It’s Friday’s fun Poll


We’ve decided here at Kings Bathrooms that were going to do a fun poll every Friday. Ever poll will have something to do with the bathroom although may get abit obsceur as we run out of things to ask. But for the time being we are starting off nice and easy and following up from our last poll on favourite bathroom colour to favourite bathroom style.

As with all our polls if you have a different answer then the one’s being offered then please comment. Have fun with this all week’s and feel free to send it to friends to see what they think.

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Can an offer really be trusted?


The main reason why I’ve picked this question to write about is that here at Kings Bathrooms we have just made an offers page with 19 products all with great discounts with one product being reduced by up to £50. So while producing this page it got me thinking what constitutes or makes a good offer?

You see all the time in supermarket’s offers like, two for one and buy two get one free etc, etc and some times these offers are actually not very good. It can simply be a case that the supermarket has over stocked and needs to get rid of the items before they go out of date meaning your not actually getting a good deal at all. Or that the original price of the item has actually increased from its usual price to make you think that you’re getting a good deal when again in fact your not.

It could be argued it’s the same with clothes shops, that only the old styles or clothes with strange sizes go on offer, so again unless your super skinny or super large there’s actually no offer there at all.

Then of course you also have the ridiculous offers where it is simply too good to be true and it’s just a scam. The offer’s where you buy a mars bar and you get a free iPad2 is clearly some kind of scam or a ridiculous marketing ploy. It is only in the term and conditions that you have to buy 15 thousand mars bars to get the free iPad2.

So with a quick bit of maths it’s clear that if you brought 15 thousand mars bars you could easily pay for two iPad2’s and still have change.

To brighten up the tone and not get you questioning every purchase you ever make, I want to re-assure you that there are genuine good deals and offers out there. If you are a savvy offer shopper then you may already know about www. Hotukdeals.com. If not I would highly suggest you check it out, as it is consumers who post the deals that they have seen in shops and tell you where you can get them.

So there is a brighter side to offers and there are genuine deals to be had, it may just take a little more searching. I hope you enjoyed reading this short article and have time to visit our new offers page, as we feel they are genuine discounts with no searching involved. As always we would love to hear from you so drop a comment below.

Let’s be positive for a summer of sport


The bells have tolled and time has run out for England at Euro 2012. It all came down to the dreaded penalties and we all know how it was going to end before the first penalty was even kicked. Why we all had hope after Italy missed first was a nation riding on sheer adrenaline rather then confidence. Here at Kings Bathrooms we are all a little subdued today knowing that the excitement of the Euro’s is essentially over. It could also be that it’s Monday morning.

Let me try and brighten your spirits now as we look towards the future, as this summer has huge potential for sporting success. Not only do we have the Olympics that the UK is hosting, where we have some fantastic athletes that have a strong chance of achieving a gold medal. But we also have Wimbledon that is starting today. So what better way of dealing with the disappointment of exiting Euro 2012 then to dive straight into the excitement and hype of Wimbledon. I guess at this point I should mention the purpose of this article that here at Kings Bathrooms we will be having some great offers that will be linked into these fantastic sporting events. So we will keep you all updated as soon as we finalise the offers.

Back to the up coming sporting events and I feel we really do have a fantastic opportunity for success at both the Olympics and Wimbledon. So let me leave you with a few inspiring words to uplift your spirit and give you hope for this sporting summer.

Pele (Footballer)
“The more difficult the victory, the greater the happiness in winning.”

Muhammad Ali (Boxer)
I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”

Jim Valvano (Basketball player and coach)
“Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first step to succeeding.”

Can you get your boss to pay for a new bed


The comfort of a new bed.

When looking at upgrading your house or getting something new for a new home one of the first things people think of is a new bed. A bed is a place for ultimately resting at night but also is a great place for relaxing and reading a book or watching TV or generally resting and relaxation.

When looking for a bed its all down to personal preference really, some people prefer hard sturdy mattresses that feel as if you’re sleeping on boards. While others prefer a bed that is so soft you sink into it as if you’re being swallowed up by a pillow monster.

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Beds need to be comfortable as sleep is essential for everyone, as sleep helps significantly with maintaining a healthy body and mind. Going without a good nights sleep can cause major health damage and can put your life into disarray. You may think that I am being completely melodramatic and that I’m a sleep- aholic trying desperately to persuade you that my sleeping is under control and normal. But rest assured I am not a sleep-aholic, I enjoy my sleep but I’m not obsessed with it. If you’re a sceptical person then read on, and you’ll see how harmful lack of sleep can be.

