‘ Just a bathroom ‘

5 Different Ways

The most common bathroom size measures 5 by 8 feet just enough room for a single sink, a toilet and a shower or shower-bathtub combination. You may think there isn’t much you can do with an area of this size.

But………. 

There’s a lot you can do with these standard dimensions in terms of visually expanding the space and creating clever storage solutions. There’s also a lot up in the air in terms of where the components should go depending on where your bathroom door is located whether you want a shower, bathtub or both and if you have the budget to move plumbing around for an optimized layout.

5 Layouts

Within these dimensions that showcase clever ways to create virtual and literal space with some style enhancements that change the “ just a bathroom “ feel.

#  1

In this example, with a door on the 5-foot wall,This is how the preferred arrangement would be sink-toilet-shower because the sink allows more space for the door to swing in. If the sink and toilet were switched, you’d have to step around the door, or you may bang the knees of your partner or family member when entering. The shower could be swapped for a bathtub or shower-tub combo, but this layout accommodates a shower large enough for drying off, preventing water drops on the floor that others could step  in

# 2

If you’re stuck with a toilet-sink-bathtub or shower arrangement, a pocket door, as shown here, can save space by eliminating a swing-in door. But pocket doors don’t insulate sound very well because you can’t insulate the wall space in which the pocket door mechanism is housed. Nor can you run electrical through that space. Though they may seem like a good idea you’re actually losing in other areas. If you don’t need a bathtub, a shower provides more flexibility because you can reduce its size to gain a small amount of storage space. This is something you may want to consider for a hall bath but maybe not for a master bathroom where a spacious shower would be more welcome.

# 3

With the door on the 8-foot wall, the desired arrangement is to have the sink directly opposite the entrance. That way if the door gets left open, guests or you and your family are looking at a nice vanity rather than a toilet. If you do keep a bathtub this configuration allows a parent to sit on the toilet lid while bathing a child. The tricky part with this layout is where to put the toilet paper holder. If you want it on the wall, you have to reach behind or mount it to the side of the vanity If you have a pedestal sink then you have get one of those freestanding holders with a rod.

you can also Incorporate a small shelf over the sink and toilet for extra storage space.

# 4

This layout offers a separate corner shower and a bathtub You could even skip the bathtub and replace it with a double-length vanity. Again, this may be something to consider for a hall or guest bathroom where storage is more desired rather than a master bathroom where you probably want that spacious shower.

# 6

If your morning routine conflicts with others, This may be a layout to consider. You can separate the toilet into its own water closet accessed with a separate door. That way someone can use the toilet in private while the other person showers. You could also create a pocket door between the water closet and sink and tub area, but the water closet will end up feeling very small.

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