Kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again: Here’s what to expect

Kitchen and bathroom showrooms open again

As England moves to Step Two of the roadmap out of lockdown, kitchen and bathroom showrooms are now allowed to open their doors and help bring your dream space to life from Monday, 12th of April 2021, with updated safety measures in place.

With frequent cleaning and good hygiene promoted in every showroom to keep you safe, here is everything you need to know about visiting a showroom…

So, what has changed?

If you’ve been eagerly waiting to visit showrooms and browse through state-of-the-art room displays and pick your favourite products for your new project, you will finally be able to do it!

With lifted restrictions on non-essential businesses, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showrooms across England will be open for visits and consultations with their in-house designers from Monday 12th April 2021.

However, there will be a limit on the number of staff and customers in the showroom. According to a kbbreview survey, sixty percent of kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retailers in England said they will open their showroom by appointment-only.

For example, in order to discourage queues, Wren Kitchens will use a unique guest card system to limit the number of shopping parties in a showroom at any time. Harvey Jones will welcome only one client in the showroom at a time, and one-to-one visits to the new VitrA showroom can be arranged upon request. With many design studios across the country offering similar services.

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So, it’s best to check with your preferred retailer before putting on your shoes, grabbing your moodboard and heading straight to the showroom. Many will keep hosting virtual appointments too, so if you don’t want to go out quite yet, see if you can set up a video call.

Which safety measures are now in place?

The standard hands, face, space Covid-19 health & safety guidelines will continue to apply.

Face coverings

This safety measure continues to be mandatory in all indoor spaces, at least until the 21st of June when all legal limits on social contact are supposed to be removed, and this includes showrooms, too.

Sanitising stations

As before, retailers will provide hand sanitiser when entering the showroom and throughout to reduce the risk of transmission by touching products while browsing. They might also provide protective gloves, too, as an extra precaution.

Social distancing

Remember to keep two metres apart at all times from your designer and any other customers. This measure, together with the reduced number of customers at any one time in the showroom, is set to keep you, the staff and your designer safe.

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Ventilation

Many showroom have improved their air quality according to government guidelines to reduce the risk of airborne transmission. With updated ventilation indoors, showrooms will benefit from fresh air and so, stale air that might potentially contain virus particles will be removed.

Frequent cleaning

All areas of the showroom will need to be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day to reduce the risk of transmission, plus to make sure the space is ready for the next visit.

Will virtual appointments and consultations continue?

Don’t worry, most kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retailers will still have their virtual consultation and design services available to help you transform your home from your couch. Go to the retailer’s website to book an online consultation or give them a ring to find out more.  

You can download our Project Planner kit and try these interactive tools to begin your project from the comfort on your home and get ready for when showrooms open.

For more information, visit: gov.uk/coronavirus

Featured image: iStock/ shapecharge

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