. A simple hinged door action means that the door opens outwards into the bathroom. This allows generous space for getting in and out of the shower and gives the enclosure a spacious feel. However, it can impede on the space in your bathroom, so it’s important to measure carefully to ensure that your bathroom has enough space for the door to swing open. As such, it’s a better option for those with more spacious bathrooms.

Pivot Door Shower Enclosure with white wall panels

Pivot Door Shower Enclosure

A pivot door shower enclosure is a great option for those with small bathrooms looking to make the most of their space. The door opens by pivoting on its hinges; the door opens outwards into the bathroom, but the far edge of the door pivots back into the shower enclosure. The door’s opening action takes up less space in the bathroom than that of a hinged door, while still allowing generous space for getting in and out of the shower. While you will still need to allow space for the door to swing open, a pivot door requires less space than a hinged door, so is a better option for small bathrooms. 

Bi Fold Door Shower Enclosure with Black tiles

Bi Fold Door Shower Enclosure

A bi fold door shower enclosure is a great space-saving solution for small bathrooms. The door opens by folding in on itself within the shower enclosure, so doesn’t impede on the rest of the bathroom. It comes in a range of sizes that are perfect for fitting into small spaces. However, a drawback of this kind of enclosure is that the folding door mechanism doesn’t allow as much space for entry as a hinged door or pivot door would. The folding mechanism can also be tricky to manoeuvre, so it may not be ideal for those with mobility issues.

Quadrant shower enclosure with white square tiles

Quadrant Shower Enclosure

Quadrant shower enclosures are a very popular option nowadays, as they’re ideal for saving space in your bathroom. This type of enclosure features a curved shape that is designed to fit into a corner. This is useful for making the most of the available space in your bathroom.

Quadrant enclosures feature a sliding door mechanism that allows easy access for getting in and out of the shower, and are available as single door and two door options. These enclosures are available as standard quadrants, with the same height as width, or as offset quadrants. Offset quadrants have one side longer than the other and offer more space than a standard quadrant. 

Quadrant enclosures offer a spacious showering area, without impeding on the space of other items in your bathroom. They’re perfect for small spaces, and are particularly popular choices for ensuite bathrooms.

Corner entry shower enclosure with square white tiles

Corner Entry Shower Enclosure

Like a quadrant enclosure, a corner entry shower enclosure is designed to fit neatly into a corner. It features a 2 door sliding mechanism that allows easy access for getting into the shower. It is a practical option for those looking to make the most of their space in a small bathroom. It can also be useful to combine with a separate bath in a more spacious bathroom, as it can fit into a corner without obstructing the space.

D Shape Shower Enclosure in beige tile bathroom

D Shape Shower Enclosure

A D shape shower enclosure features a rounded shape that is designed to sit flat against a single wall. It has a spacious feel and is a good alternative to a bath in smaller bathrooms. It’s also ideal for long, narrow bathrooms that don’t have much corner space to use.

Black and Chrome Shower Cabin with rain effect shower head and body jets

Shower Cabin

A shower cabin is a great option for those who are looking to invest in a more luxurious shower. Similar in shape to a quadrant enclosure, a shower cabin is designed to fit in a corner. A shower cabin comes as a ready-made, one-piece enclosure, with everything you need for a functional shower. It doesn’t require any tiling, so installation is easy and stress-free.

A shower cabin comes complete with a rain effect shower head and multi-functional hand shower. It also features luxurious body jets for an opulent, spa-like showering experience. Shower cabins are available in different sizes to suit you, and can be found as small as 800mm to fit smaller bathrooms.

Walk in shower enclosure with shower panel and grey and beige tiles

Walk In Shower Enclosure

A walk in shower enclosure is perfect for those looking for a roomier showering space. As the name would suggest, a walk in shower enclosure doesn’t have any doors; you simply walk in and out. It features a glass shower screen and rectangular shower tray. The lack of doors means this type of enclosure is incredibly easy access, so it’s ideal for those with lower mobility. A walk in shower enclosure offers a spacious showering area and is a good alternative to a bath. 

And there we have it. Our Buyer’s Guide to Shower Enclosures. We hope you found this helpful. If you need any more help with your bathroom renovation, you can find the rest of our Buyers Guides here.

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The Buyer’s Guide to Basin Wastes

The Buyer's Guide to Basin Wastes

Basin wastes are something that can often be overlooked when carrying out a bathroom renovation, but they’re actually a very important component.

