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Bathroom Design Basics
For a perfect bathroom makeover consider these design details if you're remodeling.
By Gene And Katie Hamilton
Allow at least 30 inches of clearance space in front of a tub.
For a standard tub, plan on a space 30-32 inches wide and 54, 60 or 72 inches long.
Allow a minimum of 30 inches of clearance space in front of a shower stall.
Plan on at least a 3-foot square space for a shower enclosure.
Plan at least 30-by-48 inches of space in front of the sink and 15 inches from the center of the sink to an adjacent wall or fixture.
Choose a vanity height that's comfortable for you. The standard is 30-32 inches high, but many prefer a raised height of 34-42 inches to avoid bending down.
Twin sinks in a vanity should be separated by 30 inches measured from the center of one basin to the other.
Incorporate both closed and open storage to provide the maximum amount of usable storage space.
Build in enclosed storage in a closet.
Recess an alcove of open shelving.
Accessible storage near vanity for small grooming items.
A well lit bathroom has a variety of lighting sources.
General overhead lighting for overall illumination.
Task lighting to spotlight grooming to prevent shadows on the face. Arrange fixtures so light is directed from above and both sides.
Overhead compartment lighting in shower, tub and toilet enclosure.
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