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Back to basics: avoiding bad bathroom design

We all have a vision of what we want our bathrooms to look like but it shouldn’t just be about the visuals. When you’re planning a bathroom renovation, your first step should involve going back to basics and making sure that you avoid some design mistakes that could turn out to be costly at a later date, or at the least very irritating.

If you feel like you’re falling into one of these traps, it’s time to take action!

Not creating enough storage space

A lack of bathroom storage is a real inconvenience. We’ve all been in that situation where shampoos and shower gels somehow all manage to fall into the bath in one clean sweep. While an empty bathroom can look unlived in, it’s also very easy to cross over into cluttered territory. The only items that you need to have on display are the ones that you’ll want to hand – such as soap around the edge of a sink. Products like shower gels and toothbrushes can be easily stored in a unit, while extra towels can be rolled up in baskets. Bathroom design is really important, particularly when working with small spaces.

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Squeezing in a shower and bath

The desire to have both a shower and a bath can make us forget that we need to pay attention to sizing. Instead of having a shower in one corner and a bath in another, why not combine the two and save space? P-shaped baths will separate the bath from the shower by giving you a wider point for additional space whilst showering.

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Not paying attention to materials

The amount of water passing through your bathroom a day means that it’s a danger zone when it comes to mould and other humidity issues. Make sure that you look into the quality of the materials that you’re using, whether that’s paint that’s designed for use in wet areas, wallpaper with humidity protection (still use with caution!) or non-slippery flooring such as vinyl tiles. Peeling wallpaper and paint, mould and slippery ceramic flooring are more common than you might think!

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Overcrowding the room

Patterned tiles come in a range of designs but when the same tile is used in bulk, they can work to make a small bathroom look even smaller. Mix up the colours slightly to zone off areas and only use tiles where needed. Decide what furniture you need such as a freestanding bath, a separate shower cubicle and basins, factoring them into the design.

Not considering accessibility

Shower doors that can’t fully open without hitting a wall or toilet and minimal space either side of the toilet, are two common design faults. Nobody wants to be backing into a toilet because they haven’t got the space to turn around. Avoid the problem by measuring the area beforehand, including how much space you and family members need to turn around.

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Having too prominent a toilet

The toilet is the least attractive bathroom feature, so avoid making it the first thing you see when you walk into the room. The best bathrooms have the toilet slightly to the right or left of the room, depending on how yours is laid out. Steering clear of that fixed central position will also open up the space.

Locating off of a main room

Not only is it unpleasant to hear somebody in the bathroom, it’s not great to have a toilet in full view when you’re sitting at the dining table ready to eat. The ideal bathroom should connect to a hallway rather than a main room to up your home’s saleability and make dining a nicer experience!

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If you need help with your bathroom, whether that’s designing or installing, post your job and up to three local bathroom specialists will get in touch to help. You’ll be able to view their profile pages, complete with ratings and customer recommendations, to help you decide who to hire.

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14 comments

    1. Hi Alex, To find a tradesman to help, you will need to post your job using the form on our homepage (www.ratedpeople.com). However, if you would like advice before posting the job in February, I would post your question on the Ask an Expert section of our site (http://www.ratedpeople.com/diy-advice/) for our Expert tradesmen to respond with their advice. I hope this helps! Best Wishes, Natalie

  1. I live in a detached Victorian house in a small village and am considering renovating the en-suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom. Its quite small and I want a bath, a shower, a basin and a loo – please!

    1. Hi Andrew, To find a tradesman to help, you will need to post your job using the form on our homepage (www.ratedpeople.com). However, if you would like advice before posting the job closer to the time, I would suggest posting your question on the Ask an Expert section of our site (http://www.ratedpeople.com/diy-advice/) for our Expert tradesmen to respond with their advice. I hope this helps! Best Wishes, Natalie

  2. Considering re installing a bath in what is currently a wet shower room. Looking for advice on the most effective way to do it. Can you help?

  3. I used a “reputable” bathroom person and he knocked a hole right through the underneath of my off the floor vanity unit leaving all the pipes from the pedestal on show. He never considered querying this with me before commencing his destruction.

  4. ‘Only use tiles where needed’ – tiles are needed *everywhere*! It’s a wet room, you should feel free to splash, not stand still lest the carpet got wet… Sometimes the builders are not even ready to contemplate something that does looks a bit more modern and practical. Why do you need tiles when you can paint the floorboard, one says. Why, indeed.

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