Your bathroom might be one of the smallest rooms in the house, but it`s also a well used one. Therefore, it`s essential that you get the layout right to avoid any future problems.
You shouldn`t just jump straight into designing a new bathroom layout. Take your time to consider exactly what you want to achieve and how the room will be used. If you`re not sure what you`re looking for, both in terms of layout and design, then it`s a good idea to get some inspiration. Have a look online, in brochures and visit bathroom showrooms to see what`s available and how it could work in your room.
Think about the type of bathroom you want and how it`ll be used on a daily basis. Are you looking to create a contemporary look or have a more traditional design? Many of the layout issues may be dictated by the type of bathroom; small or ensuite bathrooms may need more slim line furniture. There may also be different requirements depending on who uses the bathroom. Are you a single person, a busy working couple or a family with hectic mornings?
Make sure that you set a budget from the beginning and stick to it. The prices of bathroom suites can vary greatly and even the smallest items, such as taps, can range from basic to more luxurious models.
Once you`ve got some ideas, you need to create a plan of the room. Start with a piece of graph paper and draw out the dimensions of your room to scale, factoring in any doors, windows, sloping ceilings or cupboards. Then you can work out the best position for each item, but remember to allow space around them. If everything is crammed in, you may find there`s not enough room to actually move around.
The location of certain pieces will be determined by the position of existing utilities. You need to consider where the soil pipe is, as the toilet needs to be as close as possible to this. You may also be restrained by where the plumbing and electrics are. If you really want to drastically alter the layout, this can be achieved. However, there may be substantial costs involved in moving water and electrical supplies.
What to Include?
We all have dreams about the ideal bathroom, but these aren`t always practical in real life. When you`re planning a new bathroom you need to decide exactly what you want to include and what`s not really necessary.
If you`ve got a more compact room there might not be space for both a bath and a shower. Consider when the last time you actually used the bath was and whether you really need to take up the space. If you do want a bath, but don`t think you`ve got the space, consider a thinner or smaller model or a corner bath. If you lead busy lives, but also want the luxury of a bath, then a shower fitted over the bath could be a good option. However, if you can do without the bath altogether then you could use the room for a more spacious shower cubicle.
Once you`ve got the furniture and utilities organised, you can start planning the design. From the colour scheme to the choice of blinds or thermal curtains, this will really give the personal touch to your perfect bathroom layout.