What to consider when planning a bathroom makeover
When planning a new bathroom layout, whenever it is a whole new space in a new house or redecorating an existing room, there are some significant mistakes that you want to avoid making. We will list them out for you and present you efficient ways to make your dream bathroom project go smoothly.
Let’s start where most of us would probably begin their research – finding the right equipment.
Be future proof with your fixtures
Choosing your own bathroom appliances is fun shopping to do, but you have to be smart about it as well. Remember that those products will be there for years, and they should serve you impeccably during that time. Therefore aim for top quality and functional fixtures from trusted resellers.
Searching for the right supplier among many manufacturers and resellers out there on the market might be overwhelming. Once you have your preferred reseller, you can start with browsing through the latest collections of modern bathroom appliances.
Let the bathroom make a good first impression
One of the big mistakes, which are very often overlooked until it is too late, is providing the right presence of your bathroom when you enter into it. You don’t want to have the door open to a view of the toilet, no matter how exceptional its design is.
The most popular choice for big bathrooms is to place the vanity unit right in front of the door. However, in the case of smaller spaces, washbasins are usually situated on the sidewall. In this case, we opt for placing the shower cabin as a focal point of the room. Big, shiny and smooth shower doors will make an impression on everyone entering the bathroom. Thanks to the tempered glass nano-coating technology, like Easy Clean, you no longer have to worry about keeping that shower enclosure in immaculate condition.
The function can come with the form
Every design project orbits between the functionality and good looks. We are often told, not without reason, that the form in case of functional spaces like a bathroom, has to come later. The functionality of the room layout and its equipment is something you don’t want to cut corners with.
What if there is no need to compromise the design to get the most functional, efficient and easy to use the bathroom? Simple solutions can upgrade your project and give you the functionality you are looking for. Choose a walk-in shower instead of high shower trays, linear drains that will complete the modern look of the cabin, or easy to maintain countertop basin.
The choice of the right fixture is one thing, but planning its arrangement is as necessary. Always make sure you allow enough space between sanitaryware to move around and sit or stand comfortably. Your beautiful, designer pieces will not only be then better exposed, but it will also assure the convenient everyday usage of the bathroom.
Take measurements seriously
It cannot be stressed enough how critical taking the proper measures of the bathroom is. You definitely have to make it before making the order, so that all the products fit perfectly when they arrive at your home. Don’t underestimate the importance of the decimal parts – they seem small, but they can make a huge difference and wreck the whole project if not taken precisely.
Picking up the right-sized appliances is somewhat more straightforward when it comes to shower enclosures. Thanks to their adjustment range, you can quickly adapt to the cabin when the exact size you need is not available. The usual spectrum of 20 mm adjustment ensures just enough extension to fix the shower correctly into the desired space.
Much as measurement and adjustments, the proportions of the design play a huge role. Make sure your fixture is not too big or too small for the space you have so that it won’t perturb the visual idea.
Work hard on the layout plan
The placing of all the equipment is the core of the design, and you don’t want to be lazy about it.
The starting point is to look at what you’ve already got, the infrastructure and room space in case of brand new bathrooms, or already a plumbing plan and existing layout, if redecorating. However, no matter which situation you find yourself in, work with your space. Keep it lean and functional, try not to cramp it with equipment and details not to end up with an impractical bathroom.
In case of an already existing layout, try not to get carried away with the vision of a brand new and totally different room. Don’t change what already works well for you, keep the planning if it makes sense. Think carefully before switching sanitaryware around as it might lead to serious piping reorganization, which brings a risk of overblowing the budget. Same goes for creating new bathrooms – plan the proper plumbing right at the beginning of your work to avoid time and money consuming adjustments on a later stage.
Be smart about your bathroom storage
The majority of first-time interior planners make the same mistake when designing a bathroom – not considering enough storage. Think about all the towels, cosmetics, hair tools and accessories that have to find their place in the room, be on hand and yet not crowd the space up.
Your vanity unit is the principal place where you want to focus your storage needs. The drawers and cabinets of the unit are there to help you, but the counter space around the washbasin is a great place to store things on the go.
Extend the insufficient storage space by thinking alternatively and using the not exposed places, like little dark corners, the floor under the bathtub and loft niche. They can be filled with built-in drawers or cabinets, and your walls can be filled with shelves and racks.
Don’t underestimate the fittings and little details
Bathroom appliances are ordered, planning is done, and plumbing is all set. It may seem like the hardest part is over, but yet there are many little details. They might seem irrelevant, but have a significant impact on your venture’s success.
Choosing the compatible fittings is a crucial point, which can be omitted by amateurs. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your shower arm does not connect to the wall concealed set. Great way to avoid such an issue is to choose a set already completed by professionals. If that is not possible, ask your store to assemble the right set for you. The proper fitting can also save you lots of money, therefore choose eco-friendly, water-saving equipment that will be good for your budget and for our planet.
Other than fittings, accessories like grab handles or light have to be taken into consideration. Think about those as functional equipment, but also a piece of designer finishing touch.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
If you feel overwhelmed with the vastness of the project and amount of details to be thought about, ask for professional help. You don’t have to, and actually cannot be an expert in every field that bathroom makeover touches, like plumbing, electricity, lightning or tile fixing, just to name a few.
Professional, recommended help is always a way to go if you are bringing to life such massive projects as the bathroom decoration. Either it’s just a consultation from time to time, or an expert job done on the place, take it and enjoy the process. Having professional help on hand and all the tips gathered in this blog, you are on your way to having a bathroom of your dreams.
Lukasz Skrzyniarz runs Bathroom Store, an Irish online store specialising in bathroom appliances. He also shares DIY and bathroom remodelling advice on the company’s blog.