You might be building a home and designing an entirely new bathroom. Maybe you're just remodeling an existing bathroom. In any case, you have a certain amount of room to work with. Here are some ideas.
First, list the items you absolutely need in your bathroom. This list includes, of course, the toilet and the sink. If it's a full bathroom, you'll need to decide on either a bath and shower or a shower stall.
Next are the items you would like to include. People often want a cabinet under the sink, though if you only have little space you might prefer a pedestal. Plan on a mirror over the sink, with or without a medicine chest. Lighting is important. A fan can be helpful for keeping moisture out. You'll probably want a space for some shelves.
Measure your bathroom precisely. Choose items that you think you'd like in your bathroom and get the measurements. Some suggest drawing a plan to scale, but for those of us who are less visual, it can be helpful to cut paper to the actual size of every items footprint. Place these items in the bathroom, arranging them the way you think you would like them. This is a good way to see how well things fit.
If everything fits well, there are a few more considerations. You might be restricted by plumbing or electricity. Window placement makes a difference, too, unless you have no qualms about showering in front of a window.
If things don't fit well, experiment with the design a bit (if space, electrical, and plumbing allow.) See if you can come up with more efficient use of space and still enjoy the design.
If there's just no room, you'll have to decide what you can live without. Or you can save room by using a pedestal sink, for example, which takes less space than a full cabinet. Conversely, you can use a cabinet but don't include shelves.
A little imagination and a lot of measuring can help to create you dream bathroom. When you find a bathroom design that works, it's time to put the pieces together. It's a lot of work, but it will be worth it.
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