Vertical radiators provide a modern and stylish feature for a room – from stainless steel columns to tubes or flat panels – they can provide a tall, imposing and unique focal point.
You may wish to create a traditional look with a classic school-house vertical radiator to add character to your home or you may prefer an eye-catching and contemporary feel with a flat panel vertical radiator, available in a range of striking colours. Anthracite derived from coal is a modern option which offers a stunning black finish for a powerful design. Chrome radiators are great for conducting heat, creating an outstanding level of warmth, and the shiny, silver metal makes a strong impact.
Vertical radiators provide a flexible alternative and are great for rooms with limited wall space, while still providing plenty of heat. Many offer a slim-line, close proximity to the wall which allows them to be more discrete and less obstructive. In a kitchen filled with cupboards and appliances, space is restricted, so placing a tall, thin vertical radiator into a smaller area makes for a more versatile option.
In the bathroom, a vertical radiator serves as a functional towel rail while still providing maximum heat output. In the bedroom or hallway, mirrored vertical radiators combine a practical heating solution with a stylish and useful accessory.
Although more traditional in aspect, horizontal radiators now come in a wide range of materials, colours and designs – from classic to more contemporary designs. Horizontal radiators have a variety of size options, including compact, slim-line, low-profile and floor-mounted.
The location of a radiator and the layout of the furniture are key factors when designing the interior of a room. Placing an armchair in front of a radiator will hide the radiator from view, but prevent the heat from circulating the room properly. Horizontal radiators are usually placed underneath windows in order to counter the cooler draught coming in from the window, in order to create a warmer air-flow into the room.
The style of a room may determine the type of radiator that is selected – for example, a minimalistic design may warrant a sleek, modern radiator. Whereas in a period property a more classic radiator may be appropriate.
Rather than focusing solely on the aesthetics, practical considerations, such as budget and functionality will be a major influence in radiator choice. The size of the room will help determine how many radiators are required and their location will impact on the cost-efficiency of heating the room. Checking the British Thermal Unit (BTU) to establish how much heat output is needed to sufficiently warm a room to an adequate temperature will help when deciding which radiator to purchase.
In conclusion, when weighing up the benefits of vertical and horizontal radiators, wall space, room layout, functionality, budget, interior design style and personal taste are the main factors to take into account.
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