If you’re planning a new bathroom, one of the first things you’ll need to do is measure it. In this handy guide, we’ll show you how to do this in 7 easy steps.
Before you begin picking out products and working out where everything will go, it’s important to understand the amount of space you have to play with. Watch this quick video to see exactly how to take the right measurements.
What you’ll need
- Tape measure
- Another person would be helpful
Time to complete:
- 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the size of your room)
How to measure your bathroom
Here’s how to measure your bathroom in 7 easy steps.
Choose a starting point and measure along the wall from one corner to another. Make a sketch of this wall, along with the measurement, on your paper.
Working clockwise, measure along the next wall from one corner to another, then add this to your drawing.
Repeat step 2 with all remaining walls. This will leave you give you the floor plan of your room. If your room is irregular in shape (e.g. L shaped or T shaped), divide it up into rectangles and measure these individually.
Now measure the height of all of your walls from floor to ceiling.
Measure windows, shelves and any other permanent fixtures, then mark these down on your sketch.
Measure doorways and add these to your sketch. Also indicate which way the door opens and the clearance that’s required.
If you’re supplying measurements to the VictoriaPlum.com Design and Installation Service or a tradesperson, take a few pictures from different angles on your smartphone or tablet and send them in an email.
- Measure along first wall.
- Measure next wall.
- Repeat measuring all walls.
- Measure height.
- Measure windows, shelves and permanent fixtures.
- Measure doorways.
- Take photos.
Just a couple of things to remember…
For a more comprehensive bathroom measurement, you may want to measure and mark down the position of existing fixtures, like your bath, toilet, basin or shower enclosure. You may also wish to mark the position and direction of your waste, to help with plumbing.
Not all walls or floors are completely straight—variations can occur, especially in older properties, so it’s worth taking measurements at different points throughout the room.
Use one measurement unit and stick with it. Bathroom products are usually measured in millimetres (mm) these days, so if you are working in imperial units, you will need to convert at a later stage.
If you’re comfortable with computers, you could even use 3D modelling to plan your bathroom or use the Victoria Plum 3D bathroom planner (see below).
Use our 3D bathroom planner
Once you have your bathroom measurements, why not try our 3D bathroom planner? It's quick and easy to use, and you'll be creating realistic 3D visuals in a matter of minutes. Drag and drop our bestselling products directly into your bathroom space, try different colour schemes and even create your own shopping list.
More help with bathroom measurement
If you’re simply replacing a single item in your bathroom, you may find one of the following articles helpful:
- How to measure for a bath
- How to measure for a basin
- How to measure for your shower tray
- How to measure for a toilet seat
For more general advice on your bathroom layout and measurement, see the following articles:
Still not found what you’re looking for? Head to our bathroom advice section, where you’ll find buying guides, installation guides and more.