Sleeping is the process in which your body recuperates from the day’s work and re-charges itself ready for the next day. Lack of sleep is becoming more of an issue within modern life, due to increased stresses and pressures. An example of sleep loss and the damage it can do is that seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance to a blood alcohol level of 0.05%. Basically put a lack of sleep can cause you to feel a little drunk and woozy. Defiantly not good if your driving or working heavy machinery.

Take the world record for lack of sleep is 18 days, 21 hours and 40 minutes during a rocking chair marathon. The record holder reported hallucinations, paranoia, blurred vision, slurred speech along with memory and concentration lapses. Obviously this is an extreme case of lack of sleep but clearly lack of sleep is not good for you.

So now you’re all convinced that I’m not a sleep-aholic and that serious damage can be done if a good sleep is not attained then how do you get a good night’s sleep? Well there are lots of factors and issues involved in lack of sleep and I’m not a psychologist or doctor so I’m only going to focus on what I know and what I know is beds and mattresses.

Beds are the structural basis for which a mattress rests on. They can be made from metal or wood or any number of materials. Some beds have a frame that encases a mattress while others are simple a base for a mattress to sit on. Beds can be a way of expressing style due to the wonderful different varieties and shapes available from the luxurious four poster beds to divan beds. A new bed can completely transform a bedroom and help to give you a full night’s sleep.

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The other section that completes a bed is a mattress, it can be argued to be the more important of the two sections that constitutes a bed. Mattresses are essentially springs wrapped in material but you can get a wide variety of different mattresses including pocket sprung mattresses, memory foam mattresses, continuous coil mattresses, open coil mattresses and pure foam mattresses or latex mattresses also for extra comfort if you’re the cushion swallowing monster type, mattress toppers as well.

With all these varieties of mattresses, it’s hard to figure out which one is best. Buying a new mattress is also a substantial purchase and you don’t want to be buying a mattress and then finding out it’s the wrong one and having to buy another. As stated earlier when buying a new bed, mattress or both it is down to personal preference. When purchasing a mattress if possible, it’s preferable to be able to try the mattress out. Unfortunately show rooms don’t let you have a sleep over for you to really test the mattress out, but at least you can sit on it and lay on it, meaning you can have a better idea of what type of mattress it is and if it’s for you.

At the end of the day you are looking for a mattress that is comfortable to you, as this will help you drift off to a restful nights slumber.

Briefly before I end this blog which was supposed to be short and to the point, yet has turned into a full blown essay I’m going to highlight one benefit (of which there are many) of a good nights sleep. This one point could be used as a good bargaining chip to get your employers to help pay for a new bed (although highly unlikely). This bargaining chip is increased concentration. It has been proven that a good night’s sleep leads to improved concentration. This in turn can lead to improved productivity and hence improved profits for your employers. Hopefully you see where I’m going with this and see what a potential bargaining chip this can be.

Well I’ll leave you with that potential gold dust piece of information and leave it up to you to try and thrash out a deal with your employers. If you’re self employed well unfortunately you’ll just have to work it out yourself. Thanks as always for reading and any comments are always welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

The complication with shower enclosures


Showers are brilliant, there is simply no denying it they are brilliant, particularly first thing in the morning to wake yourself up ready for the day ahead. They are more economical then baths due to less water consumption and you don’t have to wait 10 minutes before you can use them. So why am I getting all worked up with showers when I enjoy them so much. Well I guess it’s not really the showers which I have an issue with it’s more the copious amount of choice with regard to shower enclosures.

Shower enclosures are the part of the shower which unfortunately is just as important as the shower head and handles that constitute the actual shower. Shower enclosures are essential as they stop water getting every where and are crucial in making sure you have a happy shower. But here is where my complication begins what shower enclosure should I choose?

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The option out there for shower enclosures is vast and diverse with lots of different shapes, sizes, styles and functionalities, there are Quadrant, Pivot, Hinged, Sliding, Bi-fold, Walk In and Shower panels all available, but which one to choose?

I’ve tried to split the decision down into a few very short categories which although are simple logic it’s worth reminding ourselves of these simple factors. I mean the last thing we want is to buy the wrong shower enclosure.

