Traditional radiators look great in vintage and period bathrooms such as those with a Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco or Mid Century appeal. They also work very well in shabby chic-styled and country bathrooms, while you’ve often find them in contemporary rooms too – because their vintage good looks and sturdiness can add an element of elegance to any room they choose to grace.
A traditional radiator tends to be floor mounted rather than wall hung like the designer radiator. It tends to have a narrow rail frame with a chunkier ‘old-style’ radiator in the centre, and which is usually construction from steel and painted white or, on occasion, black. You’ll also find straight horizontal column radiators, often painted white or sculpted radiators in painted cast iron.
These traditional radiator styles may be robust, but they still manage to remain slim-lined, meaning you could still use them if your bathroom is small or en-suite. In larger bathrooms a traditional radiator co-ordinates beautifully with a roll top freestanding tub and traditional wash basin.
Calculating the heat output you’ll need in a traditional radiator
It’s not just with traditional radiators that you need to work out how much heat your bathroom needs. For any radiator you’re buying you’ll need to know its British Thermal Units (BTU) output to make sure it’s a match for your bathroom. This is calculated by checking the ceiling height, size of the room in square feet and estimating how much heat loss from the room you’ll get. Calculate it using an online calculator or ask a plumber.
Here at Bathroom Supastore we supply a number of high quality traditional radiators for customers, many of which are from leading brand names, such as Hudson Reed (and which all come with a 20 year guarantee on parts and craftsmanship). We’ve no doubt you’ll certainly find one to your liking.