Finding the best radiator for your home

Finding the perfect radiator for your home can depend on several factors, including the size of your room, your heating needs, and your personal style. Here are some steps you can take to find the perfect radiator:

Measure the size of the room

Measure the length and width of the room to determine the necessary heat output for the radiator. This will help you choose a radiator with the appropriate BTU (British Thermal Unit) rating for your space. Use our BTU calculator to find the BTU of the room your new radiator will go in.

The BTU calculator will give you a low estimate and high estimate – we recommend buying a radiator with a BTU close to your high estimate, as this will deliver the heat output you need. You can always turn a radiator down if it is too warm, but you can’t turn an underperforming radiator up.

Measure the size of your current radiators

When fitting a new radiator, it is helpful to try and match the size of the previous radiator so your plumber won’t need to do a lot of pipework alteration to make it fit.

Measure the height and width of your radiator. Measure the pipe centres (the width of your radiator including the valves on either side).

Look for radiators with a similar width so they will fit in the space correctly. Look at the positions of the valves – are they underneath your current radiator or either side?

All of these measurements will help you get an idea of what size radiator you need, what heat output you need, and what kind of valves you need.

Consider your heating needs

Think about when and how often you’ll be using the heating in the room, and what kind of temperature you want to maintain. This will help you select the right type of radiator, such as electric, hydronic, or towel warmer.

If you require a larger heat output, consider a radiator in a double style. Doubling up the radiator maximises heat output without changing the height and width of your radiator and needing costly pipework alterations.

Decide on the style

modern column radiator

Radiators come in a variety of styles, from traditional to modern. Choose a radiator that complements your room’s décor and enhances the overall aesthetic. Even a traditional style like column radiators can be made more modern by using a RAL colour or textured finish.

Ensure the radiator you choose is the perfect size and colour for your needs, made to order radiators or radiators with customer colour finishes cannot be cancelled once ordered and are non-refundable due to their bespoke nature. A designer radiator can be a huge investment so we want to make sure it is perfect for you and your home.

Look for energy-efficient options

Today’s radiator models come with more efficient heating options, such as programmable thermostatic valves and smart technology that can help to save energy and money in the long run. Consider installing TRVs to your new radiator to be more energy efficient.

Invest in long-lasting warmth and energy savings with our top-selling, affordable radiators. We offer reliable models to fit any budget and heating needs – no more cold spots or high bills. Check your eligibility for government heating grants, and let us help you create a cosier home while reducing your environmental impact.


Never book your plumber to install your new radiator until you have received it, this will help you avoid having to re-book if your radiator is delayed or must be returned due to damage. Whilst both issues are unlikely, we always suggest waiting until you have received your radiator and are happy with your choice to book your installation.

Consider the installation location and the type of radiator you have chosen and do proper research on the installation process and the cost.

If the pipework needs to be altered, this can be costly. Consider finding a radiator to match the current pipe centre sizes of the one you are replacing.

If you are adding a radiator in a new location – new pipework must be added.

We offer installation services for customers local to Chorley and surrounding areas through our sister company, Croston Plumbing & Heating.


Finally, read reviews and ask for recommendations from professionals to ensure that you are getting a high-quality radiator that will meet your needs and last for years to come.

Speak to a member of our team and we will help you find the perfect radiator for you!  01257 452 879

Having a suitable central heating system is key to keeping your home warm, especially during the colder winter months, and it’s crucial to ensure that you have efficient radiators. Traditionally, homeowners would need large, bulky radiators to quickly heat a room and these would take up a considerable amount of wall space. However, this is no longer the case and there’s a vast range of small designer radiators on the market that are very efficient.  

The latest advancements in technology have made it possible to heat a room with a smaller radiator and you may be surprised by the heat output of some compact designs. If you’re looking for space-saving radiators that won’t take up much wall space or floor space but can still keep your home warm, below we have listed some great designer radiators to consider. 

