Towel rails look great in any room. Designer towel rails look even better. While a rail is a fantastic option, and a possible upgrade compared to your regular old radiators, how do you know what to look for when buying one? It isn’t like towel rails are something you commonly buy or would be expected to know much about.
That’s why it helps to seek out advice from those in the know. I’ve asked the radiator experts at Trade Radiators what someone thinking of buying a designer towel rail should keep an eye out for, and here are some of their top recommendation on how to get it right.
Understand what constitutes “designer”
You might be able to spot a fake pair of designer shoes or a bag easily, but would you know how to look for a designer radiator? Or even what qualifies one as such? Designer radiator brands are few and far between. Luckily, like sports cars and coffee machine, there are a few names which stand out and are regarded as the best around.
If you’re shopping and see that Lazzarini, Pisa, or Reina make a rail, you’re looking at a genuine designer brand. If you go into a store, their designer range is just that store’s name with something like “premier” tacked on the end, it isn’t really designer.
Understand they’re made of something different
Most radiators and rails are made from steel. It is a dependable and cheap material to use, giving you heat output and retention. Conversely, designer rail makers are presuming you’re willing to pay a premium for higher quality material, but what exactly could that be for a radiator?
In most regards, designer rails are made from stainless steel or aluminium. Stainless steel provides improved heat retention, so they’ll take longer to cool down when the heating is off. Aluminium is very conducive, making it the best choice for a rail in a room where the temperature needs to get raised fast.
This isn’t to say you can’t get simple steel designer rails. I am merely highlighting that the material could be why two identical-looking rails have different prices.
Understand your finish
Do you know your brushed from your satin, or your silver from chrome? There is nothing worse than spending the money on a new designer rail, only for it to arrive in the wrong colour. As it is something you will be hanging up on the wall for years to come, make an effort to seriously consider what colour you want, and what you need in a room.
A good way of figuring out whether a new colour will look good on the wall is to stop and notice what colour your fittings are. You might never have really considered if the colour of your light switches and plug sockets suit a room at all, but if they’re the same white, silver or black as your rails, will everything look ok?
If you are opting for shinier or brighter finishes, you’ll want to do so in rooms which already get plenty of natural light. You also want the finish of the radiator to match the tone of the room. For example, if the rail is going in a bedroom and not your kitchen, you’ll probably want to opt for a brushed finish and muted colour on the rail.
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