Space

The first small category and possibly the most important is space. Measuring and working out how much space you have to install a shower enclosure is the first action to be taken. As if you really like a certain shower style and size but simply don’t have the space you need to re-think and find a shower enclosure suitable for the space you have available.

Budget

Budget is also a key factor in decision making with regard to shower enclosures as you may find a shower enclosure made from plated gold which is no doubt beautiful but also way out of your budget and so would have to be ruled out. So stick to your budget.

Style

Style is all down to personal preference, what some people think is wonderful, others may be repulsed. So it’s your house and your decision so be as extravagant or minimalist as you like. As I said it’s your house and your shower enclosure so you get the style that you want.

I hope you have enjoyed this short blog on shower enclosure frustration and have found the information useful or at least a reminder of what to be considering when buying a shower enclosure. As always please leave any comments and thanks again for reading.

 

 

 

Just for fun, what colour of bathroom is your preference?


Just for fun we have created a little poll as to which bathroom colour people prefer. We have only listed a few colours so if the colour you prefer is not listed please feel free to comment your colour underneath the poll.

Have fun!

Why upgrade your bathroom to a higher spec when thinking of selling or renting?


Why upgrade your bathroom to a higher spec when thinking of selling or renting?

So you’ve made the decision to sell your house or to rent it out or you’re a property developer and you have a new house or flat ready to develop. The choices available to you are vast with lots of questions to be asked and a budget to be made and hopefully kept to. One question which may well be asked is should you upgrade/re-design the bathroom? or leave it how it is (assuming the bathroom is in no need of immediate repairs just general ware and tear). This question may from the outset seem like a trivial one with not much really to think about if the bathroom is still in pretty good nick, why change it? Hopefully over the next few paragraphs I may persuade you otherwise to change your mind.

      The bathroom is a place where on average a person living up to the age of 75 spends a year and a half in over their lifetime. That is simply put a staggering amount of time to be spent in one room. Bearing this in mind and that the time frame stated above will only increase due to improved health care and so people are living longer. So with all that time being spent in the bathroom I’m sure everyone would want a bathroom that deserves the many hours and days that are accumulated there. This is just one small reason to deck your bathroom out sufficiently enough that it is comfortable and stylish for your potential new owners or clients.

      But why kit your new bathroom out to a high standard surely a quick lick of paint or a few extra tiles will do the job, why pay more for a higher end finish when you’re not even going to enjoy the benefits? Well simply put you could make more money through a little extra investment and effort.

       The extra investment and effort of re-designing could mean you reap a profit higher then your investment and well worth the extra effort. This is because the bathroom is such a key room in the house as already mentioned we spend over a year in it over our life time. But a well styled luxury bathroom is as big a selling point as a garden or a garage if styled correctly. Take the bath tub as an example, who doesn’t like to come home after a hard days work on a cold winters evening and not want to jump into a wonderful hot steamy bath for relaxation. The bathroom is viewed as a place of comfort and security, a place where you can unwind and de-stress while also being a place that has extreme health function practicalities (a sophisticated way of saying its got a toilet in it).

This close connection that people have with a bathroom is a unique selling point and one that can be exploited for you to gain more profit (if selling) or a better rental value. An average looking bathroom will not produce the wow factor that would be needed to produce the highest potential financial gain. With the current housing market being rather slow any improvement to your house could entice that all important buyer to sign on the dotted line and what better room to start your re-decorate then the bathroom.

  Potential buyers/renters look primarily at the kitchen first (as this is the room where the majority of family life circulates round) followed swiftly by the bathroom. The re-decoration of both of these two rooms would transform the re-sale/rental price of your home. Giving you the boost you need to sell your home (hopefully at a higher price) or a long term rent (again hopefully at a higher price).

    I hope this little blog has made you think about re-decorating the bathroom to a higher spec and that if carried out the potential increase in revenue is attained. Any comments are always welcome, thanks for reading. 

Modern Mirror or Standard Mirror


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Jumping straight in at the deep end with Why bother with bathroom mirrors? I mean does it matter whether you have an all singing and dancing mirror that light’s up via a sensor or is it all simply a gimmick into paying more for a simple necessity.

The premise of having a bathroom mirror is one that I can pretty much say with almost complete certainty is that every bathroom in the UK has a mirror of some sorts. The fact that everyone needs a mirror for some daily health or beauty regime whether it’s applying make up or having a shave or even simply brushing your teeth, everyone has a mirror.

