Choosing bathroom tapware and fixtures is an important consideration when building a new bathroom or renovating an existing one.

In this article, we’ll discuss why choosing tapware is so important, some of the most important factors you need to consider when choosing the right tapware for your bathroom, from cost to installation, to finishes and beyond.

We’ll also advise when you should contact the experts at Builders Discount Warehouse for assistance with choosing the best tapware for your bathroom.

Why is Choosing the Right Tapware for Your Bathroom So Important?

Renovating or adding a new bathroom to your property is a huge step, one which can take a lot of time and effort.

While some renovation shows and blogs suggest that you can easily change out tapware if you change your mind in the future. This is technically true, but if you can make the right choice the first time around, why wouldn’t you?

In our opinion, if you’re going to do something, you should do it right and choosing your perfect bathroom tapware the first time around is one way to do this.

Things to Consider When Choosing Tapware

There are several factors that go into choosing the right tapware for you and your family. In this section, we’ll examine some of the most common considerations.


Function is possibly one of the most important considerations you need to take into account when choosing tapware for your bathroom. Before you ensure your tapware looks good, easy to clean and the colour you want, you want to make sure it actually functions the way you want it to.

This means considering the people who will use your tapware and whether it’s easy for them to operate, the placement of your fittings and fixtures and even the water efficiency rating.

Wall Mounted or Vanity Mounted

How your tapware is mounted is also something you need to think of. Do you want your taps to come from the wall or your vanity?

This is especially something you need to consider if you’re replacing your vanity in an existing bathroom. You may find that the holes for installation are already in place, or your new vanity already has a spot from which you can install your tapware.

Plumbing & Installation

Plumbing and installation kind of comes into the type of mounted taps you choose, but is also worth its own point in an article like this. Choosing the right tapware for your bathroom may come down to how easy it is to install and whether you need to move your existing plumbing to do so.

This is particularly important if you intend on doing most of the work yourself, and want to save on trade bills. Changing this can be a huge waste of time and money you might not have set aside, which is why you need to think of it beforehand.

Some brands of tapware may even have specific instructions which recommend installation by a qualified plumber, and this is certainly something we at Builders Discount Warehouse would suggest for any of the tapware we sell.

Places You Need Taps

In your bathroom, there are quite a few places you may need to install tapware, so you should make sure you have the appropriate tapware before it comes time for them to be installed. Some of the most common places you’ll need tapware and other fixtures include:

  • vanity
  • shower/shower-over-bath/rain shower (the latter may mean you’ll also need a diverter)
  • bath – whether you choose a freestanding bath or a back-to-wall bath will influence the type of tapware you need


Again, if you’re going to do something, it’s important to do it right. That’s why you should always consider the quality of the tapware and fixtures you want installed in your bathroom before making your final decision.

While you can change these out in the future, if you make the right choice in the first place with a quality product (such as those we sell), this is not something you need to worry about.

Finishes, Colours & Metals – To Mix or Not to Mix

There are many different types of colours, metals and finishes to choose from, which may influence your decision in picking the right one for you. Some of the most popular choices we’ve seen in bathroom tapware include:

  • chrome and stainless steel
  • nickel or brushed nickel (pewter)
  • copper
  • gold
  • brass
  • bronze
  • matte black or white

One of the most frequent questions our experts are asked is whether it’s okay to mix metals and the truth is that it’s entirely up to you.

Some people prefer to have tapware that is consistent, with the same metal used throughout the entire bathroom. But, if you want to be bold and brave, mix up your metals and give your bathroom a unique look.

When to Contact Builders Discount Warehouse

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by the immense range of options for bathroom tapware, or just want a little design guidance, our team is here to help.

We’ve been in the industry for years and know what’s on trend. We’ll help you find the right, quality tapware for your bathroom, at a price that won’t break the bank.

Get started with choosing your bathroom tapware today by contacting the Builders Discount Warehouse experts. We’re here to help.


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