Help & advice
Start with the toilet
It can be helpful to begin your layout with the position of the toilet and then work around that. Looking at the position of the existing soil pipe and where it enters the room – this is often the most optimal location for the new toilet as it represents the simplest installation, lowest cost and least impact on the rest of the room in terms of the need to hide big pipes.
Read more on why moving a toilet is a big decision.
Take into account the features of the room
Make sure to add the existing features of the room to your floor plan that may impact on the bathroom layout such as windows, pillars or other obstacles.
Think about who will use the bathroom
When deciding what sanitaryware you want in your layout, think about who the bathroom will be used by. If you are planning a main family bathroom and have young children, for example, you might want a bath and to prioritise easy–to–clean and non–slip surfaces. Alternatively, for an en suite bathroom a walk–in shower and twin basins might be better suited.
Showers generally use less water than a bath, however there are other points to consider like the type of shower or bath, enclosure and shower head.
A short shower with an efficient shower head generally uses less water than a bath. However, beware some power showers may actually use more!
Contoured baths provide the feeling of a deep bath without using as much hot water
Switch to an aerated or low flow shower head to reduce the amount of water used
Consider what will be seen through the doorway
It's more pleasing to see a bath or sink than a toilet bowl, plus it helps avoid embarrassing moments if you leave the door unlocked! Moving a toilet however is a lot of work, and many avoid it to keep costs down. Whether you can move it at all depends on where your soil pipe is in the first place and how easy it is to access, so you might want to plan for two options.
Keep the doorway unobstructed
If a cabinet, toilet, or other obstruction peeks out into the doorway, it can make the bathroom feel cramped.
Allow space for knees and doors
A common mistake is not leaving enough room in front of the toilet. You should leave at least 50cm of space in front of the toilet so there's room to sit comfortably. If fitting an enclosed shower or cabinets with swinging doors, be sure there's enough space for them to open without colliding with other objects, and plenty of room to walk around when the doors are fully open.
Place the loo roll within reach of the toilet
Ideally the dispenser should be just in front and to the side of you when seated. It's uncomfortable to turn around or reach across the room while remaining seated on the toilet. For extra points, keep the replacement rolls close to hand so you don't get caught out!
Position of radiators
Radiators should ideally be placed under the window (or the coldest part of the room if there isn't a window). Because cold air falls and warm air rises, the hot air from the radiator rises in front of the window and the cold air that is coming through the window pushes against the warm air, circulating it more efficiently around the room. Placing a radiator anywhere else will result in warm and cold spots around the room.
Place the towel rail within reach of the bath or shower
There's nothing worse than getting out of the shower on a cold day and needing to cross the bathroom to get your towel, and you get water all over the floor!
Electric heating is a low carbon option, with more and more of our electricity coming from renewable sources. Electric underfloor heating has the added benefit of spreading the heat across a room efficiently. Dual fuel radiators can heat your room without needing to heat your whole house!
Read more on considering underfloor heating.
Try multiple layouts
You won't get it right the first time, so try different things! Print or take a screenshot of your layout experiments to see what works best and combine your best ideas in the final plan.
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