Carisa Elvino Floor

Whenever you’re looking for a contemporary radiator that will help you to save space, it’s beneficial to look for radiators that can fit neatly underneath a low bay window or wall-mounted storage solution. The Carisa Elvino Floor is a great choice for rooms with limited wall space and it can be installed in the smallest of spaces. This practical design is ideal for any room in the home and it can neatly be installed on otherwise wasted wall space. 

Paladin Churchill

One of the best compact radiator styles on the market is the Paladin Churchill. This is one of the shortest radiators in the Paladin range too, yet it is very heat efficient and it can still keep bigger, open-plan living spaces warm. The timeless design of this small radiator makes it a popular choice and it will add a touch of vintage charm to any interior design. With various widths to choose from, you won’t struggle to find a radiator that fits in your intended space. 

Vogue Mode 2 Column

It’s always worthwhile looking at vertical radiators when you’re trying to find a space-saving solution and this type of radiator offers several benefits. Something like the Vogue Mode 2 Column won’t take up any floor space and it only requires minimal wall space too, so it can conveniently be installed on any space piece of wall you have spare. This traditional column radiator is available in a variety of sizes and non-standard sizes are also available upon request.

Carisa Quadro

A great way to save space is to install a multi-purpose radiator and the Carisa Quadro is a great example of this. Mirrored radiators are perfect for rooms like the bedroom or living room where you may usually install a mirror on the wall and they’re an elegant way to heat your home. The Carisa Quadro looks like any other full-length mirror you might purchase, but once installed, it will also help to keep your room warm and cosy. 

Zehnder Charleston Relax

Another creative option to explore is a horizontal designer radiator with an integrated bench seat. The Zehnder Charleston Relax is a practical solution to your heating needs and it will work really well in areas like the porch and hallway. This radiator will provide you with somewhere to sit whilst you’re putting on your shoes, for example, and it won’t take up much floor space. There’s a range of Zehnder custom colour finish options to choose from too. 

Aeon Honeycomb

You can even purchase small designer radiators that double up as wall art nowadays and these are a great option if you want to maximise floor space. The Aeon Honeycomb is a delicate design that is perfect for a downstairs toilet or en-suite bathroom. This unique radiator design will prevent you from needing to hang other decors items on your walls and it provides generous heat output to keep your room at a comfortable temperature.

Purchasing Small Designer Radiators

When searching for a space-saving radiator for your home, hopefully the options above will have given you some inspiration. We invite you to explore the rest of the Designer Radiator Showroom website too. We stock a huge range of designer radiators and no matter what your needs may be, our team will happily help you find the perfect solution for your home.  

If you’d like to look at some modern radiators in person, we also have a radiator showroom based in Eccleston in Lancashire. Our experienced team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the small designer radiators you’re interested in and we can provide you with any impartial advice you may need. We look forward to meeting you. 

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It is crucial to seek guidance from the manufacturer and a certified professional for the installation process to ensure safety and compliance with all technical specifications and requirements. Proper installation is key to the optimal performance and longevity of the product.

Additionally, professional installation may be necessary to maintain the product’s warranty. Therefore, it is highly recommended to consult with experts and not attempt to install the product yourself unless you are qualified to do so.

What is Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor Heating transforms your floor into one large radiator by using a system of water-filled pipes, electric pads or wires laid under the surface. The contrasting types are referred to as a dry system (pads & wires) or a wet system (pipes).

Underfloor heating (UFH) is increasingly popular in new build homes and homes undergoing renovation. It is both efficient and effective in heating a room. Plus, it is a luxurious feeling to have a warm floor under your feet.

Pipes, coils or pads are placed onto underfloor heating pads onto your floor – these will heat the floor. Then they are covered with a self-levelling compound before your flooring is laid on top. Underfloor heating is best suited to tiles, concrete, stone and thinner wood floors, but can be used with carpet.

Whilst conventional radiators function by heating the air around them through convection, UFH uses both convection and radiant heat to warm a large space. In using both, UFH provides a more consistent temperature whilst eliminating cold spots as the heat spreads across the whole space. This is more comfortable and can be more cost efficient, as you are not keeping radiators on longer to try and spread warmth.


