Top Ten Most Common Bathroom Design Mistakes
As one of the most functional rooms in the home, and often the smallest space, how you design your bathroom needs careful consideration. Mistakes can be costly and inconvenient, so here are 10 to avoid.
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INADEQUATE STORAGE SPACE
A bathroom will soon get cluttered with toiletries, so design it with plenty of storage space in mind. Designs that don't make use of dead space, such as around the sink or walls, are not maximising the storage potential.
NOT PLANNING PROPORTIONATELY
Many people like the idea of having certain features in their bathroom, such as a large freestanding bath, without thinking about whether these are proportionate to the size of the room. If your bathroom is very small, you may have to prioritise.
If you don't factor bathroom ventilation into the design process, it could quickly turn damp and mouldy. If you don't have windows, at least install an extractor fan.
SHORT TERM THINKING
Upgrading a bathroom is a costly affair, so design with the future in mind. Many people are short-sighted when designing their bathroom, without taking into account how their needs may change over time. Take a flexible approach, so you have space to add features, such as grab rails, and avoid faddy trends that date quickly.
INAPPROPRIATE INSTALLATION OF TOWEL RAILS
Heated towel rails are a useful addition to the bathroom, but
pay close attention to where you locate them. Towel rails shouldn't be installed on or behind the door, too near the floor, or inside the shower enclosure - this could affect their functionality and may be dangerous. And also make sure you install a towel rail that suits the style of your bathroom, whether that's Amber towel rails, Ergo towel rails, Inflecto
towel rails or Prolixus towel rails.
Bathroom lighting is often considered as an after-thought in the design process, but if you can't see what you're doing, it could compromise your safety. Bathroom lighting should be functional and mood-enhancing, so choose ceiling and wall lights with dimmer switches.
WRONG CHOICE OF MATERIALS
Whether it's deciding on tiles, flooring, or units, mistakes are made when people fail to consider whether materials are appropriate or suitable for a bathroom. Avoid being swayed by price or looks, and consider whether the bathroom materials are relevant, durable and can withstand humidity.
FAILING TO CONSIDER THE ENVIRONMENT
Environmental considerations should be taken into account when designing a bathroom, as features such as low flush toilets, and water saving taps and shower heads reduce wastage, and can save you money in the long run.
LOCATING THE TOILET NEAR THE DOOR
Placing the toilet by the door is a poor design choice, so locate it as away far from the door as possible. If space is tight, put your basin nearest to the door for a better layout.
NEGLECTING THE FINAL TOUCHES
Door handles, taps, blinds and mirrors add the finishing touches to the design of a bathroom, but many people forget to include these in their budgeting allowance. Yet these finishing touches can promote a desired style or feel to your bathroom, so it's worth giving them some attention.
SO THERE YOU HAVE IT, THE 10 MOST COMMON BATHROOM DESIGN MISTAKES TO AVOID!
If you're planning on embarking on a bathroom renovation or remodel, you'll definitely want to keep this guide handy, to ensure you end up with the bathroom of your dreams, rather than an avoidable disaster.
And of course once you've safely avoided the design bathroom pitfalls, make sure to add the perfect finishing touch with some heated towel rails, grab rails & towel rails that suit your bathroom style – with some great choices, including Amber towel rails, Ergo towel rails, Inflecto towel rails or Prolixus towel rails.