In school for interior design, they don’t just teach you what to do when you are designing a bathroom. More importantly, you will learn what to avoid. Here are the top 10 bathroom design mistakes to avoid.
Bathroom Design Mistake #1: Improper placement of mirrors
A mirror should not be placed behind a pedestal sink, a toilet, or anything that has plumbing on the backside. It’s just plain ugly. Sadly to say, even great interior designers have made this mistake.
Bathroom Design Mistake #2: Improper placement of the toilet
A toilet should never be placed in a person’s ‘line of view’ through the bathroom door. This means that, if someone happens to walk in on you, everyone in the living area should not be able to see you sitting on the toilet.
Bathroom Design Mistake #3: Improper placement of electronics
There’s nothing wrong with watching television during a soak in the tub, if that’s what you like to do. But before you place anything electrical above the bathtub, keep in mind that if it falls in the water, bad things will happen.
Bathroom Design Mistake #4: Lack of storage
There is no such thing as too much storage! Where do you keep your towels, linen, and body care products? You may want to consider incorporating a linen closet or storage cabinet into your bathroom design.
Bathroom Design Mistake #5: Less-than-functional layout
If you have a small bathroom, keep to the basics: a toilet, sink, and shower. Remember that there are codes you will need to abide by as far as spacing between each item in the bathroom.
Bathroom Design Mistake #6: Glass in the shower
It is fine to use glass in a bathroom if you want to give the illusion of space, but be sure to use tempered glass. Regular glass will shatter if you were to slip or bump into it.
Bathroom Design Mistake #7: Plumbing that is difficult to access
If there is a problem with the plumbing in your bathroom, the plumber will need access to it. Design flooring and wall covering materials so that they will not need to be torn up to access the plumbing.
Bathroom Design Mistake #8: Poor ventilation
Without proper ventilation, moisture in a bathroom builds up. This may cause damage to the sheetrock or it may cause mold and mildew problems.
Bathroom Design Mistake #9: Forgetting the lighting
The bathroom is likely the place where you get ready in the morning or apply your makeup. A dimly lit room provides little illumination for doing these activities, and too much lighting may seem harsh.
Bathroom Design Mistake #10: Planning for the short term
Are you planning on living in this house and using this bathroom forever? When you are eighty years old, you probably won’t be able to do things as well as you used to. When you are designing your bathroom, consider installing grab bars or anything that will make navigating the space easier for an elderly person.
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