Designing your new bathroom is a fun and exciting process. If it’s a new experience for you, things may not go perfectly. Whatever you do, make sure you avoid making these six bathroom design mistakes.
One of the worst mistakes to make in designing your bathroom is not giving yourself enough storage. Consider the things you use and store in your bathroom, and make sure you have room for all of it and some extra space. Inadequate storage will be a big annoyance down the road when you don’t know where to put anything and all your toiletries are scattered all over the countertop.
Poor Choice of Flooring
There are many different materials that you can use for your bathroom flooring, but not all of them are practical or smart. The worst mistake you can make is choosing flooring that is slippery, like polished stone and glossy tiles. Slipping on a wet bathroom floor can cause major injuries, so always use slip-resistant flooring. Carpet and hardwood floors can be slip-resistant, but they’re also poor choices for the bathroom because they can be damaged by moisture.
Poor lighting in a bathroom can be a big nuisance, especially when you’re performing precise tasks like applying makeup or tweezing. Make sure you have lighting directly over top the vanity. You should also have lighting over the shower or tub. Halogen lighting is a good choice for bathrooms, and natural light coming in through the windows can be an excellent supplement but not a replacement. If you don’t like bright lights, install a dimmer switch so that you can adjust the lighting up and down as needed.
The layout of your bathroom is very important, and you need to make sure to leave yourself enough space to move. Be sure that the tub or shower, toilet, and vanity aren’t too close to each other. Make sure that any cabinet or closet doors can open fully without hitting anything else. A bathroom that is too tight is very uncomfortable to use on a regular basis, so be generous with your spacing.
There is more in a bathroom than just the sink, tub, and toilet. There are quite a few small details and accessories that can make a big difference. Don’t forget to plan space for a towel rack near the shower (or on the door) and maybe also a towel rack or hook near the vanity. Also do not forget to have a place to put the toilet paper roll. If you want to keep a small wastebasket or a laundry hamper in the bathroom, plan where they will go and take into consideration how they’ll affect the overall spacing.
It’s important to have ventilation in your bathroom. It will make it more comfortable, and it will help regulate the humidity and prevent mold from growing. If you don’t have a window, or even if you do, install a ventilation fan so you can air out the room when needed.
About the author: Prepared by Lizel S a heating supplies specialist currently living in Chicago and working on teaching DIY enthusiasts on how to create warm and cozy bathrooms.