Layout advise for your bathroom and bedroom
Post the pandemic we have realized that keeping clean and having a good night’s sleep are both essential not only for our mental well-being but for our immunity as well. Our bedroom and bath are two such elements of our house that help us unwind and clean up from the day’s stressors, germs, and repetitive work schedules. It’s important to have the right layout for increased functionality and a soothing ambiance.
Modern days bring modern issues, for instance, the increased financial responsibilities have led both parents to work to survive. With the office timings coinciding, the need for individual bathroom space has become a necessity.
- Added storage and counter top space – A floor plan including a double sink and a furniture style vanity adds in more countertop space, whilst allowing for both individuals to get ready at their own pace. The extra storage space can neatly hide all the extra toiletries, bathrobes, and towels to avoid running to and fro the bed and bath. An economical, space-saving storage feature and a must-have in your bath layout.
Other questions that need to be addressed are; will the kids be primary users? is there is a pet that would be bathed here? are you a shower or a tub person or perhaps both? the answers to the above questions act as an integral part of the usage guide when deciding on the layout.
- Spacing – For a small quarter bath, you may want to consider having all the plumbing work done on the same wall as it will save you labor and supply expenses. As for larger spaces, the tub and shower space can be positioned on one side of the wall with the vanity and toilet spaciously placed at the opposite end of the wall.
- Segregating areas – Because baths tend to have a dry and a wet zone (shower area), it’s necessary to segregate the areas to keep the rest of the bath from being flooded. Especially if you like to keep mats or rugs in the dry zone (vanity area). You may either opt for a shower curtain that is simply hung over the tub or build a glass cubicle, but when doing so make sure the glass door doesn’t smash into the wall when you open it.
Though majority of the people prefer to have attached baths but in case you’re not one of them, try to keep the bath positioned at an easy accessible point from the bedroom. Late night bathroom visits can be eerie for some kids, if they are alone so having the bathroom at the end of the hallway isn’t a good idea after all.
- Ventilation – Bathrooms after kitchens tend to have the highest level of humidity and moisture, another important aspect of your layout should be having a window or an exhaust fan to keep the area well ventilated after hot showers and during the humid monsoon season.
The room that was once categorized as a sleep retreat, has expanded its functions adapting to the modern-day lifestyle.
- The focus is on the bed – The layout should start with the dimensions and direction of placement for the bed, based on if the dweller wants the bed to be the first thing in sight when entering the room or not, followed by furniture configuration, and the scale and function of these pieces to facilitate circulation.
- Selecting streamlined storage – Bespoke built-in furniture that helps keep the clutter out of your functional space, utilizing every inch of space even in awkward-shaped rooms. Open shelving solutions can be ideal for large rooms without making them look heavy. For smaller rooms, free-standing furniture with its flexibility can save in space and you can add in new pieces without disturbing the overall layout of the room. Designers also suggested buying in pieces that come with built-in storage for instance nightstands to hold up your chargers, book, and other bedtime essentials.
- “Light up the darkness” – Bob Marley’s quote is very relevant to the space of interior designing as well. It all starts with getting the windows adaptable to how much light is needed and when? By using Venetian blinds, shutters, slats, or bottom-up blinds with beautiful applique work paired with contrasting curtains, not only adds privacy but instant grandeur to your bedroom.
As for the artificial lights layering is the key to achieving an ambience that’s not too bright to affect your sleep patterns or too dim to stress out your eyes and brain while working on a late night project.