What Are The Different Types Of Designer Radiators?

When we think about the design for our homes, we tend to think about decorating and soft furnishings. What you probably don't think about is radiators. But you might be missing a trick! That’s because the new range of designer radiators is as much a focal point in the room as a painting or feature wall.

In this guide, we’re going to look at the different types of designer radiators as well as the factors you need to consider to make a great heating choice for your home.

Types of Designer Radiators

There are a few different types of designer radiators on the market currently. 

Flat Panel Radiators

The most popular type is the flat panel radiator, which is available in a range of designs and colors. These radiators can be hung on the wall or fixed to the floor, making them a versatile option for any room. 

Column Radiators

Another popular type of designer radiator is the column radiator, which comes in both vertical and horizontal options. This style tends to take up less space than traditional radiators, making it ideal for smaller rooms. 

Curved Radiators

Curved radiators are also becoming increasingly popular due to their unique aesthetic look and ability to heat a room quickly and evenly.

Mirror Radiators

This is the perfect choice for bathrooms or dressing rooms, and that’s because the mirror radiator combines the traditional mirror effect with a source of heating for the room.  So, in the smaller rooms of the home or where there is limited wall space, you get two functions all in one unit.

Picture Radiators

You might think about radiators as being pretty boring and white in color. The picture radiator changes all of that. Now you can have any image superimposed onto the surface of a flat rdiator. Whether you go for a family photo, a piece of artwork, or even a beautiful landscape, the picture radiator really opens the possibilities of how to utilize radiators in the most effective way.

How do you choose a designer radiator for your home?

When it comes to choosing a designer radiator for your home there are many factors to consider. 

  1. First of all, is the type of designer radiator which we’ve already discussed in this article
  2. Then think about how much heat output you'll need - measured in watts (W). This will depend on how cold your house gets in winter as well as how well insulated it is - if it's draughty then you'll need a higher wattage than if it's snugly insulated! 
  3. Think about getting thermostatic radiator valves that allow you to control each individual radiator so that different parts of your house can be heated at different temperatures. This is the perfect solution if someone prefers a cool bedroom but then likes the living room to be warm and cozy!
  4. The style of your home should also be taken into account when choosing a designer radiator with traditional-style homes looking good with period-style cast-iron models whereas modern homes could opt for sleek aluminum versions. 
  5. Ensure the radiator meets with safety regulations. In the UK, for example, that means that they meet the regulations that govern water temperature outputs (which must not exceed 120°C) and security against being climbed on (radiators should not form part of any escape route).

What are the benefits of a designer radiator?

The key benefit of a designer radiator is that it can add personality and character to a living room. Designer radiators come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you can choose one that best fits your personal style, whether that’s as a focal point to the room, or as a more subtle heating solution.

Can I install a designer radiator myself?

Installing a designer radiator is a job that can be done by either a professional or an experienced do-it-yourselfer. The most important thing to remember is to take your time and measure the space twice before you start cutting into any pipes or begin attaching fixing points.

The first step in installing a designer radiator is to choose the right one for your space. There are many different sizes and shapes of radiators available, so take measurements of the desired location's width, height, and depth and browse through radiators until you find one that will fit.

Once you have chosen your radiator, disconnect it from the power supply and remove any old fixtures or fittings from the wall. If there is already piping in place, cut into it as needed to make way for the new radiator connections. Be sure to use a pipe cutter rather than scissors or a knife – this will give you cleaner cuts with less risk of damaging the piping.

Though this could be a DIY job, it can be messy and a little more difficult than you might anticipate. This is when the services of a heating engineer can really make all the difference. A professional installation can ensure that your designer radiator both looks amazing and heats your room perfectly.

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