If you’re like most humans, I think it’s safe to assume that you’ve visited hundreds of bathrooms in your life thus far and you’ve seen a variety of sizes and features. Some bathrooms are quite tiny, while others are spacious. Some include bathtubs, while others only have a shower. And some are half-baths, which means they don’t have a tub or shower at all. Although there typically aren’t many features and fixtures in a bathroom, it can still be hard to fit them into a small space with a design that is logical and practical. So today, we’re discussing how to design a bathroom layout. Scroll down for some tips, tricks, and ideas . . .
How to Design a Bathroom Layout
Consider Existing Plumbing. If the bathroom already has an existing plumbing hookup, a large part of the design process will center around that existing plumbing. Although you could start with a blank slate by moving the plumbing (assuming the changes would adhere to relevant building codes), that would be a very costly choice.
Use an Online Layout Tool. Oh the joys of our modern world! With a quick online search, you can find programs that allow you to input your room’s dimensions and arrange the elements how you like (for example, Autodesk Homestyler and Floorplanner). Use these tools to ensure that you design the layout of the space wisely (and incorporate accurate measurements).
Ask Your Contractor About Code Requirements. Many building codes apply to bathrooms, so you will need to be sure that your layout follows the minimum requirements. For example, the centerline of a toilet must be 15 inches away from all other fixtures, walls, and obstacles, and there must be at least 21 inches of floor space in front of sinks, toilets, and bathtubs.
Avoid Placing the Toilet Across from the Sink. This recommendation is somewhat silly but still very apt. Mirrors are installed above most sinks, so if you position the toilet across from the sink, anyone who uses the toilet will face their own reflection as they . . . well, you know. Consider placing the toilet next to the sink instead.
Ditch the Shower Doors and Curtains. For a more unique and spacious approach, eliminate your shower’s doors and curtains altogether. Instead, create a wet area (using water-resistant materials) with a floor drain. This doorless shower (also known as a walk-in shower) creates a more open layout, but if privacy is an issue, you can always conceal the shower somewhat with strategic positioning and a half-wall.
Don’t Forget About Toilet Paper. When you’re considering large fixtures and storage spaces, it’s easy to forget about one of the most simple and essential items in a bathroom: the toilet paper roll! Be sure that you include a space to hang the toilet paper. Many people hang it on the side of the vanity, so that it’s somewhat hidden but still close to the toilet (assuming the toilet is alongside the vanity).
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