5 Simple Things to Consider When Purchasing Tapware

5 Simple Things to Consider When Purchasing Tapware

If you are searching for tapware for your current project, you have found yourself in just the right place. We have been in the tapware game for a little while and are armed with knowledge about planning your tapware purchase to meet your project's requirements, without any bumps on the road.

While researching the types of taps you want to purchase for your home may not be on the top of everybody's renovation to-do list (we get it, knocking down walls and making large structural changes tend to be a little more front of mind), believe us when we say that the right hardware, like taps, can make all the difference in your finished project. This is why we wanted to create this guide to discuss the top considerations for those looking to buy tapware before they seal the deal.

There are many tap styles available on the market, each with distinct differences in style and practicality. It can be tricky to know where to start. But don't worry—we've got your back. We'll break down the art of tapware shopping and give you five simple things to consider when you're ready to buy tapware for your home.

Discover Your Ideal Tap Style and Finish

When it comes to selecting tap styles for your home there’s good news — the options are endless. From sleek and modern designs to classic and timeless styles, there really is a tap style to suit every home. If you haven’t put too much thought into the types of taps available, don’t stress. Discovering your style should be fairly easy. We find that often people will be leaning towards one option without even realising it, but when they take a second look at their bathroom, kitchen or laundry mood boards, a trend emerges, and suddenly, they notice the abundance of black hardware or brushed brass in every shot.

If, however, you aren’t a Pinterest addict or mood board creator, then it's time to consider the overall look and feel you want to achieve in your space and, from there, choose a tap style and finish that complements this vision. We encourage you to take a browse through the various finishes available at Yabby, from Chrome to Matte Black to Brushed Brass or even Gunmetal.

If you are drawn to keeping things simple, chrome is a style that goes with almost every home. For more of a contemporary look, our Matte Black tapware collection offers a bold new take on classic hardware. Our Gunmetal collection is ideal for an industrial look and our Antique Brass is perfect for those looking to bring rustic farmhouse style into their home through their hardware.

Ensure Your Tapware Meets Your Project Requirements

We’ve all been there: You fall deeply in love with a specific item only to discover it won’t work out functionally for your space. For the interior-obsessed amongst us, this can be a heartbreaking experience. So, our advice to avoid this potential pitfall is to chat with your plumber or tradesperson to ensure the hardware you are selecting is suitable for your setup before you lock in your tapware purchase.

Factors such as mounting style, basin spout and mixer installation, and shower head placement can all play a role in determining which types of taps will work for your space. For example, if you are starting from scratch and installing a new vanity or basin, you will need to decide whether your basin spout and mixer (the handle that allows you to adjust the temperature), will be mounted on the vanity top or on the wall behind. Likewise, with a new shower head, some people may want to have their shower head installed on the ceiling while others prefer it to be on the wall. These considerations will make a difference in the types of taps and hardware that you purchase. 

Balance Cost and Quality for Your Tapware Investment

Deciding on the budget for your project is a multifaceted (or faucet-ed, if you will) process that depends on your individual circumstances. While some home renovators may be building their forever homes with special attention to every detail, others may be renovating or building in order to flip the property. While quality still undeniably matters for both cases, there are cost-effective finishes that don’t sacrifice quality to consider.

If you plan on living in your home for the long haul, then investing in high-quality tapware that you love is likely well worth the splurge. However, if selling or renting is on the cards in the near future, opting for more cost-effective but still high-quality options like Chrome or Matte Black tapware might be a good idea. These are also wise finishes as they appeal to a more diverse range of buyers or tenants, making them a versatile choice for a property flip. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for, check out our entire collection to compare prices and make a decision based on your budget.

Create a Cohesive Look with Consistent Tapware

If you take one thing away from this article, let it be this. Make sure you consider ALL of the tapware and hardware items you require for your whole house before you make your purchase. Ideally, if you can find all of your tapware from the one supplier you will be able to create a cohesive look throughout your entire house.

Consistency is key, and in the land of tapware shopping, this one-liner continues to ring true. Using the same tap style and finish throughout your space creates a cohesive and polished look. This applies not only to taps but also to other hardware like handles and towel rails.

While it is possible to find a dreamy shower head from a bespoke hardware brand, it won’t be easy to match it with your other hardware. Where possible, we recommend considering all of your hardware items and trying to buy them in one place. For example, consider taps, shower heads, bath spouts, towel rails, cabinetry handles and basin mixers.

Here at Yabby, we have a cohesive selection of tapware and hardware products, designed to suit every style of home. From our sleek basins to our vanities and of course our tap fixtures, we aim to provide everything you need to create a polished bathroom, kitchen or laundry.

Protect Your Investment with Tapware Warranties

Last but by no means least, it is important to always check the warranties and longevity of the tapware you choose. Good quality tapware should come with a warranty that covers any issues or damage to your product. This warranty can provide you with peace of mind that you are buying hardware that’s designed to last.

Yabby offers a limited lifetime warranty on all products to residential and commercial customers. This warranty shows our commitment to the product we sell, ensuring our customers can trust the quality and durability of our range. In addition to the warranty, we also offer hard-wearing finishes with PVD and Electroplated coatings that have been carefully designed to withstand daily use and maintain their quality for years to come.

By keeping these five essential considerations in mind when it comes time for you to buy tapware for your home or project, you can make a more informed and rewarding decision. Whether you are finalising the details of your forever home, or flipping a house as an investment, quality tapware is always a wise choice. So, to discover the types of taps available at Yabby and to find the perfect fit for your home, we encourage you to explore our collection. As usual, if you have any questions or queries about your home’s specific requirements, please feel free to touch base with a member of our friendly team.

The Author: Layla Sawyer

Layla is a creative at heart, with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and being the Senior Marketing and Ecommerce Coordinator here at Yabby she has a passion for staying up to date with the latest trends within the industry. Known for going down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and being a sucker for a good mood board to kick off any project.