Room Heating Guides

Where to place a radiator

Our electric radiators can be fitted wherever there is an electric socket and where regulations allow.

Before you decide where to put your radiator there are three general considerations that apply to all rooms:

  • Finding the position to best heat the room
  • Making sure you don't stop heat circulating
  • The design and space available

How to position a radiator

Traditionally, radiators have been placed under windows, or on an outside facing wall. This was because single-glazed windows and exterior walls were not well insulated. They would cool the air in the room which would sink, causing a draught. Placing the radiator in these positions was meant to offset this effect.

These days most houses have double glazing, and well insulated walls, so this effect is much less pronounced. So, if you have a modern, well insulated home, you are free to place your radiator elsewhere – though under a window is still not a bad idea, as you’ll tend to have space on this wall.

Don’t block the heat

Placing your radiator behind large pieces of furniture, such as sofas or beds, or behind curtains is not ideal. This placement will severely restrict the radiator’s ability to heat the room, as convected air will not circulate and radiated heat will be blocked.

Design and space

Our radiators are slim and stylish and will complement any room. Just make sure you install them correctly. The only other requirements are that you have an electricity socket nearby, (the cable length for our radiators is between 1 and 1.5m, depending on the product) and the space to fit the radiator – allowing for a minimum space of 15cm around the radiator.

Ensuring the correct space around the radiator also includes not blocking the bottom of the radiator as this will prevent the room from heating properly. You must also comply with any regulations about radiator placement, for example in bathrooms.

Would you like some more help? Call us on 01845 518 888 for expert advice.