Remodelling your bathroom is so much more than bunging in a new toilet or shower curtain. The bathroom is as much a functional space as your kitchen – you do things in there – so you need to get ergonomic on it! If you’re about to makeover your bathroom, just taking in these tips will help you to get the best results you can with the space you have.
Do your budget first
You need to work out how much you’re willing to spend – how big is your bathroom? How many items do you need in there? How many people will be using it each day? Are you planning to do any of the work yourself? All these things will affect your budget and what you can do with it.
Put the toilet to one side
Yes, we all use the toilet; it’s a fact of life. However, if you’re aiming for a relaxed, spa-like feeling, then the toilet shouldn’t be the first thing you see when you walk in, or the only thing you see when you walk past the open bathroom door. Your focal point could be the bath, or an amazing shower curtain, or an interesting set of well-stocked shelves; anything but the toilet.
You don’t have to rip out everything
If your house is quite old, you might find some interesting vintage tiles on one wall, or an old rubbish chute. Don’t add to your costs by removing them unless you really want rid of them – how about tidying them up a bit and making them into a feature?
Get the measure
Most bathroom fittings have standard measurements, so get to know them, as this will help you to plan your layout.
You could pick a corner sink or a smaller bathtub, especially if your bathroom is a bit tight. Smaller dimensions don’t necessarily mean a smaller working space, and it can help to create more space for freedom of movement.
Choose high-end touches
Simply because bathrooms tend to be smaller spaces, a few high-quality fittings – taps, a few fancy tiles or a towel rail – will bring everything else up into the next league. You don’t have to spend a fortune on everything, just on the things that stand out.
Make sure you can dry the air
You must have a couple of ways of drying and ventilating the bathroom, so make sure you have an efficient extractor fan and a working window if you can.