Creating a new bathroom can be a challenging experience, and it’s always a good idea to plan well in advance. Here are ten bathroom mistakes to avoid when planning and designing.
Not enough budget
When planning your new bathroom it’s important to budget appropriately especially as there will most likely be unforeseen circumstances that can arise such as damp, dry rot and plumbing issues. Poor budgeting and planning could end up with you having to use the neighbours bathroom until things are sorted.
Unless you’re a confident and experienced DIYer it’s always best to leave any plumbing or bathroom installation work to a professional to ensure trouble free use. A shower enclosure or mirrored cabinet that has been poorly installed could lead to an accident, as well as cost you more money.
Lack of space
Ensuring that there’s enough space in your new bathroom is an important element to get right. Even if you have a small bathroom there are plenty of ways that you can maximise space. Make sure that there’s enough space between each item, and that there is as much space as possible to get ready with ease.
Not enough storage
Including storage in your new bathroom is now more important than ever for creating a clutter free and organised space. Not having enough storage for toiletries and towels means that your bathroom will look untidy, so make sure to include a vanity unit or a mirrored cabinet to store all your essentials away out of sight.
Not planning for the future
When planning a new bathroom it’s important that you not only think about your immediate needs, but about your future requirements too, especially if you ever want to sell your home in the future or start a family. Including a bath and storage is always a good idea to ensure a functional and family friendly space.
Not creating a timeless look
Choosing bathroom products that are bang on trend now might seem like a good idea at the time, but could you live with these choices a few years down the line? Trendy bathroom products and design can date easily so make sure you stick to a neutral colour scheme, high quality natural materials and classic styles to create a look that will stand the test of time.
A bathroom environment is warm, wet and humid when in use, but can turn cold after a couple of hours. Making sure you choose the right kind of materials in the bathroom is an important factor to get right as it ensures that wallpaper can withstand the humidity and your vanity unit will keep its glossy finish.
Not being eco-friendly
Saving water in the bathroom will not only help to reduce your water bills but can help to protect the environment. When choosing a new toilet make sure that is has a dual-flush cistern, which uses less water when flushed, and also think about opting for a low litre bath and a low-flow shower head. Not leaving the tap running when brushing your teeth can make a difference too.
There’s nothing worse than a bathroom with poor lighting, and you won’t be able to see what you’re doing properly when applying make-up or shaving. Make sure you let in as much natural daylight as possible, if you don’t have a window make sure you install plenty of bright bathroom-rated lights to effectively illuminate your space. Read our handy guide to bathroom lighting.
A bathroom that isn’t ventilated sufficiently can cause damp and mould problems, which as well as being unsightly can lead to health problems too. A humid environment can also cause door and cabinet hinges to rust. Make sure to leave your bathroom window open during and after using the room, if you don’t have a window get an extractor fan fitted to ensure good air flow.