What are the benefits of Underfloor Heating?


Make Your Home More Comfortable  

As the name suggests, underfloor heating is designed to heat your rooms from the ground up. Sometimes, old radiators can struggle to heat a whole room and some areas will feel colder than others, even when the heating has been on for hours. However, underfloor heating cables will cover the entire floor area, enabling them to evenly distribute heat and eliminate cold spots. Not only will your home be much warmer in general, but you will also be able to comfortably walk around your home barefoot when you have underfloor heating. 


Efficient Way to Heat Your Home

Due to the advancements in electric heating technology, underfloor heating systems are now considered to be one of the most cost-efficient ways to heat your home. This energy-efficient heating solution will help to reduce energy consumption thanks to the way it heats your home and it will retain heat for longer, so you might not need to have your heating on as high or as frequently. It’s very straightforward to control your underfloor heating system with a programmable thermostat too, which can help to reduce energy wastage and running costs. 

Depending on the underfloor heating system you install, you may also be able to control the heating in each room individually. So, you can ensure that the rooms you use most are kept warm and you’re not unnecessarily heating spaces you don’t use. This will make a big difference to your energy bills in the long run. 


Suitable for Every Interior Design 

It’s a common misconception that you can only install underfloor heating under solid wood flooring, yet this isn’t the case. In addition to wood and tile flooring, you can also install this heating solution under modern flooring options like carpet, laminate and vinyl. No matter what your interior design may be like in your living room, kitchen or bathroom, you won’t struggle to find an underfloor heating system that meets your needs. If you have a minimalist, contemporary style, then this type of heating is ideal as it will be completely hidden too. 


Space-Saving Heating Solution 

Once you have installed underfloor heating, it won’t require any extensive maintenance and it will continue working efficiently for years to come. When compared to old central heating systems that need regular servicing and preventive maintenance, underfloor heating is much more convenient and it will cost you less to keep it in good condition. Take the ThermoSphere Heating Foil Kit, for example, this solution is backed by a comprehensive lifetime warranty and you can have peace of mind when installing it.


Minimal Ongoing Maintenance

Once you have installed underfloor heating, it won’t require any extensive maintenance and it will continue working efficiently for years to come. When compared to old central heating systems that need regular servicing and preventive maintenance, underfloor heating is much more convenient and it will cost you less to keep it in good condition. Take the ThermoSphere Heating Foil Kit, for example, this solution is backed by a comprehensive lifetime warranty and you can have peace of mind when installing it.


Installing Underfloor Heating

It’s fair to say that installing an underfloor heating system can be hugely beneficial and it’s worth looking into this heating solution in more detail. Our team at Designer Radiator Showroom will be happy to answer any questions you have about underfloor heating and provide you with the additional information you may need. Our initial business, Croston Plumbing & Heating, can assist you with the installation of an underfloor heating system too and you won’t be disappointed with the level of service we provide from start to finish.

If underfloor heating isn’t for you and you would like to replace your old radiators with modern, efficient alternatives, we have a huge selection for you to choose from. All of our contemporary radiators are of the highest quality and they have been designed to not just look amazing, but to efficiently heat your home. You can browse a vast range of designer radiators on our website today to find the perfect solutions for every room in your home.


How much does it cost to install?


Expect to spend upwards of £120 per square metre for wet systems and from £50 per square metre for electric. Depending on the size of the space and the labour needed, expect to spend between £600-£8500.

Costs will depend on the type of underfloor heating you select, and you should bear in mind that electric systems are far less expensive to install for areas up to 20 square metres.

For electric underfloor heating, in a new-build you should expect to spend around £65 per square metre. For a renovation, this increases to around £75 per square metre.

For wet underfloor heating, in a new-build you should expect to spend around £125 per square metre. For a renovation, this increases to around £160 per square metre.

The overall cost for your underfloor heating installation will depend on a variety of factors, including the size and age of your property, how many rooms require UFH, the size of the spaces requiring UFH, any additional labour required and the UFH system you choose to be installed.

