When building a house, it can be quite easy to ignore the size of a bathroom. Sometimes, it comes to a point where regrets happen because of measurements that haven’t been well thought of. There are standards and measurements to consider when building a bathroom depending on the setup.
Usually, a standard bathroom measures around 40 square feet. With this area, you an fit in the usual fixtures such as a bathtub, a sink and a toilet. If you plan to install a shower, you will need to add at least ten square feet. In fact, in a home that measures less than 2000 square feet, at least 93 square feet is dedicated to space meant for a bath.
Understandably, some living spaces cannot afford to give up that much space. In such a case, you an still build a bathroom in an area that is less than 40 square feet, by doing the following adjustments:
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1. Purchase fixtures that have smaller than the standard dimensions. Those fixtures may be smaller than usual, but they still do serve their purpose.
2. Choose between a bathtub and a standalone shower.
3. Making use of a pocket door adds extra space to a small area instead of a swinging door. Install this type of bathroom door if you feel the need for extra space in a very limited area.
Bathroom Average Sizes
It really is quite difficult to determine the actual average sizes of bathrooms in the US in recent years. Newer homes are larger as compared to older homes so expectedly, newer bathrooms would be larger in terms of dimension as well.
Since the 1950s, average home sizes have doubled in the US. As a result, even bathroom sizes have recently seemed to have gone beyond recommended sizes. This makes bathrooms from older homes seem small as compared to present bathroom sizes.
Basing measurements on average bathroom sizes in the 1950s, you may want to look at the different kinds of bathrooms can fit in your home.
Half-baths and Powder Rooms
Half-baths are usually found in older homes and they measure a minimum of 11 square feet. They are placed a bit near the living room since this is meant for guests to use. Half-baths are installed with a vanity and a toilet.
Powder rooms are considered to be the smallest types of baths in terms of area. They usually measure anywhere between 18-32 square feet. Dimensions are often set at 3 feet by 6-8 feet.
These kinds of baths are usually seen in basements as added baths to a home.
In smaller homes, they are meant as replacements for full bathrooms. A ¾ baths often has a vanity, toilet and shower stall or bathtub in it. Without a bathtub, a ¾ bath takes an area of 35 square feet (5×7 ft.). If a bathtub is to be installed, an additional of at least one square foot is needed.
A full bathroom contains all fixtures, a shower, a bathtub, a toilet and a vanity. This, understandably, takes up much space. There are recent designs though, which combine a bathtub and shower into one so the space taken equals that of a ¾ bath.
Jack and Jill Style Baths
These types of baths are full baths that take up space. These can take up as much as 110 square feet. A Jack and Jill bath may have two vanities as this is usually meant for a home that is occupied by a couple. One other reason why this kind of bath occupies much space is because of the type of door it uses. The door usually leads to an attached bedroom. In fact, the position and installation of the door alone takes an additional three feet.
A master bath is the main bath in a household. Being the main bath, it takes up the most space. The size of a master bath ranges anywhere from 115-210 square feet, averaging around 160 square feet. A master bath will have a double vanity, a separate shower enclosure, a toilet and a tub.
Designing a bath for you home takes a lot of planning and space. The design will depend on how you plan to use the bath as well. Taking into consideration these many factors will lead to a better planned bath that can ultimately meet your lifestyle and your home’s needs.