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Bathroom project planning

Plan your dream bathroom

Plan a stunning bathroom with one of our design specialists.

Our bathroom design team can help you every step of the way to achieve your dream bathroom. If you would prefer to do it yourself then our step-by-step guide will show you what you need to do and what options to consider.

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1. Measure accurately

Make sure large items will fit in the space. Not only in the bathroom itself but also getting them there via vehicle transportation, through doors, hallways and any stairways. If you book a consultation with one of our design consultants, they will conduct a thorough survey as part of the service.

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2. Buy the right quantities

Ensure you don’t run out of fixings, flooring, paint or tiles by buying 10% more than you think you’ll need. This will save you from having to stop in the middle of your project to purchase vital items.

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3. Get the correct lighting

Bathroom lighting must be safe against water ingress and have the appropriate IP (ingress protection) rating. Any change in the lighting needs to be decided before any work is started as cables will have to be installed behind tiles and walls. For ideas and inspiration, see Bathroom Lighting.

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What’s in your toolbox?

You’ll need a range of tools and materials to complete your project safely and correctly. Be careful at all times and don’t rush. If you’re unsure of exactly what you need, our store staff are happy to help.

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Take a look at what you may need below and make a list of what you require for each phase of your project.

Bathroom fixtures and furniture
  • Mirror(s)
  • Shelving
  • Toilet & cistern
  • Towel Radiator
  • Bath &/or shower
  • Flooring & wall tiles
  • Drawers & cabinets
  • Taps, basin & pedestal
  • Towel rails, toilet roll holder & soap dish
  • Lighting, extractor fan & electrical sockets/switches
  • Shower enclosure, screen or curtain (including rail & loops)
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  • Brackets for battens
  • Mould resistant paint
  • PTFE tape to seal around threads
  • Wall filler &/or plaster for wall repair
  • Mould resistant bath/shower/sink sealant
  • Fixings – bolts, screws, nails & appropriate wall/floor plugs
  • Timber for unseen support battens for bath, cistern or shower tray
  • Plumbing essentials such as pipes, sink traps & water waste/overflow accessories
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  • Cordless drill
  • Hand file & sandpaper
  • Electrical cable detector
  • Hand saw for cutting timber
  • Electrical cable extension lead
  • Flat & cross-head screwdrivers
  • Jigsaw power saw for floorboards
  • Tube cutter for copper or PVC pipe
  • Electric drill mains for drilling masonry
  • Basin wrench & adjustable pipe wrench
  • Large & small hack saws for cutting pipework
  • Spirit level, ruler and retractable tape measure
  • Blow torch, solder & flux (for copper pipework only)
  • Wrecking bar/sledge hammer/chisel for removal of old units
  • Drill bits, flat drill bits, masonry bits & wall hole cutter for outlet pipes & extraction
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Safety workwear
  • Goggles
  • Knee pads
  • Ear protection
  • Face mask to protect from dust
  • Sturdy footwear with steel toecaps
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Help and advice

For more information and step-by-step guides on how to complete a wide range of bathroom projects, take a look at our handy how to guides.

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