Which Type of Installation?
Bath fittings can be installed for a bath in three ways: on the wall, on or next to the bath.
For wall installation , you can choose between exposed or concealed fittings. For concealed fittings, an installation unit must be incorporated into the wall. Deck-mounted installation is easier, particularly if old fittings are being replaced with new bath fittings. These fittings are often installed with a hand shower. This requires a wall-mounted shower bracket and diverter.
Freestanding baths are often combined with floorstanding bath fittings. These look extremely impressive but must be high enough to reach from the floor over the rim of the bath. Specialist expertise is required to install these to ensure they are installed properly.
The third option is bath deck-mounted fittings. Only the spout and handle can be seen here, similar to concealed fittings. They can also be installed in a tiled wall around the bath – as tile-mounted fittings. Deck-mounted bath fittings usually consist of multiple parts: a spout, one or two handles and a hand shower. They are referred to accordingly as three-hole or four-hole fittings.
Wall mounting is only possible in the shower – either exposed or concealed fittings. Concealed fittings generally look more stylish and don't take up as much space in the shower enclosure. This reduces the risk of hitting them. Installation is more time-consuming however, and replacing parts is not so simple.
Bath/shower fittings can generally be mounted at whatever height best suits you, whether in the bath or shower. However, there are some standard measurements that exist. Your plumber will work according to these measurements if you do not specify otherwise.
- bath with concealed fittings: 25 to 30 centimetres above the bath rim
- bath with deck-mounted fittings: 15 centimetres above the bath rim
- shower: 100 to 120 centimetres above shower tray floor