Arrange a survey with us today and we will measure your floor space, discuss the different types of UFH system with you, discuss your needs and help you decide the best option for you. We will then quote for the entire process.

How much does it cost to run?


It would cost approximately £28-£35 per month to run underfloor heating on a 10m2 floor area for up to 4 hours per day. However, these underfloor heating running costs will vary depending on the size of your home, the floor space where the underfloor heating is, how well insulated the floor is, how often you have the system running, and your energy provider to name a few of the factors.

Although there is a vast array of modern radiators on the market, from horizontal and column radiators to vertical radiators, many homeowners are now choosing to install electric underfloor heating systems. This alternative to traditional radiators offers several advantages and underfloor heating is a great way to heat your home.

If you’ve been considering replacing your old central heating system with an underfloor heating system, keep reading today. Below we have explored some of the biggest benefits associated with heating your home with an underfloor solution.

How to measure for an underfloor heating mat for your home


To install an underfloor heating mat in a room, the example below for a kitchen should hopefully help you measure the room correctly:

Measure the length and width of your kitchen. An example would be length 4.5m and width would be 4.25m.

Then multiply your measurements to give you the total area. Following from the above example, 4.5 x 4.25 = 19.13m2

To ensure the underfloor heating mat fits correctly and that you are only going to heat the area you require, you now need to remove the total area of any kitchen units or other items which would be on top of the underfloor heating mat. Using the example above, a kitchen unit could be 0.6m wide and if the units were along 4.5m of wall in the kitchen, this would be 0.6m x 4.5m = 2.7m2. You should take this amount and subtract it from your total kitchen floor area.

The total area which you need to cover is 19.13m2 – 2.7m2 = 16.43m2.

The same principle applies for other rooms, like a bathroom. Calculate the total area of the room and subtract any bathroom furniture like your shower and bath, if you know the sizes. If you don’t know the size of your bathroom units, we will help you estimate.

Overall, installing UFH in your home maximises comfort and efficiency whilst potentially cutting costs in the long term.

Croston Plumbing & Heating are installers of both wet and dry UFH systems and we work throughout the North West.

Call us today to discuss installation and book a survey with us. on 01257 452 879 or email

Most people think of horizontal radiators as traditional and boring, but there are many benefits to having them in your home.

Horizontal radiators can fit in awkward spaces under windows and in hallways and be tucked away behind furniture. As they can fit under most windows they do not take up as much space as vertical styles may.

Horizontal radiators can be cheaper to install as they typically involve less altered pipework in fitting. Horizontal radiators can be fitted using existing pipework which reduces installation costs and disruption in your home.

Horizontal radiators have been around much longer than vertical styles, so finding like-for-like replacements is easier.

Horizontal radiators typically have more size options to choose from, so finding a radiator for awkward or oddly shaped spaces is easy.

Many people associate horizontal radiators with the traditional white panel style radiators that are common. However, designerradiatorshowroom has a huge range of horizontal radiators in a variety of colours and styles.


Here are our TOP 5 Designer Horizontal Radiators


DRS Column Radiator


Column radiators are perhaps the most customisable radiator out there. Available in a wide range of sizes and any RAL colour you could dream of this radiator will adapt to any room design.


Zehnder Charleston Relax


This gorgeous radiator is a fresh take on the traditional column radiator. The addition of bench seating makes it the perfect addition to busy hallways, conservatories and mud rooms.

Zehnder Charleston Relax


The chunky bars on this radiator really stand out, as do the different finishes. Try the True Copper look to add a pop of gorgeous warm colour to minimalist rooms.



Available in both single and double designs, this radiator has a great heat output and a great look. Pictured in an amazing orange RAL finish, you can see how vibrant and modern this radiator would look in your home

Tornado in red finish


Reina Flox Horizontal


The Reina Flox is a vision of stainless steel. Available in both single and double designs and brushed or polished stainless steel, this radiator is more of a modern art installation than part of your central heating system. Perfect for dining rooms and living rooms, this radiator deserves to be centre stage.

Reina Flox Double Horizontal

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