Choosing the right type of waste for your basin can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you don’t know the terminology. But fear not; we’re here today to talk you through everything you need to know when choosing a basin waste.  

Ready? Let’s go!

Buyers Guide to Basin Wastes- overflow

What is a basin waste?

The waste allows you to fill your basin with water and safely drains used water.

What is an overflow?

An overflow is a small hole on the inside of the basin, usually located under the tap, that allows excess water to be drained while the tap is running to stop any potential flooding.

Slotted vs unslotted basin waste

Slotted vs. unslotted wastes

The first question to ask yourself when looking for a waste for your basin is: “Do I need a slotted or an unslotted waste?”

What’s the difference, you ask? Well, a slotted basin waste has a slot that allows any overflowing water to run safely into the main waste.

If your basin has an overflow, you’ll need a slotted waste. If it doesn’t have an overflow, you’ll need an unslotted waste. Make sense?

It’s important to make sure you choose the right type of waste, as fitting the wrong one can result in your overflow not working as it should.

Types of Basin wastes

Plug and chain waste- buyer's guide to basin wastes

Plug and Chain

plug and chain waste is a traditional choice and is probably the type of waste that you are most familiar with. It comprises of a plug attached to the end of a chain. Place the plug in the hole to seal up the basin and fill with water, and pull on the chain to remove. The plug and chain waste is a staple choice in many bathrooms and is particularly suited for those after a traditional look. One thing to be aware of is that a chain and plug waste will require a basin with a chain stay, which is a small hole used for securing the chain bolt.

Flip top waste, flip over waste, Buyer's Guide to Basin Wastes

Flip Top

flip top waste, sometimes known as a flip over waste, features a rotating plug that spins 180 degrees to open and close the drain. A flip top waste has a minimalist appearance that’s ideal for those seeking a modern bathroom design. 

Push button click clack basin waste- Buyer's guide to basin wastes

Push Button

push button waste, also known as a click clack waste, is one of the most widely used types of basin waste. These are operated by simply pushing on the button to close the drain, and pushing again to open. This type of waste is incredibly simple to use and creates a modern look, making it a very popular option. 

Free running free flow basin waste- Buyer's guide to basin wastes

Free Running

free running waste, also known as a free flow waste, is used to keep your waste pipe permanently open. Unlike other wastes, this type of waste doesn’t have a closing mechanism; it is only used for draining water from your basin and allows water to slowly escape. While it may not be for everyone, this type of waste can be useful for basins without an overflow as it removes the risk of flooding.

So, there we have it, folks. Our Buyers Guide to Basin Wastes. We hope you found this helpful. If you need any more help with your bathroom renovation, you can find the rest of our Buyers Guides here.

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Pay Day Deals

It’s finally pay day and there’s only one more before Christmas (I’m sorry to break the bad news!) You need to tackle a few things at home, but how do you decide what’s priority? Well, if you’re hosting Christmas this year, then your bathroom is definitely a priority! We have a whole range of budget items to help you achieve your dream bathroom with money to spare. No more procrastination, no more excuses, let’s help you to battle that bathroom in time for the festive season. So, without further ado here’s our top 10 deals to help you on your way to a stunning new bathroom just in time for Saint Nic….

Pay day deals by Wholesale Domestic

1. Helix close coupled Toilet with Soft Close Seat
This nifty little number is stylish and functional and a snap at only £59.95. Combine with your favourite products to create a complete bathroom on a tiny budget.

Helix close coupled toilet with soft close seat

2. Loule Counter Top Basin
Perfect for any family bathroom or ensuite, this stunning counter top basin is only £39.95 while stocks last! Combine with a high rise basin mixer tap to create a fully functional new basin.

Loule counter top basin3. Stardust porcelain tiles (4 colours available)
Porcelain tiles are usually ridiculously expensive, but you can pick these up for a mere £12.95/m2. It’s easy to create the perfect backdrop for your new bathroom without spending a fortune.

Stardust porcelain tiles

4. Rio Mono Basin Mixer Tap
This practical little tap will provide a functional solution for just £23.95. Finished in modern chrome, this addition will match with the rest of your fixtures and will bring a stylish finish to any new bathroom design.

Rio mono basin mixer tap

5. Kaldewei Eurowa Steel Bath 1700 x 700mm
Need a new bath but don’t want to take out a second mortgage to pay for it? Then this is the one! This durable steel bath will keep up with the demands of family life for just £119.95.

