How to Choose your Radiators’ Style: a Guide by Trads - Part 2

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2020

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In our last blog we discussed some of the styles of radiator that we have. The next stages of the process are deciding where it should be positioned, the level of heating required, the colour and finish and, finally, the accessories.

Choosing The Right Space

It’s a good idea to get an assessment of the size of your room, the environment, and the possible restrictions. Properties come in all shapes and sizes, and you need to ensure that the radiator style that you have chosen will fit into the space that you are considering.

The next step will be the amount of sections required, but remember that a larger room will need more sections or even several radiators. Is the room upstairs? Are there any logistical issues? Whilst some of these will not be answered straight away, it is worth keeping a note, as forewarned is forearmed!

Level Of Heating - Introducing BTUs

Next, you need to know the level of heating that is required. Our radiators are beautiful standalone pieces, but they are not purely designed just for their aesthetic -  they offer a practical and efficient heating solution. Due to the high grade of cast iron that we use, they are, in fact, more efficient than typical steel radiators.

Thankfully, we've already done the hard work for you. Our BTU calculator will allow you to work out what size radiator is required to heat a room.

British thermal unit, or ‘BTU’, is a unit of measurement used in the heating industry. We’ve worked out the BTU output of each radiator, from the smallest possible size of 3 sections all the way up to a mammoth 30-sectioned radiator.

This makes it easy for you to find out the requirements of your room and the BTU output of your desired radiator.

Refine YOUR Style

After you’ve made your choice and checked your radiators’ heating performance, it is time to get creative! The next step is to choose from the over 10,000 colours and finishes that we have available, including Farrow & Ball, Robersons and Little Greene. We will then attentively hand spray your radiators using our special ‘Double Painted Method’. In this process, we employ resistant and beautiful-looking paint to cap off your radiators!

Check out our specialised artisan finishes range, where you can explore the radiance of polished metal or highly reflective paints.

Choose Your Accessories

Valves - these control the hot water flow to the radiators and are effectively a temperature control mechanism. 

Wall Stays - wall stays are used to secure our cast iron radiators to solid walls. 

Pipe shrouds - pipe shrouds are designed to hide or ‘shroud’ any copper pipework ruining the look or aesthetic of your radiator.

Time To Order!

You have now styled your radiator and so it is time to place your order and let us get to work realising your design!

Be sure to read our other guides and blogs if you are stuck or want to find out any further information.

You can also contact us with any questions on 01400 263320 or email

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