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Electrical items in the bathroom

Electrical items in the bathroom

A Curved shower cubicle

Some shower units are designed to fit neatly into a corner of a room. Different shapes are available, to suit particular layouts; you can even get non-standard housing to fit around awkward shapes.

Tailored to suit

Where space is tight it's worth seeking out storage designed to fit round sanitaryware. These units allow you to build up high with lean cupboards.

ELECTRICAL POINTS

Safety must come first in your plans. If you've taken space from a bedroom, have any wall sockets removed as the only socket you can have in a bathroom is a low voltage shaving point. Take expert advice on electrical installations. Lighting must be altered if you're using what was a bedroom: a ceiling rose must be replaced with batten holders, and light fittings have to be enclosed. The switch should either be a pull-cord or be fitted outside the actual bathroom area. Have a general diffused light, with task lighting by the mirror for shaving and making-up. Heating is important; there's nothing so dreary as a chilly bathroom. Look for special bathroom radiators or a heated towel rail.

A wall-mounted heater should never be hung above a bath or within splashing range. Don't take portable electric appliances like a fire or hair-dryer into the bathroom.

Bold bathroom

This bathroom has more dramatic treatment than the bedroom, but colours have been chosen to give a unifying effect, A folding door separates the areas without taking up much space. You can leave toiletries on display in your en suite, which isn't usually possible in a family bathroom.