DESIGNING A BATHROOM | TYPES

DESIGNING A BATHROOM | TYPES

Bathrooms are of different types and can be classified into 5 types, depending on the type of fixtures present.They are: three-fixture bathroom, compartmented bathroom, powder room, utility bathroom and large bathroom.

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The conventional three-fixture bathroom without compartments

1.  THREE-FIXTURE BATHROOM: The conventional three-fixture bathroom without compartments is designed for use by one person at a time. The three fixtures can be a Wash basin, a Toilet and a Shower cubicle or a Wash basin, a Toilet and a Bathtub-with-or-without-shower.


  1. There are different ways of arranging the fixtures in a Bathroom. The best arrangement in terms of using the space efficiently is having the three fixtures in a row against the wall opposite the door.
  2. For a bathroom with wash basin in the centre and toilet and bathtub/shower on either side, the minimum size required is 7’4″ x 5’6″. In this type, the door is in the centre of the wall opposite the wash basin.
  3. For a bathroom with wash basin first, then toilet and lastly bathtub/shower, the minimum size required is 7’8″ x 5’0″ (for a shower type) and 8’0″ x 5’0″ (for a bathtub type). In this type, the door to the toilet is opposite or adjacent to the wash basin.
  4. For a square type bathroom, with shower cubicle in one corner and wash basin on one wall and the toilet on the other wall, the minimum size required is 6’0″ x 6’6″.
  5. For a square bathroom, with bathtub in one corner, wash basin on one wall and toilet on the other wall, the minimum size required is 6’0″ x 8’0″.
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Plan of a separate compartmented bathtub to reduce humidity in the bathroom

  1. To avoid excessive humidity in the usual three-fixture bathroom, the bath tub or shower cubicle is located in a separate compartment with a separate door, while the toilet and Wash basin are located in another compartment. This type of bathroom affords privacy for 2 users using at the same time and prevents the build-up of humidity in the whole bathroom. The minimum size of such a bathroom is 10’6″ x 6’0″.
  2. Another variation is to have 2 separate bathrooms with separate doors – one with only the toilet, (the minimum size of the Toilet is 3’6″ x 5’0″) and the other with the Shower/bathtub and wash basin,(the minimum size is 5’6″ x 6’0″). In this type, the bath can become a combination bath-dressing room. This system was very prevalent in India earlier because it is recommended in Vastu Shastra.
Powder_Room

A powder room is a small bathroom with only a sink and a toilet

3.  GUEST BATHROOM / POWDER ROOM:

  1. This bathroom is a two-fixture one, with only a Toilet and a Wash Basin. The minimum size of a powder room is 5’0″ x 5’0″. It is usually located close to the living/dining room to allow guests to use.

4.  UTILITY BATHROOM:

  1. This bathroom is a three-fixture one but has additional space to allow other functions like laundering, dressing etc. The minimum size of a bathroom with a shower cubicle, a wash basin, a toilet and a dressing area/drying cabinet/linen cabinet/extra wash basin is 6’6″ x 7’6″ and with a bathtub it will be at least 9’6″ x 6’6″ or 11′ x 5’6″.
large-bath

A large (family) bathroom has more fixtures like a bidet and more space for dressing and cabinets

5.  LARGE BATHROOMS:

  1. A Four-fixture bathroom – a toilet, a bathtub and 2 wash basins (His and Her’s) will be 10’0″ x 7’2″ or 12’2″ x 5’0″.
  2. A Five-fixture bathroom – with a bathtub, 2 toilets and 2 wash basins in separate compartments will be around 16’4″ x 5’0″ or 11’0″ x 8’0″

WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A BATHROOM?
Ideally each bathroom should be located near a Bedroom. In addition, one should consider the wind directions and the sun position, in order that the sunrays dry up the bathroom quickly and the wind flow allows for fresh air to enter the bathroom and the humid air to leave it. For some tips on this,  Visit :

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5 Responses to “DESIGNING A BATHROOM | TYPES”

  1. Michelle Littleton says:

    I was browsing for ideas for new bathroom suites when I found your blog via Google and this post caught my interest.

  2. Matthew Kasprzak says:

    Very good post. Thanks for sharing.

  3. ganesh says:

    nice one

  4. Anurag says:

    I have 10″ * 4″ ,I want to make bathroom with tab

    please suggest me my mail id dev.sinha14@gmail.com

  5. Kavya says:

    I have designed my bathroom around a blue tub. I used some ceramic tile that has pale aqua colored glass inserts in a mosaic pattern and a ceramic floor tile that is made up of small white and blue pieces in a mosaic pattern. I’ve painted the walls with a white color that has just a hint of blue/grey in it. I have used stainless steel for all the hardware doorknobs,cabinet handles, towel bars, light fixtures etc and hang towels that are white, grey, turquoise, aqua. What do you think about it?

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