Bathroom Spacing Needs

Posted on June 15, 2019

People making bathroom remodeling plans usually factor in the most important elements like the overall design, layout, and bathroom fixtures. What is normally forgotten is the basic space requirements needed to accommodate the given layout.

Here are a few examples of space problems in the bathroom.

  • Fixtures being placed too close to the door.
  • A lack of storage within the bathroom.
  • A lack of space for both a shower and a tub.

Another problem would be forgetting to include small details when making bathroom remodeling plans. Things like a towel rack, support bars, or tissue holders are left out. If you’re unlucky you might not have a proper space for them when the major work is finished.

One more thing to consider regarding space would be the size of your standing fixtures and where you will place them. These come in various sizes; below are a few examples of the different sizes available.

  • A vanity base ranging between 12” to 18” wide.
  • A modular sink base between 24” to 36” wide.
  • A cabinet with drawers between 12” to 18” wide. These normally have 4 to 6 drawers so they can be rather large.

The electrical code for bathroom renovation dictates that you need at least one GFCI outlet not farther than 3 feet away from the sink. This is done to avoid having cords strewn about the bathroom for things like a blow dryer or electric razor. Outlets within bathrooms must always be wall-mounted GFCI for safety reasons.

The building code also states that you leave a minimum of 30”x 30” of clear space in front of a toilet as well as at least 18” of space between a toilet and the walls. One last thing, for bathroom remodeling plans that include a double basin, the space between the two sinks must measure at least 15”.

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