How to Buy Indoor Water Fountains

Indoor water fountains come in a wide array of shapes, sizes, types and price points. They are commonly made of natural materials like copper, aluminum, stone and wood, but they may also incorporate a variety of other decorative materials like art glass and mosaic tile. Indoor water features are often referred to as "living art." The sound of flowing water is believed to provide a calming and soothing effect and, for that reason, water features are a good addition to any living area. Follow these guidelines for how to buy indoor water fountains.


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    Determine your budget. Indoor water features can cost anywhere from tens of dollars to several thousands of dollars.
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    Familiarize yourself with the different types of indoor water fountains.
    • Tabletop fountains are relatively small, portable and convenient for those who don't have a large space to devote to a fountain and/or who may want the option of experimenting with the placement of an indoor water fountain. They come in a wide variety of shapes and visual aesthetics, and are considerably less expensive than other fountain varieties.
    • Floor fountains are freestanding indoor water features that do not require installation and, therefore, can be moved. They come in a variety of sizes, and are generally the shape of an upstanding rectangle.
    • Wall fountains are the most expensive of the indoor water fountains. They come in the form of flat, rectangular panels, and must be firmly mounted to a structural wall.
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    Consider practicality. If you have pets or small children, then it may not be practical to purchase floor or table indoor water features. You also need to consider traffic flow and furnishings when determining which type of fountain is best suited for you and your lifestyle. For example, it may not be a good idea to place a table fountain on the same desk that houses a personal computer, and a narrow hallway may not be ideal for a large floor fountain.
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    Assess the space. The type and size of the space you are filling will be 1 of the biggest determinants of which indoor water fountain you choose.
    • Consider the purpose of your fountain. A focal point fountain should be large and dominant in the space, as a large wall panel would be, whereas an understated trickling effect can be accomplished with a small table fountain.
    • The indoor water fountain you choose should be relatively proportionate to the space it is to occupy. It should not overwhelm the area, nor should it disappear into its surroundings.
    • Keep in mind the design aesthetic of your interior space and choose a complimentary fountain. For example, if your space is full of copper accents, then you may want to forego indoor water features made of aluminum in favor of copper models.
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    Look into the variety of options for your indoor water fountain. It is possible to purchase fountains with lights, water-purification systems, self-cleaning capabilities, jets that propel water at different pressures for different effects and 5-year pump warranties.
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    Shop for indoor water fountains. Explore a variety of sources and compare prices in order to find a fountain that best suits your lifestyle, interior space and budget.
    • Home improvement stores and chain retailers carry a variety of less-expensive, ready-made indoor water features.
    • Browse the Internet for businesses that specialize in selling hand-made, custom-made and ready-made water fountains at both retail and discount prices.
    • Consider purchasing a custom-made indoor water fountain through an artisan or a retailer who specializes in handmade fountains.
    • Bid on a variety of indoor water features on Internet auction sites.
    • Purchase second-hand. You may be able to find used indoor water fountains at bargain prices by searching online classifieds, garage and estate sales and auctions.


  • If you choose to install a wall water feature, you may opt to arrange 2 or more panels end to end for a more dramatic effect.
  • Custom-made water features can be personalized in a number of ways to make a statement that is uniquely you. For example, you may opt to include a backdrop featuring your family crest on your custom indoor water fountain.


  • Be sure to ask about shipping insurance, product warranties and installation methods when ordering indoor water fountains from online stores.

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