7 Point Checklist for ensuring a functional bathroom layout

Have you ever counted how many times you use your bathroom each day? It’s a lot. You want to make sure you get the layout of your new bathroom right during a renovation. Don’t think you have to put everything back just where it is now.

Shower: size, location and screen

You need to have a good looking practical bath, but it is really the shower that gets used to the max. Make sure it is at very least 900 x 900mm any smaller than this and you will be bumping your elbows. A comfortable size is 1000 x 1200mm but, of course, bigger is better. Make sure you have plenty of space around your entry into the shower. Don’t get it cluttered up with the toilet or vanity. A good screen makes a massive difference too. Sliding door screens, unless you’re paying top dollar, tend to give hassles. A frameless, or semi frameless, screen make the room feel bigger.

The toilet – got to be practical folks

Don’t you hate it when it’s so tight you have to reverse park to get to the toilet?!? Make sure you space it at least 450mm off an adjacent wall to the centre of the toilet. That means you need a gap of at least 900mm between walls. If it is up against a vanity you can reduce this to 400mm seeing as the vanity doesn’t stick out as far as a toilet. Please, give some thought to where the toilet roll will be located. Too close to the back wall and you have to be double jointed to get to it. A good location is 700mm from the back wall and 700mm up off the floor.

Lighting, you can’t have too much

Good lighting in a bathroom makes a massive difference. So often we turn on heater lights, not for warmth but just so you can see what you’re doing. LED downlights are cheap to run and give great light. Locate directly above the plug of your basin, another in your shower and one over the toilet. For a fancy, and practical touch, include some LED strip lighting on your vanity or shaving cabinet.

Storage, because you need it

Seeing as designer vanities are getting more compact (think beautiful slim wall hung vanity) you need to include some extra storage in the bathroom. At least a smart looking shaving cabinet (with lighting preferably) and if space permits a tallboy too. You will be glad you did. That will give you somewhere to store toilet paper, cleaning goods, towels, etc. Can’t go wrong with extra storage if space permits.

Arguing corners – there should be law against them

Does the corner of your vanity point straight at the corner of the shower? Don’t have opposing corners! They mess up the flow of your bathroom. You need to have at least 700mm clear space between elements to allow easy movement around the bathroom. Otherwise when you bend down to brush your teeth you’re going to bump your behind.

Existing pipes – leave them or move them?

If you’re renovating, your plumber probably wants you to leave everything in its existing location to save moving pipes. Think about it, this is a once in a lifetime chance to get it right. Wouldn’t you rather spend an extra couple of hundred bucks and get it right? Ask you plumber how much work and cost is involved to change locations. It is possible and not normally as hard as you first think.

Light switches and power points – the devil’s in the details

Chat to your electrician early on in the process. Regulations stipulate how close switches and power points can be to the shower and vanity so make sure you have them located in a practical and safe spot. You don’t want to get to the end of the process and the sparky tells you he can’t put the power point where your tiler has cut the hole. Get it right first up.

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