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General tips on bathroom layout and design
• Allow sufficient space for everything including the doors, windows and sloping roofs. 

• Allow space for standing and sitting, getting in and out of the bath or shower etc. 

• Purchase items that are of the same size and shape if you wish to replace the existing dated suite with something new but not wish to change the layout of the bathroom. 

• Space saving ideas can be created with bathroom mirrors, or glass shelving. 

• False ceilings - a major problem with many small bathrooms, washrooms and WCs is that the ceiling is often too high in relation to the walls. This can leave you feeling boxed in. With correct lighting and clever decoration it can alter the room enabling it to feel inviting. A slatted false ceiling with appropriate lighting will enhance your bathroom. 

• Replacing fixtures - your suite may be fine, but a change to the taps and cistern handle may give your bathroom a new lease of life, along with a general decoration. 

• Storage - your family bathroom can accumulate a large amount of clutter. Whether wishing to store cleaning materials, medicines, children’s bathroom toys or your toiletries, there are various options available to you. A medicine cabinet that can be locked is an ideal storage item for these childfree items, whilst a bathroom vanity cabinet can hide many of the bathroom toiletries. 

• Ventilation - in the majority of bathrooms, we have windows, which allow for natural ventilation, however where there is no ventilation we need to install an extractor fan. 

• Do you have the right extractor fan for the size of your room. This can be achieved by calculating the volume of the room by multiplying its height by its width by its length. Multiply this figure by the number of air changes needed in an hour (20 for bathroom, 15 for WC) and buy a fan capable of providing the required flow rate. 

• Fitting grab rails to walls and fixtures will make bathrooms safer for disabled persons wishing to stay in the comfort of their own home. Ensure the floor is safe - slip free. Reposition accessories such as mirrors, towel rails, etc so that they can be reached from a wheelchair. Add grab rails close to the toilet. Bath chairs and shower chairs are available; alternatively you may wish to make a hinged slatted seat that can be fixed to the shower wall.


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