Wall Fountain Buyer's Guide
Quick and easy to read guide for buying your next wall fountain.
- Part 1: The Anatomy of a Wall Fountain
- Part 2: Choosing Your Wall Fountain Placement
- Part 3: Measuring the Space for Your Wall Fountain
- Part 4: Choosing Horizontal vs Vertical
- Part 5: Wall Fountain Materials
- Part 6: Wall Fountain Styles
- Part 7: Add a Logo to Your Wall Fountain
- Part 8: Installing a Wall Fountain
- Part 9: Maintaining your New Wall Fountain
- Part 10: Find the Right Wall Fountain for You
So, you're thinking about buying a water fountain. Lucky for you, this guide contains everything you need to know! Don't forget that The Wall Fountain Buyer's Guide is part of the The Ultimate Guide to Water Fountains. If you're interested in learning about other water fountain options, it's worth a peek!
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Part 1: The Anatomy of a Wall Fountain
The most common parts fountain on a wall water feature. Parts will vary based on model, size, and brand.
Part 2: Choosing Your Wall Fountain Placement
Wall fountains can be placed just about anywhere, just follow these tips.
LocationDo you want to place your fountain inside or outside?
High VisibilitySelect an area with high visibility that won't obstruct others as they walk by.
Power SupplyA power supply should be located within a few feet of the fountain's location.
Proper Room SizeMake sure the room is large enough for the amount of sound and humidity the fountain will produce.
Wall SupportMost studded walls (wood or metal) will support the weight of a fountain as long as it is installed properly.
Out of ReachIf you don't want people touching or playing in the fountain, place the fountain out of easy reach.
Sound LevelIf you plan to use the fountain for sound mitigation, you'll want to position it a bit closer to people in the room.
Focal PointChoose an area where the fountain will be the focal point. Avoid crowded areas where the fountain will be overshadowed by other objects.
Part 3: Measuring for Your Wall Fountain
There are several ways you can measure the space for your wall fountain.
Use a ruler to determine the maximum depth of the fountain. Most wall fountains are around 5” to 6” deep.
Use blue painters tape to outline the area you plan to place your fountain.
Place four sticky notes in the four corners of the area you would like to place your fountain.
Use cardboard, kraft paper, or another large paper product to cover the entire area where the fountain will be placed.
If the wall hasn't been painted yet, you can lightly draw a rough outline of the fountain size you would like.
Part 4: Choosing Horizontal vs Vertical
Use your measurements from Part 3 as you consider the points listed below.
- Horizontal fountains often hold more water due to the larger resevior. This means having to refill less often.
- If you plan to add a logo to the wall fountain, is your logo horizontal or vertical?
- Horizontal fountains are slightly higher off the floor. A horizontal fountain might be the best option if you are concerned with children putting their hands in the water.
- Do you have low ceilings? If so, a horizontal fountain might work better than a tall vertical fountain.
- If you have a small skinny niche, a vertical fountain may fit your needs.
- Horizontal fountains often work best when placed over other objects like sofas or tables.
Part 5: Wall Fountain Materials
A fountain's style is determined by two factors: 1) the material used, and 2) the design. Most indoor wall fountain styles are based on materials, while outdoor wall fountain styles tend to be based more on design.
CopperCopper is a popular and classic color option that provies a subtle yet complex coloration.
Glass/MirrorGlass is one of the most popular fountain material providing a high-end and modern appeal.
Stainless SteelStainless steel provides a sleek and modern look that works in a variety of interior design styles.
MarbleMarble is a classic fountain material that adds a touch of elegance while also being weather resistant.
SlateSlate allows you to bring the outdoors in with subtle colors and natural beauty.
GraniteGranite offers a high-end, luxurious look while also being hardy and durable.
Lightweight SlateLightweight slate is a natural stone that offers the perfect blend of modern style with a natural effect.Shop: Copper, Slate, Stainless, Glass/Mirror, Other Materials
Specialty MaterialsSpecialty materials such as resin are popular options for indoor fountains, while also providing a variety of decorative designs.Note: Stone materials will vary in color and texture.
Part 6: Wall Fountain Styles
Through the combination of materials, wall fountains come in many design styles.
Comtemporary water fountains allow you to bring artistic style into your home in an non-traditional manner. Contemporary fountains allow you to bring diverse pieces of art into your home or office, while also providing the audible affect of running water to stimulate you both visually and audibly.
Outdoor fountains have provided a touch of elegance to outdoor gardens for centuries. Traditional fountains allow you to add that extra special touch of elegance and class to your home, courtyard or garden areas.
Modern water fountains are available in a variety of materials including glass, mirrors, natural stones and stainless steel. These simple, yet elegant water fountains provide you with a unique option for decorating any space. Combine glass and steel or stone and steel to create a powerful and modern effect.
Artistic water fountains allow you to combine the beauty of one-of-a-kind works of art with the effect of a relaxing waterfall. Art water fountains provide you with a unique method of displaying classic paintings with a variety of waterfall designs for your home or office.
People and Nature
Water fountains have long combined natural elements and humanistic elements to create unique water fountain designs. These fountains can be found around the world in great cities, such as Rome, and in the courtyards and gardens of European homes. From lions and fish to angels and cherubs, there are a variety of classic designs to choose from.
Part 7: Add a Logo to Your Wall Fountain
Personalize with your company brand or personal message.
Adding a logo to your wall fountain is a great way to align your brand with positivity. The soothing sounds of water will leave your customers and/or clients feeling relaxed, while the placement of your logo will increase your brand's visibility.
We've got all the info you need in the Logo Fountain Buyer's Guide. Take a look!
Part 8: Installing a Wall Fountain
For a fast, easy setup, follow the general guidelines listed below.
- Read Instructions - This is the most important tip! Carefully (and thoroughly) read the installation instructions for your new fountain.
- Basic Tools & Skills Needed - You'll need a screw driver, a level, a drill & bits, measuring tape, a pencil, and a couple of towels.
- Moisture Barrier - While this isn't a requirement, we highly recommend using a moisture resistant drywall or paint behind your fountain.
- Power Outlet - To keep the cords from showing, we recommend installing an outlet behind the fountain's location. If that isn't possible, make sure you have a power outlet within a few feet of the fountain.
- Proper Water Flow - In order to obtain proper water flow, your fountain must be installed perfectly level.
- Wall Mounting - When installing heavy fountains, such as those with thick natural stone, at least one screw in the mounting bracket must be placed in a wall stud.
Part 9: Maintaining your New Wall Fountain
Keep your fountain running for years with these maintenance tips.
- Maintenance Instructions - Always refer to the instructions provided by the fountain manufacturer. That means you need to thoroughly read (not skim!) the maintenance instructions.
- Distilled Water - To reduce white scale and hard/soft water buildup,we recommend using distilled water in your fountain.
- Water Levels - Don't allow your fountain to run out of water. If it does, it will damage the pump.
- Preventing Algae and White Scale -Regularly using water treatments will help prevent algae and white scale build-up.
- Clean Regularly - Over time, your fountain will collect dust and dirt. You'll need to clean it by removing the water, wiping out the water reservoir, cleaning the pump, and wiping down all of the fountain's parts.
Part 10: Find the Right Wall Fountain
Now it is time to go and search for your next wall fountain.
Well, there you have it! You've just learned the basic and most important information about wall fountains. Now, it's our turn to help you find the perfect fountain for your home or business.