Make sure your bathroom fixtures are the proper fit.
Measure Your Bathroom
First, you want to know the square footage of your bathroom. This is important because once you know the square footage of your bathroom, you can begin the first steps in measuring where you are able to put your fixtures. You want to make sure you get this first step right. Once you install your fixtures in your bathroom, it becomes very difficult to uninstall them and move them to a different location. It is advised that you lay out a floor plan after you measure the dimensions of your bathroom in order to simulate what kinds of measurements you might need to ensure everything fits where you want it to fit. Not only do you want to measure your bathroom, but you want to set some measurement standards for the fixtures you want to include in your bathroom.
For toilet measurements, first consider where the floor drain will be. A commonly used measurement to measure where you should place your toilet is 12 inches away from the wall to the floor drain. Another common way is to measure from the wall to the closest bolts on the back of your toilet at about 12 inches as well. Keep in mind that these measurements may vary depending on want kind of toilet you plan on including in your bathroom. The most common types of toilets, gravity-feed toilets, have a tank in the back and the size of this tank can vary, Make sure you take the size of the tank into consideration as well as the base of the toilet and the size of the bowl. If you decide that a wall mounted toilet is what you prefer, you may not need as much space. Many wall mounted toilets do not have the back that many common toilets have, making it easier for you to add more space into your bathroom. Keep in mind that the installation process will be a bit more tricky, but if you are looking for a more minimalist design and space conservation, this may be the way to go.
There are a few things to consider when measuring where you want to put your vanity. First, if you want to include a sink on your vanity. This means you want to allot the appropriate amount of space on the surface of your vanity, or perhaps any surrounding walls. For a floor mounted vanity, it is easier to measure because they are generally at a fixed height. That being said, you want the top of the vanity to measure at around 32-35 inches from the floor. For a wall mounted vanity, measure so your vanity’s surface is right around waist height. This can vary depending on the person. For commercial use a common height for wall mounted vanities is around 32-35 inches from the floor. When measuring your vanity, regardless of the type, you want to measure each dimension. Start by measuring the height and width of the vanity. If you have a floor standing vanity, measure from the floor to the surface of the vanity. These two measurements will give you the two basic measurement you need for potentially installing a vanity.
Bathroom faucets are typically made in two main styles. Deck mounted faucets usually are made requiring one to three holes to install. For drilling the holes for the spout, simply find the center above your sink and measure about two inches away from the edge of your sink. There you can drill your hole in accordance to the size of your faucet. If more holes are needed make sure they are of equal distance from each other. Many vanities or sinks either have faucets included or have pre-drilled holes for faucets to be installed so drilling faucet holes should not be necessary. This definitely makes it easier to install a faucet. Many of these pre-drilled holes are large enough to include most faucets, depending on the number of holes the sink or vanity has pre-drilled.
Bathtubs & Showers
First, consider what kind of bathtub you are going to have in your bathroom. A free-standing bathtub is going to need much more space than an alcove bathtub. For a free-standing bathtub, make sure you have sufficient space all around your bathtub to ensure that there is enough space for you to be comfortable. For an alcove bathtub, measure the space where you want it to go and find a bathtub that will fit in to that location. Sometimes, a bathroom renovation could be necessary. Assuming that this bathtub is a piece that you really want to include in your bathroom, you may have to consider moving around some other fixtures in your bathroom. If you are limited in space, you may want to consider using a shower instead of a bathtub.