One of the most important things you can do when renovating your bathroom is to plan its layout. In this guide, we'll show you all the things you'll need to consider.

Embarking on a bathroom project, no matter the size or complexity, can often be a daunting prospect. However, with a bit of expert guidance, you'll soon be on your way. So let's get started:

Positioning your toilet

One of the very first things to consider is the position of your toilet. This is usually dictated by your soil pipe. In most cases, it will be much easier to fit your toilet where the soil pipe exits the room, rather than considering a different layout.

Decide on your products

Following this, you should decide which other products you would like to include, such as a bidet, basin type, bathroom furniture, bath or a shower.

Is there sufficient room to include 2 vanity units? Do you need a bath and a separate shower? Or would a shower over a bath work better in your space? Would removing the bath altogether be an option, giving you room for a larger more luxurious shower? All these options come down to personal choice.

Tate bath suite with shower door

Planning your bathroom layout is a crucial step on the road to your dream bathroom

Try drawing your plan on paper

To help gain a sense of space you can plan your bathroom layout by simply getting a piece of graph paper and drawing out your bathroom size to scale. Why not order one of our FREE catalogues, which includes a whole page where you can plan out your space.

Include any windows, doorways, alcoves, sloping ceilings, etc. To help, cut out paper shapes to the same scale you have drawn your room and then position them within your plan. You'll find the full dimensions of your chosen items displayed clearly on each individual product page.

Overhead bathroom plan

An accurate overhead plan of your bathroom will allow you to visualise your space

A handy tip is to leave enough space around each item for access. Depending on which type of shower door you have selected depends on what space is required. For example, a pivot shower door will require quite a bit of space to allow for the door to swing, a walk-in shower will not need room for a door to open but will need enough room for you to gain access to the enclosure. If you have a sloping ceiling utilise the space by slotting a bath under the slope. Discover more about bathroom clearance guidelines in our complementary article.

3D computer modelling

If you're confident in using computer software, why not give 3D modelling a try? Discover how to model your bathroom using a FREE 3D design software.

Further reading

For more help when it comes to planning your bathroom, check out our handy room planning guides.