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.
Leave Enough Room for Special Tasks
Needless to say it is also essential to think about how curtains as well as curtain rods or a shower spray wall or shower door will fit with your tub. If you have little children leave enough room so that you can bend and bathe or assist the child if needed.
There should be at least a twenty four inch area of space in front of a shower stall opening to easily step in or out and the shower pan should have a minimum diameter of thirty four inches.
If you toilet is in an enclosed stall, there should be approximately thirty to thirty-six inches between the walls. Two feet is a good clearance distance in front of the toilet and if it is beside a sink then a minimum of four inches is required or fifteen inches if it is beside a bathtub.
As with the toilet twenty-four inches is an acceptable clearance in front of a sink with six inches being the minimum if the wash basin is adjacent to the bath tub.
Consider getting around the plumbing fixtures, vanity, and shower stall to be an important consideration when designing your bathroom. Also consider whether the layout renders your new bathroom safe and easy to use.
Attention to these details will ensure that the dimensions of your fixtures will actually work within your bathroom layout and you won’t be bumping your knees at every turn.