9 Types of Bathroom Hardware Explained: Fittings & Fixtures

bathroom hardware types

There are two main types of bathroom hardware—fixtures and fittings. Fixtures are the permanent and immovable features in your bathroom. It would take professional skills and equipment to renovate bathroom fixtures.

Fittings, on the other hand, are the things in your bathroom that are somewhat temporary and can easily be moved around or replaced. These are usually much smaller than bathroom fixtures.

Let’s look at some types of bathroom hardware and find out how these can improve the aesthetic and functionality of your bathroom.

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bathroom hooks

Hooks are perfect for holding your towel, robe, or clothes while you take a shower. There are a lot of different styles to choose from when it comes to hooks. The one pictured above is perfect for bringing a touch of luxury into a modern bathroom.

There are also more low-key hooks if you don’t want them sticking out too much from your walls. And if you really need your wall space, there are also under-mount hooks you can attach to your ceiling.

You can even have double hooks or y- and z-shaped hooks for when you need more space to hang your clothes or towels on. And if double hooks still aren’t enough, you can always buy more of them.

Whether you line them up in a corner or scatter them around your bathroom walls is completely your choice.

Bathroom Mirrors

bathroom mirrors

Bathroom mirrors should be an essential part of your bathroom. If you’re planning to put a mirror on the wall of your sink area, go for an LED mirror. It not only adds ambient lighting to your vanity area but also helps make your space seem bigger and more welcoming. Backlit and frameless mirrors can also help make your bathroom look more modern and luxurious.

You can also go for smaller countertop or wall-mounted mirrors. Countertop mirrors with a built-in tray on the stand are perfect for putting your accessories on. Wall-mounted mirrors are perfect for when you don’t want to accidentally knock it off the counter while you’re rushing to get ready.

Our advice? Get both a large and small vanity mirror. Use the large one for when you’re styling your hair or checking your fit. And then use the small one for polishing your makeup or making sure you cover everything when you shave.

Soap Dishes and Dispensers

soap dishes and dispensers

Soap dishes and dispensers are also a valuable addition to your bathroom. You’ll always need somewhere to put your soap on, so why not make it stylish with a soap dish? A soap dish also works well in your guest bathroom.

Having hand soap by your sink is a must, especially in these pandemic times. That’s why soap dispensers are also important to have in your bathroom. You can also use these dispensers for your shampoo and conditioner.

If you have enough space on your countertops, go for freestanding soap dispensers. These are much easier to refill and replace. But if space is an issue or you want something more permanent, there are also options for wall-mounted soap dispensers.

Tissue Holders

tissue holders

Tissue holders come in a lot of different styles. If you’re more after the convenience of replacing toilet paper rolls, go for minimalist tissue holders like the slide-on ones.

But if you’re more after the ease of use, go for the spring-loaded tissue holders. This kind of tissue holder helps the roll turn smoother and requires less effort on your part.

If you want a little bit of both, go for a pivoting tissue holder. It allows for an easier replacement of toilet paper rolls and is situated far enough from your walls to allow you to turn the roll easier when you use it.

Toilet Brush Holders

toilet brush holders

Toilet brush holders help keep your bathroom stylish and cleaner to look at. Only a few people will think of getting a proper toilet brush holder since it doesn’t seem to matter all that much. But if you really want to make your bathroom more modern and luxurious, minimalist toilet brush holders are the way to go.

You can go for freestanding ones so that you can easily move them around your bathroom or store them in your cabinets if you ever need to.

But if you want a more fixed option, there are also wall-mounted toilet brush holders. These are also safer for clumsy hands or pets that tend to topple things over at night.

Towel Bars

towel bars

Towel bars are for holding the towels in your bathroom. They also work for air-drying your towels after use.

Most towel bars are able to hold one standard-sized bath towel. But depending on the style, there are also towel bars that can hold multiple towels, just like the one above.

There are also towel ladders that are a little smaller than the usual towel bars. These maximize the space in your bathroom. They let you hang multiple towels on them by utilizing your vertical space. Hence, the ladder style. They could both be freestanding, wall-mounted, or ceiling-mounted.

There are also minimalist and small towel bars that are perfect for holding a hand towel by your sink.

Towel Rings


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Towel rings are more commonly used for hand towels, but bigger rings can also work for bath towels. These are usually mounted on the wall in your sink or vanity area. They can also sometimes be placed near the toilet.

Besides the traditional towel rings, there are also square rings that are usually found on the side of sinks. Wall-mounted swing towel bars can also be used to hang hand towels. You can move them to slide the towels on and off easily or place them flush against the wall when not in use.


tumblers for bathroom sink

Tumblers are perfect for putting your toothbrush and toothpaste in. Besides the functionality of a tumbler, it also makes for a great accent piece in your bathroom.

Go for minimalist tumblers to really achieve that elegant and luxurious look for your modern bathroom.

Tumblers are usually freestanding because they’re easy to move around. They can also double as cups you can use when you brush your teeth. But they can also be wall-mounted. This makes them more secure and helps you save space on your countertop for other things you might have.

Try matching them with your soap dishes and dispensers for a more coherent look.

Towel Warmers

towel warmers

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Towel warmers are more than just a thing to hold your towels. They also give you warm towels to use after your shower. You’ll never have to worry about being greeted by a cold bathroom right after a therapeutic hot bath.

They also help them dry faster after each use. With a towel warmer, you won’t need to wash your towels that often since they get to dry properly. Towel warmers can also be used to dry your delicates and other hand-washable clothes.

Most towel warmers are wall-mounted near a power source. But you can also find freestanding towel warmers should you prefer to use them.

Bathroom Hardware

bathroom hardware

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Renovating your bathroom is almost always guaranteed to give you a good return on your investment. Whether it’s a full or partial renovation, you can expect that it will be worth it, especially for increasing your property value.

Again, here are the 9 types of bathroom hardware you should consider getting for your next upgrade:

  • Hooks
  • Bathroom mirrors
  • Soap dishes and dispensers
  • Tissue holders
  • Toilet brush holders
  • Towel bars
  • Towel rings
  • Tumblers
  • Towel warmers

Bradford Hardware has all the fixtures and fittings you might need for your bathroom. Check out our website for a plethora of luxurious and modern home accessories you might want to consider getting for your home.