The terms bathroom fixtures and bathroom fittings are often used interchangeably. And perhaps that’s all right when you talk with your spouse and you guys understand each other. But if it’s time to talk to a bathroom remodeler, using the wrong terms may lead to misinterpretations that will likely cause some problems.
If you want to be specific about your bathroom design and have a say in the choice of fittings and fixtures that will make up your bathroom, it’s best if you know a thing or two about them. And we are going to give you the helping hand you want.
When we talk about bathroom fixtures, we actually talk about all these things that don’t move. A few examples? The toilet. The bathtub. The shower cabin. The faucet. All things wired in and all things set up so that they will be stable and safe for you to use – they are fixtures. They are the permanent guys in your bathroom – in the whole home too. The kitchen sink, for example, the heating system, the closet, and all other parts in the house you cannot move yourself – and usually don’t take with you when you move, are called fixtures.
Fittings are all the things you can move. They may be screwed into the wall – like a towel rack. They may hang from the ceiling, like the bathroom lighting fixtures. And they may be other bathroom accessories, like the mirror, baskets, toilet roll holders, dispensers, the toilet seat, and others. Same thing for the rest of the house. The appliances, the furniture, the curtains, the rugs, and all other things you can move in the house – hence, take with you if you go, are fittings.
Now that you know the difference between bathroom fittings and bathroom fixtures, let’s see what’s more important, why, and where to focus on during a bathroom renovation.
The importance of bathroom fixtures
It goes without saying that focusing on all things related to bathroom fixtures is vital. Why, you ask? Because they don’t move. Once the fixtures are installed, they stay there – at least, until your next bathroom remodeling.
For this reason, it’s important to focus on the bathroom layout. It’s important to thoroughly talk with your bathroom remodeling contractor about the layout and all things about it. The fixtures should be placed in a way to be convenient and leave enough traffic and breathing place. Depending on the bathroom’s size and shape, you also need to talk about the size of the fixtures. For example, a walk-in shower may be big or small. As for the bathtubs, they are found in various dimensions – freestanding or not. And then, do you want a counter- or wall-mounted bathroom sink faucet? Do you want a floating or floor-mounted toilet?
Since you cannot change the position of the fixtures unless you remodel the bathroom again, such decisions and the entire layout of the bathroom are all critical.
Have fun with the bathroom fittings
Once you’re done with choosing the fixtures and the bathroom is all set, it’s time to bring in the accessories. It’s also time to have some fun and loosen up a bit since the hard part of the bathroom remodel is over.
Choosing the bathroom fittings is not restricted by any rules – at least not any written rule. In a bathroom, the fixtures set the tone – we usually get white toilets and sinks, and the fittings play the music. The fittings decorate and so, if you want a consistent bathroom design, it’s best to get the same style and color dispensers, hardware, toilet paper holder, towel racks, et cetera, et cetera.
But there’s one more thing to consider when it comes to fittings. While they are chosen to create a wow factor in the bathroom, they should also be chosen based on your needs and the bathroom’s requirements. For example, you may love to get a big basket to use as a bin. But if this is a small bathroom, you won’t have space to put it – at least, without the basket getting in your way. The fittings are accessories that do not only embellish but actually, they should primarily bring comfort. And now that you know what fittings are about, you will know how to pick the right ones for your bathroom.