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How To Maximize Minimum Clearances in Your Bath

Disastrous Design Tight Spots

Bathroom fixtures come in a variety of widths, lengths and shapes. Before completing your bathroom layout you must carefully consider the placement and proximity of each design element so that you will be able to perform each task without being hindered or obstructed in any way.

This not only aids in the logical flow of tasks but also assures safety and comfort when using the facility.

When designing your bathroom, it may be tempting to try and squeeze as many amenities as possible into the small space. However, you must be aware of local building codes that require you to have a minimum clearance between fixtures.

It should also be noted that these minimum standards will not guarantee that your bathroom will not feel congested. These are simply guidelines and you should try if possible to allow more room than the code specifies.

Another benefit of allowing enough space between fixtures is that you will find it easier to accessorize with standard decoration elements such as rugs, shower doors and towel bars if you have enough space.

Bathtubs should have enough clearance in front of the tub to get in and out without difficulty. Since the bathtub surround side clearance varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, it is important to take this into consideration when purchasing your new tub.

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  • Jya Noe says:

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    January 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm

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