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Three ways to layout a bathroom floorplan

Whether you’re installing one bathroom or five; an ensuite, powder room or family bathroom; the layout ideas here will get you started!

Bathroom Layouts

I’ve shared three different ways a 2m x 3m room can be used as a bathroom. I appreciate that not all bathrooms are perfectly rectangular or luxurious in size – the purpose of these concept layouts is to show you that no matter what the scope is, there’s always a way to make the space work for you.

Two thoughts to keep in mind though: the toilet is ideally positioned on an exterior wall and ideally, it’s not front and centre to the bathroom door.

Layout One

In this option, I have opted for a compact shower. This could be either a 1m x 1m square acrylic shower, or it could be an open-tiled shower with a glass partition separating it from the vanity – depends on your budget. The heated towel rail is conveniently positioned opposite. The vanity and mirror are visible from the entrance door, whereas the toilet is hidden behind it.

Layout Two

For those with young families or who simply like a soak, this layout integrates a shower over a bath. The petite vanity and mirror are centred in the room and the toilet is off to the right, with an option to build a part-height wall separating the two.

Layout Three

The absence of a bath and a slightly tighter layout enables a more luxuriously-sized shower for this option. Once again, either acrylic or tiled, depending on budget. The toilet is tucked away to the left, and the vanity and mirror are the feature here too.

Bathroom Layout Strategy

You’ll see from the concept plans above that I have been very strategic about the placement of a shower, bath, toilet, vanity and fixtures.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing your layout:

  • If you’re planning on skipping the door to your tiled shower, then you’ll need at least 1m wide walls or glazing either side of the shower head and a minimum 65cm opening to walk through to the shower
  • Consider positioning your shower tap at the entrance of the shower rather than under the shower head – that’s counter-intuitive and a sure way to end up wet when you turn it on, despite being the norm (as it is cheaper to keep the plumbing for each close together)
  • Planning on building in a shower seat? It needs to be around 50cm high and either 10cm deep for bottles etc or to rest your foot on when shaving your legs, or 25-35cm deep if you want to sit on it
  • Hand towel and bath towel rails should be positioned next to or opposite the vanity and shower if your layout allows for it
  • Try and hide the toilet from view when the bathroom door is open if you can – use a part-height wall or position it to the side / behind the door.

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