You might have seen wicks everywhere – in toilets, on clothes hangers, hanging from shower heads or from mirrors. But what are they and what do they do? Simply put, wicks are an essential part of any bathroom design. Read on to find out more about them.
Installing kitchen floor wickes Benjamin Moore has produced some beautiful and practical bathroom wall floor designs for decades. But the latest range of his floor tiles come with a novel twist – they have kitchen wickes. This means that instead of being attached to the wall, the wick is held in place by a flexible aluminium pole, so that the water can continuously run through it.
Wicking your toilet A common problem when considering new bathroom tile designs is where the water supply is going to come from. For example, you might want to bring the water supply underneath the sink to save space. If you have a cistern designed for a small bathroom then the cistern might not be able to accommodate the size of your vanity unit or your tankless toilet. In this case you might need to use a flexible, waterproof tile or a unit to transfer the water elsewhere.
There are many other ways to provide your bathroom with the correct water supply. It is up to you to decide whether you prefer a cistern above your basin, on your kitchen wall or below your sink. But you won’t be stuck with one option if you go for the units. If you install beautiful bathroom wall tiles with kitchen floor tiles that have wicks attached, then you can attach the flexible, waterproof tiles to the wall at the appropriate places.
You can also extend your bathroom suites to include a toilet pan, cistern and seat. Toilet pans will be cheaper than a complete bathroom suite, but you can opt to buy separate pieces to build an all-inclusive suite instead. Complete bathroom suites come with a toilet, and a cistern and seat. If you’d like to do away with the separate pieces and buy them as a set, you’ll also find this option very easy to implement.
Wicking your basin and toilet A bathroom usually involves two different types of fixtures: a basin and toilet. Both can be made from various materials, including porcelain, cast iron and glass. You can either get a fixed or removable pedestal that attaches to your wall (basins can be free standing) or a flexible, waterproof pedestal that you can move around if you wish. When you buy a fixed pedestal make sure you check that it comes with a manufacturer guarantee; otherwise, you’re stuck replacing it if it breaks within the first year.
Wall-hung and integrated vanity These are similar to the fixed bathroom models, except for the fact that they come with a wall-mounted vanity in place of a fixed unit. The wall-hung vanity has an integrated basin tap, and some brands come with a mono mixer toilet and integrated cistern. Integrated vanity units feature both a basin tap and a wash stand. If you prefer a monochromatic look, then choose a mono mixer toilet and basin. Integrated units will require a wall-hung or wall-mounted vanity unit.
Walk in shower In case you’ve never used one before, a walk in shower is a fancy model that’s been on the market for decades. It’s basically a cubicle attached to a door, which makes it a convenient space-saving solution for small bathrooms. If you want to try a freestanding model, make sure your bathroom design features a freestanding drain and faucet. A brand that offers a full manufacturer warranty on their products would be a good choice, since some units can last up to 20 years.