Guide to the Perfect Bathroom Layout
Guide to the Perfect Bathroom Layout
Starting a bathroom design challenge from scratch takes both time and effort if you want it to turn out exactly as you have imagined it. Regardless of your bathroom size and the complexity of the design, the project can be quite daunting. However, with an in-depth guide, the whole thing will seem like a walk in the park.
Our Letta London professionals have prepared a guide that will help you design a bathroom layout that is functional, space-saving, and pleasing to the eye. If you need help getting started, read on to find out how to plan every centimetre of your bathroom to the last detail.
Where to Start?
Interestingly, the first thing you need to decide on is — shower or bath? If you are a soaker, you will need to set aside space for a bath, but if you’re not, your task immediately becomes more manageable. Once you have decided on that, think about other products. Do you need a vanity unit with two sinks or a toilet and bidet combo? What will be the size of the bathroom furniture and which basin type will you go for? Once you figure out all the bathroom elements you need, you can start thinking about the layout.
The best thing you can do, aside from visualising the space, is to put it on paper. Naturally, if you have access to a 3D computer modelling software, let it do the work for you. If not, a traditional piece of paper and a pen will do the trick. Sketch out how you would like it to look while accepting the reality of the space, particularly its size.
Also, pay attention to the fixtures and furniture, especially their dimensions and how they can fit into the space. If you’re having custom furniture made, then you can skip this step. Remember to include a shower niche in the plans you present to the contractor if you’re planning on one.
Who Will Use the Bathroom?
Before you move on, it is crucial to have in mind all the people who will use the bathroom. Will it be for two adults who will use it in the morning? Is it for occasional use when accommodating guests? Will the bathroom serve for a large family with children? When you have all of the answers, then you can move on to planning and purchasing.
How to Save Space?
Designing a space-saving bathroom is like playing Tetris — you need to make all the pieces fit perfectly. Luckily, Letta London has plenty of space-savvy products in its portfolio that are practical, high-quality, and beautiful.
By opting for such furniture and fixtures, you will be able to create the illusion of space, regardless of your bathroom size, while also providing the much-needed functionality in the room you use every day.
For example, wall-hung vanities are the perfect solution for saving on floor space and making it easier to clean. Similarly, corner vanities do not conflict with their surroundings, and they are the ideal solution for awkwardly shaped rooms.
Moreover, if you have a sloping ceiling in your bathroom, your choices might be a bit limited. For example, if you want to save the full ceiling height for a shower, you can opt for low-hanging toilets and suspended basins. Plus, you can make most of the eaves by incorporating made-to-measure storage furniture.
Functional Zoning Is Key
Functional areas are essential because they will give your bathroom enough space to manoeuvre freely, whatever the size. Remember that zoning depends only on your lifestyle and how you want to utilise the space.
Naturally, you need to consider plumbing if you are renovating an old bathroom. For instance, moving a toilet from one place to another might create many problems and additional costs, and the same goes for other bathroom fixtures.
You also need to pay attention to drains, ventilation, hookups, etc. However, if you are starting from scratch, you can navigate the floor plan any way you like.
Shower or Bath
If you are renovating a house with multiple bathrooms, it is ideal for the bath to go in the master bathroom while the shower should go in the guest bathroom. So, if you plan on incorporating a tub or a bath and shower combo, it’s best to put it at the very end of the bathroom. That way, you can plan your space accordingly from back to front. On the other hand, if you’ve always dreamed of a free-standing bath, you need to make sure your bathroom is large enough.
The vanity area should include a countertop, storage, and a sink or two. Most people are giving up the idea of double sinks to gain on space. However, family bathrooms are often in need of double sinks since many people use the bathroom. Most designers recommend vanities be placed closer to the door as people often visit the bathroom only to wash their hands so easy access is vital.
A toilet is one of the most used items in the bathroom, but it should not be the focal point of the space. Depending on your bathroom’s size, you can tuck the toilet behind the door or place it next to the vanity alongside a wall. If you have a large bathroom, a half-wall is an excellent option for separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom.
Walk-In Wet Rooms
Walking into a shower should not feel like you are in a tin and glass can. More homeowners are opting for a larger shower space with enough room and even a sitting area. It is the newest trend, and people are embracing it because of its obvious advantages. However, walk-in wet rooms will not work in smaller bathrooms as lack of space is a problem.
Any remaining space should be used for storage. Whatever you might think, there is never enough storage in the bathroom. Keep in mind all the towels, toiletries, cosmetics, electronics, and other essentials. Add shelves and cabinets wherever possible and adjust them to fit your bathroom aesthetic and the remaining space.
Tie It All Together
Now that you have a plan in mind, tie it all together. Make sure you follow all the necessary regulations when installing fixtures. Likewise, bear in mind that safety should be your number one concern, especially if you share the space with children or the elderly. Place grab bars and slip-resistant surfaces to prevent any possible falls.
Also, think about ventilation if you don’t have a bathroom window. Even if you do, adding a vent will not do any harm to the bathroom. On the contrary, it will help prevent structural damage to the bathroom aside from getting rid of unpleasant odours.
When you have taken care of all of that, it’s time for the fun part — decorating. Take your time and create a bathroom of your dreams with elegant and eye-catching details. Also, take a look at some of our previous blogs to get some inspiration.