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A fabulous bathroom layout is perfectly affordable, even when you’re on a tight budget.
While a computer-generated bathroom design is essential for bespoke or complex jobs, if you’re looking to save money and are planning a relatively simple renovation, then a DIY paper design is often just as effective.
Here CashLady looks at how to get an inspiring bathroom layout on a tight budget.
What is a bathroom layout?
Your bathroom layout is the plan, to scale, of what your wonderful new bathroom is going to look like when it’s finished.
Bathrooms are typically quite short on space, so careful consideration must be taken when incorporating all the different fixtures and fittings, which vary shapes and sizes.
Along with ensuring easy access, you must also consider plumbing and electricals, such as the waste pipe entry point and whether pipework needs moved if you are planning a brand-new layout.
It’s typically more economical to simply replace your bathroom fixtures and fittings, leaving them where they originally were.
Ideally, you should come up with your bathroom layout before committing to any purchases or getting the installers booked.
How you use your bathroom determines your layout
No matter what type of bathroom you’re remodelling, you need to think carefully about who uses the bathroom.
The needs of a busy family of four, for example, will be quite different to an older person living alone.
If space is tight then perhaps consider your preferences for a bath or shower and opt not to install a bath, or if you have heaps of space, then you might incorporate two sinks for a couple sharing an ensuite.
Key considerations when planning your bathroom layout:
- The space you have available
- The drainage, pipework and electrical configuration
- Your preferred look and functionality
- Your budget
How to begin your bathroom layout
You don’t need a fancy or expensive bathroom designer to produce a simple bathroom layout.
- Room measurements
- Measurements of all fixtures and fittings
- Note of pipes, plumbing and drainage
- Graph paper
- A pencil
Drawing your bathroom layout to scale
To help gain a sense of space you can plan your bathroom layout by simply getting a piece of graph paper and drawing out your bathroom size to scale.
A scale of 20:1 where a 1cm square on the graph paper represents a 20cm square in real life, means your bathroom will all fit on a single side of A4.
Include any windows, doorways, alcoves or sloping ceilings. Cut out shapes of paper to the same scale you have drawn your room and position them with the room.
Key points to remember when designing your bathroom layout
Spacing your bathroom layout
Remember to leave enough space around each item for access, paying close attention to the bathroom door and your shower door.
A pivot shower door, for example, requires lots of space to allow for the door to swing open and shut, a walk-in shower, meanwhile, doesn’t require room for a door to open but needs enough room for you to gain access to the enclosure.
Leave space to stand in front of the toilet or sit down on it without hitting your legs, knees or shoulders on other items in the bathroom, such as towel rails, or the wall. This is particularly important if you have a small bathroom.
Towel radiators get super-hot so ensure enough space around them to prevent bare skin accidentally brushing up against it and also think about the space taken up by any drawers when fully pulled out, such as in a vanity unit.
Make the most of a feature like a sloping ceiling and use the space wisely by slotting a bath under the slope.
Including all the details
Include all of the bathroom details – think about tiling the walls, where you’ll hang mirrors and where radiators or a heated towel rail, and even the bathroom bin, will go.
Ensure you place items such as mirrors and cabinets to suit the height of everyone that will be using the bathroom, where possible.
Medicine cabinets should be lockable and up nice and high, well out of the reach of children.