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Planning a bathroom

Since the bathroom is one of the most often used rooms in any home, it’s crucial to make sure it works for you. Whatever your needs and amount of space, with some planning you can create your own private retreat.

Planning is the key to any bathroom renovation. Bathrooms are an exciting yet complex project, there are lots of aspects to consider, and each needs to work in with the other.

Think it through

Before you go full steam ahead, ask yourself a few key questions to be sure of your requirements, and the extent of the job ahead:

  • Who will use the bathroom? Is it the main family bathroom and will guests use it?
  • What storage do you need?
  • Does the room need extra lighting?
  • How will you ventilate the room?
  • What are your must-haves?
  • Do you have any special requirements?

Draw it up

Once you’ve answered those, think about layout. This is important as it is what will make your bathroom functional, and ensure you make the most of the space you have. Measure up and sketch a floorplan – don’t cut corners with this as it’s worth getting it right now. Make sure you mark where your doors and windows are, where the existing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring runs and any other permanent fixtures. You can move plumbing and wiring, even your toilet if you want, but it adds time and cost so think carefully about why you want to. Also keep in mind which way doors open and how far plus the average size of bathroom fixtures.

Here’s a guideline to help:

  • Toilet: allow at least 600mm in front of the toilet and 200mm either side of the bowl.
  • Bath: An average bath is usually 1700mm long and 800mm wide.
  • Shower: You need at least 800 x 800mm for the shower recess.
  • Basin: Ensure you have a clear space of 700mm from the front of the basin to the nearest wall.

Use can also print out our helpful planner grid and push-outs to find a combination that will fit within the space you have available. Download now.

Once you’ve settled on your floorplan, and the essentail fixtures you need check out the different fixtures available. For some bathroom inspiration visit the Mitre 10 Dream Zone and for help in selecting products and creating a bathroom within your budget talk to a team member in store.