Bathroom Dimensions: A Master Plan

Whether you’re looking to spruce up your master bathroom or smaller space, knowing the right dimensions is a good first step.

By Tina Jepson

 

Bathroom remodels can quickly turn from fun and exciting to stressful in the blink of an eye. However, it’s not usually the process of choosing tile, selecting a shower curtain, or finding the perfect vanity that brings you to the brink of insanity. Nope! It the minor mishaps that happen when you’re not careful that can mess up a bathroom DIY remodel.

 

If you’ve ever bought a piece of furniture too big for its intended space, then you know all too well what I’m talking about. Dimensions definitely matter!

 

That’s why it’s vital that you learn standard bathtub dimensions and other common bathroom sizes. So, when it’s all said and done, your tub, shower, toilet, and sink fit together perfectly and you’re comfortable in your bathroom space.

 

Check out this handy list of common bathroom dimensions to ensure the right fit for your bathroom.

 

Figure it Out: The Bathroom Dimensions For Your Home

Shower Room Dimensions

Shower stalls don’t range in size dramatically compared to other bathroom fixtures (unless you’re looking for a completely custom shower). The average shower room dimensions are 36 inches deep and 36 inches wide.

 

For double showers, the size increases to 36 inches deep and 60 inches wide.

 

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Don’t forget to account for shower room accessories, such as towel bars and handles. These usually jut out from the door of a shower stall, adding to the overall unusable space in your shower room.

 

Standard Bathtub Dimensions

Tubs naturally take up more space than shower stalls. Standard bathtub dimensions hover around 32 inches high by 60 inches wide, but the actual soaking room (“depth”) varies significantly between each model.

 

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When it comes to larger garden tubs, ideal for homes with ample master bathroom dimensions, the average size jumps to around 40-42 inches long, 60-62 inches wide.

 

* Insider’s Tip: Always sit in a bathtub before you purchase it to ensure a comfortable fit.

 

Sink Dimensions

When you’re dealing with small bathroom dimensions, there’s little wiggle room when it comes to fitting in a sink. It either fits, or it doesn’t. In small to medium-sized spaces, your best bet is to find a single pedestal sink, which generally measures around 30 inches high and 18 inches in diameter.

 

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Double sinks are ideal for larger bathrooms. A double sink vanity measures a substantial 72 inches wide, but you can work with slightly less space if need be. Just remember, the sinks will be closer together and there will be less counter space.

 

Toilet Dimensions

Toilets are another fixture that varies depending on the make and model you’re interested in. There are three main types of toilets:

 

  • Two-Piece Models
  • One-Piece Models
  • Wall-Hung Models

 

Most of these sit around 20-30 inches high, but the distance from the wall to the toilet varies depending on the model.

 

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Two-piece and one-piece toilet models sit further away from the wall, meaning you need around 24-32 inches to fit the entire unit. Since the basin of a wall-hung toilet is located within the wall, you only need between 20-24 inches of space from the wall to the end of the bowl.

 

Choosing the Best Fixtures For Your Bathroom

 

When it comes to choosing the best fixtures for your bathroom, consider your space.

 

If you have a small or ¾ bathroom, avoid the following:

 

  • Garden or extra large tubs
  • Double shower stalls
  • Double vanities
  • Two-piece toilet models with elongated bowls

 

In fact, these features are best for larger bathrooms with ample space.

 

However, pedestal sinks, single shower stalls, standard bathtubs, and wall-hung or one-piece toilets are all great options, even if you’re living in a studio apartment.

 

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You won’t regret learning and understanding standard bathroom dimensions, especially if you’re in the middle of a bathroom remodel. Once you know the amount of space you need, you can search for the right fixtures and complete the project without worrying about whether you chose a toilet that was a bit too big.

 

Remember to check out House Tipster’s virtual rooms, any time you’re about to remodel or redecorate. You’ll find a variety of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 

Images used with permission, courtesy of Tina Jepson and www.shutterstock.com

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