So why blog about a mirror, well I’m simply asking the question why do we need hi-tech mirrors?

The choice of mirrors out there is vast and multiplying on an almost daily basis each new hi-tech mirror with the latest must have gadget on such as a radio player or mp3 player built in. With this entire choice how are we supposed to decipher which mirror is the appropriate one for our needs? I’ve split the decision making into a few short precise paragraphs which hopefully will help you to make the right decision on bathroom mirrors.

Gadgets and modern functions

Modern functions such as LED lights built into mirrors or radio players are simply fantastic innovative ideas which have been seen through from idea to full product. They are beautiful to look at and all the functions are useful if required. One modern function on some mirrors is the addition of a digital clock this I think is a pure genius idea. This in my opinion is genius mainly because I am always running late because I’m spending to long in the bathroom and there is not clock in there. Having a mirror with a clock in it means you can glance at it at any point and always know what time it is if you can spend an extra 5 minutes in the shower or have to jump out and drip dry while putting your shirt on. Such an innovative function is great if you use it and if anything could save you money by helping you to be on time for work. In short modern gadgets and functions are brilliant and defiantly add a new dimension to a bathroom mirror.

Standard mirrors

Standard mirrors are exactly what they say they are mirrors that are just standard and simple. There are no lights or gadgets attached or built into them they are simply just mirrors that reflect what is positioned in front of them. The great thing about standard mirrors is just that, there is no fancy light’s or radio that could potentially break and they are also considerably cheaper in price. There is also a huge amount of choice with different shapes and sizes meaning you don’t have to sacrifice style. But therein lies the problem with standard mirrors they are simple and don’t offer any other additional functions.

Decision Time

So in conclusion to this short but apt blog on whether you should buy a modern gadget mirror or a plain simple standard mirror is …………. The choice is up to you. I know the answer is not what you were expecting or wanting but that is the only answer that I can give. Bathroom mirrors are like any home furnishing it needs to fit in with your style and preference and has to be something that you will use. If you will use the added functions on some of the mirrors and feel they are worthwhile then a modern multifunction mirror would no doubt suit your needs. If you don’t need or like a digital clock or radio built into your mirror then a standard mirror would no doubt suit your needs. It is all down to personal preference really I mean who am I to say what bathroom mirror you should own in your home, after all it’s your home not mine.

Hope you have found this useful please by all means comment on what your preference of bathroom mirror is.

An incite into office life at Kings Bathrooms


It’s a bright and sunny start here at Kings Bathroom and Furnishings, the weather forecast predicted rain but so far not a dark cloud in the sky whether this will remain through out the whole day is anyone’s guess. The office is quite at the moment just processing orders and doing the everyday hum drum morning duties that are required of every office. 

At the current moment there is only 3 members of staff in the office, this is usually the case as 2 more members of staff start at 9.30 rather then 9. All the staff gets on with one another and is all keen for the company to do well. The general office vibe is usually pretty quite with people focusing on what their doing, but every now and again a burst of conversation will erupt and engulf the office with every member joining in to give their opinion on the latest news or event. Only yesterday the topic of the Olympics was brought up that saturated the office in an excitement, and also came along with the secret reveal that an office member had tickets.

As with every company each staff member has their own unique role and position whether it is IT, marketing or customer service. The IT department consists of two staff while the marketing and customer service consists of three members. 

The office itself is very much your bog standard office set up, every staff member with their own desk and computer to work from. The office itself is a cream coloured walled room with three windows that stream daylight in giving the office a light spacious feel.

Well this was just a very brief introduction to office life at Kings Bathrooms and Furnishings, hope you enjoyed it and we’ll keep you updated. Please feel free to comment about what your office or work environment is like.  

 

 

 

Kings Bathroom Website


Over the last few months here at Kings Bathrooms and Furnishings we have been under taking the task of upgrading and re-designing of the website. We decided to re-design the website as we felt the old site looked out dated and was confusing for our customers. We also have been taking lots of photos to help with the illustration of the products to give more different angles and details for our customers.

The new website is now up and running but we are constantly modifying and changing this to make the site even better and help with customer useability.

Below is a link to our new site if you have any ideas of things we could improve or things that you don’t like please let us know so we can make the site even better.

Hope you like it.

Kings Bathroom Website