Design Tips You Should Know Before Beginning a Bathroom Renovation

What are standard bathroom measurements? Do you need a bathtub or just a shower stall? Which way do the bathroom door and cabinet doors open? Homeowners planning a bathroom renovation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, should know the answers to basic questions like these before choosing tile or countertops. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Size Matters

A small bathroom has the potential to seem spacious. If cabinet and bathroom doors swing toward the sink and take up room, then move the sink to open up the space.

Tip: Consider adding a corner sink.

Most bathtubs are 5 to 6 feet long and 2 to 3 feet wide. Manufacturers are making smaller tubs, though, to help homeowners with small spaces.

Tip: Any model can be made into a smaller tub.

Be sure your new tile fits. Tiles are cut according to European measurements (millimeters). That means your tile and the grout measurement could be off by a fraction of an inch.

Tip: Make sure your measurements reflect this.

Basic Measurements

A bathroom renovation in Fort Lauderdale, FL, uses standard measurements. Any toilet will need 30 inches in width and 54 inches in depth to fit.

Tip: 36 inches in width and 60 inches in depth is considered a comfortable space.

Single sinks need 36 inches in width. Double sinks need 60 inches. However, 36 to 48 inches wide is preferable for a single sink, and it’s desirable to allow 72 inches for a double sink.

Tip: Depending on the style of sink, such as under hung or raised bowl, raise or lower the height of the counter accordingly.

Standard tubs are 5 feet long by 2.5 feet wide. Shower stalls are usually 32 inches square. Tub and shower size (if you need a tub at all) can be adjusted to fit a smaller bathroom and make it comfortable to use.