How to create the ideal bathroom layout
Close your eyes and enter your bathroom.
Take away the toilet, shift the shower and budge the basin. A bath? Lose that too. Towel rails? They’re not remaining either.
You’re now stood in the doorway of an empty room. An artist with your canvas in front of you. Where do you start with the layout? What goes where and why? Let’s give your bathroom its ideal layout with tips you’ll forever use when bathroom DIY comes calling.
A bathroom without a wash basin is like a lounge without a couch. Scan for a space by a flat wall and try avoiding the corners. You want room both left and right to manoeuvre without your elbows giving the wall a beating.
A basin usually entails another bathroom accessory. Ensuring one of your first sights every morning is your own yawning self – a mirror. Mounted above the basin is the mirror’s best position in your ideal bathroom layout but, remember, directly opposite a window, frosted glass or not, will only create distractions through reflections.
Position your basin carefully either beside the window or on an adjacent wall. Just avoid anywhere where the first beams of light at sunrise will instantly head for and make your reflection no more than a sleepy silhouette.
If the wash basin is the couch, then this is the TV – another essential but with slightly more freedom of placement – a toilet is next in your ideal bathroom layout.
No need to avoid the corners this time. Having been confined to back yard shacks for decades, a toilet will fit in any compact space and function as good as ever. Underneath or very close to a window is usually a prime spot for a toilet for obvious odor extraction reasons.
It’s also a good idea leaving some room on one side of your toilet for toilet rolls so if a bare toilet roll emergency strikes, you’ll never have to carefully shuffle across the room in search of a new, saviour roll. Your ideal layout is both practical and dignifying.
Now it’s time to fit a shower into your ideal bathroom layout. There is, in fact, so much you can do with a shower that it almost requires its own layout section. Here though, we’ll just briefly explore your options.
Perfect slotted into a corner and beside the window to help with ventilation, showers will always take up at least a few square feet of your bathroom so correct placement is paramount.
An alcove shower in a big bathroom can be very beneficial, giving you more space to experiment with positions of sinks and toilets but, be warned, once the transition to an alcove shower is made, it’ll be difficult returning to not having one.
Alternatively, there’s the wet room solution that caters for bathrooms of any size. The sloped flooring and waterproof wall tiles change your design but keep your ideal layout intact. Ensure towels and toilet rolls are kept away from the shower and the layout takes care of itself.
A big commitment. The average bathtub takes up at least 20 square feet so in your ideal bathroom layout there are few places a bath will look completely at home. Don’t worry, we’ll manage it.
Choose a wall. Preferably the one you’ve kept clear of any basins, toilets and showers. This is the position for your bath – its own space separate from everything else.
Of course if you have the traditional bath shower then you’ve freed up another corner of the room and the bath position could be switched round. A freestanding tub also means the layout can be experimented with and adjusted but still needs its own section of the room.
If you like your baths, you’ll find a way to make it work.
The Storage Space
The unsung hero of your ideal bathroom layout. Disguised cupboards and mounted cabinets are by no means a necessity but further down the line toiletries and clutter will need to be stored away.
Storage space is possible anywhere. From baskets beside the bath to a cabinet under the basin, storage gives you the most freedom so be inventive and improvise – it’d be wrong for the smallest addition to your bathroom to not allow this. Remember too, rounded edges on cupboards are more children-friendly than sharp corners.
Pull-out towel rails are also useful for your ideal bathroom layout. Leaving gaps on the wall for other, more personal features so sneak one in a cupboard by the shower and test it out.
There we have it. A painted canvas of traditional ideas with your own personal touch transforming a room into the fully functioning bathroom you always wanted it to be.
Open your eyes. Your ideal bathroom layout is complete.
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