Bathroom Layouts - When a Plan Comes Together
The best bathroom layouts not only make the best use of available space, but also feature creative bathroom design ideas - resulting in a beautiful room.
The Tools of the Trade
Print out a couple of sheets of the graph paper in your chosen measurement (inches or centimeters), cut out the fixtures and start playing around with the layout.
When you print out the sheet with additional fixtures, be sure to have your printer settings the same as when you print the graph sheet. (Note though, there may be some small discrepancies in measurements).
We've provided some standard sized fixtures to get you going, but it's easy to get the measurements of your chosen fixture and to draw it to scale on the graph paper. Using the standard fixtures at first in your bathroom layouts will very quickly show you whether you need to downscale sizes or if you can house that big his and hers shower or generous tub.
Make a list of must haves and think it through. Do you really need that whirlpool tub for two or will a deep (smaller) soaking tub and a luxurious shower suit your lifestyle better.
Where to Start with Your Bathroom Floor Plans
Please Note: The clearance areas around the fixtures (colored purple) are general guidelines only.
They can overlap one another but are really just minimum requirements.
It is essential to get the building codes and specifications for your local area and to confirm whether you need to submit a detailed plan and get a building permit.
You may also need to consult with a professional on whether you have to make structural changes, for example to support a big or heavy tub.
Bathroom Layout Tips
Your first glance into the bathroom should ideally showcase a beautiful area. Take note which way the door swings open and if necessary and possible, change it. Or replace it with a sliding door if you are cramped for space.
The toilet or bidet is not the most attractive feature in the bathroom, so try to hide them from view.
If your shower will be right opposite the door, do add a wow factor with beautiful fittings and tile treatment.
The same bathroom floor plan can assist you in planning your floor tile layout. You can draw in border patterns, a "carpet" tile feature or a broad accent band that may continue up a wall to set off a vanity.
Having completed the cut and paste fixture layout on your bathroom floor plan, you can trace it onto tracing paper or scan it into your computer to generate a copy for submission to your local authority or architect.
Bathroom Designs Checklist
Your bathroom style or theme will also play a role in your bathroom layouts, whether it's a Japanese bathroom or a vintage bathroom. Whatever your style, draw the elements to scale and get creative with your bathroom plans!
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