The bathroom is where all the (self-care) magic happens. It’s usually the first place you start the day in, and last place you end with. From the most basic task of brushing your teeth, to an elaborate home spa day complete with bubbles and bubbly, the bathroom is arguably as functional as the kitchen. So – it only makes sense to be 100% certain of where things go, and how they measure up. After all, nobody wants to make any ‘slip ups’ in this wet room!
If you’re embarking on a bathroom makeover, take note of the 5 measurements you must know:
1. THE LOO
YOUR BUSINESS, DONE COMFORTABLY
Nobody wants to bump their knees before they do their biz. The loo requires a minimum width of 900mm, centering the toilet to that dimension. Then, you’ll need 800mm in front to make it easy to move around. Simple.
DOES YOURS PASS THIS ‘SCREEN’ TEST?
The standard shower dimensions in Australia is 900mm by 900mm (perfect for singing in the shower), though we’re seeing a shift towards more open and larger showers (perhaps to work on that dance number too?)
Remember, you’ll need to consider the type of shower enclosure you want to use. For example, it’d be impossibly impractical to have a standard 900mm by 900mm shower with one sheet of frameless, because the water would go outside the shower! If you don’t want a door into your shower and would prefer an open shower concept, you’ll need a minimum shower depth of 1.5m to exit the splash zone.
SOAK UP THESE SIZES
A little slice of luxury in the bathroom takes the form of a beautiful tub to relax and practice self care. Your choice determines your approach.
The standard bath sizes in Australia are:
– Between 1500mm and 1800mm long
-Between 700mm and 800mm wide
-Between 400mm and 600mm high
The clearance you need around the bath will be based on whether you choose a freestanding bath, or bath in a hob. For a bathtub in a tiled hob, you’ll need a minimum hob length of 2m and around 1m in width. For a freestanding bath, remember to consider how much room you will need for cleaning around the bath. You’ll find that 200-300mm should be ample room to clean with a mop.
LOOK CLOSELY AT HEIGHT AND DEPTH
Your bathroom layout reflects the type of vanity you choose for the space. There are loads of premade vanities with basins on the market; these are usually a great budget friendly option. For our new builds we use custom cabinetry so we can maximise the size of our vanity for the bathroom we are designing. The two factors to consider are vanity height and depth.
The standard is 700mm-750mm to the top of the stone top.
The tap height will then be determined by the type of basin and the measurement of the one you choose. Typically, our vanity wall mixers are 1050mm off the floor as we set our mirrors at 1200mm off the floor.
This is standard and doesn’t fluctuate, it is typically 420mm.
GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY WITH THE MEASURING TAPE!
Basin sizes vary between 370mm right up to 700mm. But the hotly debated topic here is: single vs. double basin.
There’s no right or wrong, but there are aspects you should consider, such as whether you will have enough workable bench space. Here’s our big tip: Check the overall width of your vanity and minus the depth of the basin or basins. Ideally you should be left with a minimum of 500mm workable bench space.
This exercise may help you decide to go for a single or double basin, and it may also help you decide if you should position your basin centre or off-centre.