How to Design a Bathroom Layout

A bathroom renovation is one of the best ways to improve the usability and value of your home. What’s more, a sleek and functional bathroom can add a touch of luxury to your everyday life! A successful, in-budget bathroom renovation starts with planning the layout. If you want to use every inch of the bathroom in a smart way, here’s how to design a bathroom layout that you’ll be satisfied with day in and day out.

What to Consider When Planning a Bathroom Layout

Designing a bathroom layout isn’t easy, there are numerous aspects to consider. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you start planning a bathroom layout.

One or two sinks?

Anyone living with other people knows that the competition for using the bathroom sink and mirror is intense in the morning! If there will be two people using the bathroom at the same time every morning, it might be worth it to invest in two sinks. However, if you’re short on space, you could also allocate a separate mirror and table space without a sink to use for doing makeup and hair. The plus side is that you’ll only have to clean one sink!

Yes or no to a bath?

Will your bathroom have just a shower, or a shower and a bath? These days, many people prefer to use the space previously allocated to a bath to put in a walk-in shower. Shower above the bath is becoming less popular, as it creates the need to scrub and wipe the tub surface after showering. Yet, many people still love to have a bath, and it does add an element of luxury to a home, adding to its value. Think about how important a bath is to you, how often it would get used and whether it makes sense in your space.

Where will the toilet go?

In a more spacious setting, some people prefer to separate the toilet from the bath or shower with a wall or a sliding door. However, this will make the space feel smaller, so make sure your space can accommodate it. Another option to create a feeling of privacy is to place the toilet bowl further from the door, not directly in line with it.

What about the plumbing costs?

When revamping your bathroom, the costs can quickly add up if you need to move plumbing lines. You’ll need the help of a licensed plumber for his part, and a plumber can also help with planning the most cost-effective solution. The gist of it is, the more you keep of the existing plumbing, the cheaper your bathroom-makeover will be.

The Most Practical Bathroom Layouts

Before getting into the most practical bathroom layouts, a quick note on wet walls. A wet wall is a wall that has plumbing pipes in it, and the fewer wet walls you need the lower the cost of plumbing. You can have anywhere from 1-3 wet walls in the bathroom.

how to design a bathroom layout with one wet wall

How To Design A Bathroom Layout With 1 X Wet Wall

A layout with one wet wall, meaning all plumbing on the same wall, is the cheapest and most efficient. But, it’s very limiting in terms of design. This layout will work best if you’re happy with just one sink and shower in the bathroom. It’s a popular plan due to its low cost, and it works great in a small space. You could opt for a small walk-in shower or a shower over the tub.

how to design a bathroom layout with two wet walls

How To Design A Bathroom Layout With 2 X Wet Walls

This is pricier and will involve more work, but you’ll get more floor area. This design also allows for some extra shelves on the wall or storage underneath the sink as it can be on a different wall to the bath.

how to design a bathroom layout with three wet walls

How To Design A Bathroom Layout With 3 X Wet Walls

This option offers the most flexibility in design, but is also the most expensive and requires more space. When each wall, apart from the door, has plumbing, the sky is your limit. Three wet walls in a more spacious bathroom allow for a double vanity or even a walk-in shower as well as a bath.

Ready For Your Next Bathroom Renovation?

Renovating your home should be a fun experience with a positive outcome. If you feel a bit overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional for help. At Bay 2 Bay Group, we can design and execute a bathroom renovation that ticks all your boxes. As qualified and experienced plumbers and builders, we know how to make the most of your space at an affordable price. Book your free site-measure and design consultation today.

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