Design & layout
- Plan where main features will go, and don’t change an existing layout just for the sake of it – moving plumbing pipes is costly.
- Layout is largely determined by function. A family bathroom is more likely to require a bath, while an en suite may be more suited to a walk-in shower or wet room.
- Redoing old tiles, repainting walls and replacing dated fixtures with modern updates is an easy way to refresh and overhaul without the expense of a full refit.
- Switching to sliding or barn-style doors can be an excellent space-saver.
- Allow plenty of room in your bathroom design to move around, and keep in mind that slimline heated towel rails and wall-hung toilets create more visual space.
Storage & organisation
- Store bathroom accessories out of sight in vanity cupboards. If space is an issue, a sleek trolley makes an excellent alternative.
- Wall-hung vanities with plenty of space underneath make it easier to keep floors clean as they are easily accessed by mops and vacuum cleaners.
- Mirrored cabinets allow for hidden storage – it’s especially useful if they include power sockets for electric toothbrushes and razors.
- Consider lighting at staggered positions and heights for different tasks. Choose brighter styles over mirrors, and low lighting – think strip LED lights – under vanities and shelving.
- Don’t forget good ventilation for health. Invest in a decent fan.
New bathroom checklist
- Vanity and other storage
- Bath tub
- Doors and handles
- Towel rails and hooks
- Electrical sockets
- Bath mat
- Waste bin
- Toothbrush holder
- Hand soap
- Bath towels
- Hand towels
- Bath mat
- Clothes hamper
- Storage baskets
- Toilet roll holder
- Toilet brush