Ultimate Bathroom Design Guide: Part One

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Remodeling your bathroom can be a big undertaking for not only first-time homeowners, but also those who have remodeled before. Before you take on a big remodeling project, there are a couple of basic questions to ask yourself to make the process easy and stress-free.

1. Who is the primary user?

If it’s a family bathroom, you’ll need to design for several people standing at the same vanity, giving plenty of space there and on the floor for movement.  You’ll also want different types of spaces for children and adults. Do you need rails near the toilet, a floating sink, a shower bench, or a low-threshold shower base? These primary questions will determine the rest of your design, no matter the size and shape of the room.

2. Type of bathroom

A basic bathroom consists of a sink, toilet, shower, and tub. Each of these is considered ¼ of the bathroom. Removing these creates different design needs for the people using them. When using our bathroom design guide, you'll want to consider the following types of space:

Master: This large bathroom will only house two people on average. You have the most room for creativity in this bathroom. Be careful not to waste space while accommodating both people’s needs.

Full:  Similar in size to a Master bath, a Full bath is designed to accommodate heavy traffic rather than two people. This is likely to be a family bathroom used by children and relatives.

Three-Quarter: These bathrooms have no tub, but will have a shower. Like a full bath, they should be able to handle family or overnight guests using them.

Half or Powder Room: With no tub or shower, these bathrooms only serve one purpose. Because they accommodate guests, they need to be an attractive space with lots of ventilation. These should be designed similarly or as a complement to the adjoining rooms since many people will see this bathroom.

3. Layout

Color and design can do a lot to open a small bathroom, but you’ll want to make sure the actual space isn’t too crowded. Make sure you have room to get out of the shower or tub.  

Determine where your drains, lines, and vents go. It may be most cost-effective to line up the sink, toilet, and shower along one wall, but it can be the most limiting.

4. Furniture

Your essential furniture can enhance your bathroom or make it feel cramped. You can place showers, baths, or sinks in underused corners to save on floor space.

5. Sinks

Sinks are essential to a bathroom space, but they can take up precious standing or storage room. Pick a sink that allows you to maintain your storage space, especially in a small bathroom. For small bathrooms, wall-mounted sinks allow storage underneath without installing it into a vanity. If you’re using a vanity, self-rimming sinks are the easiest to install and drop down into the vanity. In contrast, undermount sinks install from beneath and give a little more counter space. Or, go with a vessel for a very modern look.

At Re-Bath of Arkansas, we believe that your bathroom should be your sanctuary. We'll help you create a space that's relaxing, refreshing, and rejuvenating. Let us transform your bathroom into a luxurious and inviting retreat with a shower conversion, walk-in tub installation, or bathtub replacement. Give Re-Bath of Arkansas a call or visit our website to schedule a free estimate!