A wall, garden or tabletop water fountain is a lovely addition to your home or garden but you must make sure, before you buy one, that it will fit into the space you have assigned to it and that it will look good. Wall fountains are expensive and you will want one that enhances your home and doesn't look out-of-place. Garden fountains can be rather large and you will need to carefully measure the space available to make sure that it will fit comfortably. Below are a few guidelines that will help you come to a decision on the very best fountain for you, whether it is a wall, table top or outdoor floor fountain so that you can make the right choice.

Wall Fountains

Wall fountains can be bought in both horizontal and vertical models. These different design are suitable for various locations. A large upright fountain would would look better in a high ceilinged room. On a wider wall a vertical fountain can look awkward unless you hang other objects to the sides of the fountain. For a room with a long wall and a lower ceiling a horizontal wall fountain is a better choice. In a room with high ceilings a horizontal wall fountain tends to seem much smaller than it in fact is. You should think about the depth of the fountain. This may be important in a narrow walkway or corridor although nearly all wall fountains are just 6" deep so this generally won't be much of a problem.

Sizing Up a Wall Fountain

Check for the dimensions of the wall fountain you intend to purchase then measure it out where you are going to place it. Stick thumb tacks or post-it notes at each corner then look at it from a distance to make sure that it looks good. Some people prefer to use sticky tape to trace out the outline of the wall fountain for a better picture of how it will appear when hung in place.

Table Top Fountains

Find out the diameter of your chosen fountain then make sure it will fit in the position you have decided for it. It's always helpful to put a similarly sized object there to ensure it appears OK. To judge the height you could stack a number of books to the same height and see if it look OK. Some of the tabletop fountains can vary in height because they are made from natural stones which will not be identical. Make sure that you allow for this when deciding on which tabletop fountain to buy.

Outdoor Floor Fountains

The width is the most important consideration when thinking about an outdoor floor fountain. If you are going to place the fountain on a patio or under an arbour or some other construction you should also consider how high the fountain is. You might want to stack boxes in the chosen location to ensure that it will be able to fit in comfortably and look good.

Water Sources for Fountains

Garden fountains usually use water that is recirculated and which must be replaced as it is lost by splashing and evaporation. A water pump circulates the water through the fountain. Most home or office fountains are of this type. A reservoir holds the water and fountains of this type can be placed anywhere that a source of electricity is present. This type of fountain should be kept an eye on and the reservoir topped up to prevent damage to the pump

Recirculating Fountains

How often you need to refill the tank depends on the humidity of the air in the fountains location. A fountain in a home that is centrally heated during the winter will require topping up quite often and it is preferable to add small amounts of water more frequently, rather than allowing the reservoir to almost dry out before you top it up. For those of us with house plants just refill the fountain whenever you water them.

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