Vital measurements for a functional bathroom
There’s nothing worse than a poorly laid out bathroom, or one without adequate space for all of the services to fit comfortably in the room. We asked our Caroma experts what they recommend as the ideal measurements, when planning a bathroom and here are our top dimensions for bathroom bliss:
In an open bathroom, allow a width of at least 750mm (although 900mm is preferred!) for the toilet to reside in to give the user enough space to sit comfortably without their elbows touching the walls. A length of between 1200 and 1500mm is usually sufficient.
If you’re creating a separate toilet room, you’ll need to allow for more space. The standard door width in Australia is 820mm plus and architrave and wall space either side, so it’s likely you’ll want the room to be at least one metre wide.
We always say to ensure a minimum of 900x900mm for an enclosed shower but a space of 1000x1000mm is preferable, if possible. There’s a trend towards ‘wet room’ style showers that aren’t closed off with a door and help enhance the feeling of space.
Always allow at least 200mm between the edge of a freestanding bath and the wall behind, and 300mm from each end. You’ll thank us when it comes to cleaning around it! If you’re building in your bath, you’ve got more flexibility with the depth of tiling around the edge.
Make sure your door swings clear of your vanity and that you allow at least 100mm–200mm between a shower screen and vanity for cleaning.
You’ll need a tower mixer or wall taps for this basin style. Make sure your tower mixer is high enough for your basin or, if you’re using wall mixers, we recommend that they’re positioned 150mm above the top edge of the basin.
Consider the size of the overall vanity when selecting a basin. A small basin on a large vanity will look out of proportion – and vice versa!
Don’t forget to leave room for your preferred rail, remembering that towel rails can’t be placed where a cavity sliding door has been installed. Speak to your electrician in advance if you’re using a heated towel rail to ensure there’s a power source next to the desired location.
Short on space? Here are some great space saving tips:
Ditch the bath - word on the street is that if you’re considering resale value, a bath is no longer a make or break in a bathroom. When renovating, it’s always best to speak to your local real estate agent to see what potential buyers in your area value in a house. If you’re short on space, there’s no point squeezing in a bath that will make the room feel even smaller. Consider a beautiful, large shower instead, that will appeal to a mass audience.
Create a wet room – positioning the bath and shower together behind a single glass screen allows you to locate the shower closer to the bath than you usually would but give the illusion of more space, as it’s all open.
Move your loo – if something really must move in your bathroom, perhaps look at moving your toilet into your laundry to create a combined power-room space.