How to Get the Perfect Layout for your Bathroom

Need to remodel your bathroom but not sure about the layout? In this article, we'll tell you how to get the best layout for every type of bathroom.
How to Get the Perfect Layout for your Bathroom

Last update: 12 December, 2018

One of the most common doubts people have when it comes to designing their bathroom is how to arrange all the furniture. While there are several different ways to arrange a bathroom, there is no magic formula; a layout that works in one bathroom might not work in another. 

There are various different factors to keep in mind when it comes to organizing your bathroom. For example, it’s important to have a clear idea of how much space you have to work with.

Some other factors you’ll need to consider include the number of people who’ll be using your bathroom, and their needs.

It goes without saying that the best layout is one which fits the dimensions of the bathroom and makes it easy for users to move around the room.

In today’s article, we’ll talk about the best layouts according to the shape of your bathroom, and give you three fundamental pieces of advice on how to get the perfect layout.

Narrow bathrooms

For narrow bathrooms, the ideal layout should take the shape of a U. This will allow you to make the very most of all the available space.

The best thing about this layout is that elements like the bidet or the toilet are practically hidden behind the sink, which should be placed opposite the shower or bathtub.

For narrow bathrooms, use transparent elements and a U-shaped layout.

Wide bathrooms

Wide bathrooms are probably the easiest to arrange, as you can organize them pretty much however you want. 

One great way to make the most of your space is to create two zones separated by a wall or door.

The first zone should be for the toilet and the bidet and the second for the shower and the sink.

If you have a large bathroom, you can choose whichever layout you like.

Rectangular bathrooms

This type of bathroom is usually long and narrow.

The best layout, known as “the battery layout”, involves placing all the elements in a line, leaving the bathtub or the shower at the back. The toilet, bidet, and sink should be arranged in a line along one wall.

For rectangular bathrooms, use the linear "battery" layout with the largest elements at the back.

Small bathrooms

Nowadays, most city apartments are rather short on space.

Apartments are decreasing in size all the time, and it goes without saying that this also impacts the size of our bathrooms.

For this type of bathroom, the best layout is one in which all the elements are laid out in parallel lines, and separated by transparent elements.

For example, a transparent glass shower or bath screen will make the bathroom seem bigger.

We’d also recommend that you choose a sliding door, as it will help you save even more space.

Using parallel lines in the layout of your small bathroom will make it seem bigger.

How to get the right bathroom layout

Before we finish this article, we’d like to give you some last pieces of basic advice on how to get the right layout for your bathroom.

Firstly, it’s essential that you arrange all the elements in a straight line wherever you can. This is a great trick that works well in all different types of bathrooms.

Secondly, always place the largest objects at the back of your bathroom, so that they don’t get in the way.

However, on some occasions, it looks best if you place the sink opposite the bathtub, to “hide” the toilet and the bidet.

Finally, it’s important to remember the importance of continuity.

For example, you could have the same flooring in the shower as in the rest of the bathroom. This will create a feeling of unity and spaciousness.

Make sure to analyze your room before you decide on the layout.


If you want the perfect bathroom layout, the most important thing is to have a clear plan.

Some questions that might help you have a good general overview are:

  • The toilet: Does it have a cistern? Does it have a built-in or concealed cistern? Do I need a short projection toilet?
  • The sink: Can I afford a double bowl sink? Does a lack of space mean it needs to be smaller than average? Is there space for a counter or is it better to have a floating sink?
  • Shower or bath?
  • Do I need a bidet?

Remember, before anything else, a bathroom should be a practical room that fulfills the needs of you and your family.

To achieve this, it’s important to think about your family, your morning routine, and, if you have more than one bathroom in your home, who uses which one.

As we said at the beginning of this article, there is no magic formula for arranging every type of bathroom, as every family and every style is different. But we’re sure that with our advice, arranging your bathroom will be much easier.

It might interest you...
5 Essential Accessories for Every Bathroom
Decor Tips
Read it in Decor Tips
5 Essential Accessories for Every Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most important spaces in our homes. In this article, we'll show you 5 essential bathroom accessories.