Kaldewei Eurowa Steel Bath 1700 x 700mm

6. Wholestone Slate 900mm x 900mm Anthracite Quadrant Shower Tray
New in. This range features a stunning natural slate design to create a feature in your new bathroom. Available in white slate or anthracite slate for only £179.95.

Wholestone slate shower tray

7. Hudson 1200 x 300 Radiator (3 colours available)
This radiator will appeal to those who are more style inclined. A stunning designer look, but with the tiny price tag of £79.95. Choose from white, grey or black.

Hudson designer radiators

8. Kappa Thermostatic Rigid Riser Shower System
One of our biggest bargains! This clever thermostatic shower features a rain effect head, and separate hand held shower for only £129.95 while stocks last!

Kappa thermostatic shower system

9. Alexander James Vanity Set 2
Want to utilise wasted space in your new bathroom? Then look no further than this stylish combination unit. A basin unit and toilet unit combined with added storage space – genius, and only £239.95.

Alexander james vanity set 2

10. Ideal Straight Bathroom Suite
Don’t want the hassle of choosing individual items? Then opt for a complete bathroom! This gorgeous set includes all the staple items you need to get your new bathroom up and running for only £209.90!

Ideal straight bathroom suite


We know that when you hear the words ‘new bathroom’ you automatically think thousands. But that’s where Wholesale Domestic is different. You can easily order your dream bathroom today for just a few hundred pounds! (yes you read that right). So don’t flinch the next time your mind wanders to bathroom renovations. Make it easy and still have money left over to enjoy your life with Wholesale Domestic. If you would like free advice you can email us at customerservices@wholesaledomestic.com, live chat with us on our site, or give us a call on 0344 809 4249. Good luck with your new bathroom!

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The 5 Best Practical Gifts Under £20

Very few of us are finished Christmas shopping (and if you happen to be one of those smug people who have, know that we hate you). The biggest hurdle for most is knowing what to buy, I mean where do you even start? We’re completely bombarded online, and at the shops that it can leave us confused and overwhelmed. It’s all too easy for your shopping trip to turn into a clip from Supermarket Sweep; a black cloud descends over your consciousness and you start throwing things into your trolley that don’t even make sense, in a desperate bid to tell everyone that you’re finished. It’s only when you get home, you snap out of it and realise that you are now the uneasy owner of the most random collection of Christmas presents in existence.   

The 5 best practical gifts under £20

We’ve all been there but take a breath, that’s not your fate this year, it needn’t be complicated, or expensive for that matter. Instead of getting yourself in a tizzy, and completely blowing your budget just to get it done, take a look at our practical list of luxury gifts that will keep you in the good books, without the need for a second mortgage, or for the recipient to have an ‘open mind’. Ready? Let’s get to it, because time is running out…

Serene cosmetic organiser

This one is a no-brainer. This clever little organiser will help to keep makeup or essentials neat and tidy in one convenient place. Wouldn’t it be nice to find what you’re looking for easily, without the routine morning meltdown? I can honestly say that there’s no one alive that couldn’t make good use of this in their home. The attractive acrylic design will look good in any setting to boot. You can get your hands on one of these handy stocking fillers for only £5.95.

Serene cosmetic organiser

Deluxe chrome bath tray

This little gadget would make the perfect festive gift. It’s designed to extend across the width of a bath to provide enough space for your favourite book and glass (or more like bottle) of wine. If you know someone that enjoys a bath, then you’ll make them giddy with this little beauty, an ideal gift for only £15.95.

Deluxe chrome bath tray

Grecian memory foam bath mat

This one is great if you’re a bit stuck on ideas. A luxury memory foam bath mat is the perfect addition to any shower or bath, and will help to make the bathroom a cosier place to be. Available in a huge range of colours for only £12.95.

Grecian bath mat

Hanson black scales

Approach with caution. Let’s be honest here, this one could seriously blow up in your face. My advice would be to only choose this bad boy if the person has specifically asked for scales, otherwise you’ll be in big trouble, okay? These luxury scales feature a digital display that can help you to keep an eye on your weight (best not to use them until after Christmas then, eh?). A practical gift at only £17.95.

Hanson black scales

Opera vanity mirror

This beautiful vanity mirror is the ideal beauty aid. A swivel design allows you to switch between a standard mirror and magnification mirror for a closer look. Portable and compact, this little beauty is the perfect luxurious stocking filler. Pick this up for only £17.95.

