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Bathrooms

Whether you’re updating, upgrading or after a total makeover, we offer a wide range of bathroom fittings and fixtures to help you achieve the look you want.

Our bathroom showrooms are located in these John Lewis & Partners shops:
 

Bluewater

Cribbs Causeway

High Wycombe

Milton Keynes

Oxford Street

Solihull

York


Find out more about our fitted bathrooms service here

BOOK A VIRTUAL OR IN-STORE FITTED BATHROOM APPOINTMENT

We're now arranging virtual consultations where you can speak to one of our expert Partners on a video or phone call. They'll provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice. Alternatively you can book an in-store consultation to speak with one of our Fitted Kitchen Partners

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BOOK A VIRTUAL OR IN-STORE FITTED BATHROOM APPOINTMENT

We're now arranging virtual consultations where you can speak to one of our expert Partners on a video or phone call. They'll provide a combination of practical measuring, design and technical advice. Alternatively you can book an in-store consultation to speak with one of our Fitted Kitchen Partners

Find out more

Showers

Types of Showers

Electric showers

Heat cold water from your boiler

Things to consider...

More economical than other showers, as you only end up heating the water you use

Manual mixer showers

Mix hot and cold water to a temperature of your choice
Heated by your boiler
Often controlled through the bath taps

Things to consider...

The height is not usually adjustable

Thermostatic mixer showers

Use a valve to regulate the temperature of your water

Things to consider...

Stabilises any sudden changes in water temperature i.e flushing the toilet, which is helpful in larger households

Power showers

Use a pump to increase the pressure of the water, and mix both hot and cold water to give you the temperature of your choice.

Things to consider...

Ideal in households with low water pressure

Tip

Before deciding on a shower, contact your plumber and make sure your plumbing is compatible

Shower Heads

Fixed models

Usually ceiling-mounted. Ideal for a "full body" shower.


Swivel models

Adjustable and offer more flexibility


Hand-held showerheads

Ideal if you're rinsing off small children or cleaning pets, or your shower is over the bath

Features to look out for:

  • Rub-clean nozzles for hygiene and convenience
  • Multiple spraying modes, such as ‘massage’ and ‘scatter spray’

Shower Features

Digital showers

Turns on your shower remotely so you don't have to wait. You’ll need a data cable, which runs behind the tiles


Temperature control

Save your preferred temperature, so you don’t have to fiddle around finding it the next time


Diverter

Allows you to switch between shower and taps


Shower pump

Provide an extra boost to low water pressure households. Only compatible with gravity-fed water systems

Choosing a shower enclosure

STEP ONE - Select a size

  • Available in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • From a space-saving 760 to a spacious 1700

STEP TWO - Select a configuration

Recess

Recess

A door installed between two fixed walls

Corner

Recess

A door with a side panel installed to two adjacent walls

STEP TWO - Select a configuration

Hinged door

Recess

Sliding door

Recess

Shower Trays

  • Available in a range of shapes and sizes
  • Highest quality cast stone, capped with a durable acrylic
  • Durable and easy to maintain

 

Shower Plinths

Allows easy access for installation of the waste and associated pipework

Bath Screens

Fitting a shower over your existing bath is a popular alternative to the shower enclosure.


The benefits of a bath screen:

  • Protects  your floor from water
  • Can be fitted to either end of the bath

 

Single Panel Bath Screens:

  • Larger than average bath screens at 1500 x 850mm
  • Suitable for use with high performance showers

 

Multi Panel Bath Screens:

  • Available in 2, two panel options
  • A discreet, minimalist showering solution
  • Innovative glass to glass sealing and unique click-to-lock hinges to prevent spillage

 

Over Bath Shower Panel:

  • Deliver ultimate protection when using a shower curtain
  • Creates a barrier between the wall and curtain

 

Tip: In hard water areas, lime salts can build up on glass. Squeegee off excess water after showering, and use a shower glass cleaning solution regularly.

