When refurbishing your bathroom, a key measurement to know is the exact floor space you have available, so you can easily plot its layout and determine which products best fit your needs. The good news is that even if your bathroom is small, there is a considerable range of space-saving solutions to create the effect and design of your dreams. Below, are the most common bathroom layouts and ideas to best plan out your space.
In the UK and many parts of the world, the average master bathroom is usually not larger than 2500x2500mm. To get an idea, that’s about the space two king-sized mattresses occupy. In the USA, the master baths are significantly larger, though, allowing for more options and comforts. Anyway, there should be enough room for a toilet, basin, and a shower or bathtub (sometimes, even both). Most of the times, there is also some space for floor-mounted (or wall-hung) furniture enabling ample storage of essentials, such as towels and toiletries.
Of course, the larger the bathroom, the more options you have. For example, you could consider a freestanding bathtub or a whirlpool bath such as these examples from Bathdisc. You may still have room for a double basin (one of you and one for your partner) while a walk-in shower is another convenient choice too. Finally, if you desire to add more privacy, you could consider partitioning the bathroom to create two designated areas – for the basin and the toilet.
Note: Naturally, the placement of the windows will affect the available alternatives within the given footprint.
Three Quarter Bathroom
Not as large as the master and not as small as a cloakroom bathroom (see below), the ¾ bathroom (about 1700x1700mm) usually comes with a toilet, basin, and it is possible to also have room for a shower enclosure or a shower. This makes it ideal if you wish to enjoy the luxuries of a master bathroom but don’t have the square footage that will allow for separate shower and bath installations. In fact, in some European countries, bathrooms that large are considered the master bathrooms while in other regions they serve as guest baths.
Note: In the current market, you will find beautiful bathtubs of varying styles and sizes perfectly suited for smaller bathrooms, so you don’t miss out on the luxury experience of a refreshing bubble bath.
Typically, a cloakroom is located downstairs and is usually around 1200x1200mm with space for just a basin and a toilet. It is mainly used as the second bathroom (or a guest bath) and requires minimum clearances for whatever fits in it.
This type of bathroom is gaining an increased amount of popularity in the past few years and works quite well in the majority of sized spaces. It comprises of a waterproofed room (usually tiled) that features a slight slope leading to the drain. The toilet and the wall-mounted showerhead are the furthest apart possible while they (the wetrooms) may also host a glass panel to divide the shower from the other bathroom areas. If you do own a wetroom, you may want to keep in mind products that will help make the most of your square meterage (i.e. Japanese-style square tub).
- Don’t feel that you necessarily need to change your bathroom’s layout. Moving water and waste pipes can turn into an expensive upgrade while tasks, like repainting walls and replacing tiles/flooring/fittings, are a much more cost-effective alternative.
- Consider small yet effective alterations, such as fitting sliding doors or rehanging your doors, so they open to the outside of the room to gain more bathroom space.
- Make sure you measure your bathroom very carefully, noting the positions of any plumbed pipes, windows, and doors. Using an online design tool might come in handy in this case.
- Most people overlook the bathroom ventilation, and, well, pay the price later. Besides a window that you can open when you feel you must, it is also vital to ensure the bathroom is well-ventilated so that it does not become damp and cause damage to the bathroom furniture. Also consider extraction, especially if you have an en-suite bath; nobody wants their extraction to be too loud.
Before you do anything with your bathroom (or any other area of the home), it is crucial that you work out your key priorities and assess your requirements. Then, think of the available space and how you would like to use your bathroom (i.e., to provide spa-like experiences). Those thoughts will help determine the colour scheme, as well as the fixtures, the fittings, and the overall style and feel of the bathroom.