Retro-Fitting Bathroom Accessories

If you’re changing or renovating an existing bathroom or wetroom, there are a lot small details that can be changed, and many fittings to consider carefully. Here are a few tips to help you choose and install new bathroom fittings and accessories.

Damp is always a factor to consider. If you are making holes in walls or wooden bathroom cabinets, make absolutely sure you seal the hole with a spreadable silicone, waterproof putty or resin. Even putting new screws into a wooden or plaster bathroom wall can give water a way in and mould a place to hide, so spread around the screw fitting with a generous coat of sealant.

Smaller fittings don’t necessarily have to be screwed to the wall or disturb the existing bathroom cabinets. We’ve got a range of bathroom accessories, like soap dishes for the shower, towel rails, and toilet roll holders, that attach directly to a surface without damaging it. Make sure the target area is clean and dry before installing, and you should get a stable and permanent attachment without screws.

If you need to replace existing bathroom taps, especially those that came as a unit with a washstand style bathroom cabinet, make sure the fittings you choose are the right size at the base, or slightly bigger. Ideally you wouldn’t have to change the size of the hole left by the old fittings, but it’s better to make a bigger hole than try to seal one that’s already too large. Again, be generous with bathroom sealant to finish the job.

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