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Our Ranges

Summit

  • Modern, minimalist look
  • Available with hinged or sliding doors
  • Suits both recess and corner installations
  • Sizes range from 760mm to 1800mm
  • Easy to install and stunning to look at

Summit walk-in & wetrooms

  • Creates a shower area in even the smallest of spaces
  • Available with dedicated shower tray
  • Can be fitted onto shower trays or directly on the floor to create a spa-like experience

Shower Trays & Plinths

  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
  • Ideal for creating a modern, wet room look
  • High resistance to impact damage

Taps & Wastes

Types of Taps

Monobloc

  • Designed for basins with one tap hole
  • Mixes hot and cold water to your temperature preference

Things to consider...

Needs relatively high pressure to work well

Pillar taps

  • Designed for basins with two holes
  • Separates hot and cold water

Things to consider...

Ideal for low water pressure or gravity-fed water systems

Filler taps

  • Available in a wide variety of sizes
  • Ideal for creating a modern, wet room look
  • High resistance to impact damage

Tip

Before deciding on taps, consult your plumber. Apart from making sure they're right for your water pressure, there are certain rules and regulations to follow.

Wastes

If your basin has an overflow, then it needs a slotted basin waste. If not, then it probably needs an unslotted waste.

Plug and chain

The traditional plug and chain waste is still widely used.

Pop up

Integrated into the tap, and works with the use of a small lever, usually located on the back of the tap. The lever is pushed down to raise the waste plug.

Clicker

Pushed or twisted down manually

Lighting

You’ll want function as well as form when you choose bathroom lighting. Here are some things you should know

Zones

Due to safety regulations, bathrooms are split into zones.

Zone 0

Inside the bath or shower

Zone 1

Up to 2.25m above the bath or shower

Zone 2

For bathrooms with the same height as zone 1, but can extend to 0.6m around the bath or shower basin

IP Rating

When buying a light for the bathroom you need to check the IP (Ingress Protection) rating.    

The higher the rating, the more protected lighting is.

 

The first digit:

  • Refers to the degree you’re protected from any contact with moving part
  • Refers to the degree the light is protected from anything getting inside
  • Ranges from ‘0’ (no special protection) to ‘6’ (dust tight).

 

The second digit:

  • How much moisture (drips, spray or jets) the light can withstand
  • This ranges from ‘0’ (no special protection) to ‘8’ (protection from complete, continuous submersion in water)


Tip: For bathroom lighting you need a minimum IP44 rating. All our bathroom lighting comes with a 2-year guarantee.

Bathroom Ceiling Lights

Spotlights

Range from single spotlights to ceiling bars

Individually adjustable.

Ideal if...

You want to accentuate an area of the room

 

Flush fittings

Available in chrome, glass, metal and plastic.

Ideal if…

You’re limited for space or have a low ceiling

 

Over mirror lights

  • Work well positioned above the basin
  • Shaver lights feature an integrated shaving socket
  • Cabaret bars include 4 or 5 bauble-shaped bulbs, and can be positioned either above or to the sides of your mirror

Ideal if…You want to create a focal point You prefer softer light

 

Illuminated bathroom mirrors

  • Centralise light and illuminate shadowed areas to give you the best view possible
  • Can be mounted on a flat surface on the basin or recessed within a wall

Ideal if…

  • You want to create the illusion of more space
  • You want to add a luxury element to your bathroom

 

Features to look out for:

Demister - uses an integrated heat pad for a clear reflection, even in a steamy bathroom Infrared on/off switch - just give the switch a quick tap

Edge-lit/backlit - both types of lighting offer great results, though backlit mirrors have the lights running around the edge to illuminate your reflection evenly

Tip

Illuminated mirrors can be very heavy, so don’t attempt to install one without help.

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EARN REWARDS WHEN YOU PAY

Shop with a Partnership Card and get 1.25% back in the form of points towards vouchers.

18.9% APR Representative Variable. Credit Subject to Status. T&Cs apply*.

John Lewis plc, 171 Victoria Street SW1E 5NN acts as a credit broker. Credit provided under exclusive arrangements with the lender John Lewis Financial Services Limited

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INTEREST FREE CREDIT AVAILABLE

Spend over £1,000 on Home, Garden, Furniture and Lighting and spread the cost with Interest Free Credit. 0% APR representative. Terms & Conditions apply