Opera vanity mirror

Believe me, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and panic buy, but try and keep your cool and opt for something functional. In hindsight you’ll be glad that you didn’t buy that robust gun rack for the person that doesn’t own a single gun, agreed? Catch you all next week! 

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The Buyer's Guide to Bathroom Flooring

Today’s market is saturated with so many options that it can be quite challenging to decide what you want for your new bathroom floor. Everyday customers ask us the same question ‘What’s the best?’ but as you probably already know, it’s not as simple as that.

The Buyer's guide to bathroom flooring

Each option features different benefits and styles and it’s a decision that’s best answered by what you feel would complement your home environment. Don’t panic, we’re not going to leave you high and dry, let’s take a look at each option and highlight the pros and cons to help make your decision much easier than you first thought.

 

Ceramic Tiles

Traditionally ceramic is used on bathrooms walls, not floors. This is because ceramic is a weaker composition compared to porcelain and can’t endure high traffic environments. You’ll find that there’s not a huge selection of ceramic tiles that are recommended for bathroom floors. We have a small selection you can use on floors which have a special protective glaze, which provides strength and helps prevent scratches and chips.

Top tip: If you can afford to upgrade to porcelain then do it, you won’t regret it.

  • Beautiful styles
  • Massive wall selection
  • Small floor selection
  • Traditionally cheaper than porcelain
  • Is prone scratch and chip in high traffic environments
Ceramic Tiles

 

Porcelain Tiles

Porcelain tiles are the ultimate choice for bathroom walls and floors. The clay used to create porcelain tiles is much stronger than ceramic when fired, which provides a highly durable design. Porcelain is recommended for high traffic environments like the bathroom and can even be used in your hallway, lounge or kitchen as desired. This type of bathroom tile can also be used on walls for a coordinated look.

Top tip: To save money you could pair a sleek porcelain floor tile with a ceramic wall tile.

  • Fantastic range
  • Can be used on both walls and floors
  • Tile composition is more durable than ceramic
  • Better option for busier homes
Porcelain Tiles

 

Quartz Tiles

The quartz tile is a whole different beast entirely. This luxurious range is made from real granite and glass mirror for a lavish look and feel in your home. Quartz is suitable for use in every room in your home and boasts incredible durability. Its composition is so reliable for busy areas you’ll find these tiles in places like the airport and even at the cinema! These large bathroom tiles are well suited to a bathroom floor and could even be used on the walls if desired.

Top Tip: A must for any bathroom floor, but choose another ceramic or porcelain tile for the walls or your bank balance could suffer.

  • Beautiful monochrome range
  • Can be used on both walls and floors
  • Made from highly durable granite
  • Can be expensive to cover large areas
Black Quartz Tiles

 

REMEMBER: If you’re installing tiles the sub floor needs to be secure and overlaid with 9mm plywood. If you’re planning a wet room, tiles will be your only option to create a complete water tight seal.  

Bathroom Tiles

 

Flexxfloors

This revolutionary product is a game changer. Its clever tongue and groove system allows each panel to be quickly and easily slotted together, efficiently creating a new floor without the need for messy adhesives or expensive tools. Moisture resistant, Flexxfloors are suitable for use in any room in your home. Choose from our range of beautiful embossed designs to create an authentic wood or tile feel. Its PVC material features unique no noise reverberation technology, which creates a quieter living environment when compared to tiles, laminate flooring or wood flooring.

Top tip: This solution is the perfect choice if you plan to self-install or need a quick yet effective option.

  • Beautiful range of designs
  • Can be used in any room of the house
  • So easy to install
  • Quieter than traditional tiles or wood flooring
Flexxfloors

 

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating provides a luxurious addition to your bathroom flooring. The system is placed under your new flooring and uses a clever thermostat, allowing you to control the temperature as needed. It creates a cosy bathroom environment that’s appreciated during the cold winter months.

Top tip: You need to think about this before you install your new floor, as it could prove difficult or impossible to include after the floor is down.

  • Creates a luxurious heated bathroom floor
  • Must be installed before your chosen flooring
  • Can be expensive to install in large areas
Underfloor Heating

 

Choosing a new bathroom floor can be confusing, but by considering all the options it’s easier than you think. Deliberate the pros and cons and you’ll know what’s right for you and your family. If you would like more information you can pop into our Glasgow based showroom located here or give us a call on 0344 809 4249. Catch you all next week! 

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