Assessing your needs: shared SMALL BATHROOMS Showers: if the shower is to be shared regularly, choose a combination of body jet with a large shower head for a good supply of water, Fit a storage rack in (he enclosure to hold assessing soaps and shampoos. When thinking about a shared bathroom, you will need to decide it the shower or tub will be used at the same time, requiring double-ended fixtures lor dual-use, or whether Storage: make use of wall-mounted storage units to store standard items will suffice. Work out how much storage beauty and cleaning products. Back-to-wall designs may be a capacity the different occupants will require and aim to keep practical choice because as well as concealing the cistern anc countertops free of clutter. pipework, a storage area can be created in the leftover space. Bathtubs: space-saving tubs with tapered sides have a wide, dual-use area where an over-tub shower can be installed, and a narrower foot end, creating more floor space. A deep sit-tub planning will use the room's height rather than valuable floor space. Warm, steamy air is a fact in busy, shared bathrooms, so it is important to install an efficient ventilation system to keep the room fresh arid aired. Install the ventilation at the same time as Showers: corner and pentangle shower enclosures will fit into a the lighting so that the electrics! work can be done in one go. small area. Choose bi-fold, pivot, or concertina shower doors Carefully plan the position ot bathroom fixtures so access is that are designed to open within a confined space and will not unobstructed when sharing. obstruct the use of other areas. Flooring: vinyl, stone, tile are probably the best flooring materials for small, shared bathrooms as they are durable. Avoid busy or large patterns, however, as these will emphasize priorities a limited floor area. Consider if a degree of privacy would be better for you when using the toilet. Screening it behind a half-height wall or in an Surfaces: small shared bathrooms can very easily look alcove may be an appropriate solution. Where a sink is in cramped. Full-length mirrors mate a room appear larger and demand by several people at once, a double vanity would reflect natural light, creating the illusion of space. Alternatively, sofi/e the problem of congestion and offer useful storage space use aluminum sheet to achieve a similar effect, giving a softer beneath. reflection of the room. LARGE BATHROOMS BUDGET BATHROOMS Surfaces: the surfaces in a shared bathroom are subject to heavy wear, and chipped tiles may need replacing. Always Storage: in a large bathroom try to incorporate a cupboard or make sure that you allow for wastage when calculating how wall or floor-standing radiator unit where spare towels, robes, many ltile are needed, as it will save having to purchase more and mats can be kept fresh, aired, and easily accessible. at a later date. Planning: once the area required lor fittings has been planned Planning: it is relatively inexpensive to alter the position of the in a shared bathroom, there may still be space in a large bathtub, sink, or shower but make, use of the existing soil pipe shared bathroom for a couch. Create a relaxing space to for the new toilet to keep costs down. For privacy on the toilet stretch out and relax while a partner is in the tub. in a shared bathroom, buy a folding screen Planning: a large bathroom offers great scope for becoming Plumbing: if you have to carry the costs of improvements dual-purpose, such as a bathroom-cum-dressing room; shower alone, keep the price of installing a new bathroom suite to a room with fitness center or sauna. Consider new facilities to minimum by placing new fixtures in the same position as where benefit everyone equally. the original pieces stood. Accessories: make efficient use of extra space, install a dressing table or unit so that beauty products can be kept Flooring: if you Cannot afford to replace worn linoleum or together where they are needed. Incorporate a full-length mirror carpet, buy an attractive bath mat as a temporary stop-gap for dressing so that anyone, regardless of their height, can see measure so that you or your partner do not have an accident themselves fully. when getting in or out of the bath or shower. Flooring: sanded floorboards offer low-cost flooring and suit Sinks: twin sinks solve the problem of two people wanting to both masculine and feminine tastes Choose a simple rug with brush their teeth or wash at the same lime. Ideally, allow an a non-slip pad for the perfect compromise in a shared space. area of countertop on either side, so that soaps, toothbrushes, Alternatively, floorboards can be painted in dark colors, and towels are to hand, eliminating the need for stretching varnished, or stencilled for an inexpensive and decorative across other's "space" to reach them finish. Bathtubs: the sije of your bathtub is not an issue in a large Storage: if the storage in the bathroom is already adequate for bathroom but if you and your partner work, a low-maintenance those who share it there is no need to replace it with new finish is important. Remember dark colors mark easily in hard cabinetry. Simply change the cabinet doors and the water areas due to limescale deposits. countertops to update the room's look. AWKWARD-SPACE BATHROOMS Planning: a sloping ceiling can pose problems for couples who are taller than average, creating areas where headroom is restricted. Aim to use the highest point tor the shower and sink, and arrange the foot end of the tub at the point where the ceiling is lowest to make the best use of the space. Surfaces: where personal tastes differ, choosing a decor can cause problems. Plain tiles should appeal to both parties, and will also help to disguise irregular surfaces in awkward bathroom spaces. Planning: if the bathroom is narrow, position fittings along one wall, so that there is space to move comfortably from one area to the next without obstruction. In a similar way to a one-wall galley kitchen, a galley bathroom is a good planning solution for a single person. Planning: when drawing up a plan, try to imagine how both partners will use the space. Make the most of a long, narrow room by positioning a corner tub at one end, which will make good use of the space, and to enable two people to share the tub. Lighting: areas with restricted headroom in loft bathrooms should be fitted with wall lights or recessed lights that will not obstruct the headroom of either partner when they step in or out of the tub or shower. Planning: shades are useful for awkward-shaped rooms as they take up little space and fit into most window recesses. Make sure that the opening and closing mechanisms can be easily reached by both partners in a shared bathroom so that they can let natural daylight in or close the shades for complete privacy.