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on November 04, 2014 at 03:41 PM

There are a few thumb-rules that should be kept in mind while planning the layout of a bathroom. The primary and mandatory rule is for maneuverability. Based on the shape and size of the room and the door position, one needs to plan the space for optimum utility. Standard layouts are discussed here; while some amazing images of bathrooms have been uploaded by designers from across India on www.tfod.in! Check them out!! https://www.tfod.in/photos-design-spaces/bathroom-and-restroom

© Courtesy of Ar. Gaurav Roy Choudhury, Bangalore

The bathroom has metamorphosed into a personal space to refresh the body and rejuvenate the mind, rather than just a place for doing our daily ablutions. As the bathroom steps into the domain of glamorous spaces, we see various avatars of it on www.tfod.in

Bathroom layouts have evolved the most; a lot more thought and effort goes into the planning – be it one in a home, in an office, in hotels and restaurants, or in commercial establishments. Various factors come into play; such as size of the room, position (in terms of direction), light and ventilation – besides the more subjective elements such as fittings and fixtures to be added in it. While basic planning principles must remain in focus to achieve a great bathroom, there is an increasing role of aesthetics and products – that augment the space visually as well as functionally. 

In terms of good plumbing design, the best layout is one where all the main water supply and drain lines are housed on a single wall. This wall, also known as a “wet wall”, helps save on materials and also makes repairs easier.

Layout 1

A really compact 4’ x 6’ – or 5’ x 8’ if you are lucky – bathroom takes care of the bare minimum needs of urban lifestyle. 

Layout 2

In more lavish bathrooms – where it is possible to segregate dry and wet areas, it is possible to fit in the laundry area in the dry area, to have a separate shower cubicle and if possible even a bath-tub! In India particularly, a separate shower area is given – even if there is a bathtub – unlike the general trend in other parts of the world. 

Layout 3

In commercial establishments and even in the guest washrooms (called powder rooms) adjacent to the formal living/dining space in large homes, a very basic, two-fixture layout is preferred; as the shower space can be done away with.

While planning the bathroom, besides the available space, consider the user-group too.  Is it a bathroom for a couple? For a child? Two children? Teenagers? The layout and décor could change based on the user. A bathroom in an office is best done with neutral colours and basic fittings. Also, the layout also needs to consider placement of an exhaust, towel racks, tissue holders and storage compartments.


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