Don’t be daunted by your new bathroomproject. Follow our step-by-step guide to planning a bathroom that makes a splash for all the right reasons
If you are planning a makeover, ourbathroom ideas will provide more food for thought.
1. Assess your bathroom needs
Start by thinking about who will be usingthe room, as this will have a big bearing on the scheme you finally choose. Is it to be an en-suite shower room for two? Or a family bathroom that will require a bath and plenty of storage for toys?
A spa-style sanctuary will require a long list of specifications and fittings that could include a bath, separate shower,double basins, and heaps of storage, while a guest bathroom may just require a shower and loo.
Next, ask yourself what sort of space you hope to achieve. Are you seeking a haven to escape to, or are you more of aninvigorate-and-energise kind of person? This will affect the fixtures, fittings and colour scheme you choose.
2. Measure up your space
A scale plan of your space is a good placeto start. Measure carefully as accurate dimensions are key and include featuresthat are likely to affect the design, including windows, chimney breasts anddoors.
Cut out to-scale shapes of everything –loo, basin, bath and shower enclosure, for instance – and rearrange them untilyou find a layout that works best. Incorporate plenty of space between theelements and consider how the room will work with more than one person in thereat the same time.
3. Choose a layout
While it might seem daunting, getting yourbathroom layout right from the start will make the difference between an adequate design and one that ticks all your boxes. But don’t change a layoutjust for the sake of it. If it works well for you, keep it. It’s a much cheaper option, too, as moving waste and water pipes can be expensive.
4. Be realistic about your space
Don’t cram in fittings (this will only makethe room feel smaller) and research products that will help you make the most of your square meterage, such as wet-room style showers or Japanese-style square tubs.
5. Remember, ventilation isimportant
6. Factor in storage
Storage is the key to a successful bathroom.A substantial vanity with space for extra towels is a smart buy.
Mirrored cabinets will allow for you tostore products, as well as charge toothbrushes and electric razors, sidecabinet will also ensure that you can store bottles discreetly when in theshower.’, like our model YBC197B
7. Consider your bathroom lighting
As bathrooms are often placed next to thebedroom, any bathroom lighting ideas should be considered carefully. You don’twant bright lights flashing on in the middle of the night – it’s not comfortable for the person taking a trip to the bathroom, or for the person asleep next door bedroom.
8. Finalise a budget
Deciding on a budget in advance means you can prioritise where to spend and where to save.
Bear in mind you also need to allocate somemoney to practical elements. You might need a larger water tank if you areplanning a rainfall shower, and a water softener can be a smart idea to preventthe build-up of limescale.