Bathroom layouts: What you need to know

Struggling to plan your bathroom renovation? Take a look at our guide below to get started

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It’s important to consider the people using the space: this bathroom has two vanities to accomodate multiple people using it in tandem

When you’re designing a kitchen, you’ve got the venerable work triangle to guide where you position appliances and countertops. With bathrooms, you’ve got no such luxury. If you’re thinking about building a new bathroom or renovating, our guide should be able to help you. 


Here’s how to ensure you end up with a bathroom that’s user friendly, functional and, most importantly, fits your needs.

Analyse your existing space 

The first step is taking a good look at what you’ve currently got to work with. This is going to influence your plan for the new bathroom and, by extension, your budget. 

Is there a window you can’t move? A shower that just can’t be relocated? Is there concrete beneath the floor? Take stock of these things before moving onto the next step. This is also useful information to take to a designer.

Make a plan for your new bathroom

Think carefully: What are the things you can’t live without? Do you need lots of bench space? Storage for towels? 

It’s also important to consider the people using the space. If it’s just you, chances are you don’t need a large vanity. On the other hand, if you have a family, you’ll need a larger vanity, bathtub, shower and towel rail. 

Remember, don’t fall for the misconception that fixtures are expensive to move. Even with a concrete floor, moving a bath from one side of the room to the other is only going to add a small amount to the overall budget. You won’t regret spending more now, especially if you use the bathroom every day. 

You can now put together a rough floor plan. It’s important to make sure the room flows and to avoid overlapping doors (shower and bathroom door, for example). 

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Consider condensation. A shower dome or powerful extractor fan are worthwhile investments.

Balancing form and function

By now, you should have an idea of what your bathroom is going to look like, at least in terms of the major fixtures and fittings. 

It’s time to move onto another important step: Balancing form and function. Here are some of the major considerations: 

  • Consider condensation. A shower dome or powerful extractor fan are worthwhile investments.
  • Don’t forget waterproofing! The last thing you want is structural damage thanks to poor tile work.
  • Ensure your bathroom has a clear focal point. A copper basin or striking mirror capture the eye. Two such elements can make the space confusing.
  • Think about the space as a whole. Is there a seamless flow throughout the bathroom? One of the best ways to create a cohesive space is to run the same tiles from the floor up the ceiling and into the shower.

Get advice from a professional 

There’s really nothing like the guidance of a bathroom design expert. By engaging with someone who knows what they’re doing, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing you have a space that fits your needs and is also appropriately waterproofed and functional.

No one ever said renovating a bathroom is easy, but you can make the process much less stressful with proper planning. By choosing to work with an experienced bathroom designer, you’ll be able to make the task even simpler. If you’re after more bathroom advice, take a look at some of our other articles.

Feb 21, 2019
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