Bathroom Layout Design
Bathroom Design Layout depends upon your
By: Mark J. Donovan
If you are in the process of
designing home plans for a new home, or a home addition that includes a
bathroom, you may find the bathroom layout design effort to be quite
challenging. Bathroom layout design can be a challenge due to the limited space
that is commonly reserved for a bathroom. For example, the standard space for a
full bathroom is 5’x8’, and the standard space for a powder room (toilet and
vanity) is a mere 4’x5’.
As a result, it can be virtually
impossible to include such items as a double sink or a whirlpool jet tub in
a standard bathroom layout design.
If the area reserved for your
full bathroom is of the standard footprint as already defined, the bathroom
fixtures and locations for them is pretty much limited. In a standard full
bathroom it is typical to see the vanity and toilet on one side of the
bathroom and the combined shower/tub unit on the other side. In addition, a
bathroom closet can also sit adjacent to the tub/shower unit.
An open area of approximately 3 feet
will separate the two sides of the bathroom fixtures for standing and
maneuvering in the bathroom.
If, on the other hand, your full
bathroom area is larger than the standard bathroom footprint your bathroom
layout design options are much less limited.
With a larger bathroom footprint your
bathroom design layout is limited only by your imagination, budget and family
Assuming, and this is a big
assumption, your budget is unlimited you can develop a bathroom layout design
that is tailored towards your family’s personal needs.
For example, including a double sink
bathroom vanity is ideal for a large family, particularly in the morning when kids are
getting prepared for school.
If your family typically just takes a
shower, then you may want to consider a large custom ceramic tile shower with
multiple shower heads. If on the other hand you like to relax in a tub in the
evenings, then a large whirlpool jet tub maybe a better solution. Alternatively,
and assuming the bathroom is large enough, you can have both a separate shower
stall area and a whirlpool jet tub.
When developing your bathroom
layout design it is also important to consider sufficient bathroom lighting. A
window in the bathroom can help to let in both natural light as well as
fresh air. In addition, you should make sure to include overhead lighting
and sufficient lighting over the vanity area.
In regards to toilets, again
depending upon the size of the bathroom area you could consider including it
in its own separate space with a door for providing additional privacy and
Photo by Mark Donovan
Also, make sure a toilet is
positioned near an adjacent wall to support a toilet paper rack.
In regards to wall space, towel racks
are frequently forgotten about until the bathroom is complete. Unfortunately it
is too late at this point to realize you do not have sufficient blank wall space
for supporting a large towel rack. Make sure your bathroom layout design
specifies these small items such as towel and toilet paper racks.
Find a Qualified Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Your Area
Get Free Quotes. Easy, Quick and No
For the home improvement or home remodeling project that is
too big for you, check out our partner
NeedContractor. They are a national
resource for finding pre-screened, insured, and licensed home improvement and remodeling contractors in your local area.
Get Matched in 48 hours with Bathroom
If your family requires special needs
for the bathroom such as grip handles in the shower area make sure to include
these in your bathroom design layout.
With these basic bathroom layout
design ideas you should be able to quickly formulate a bathroom design that
meets your family’s requirements.
For more help on bathroom remodeling, see HomeAdditionPlus.com's
Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet.
Bathroom Remodeling Bid Sheet
provides you with the knowledge and information you need to plan a bathroom addition
project, and what to look for when hiring contractors. It
also includes a detailed cost breakdown table and a spreadsheet for estimating
your own new bathroom remodeling building costs.
Related Bathroom Remodeling Design Information
Additional Bathroom Remodeling Design Resources
Get Free Bathroom
Remodeling Price Quotes with No Obligation!
Fill out our 3-5 minute quick and easy form, and receive a free price quote
on bathroom remodeling from one of our prescreened and licensed bathroom
remodeling contractors. This process is free and there is no obligation to
continue once you receive your bathroom remodeling price estimate.