Some of the most often asked questions by my clients are regarding standard heights and measurements for kitchens and bathrooms. Getting measurements right is crucial to a practical and well-functioning room.
If you are making some bathroom upgrades and adjustments use these measurements as a generalised guide, but also consider adapting them slightly to fit you and your family.
Just keep in mind not to customise them too much in order to suit your body height and shape as it may be difficult to sell your home in the future.
You don’t want to install a high vanity because you are on the tall side, only to find that most people find it difficult to wash their hands. You want your main features to be practical and a comfortable fit for all.
So, let’s start with vanities
A typical height for a bathroom vanity is between 850mm and 900mm. However, this measurement is influenced by the type of sink used.
If you are considering using a basin sink (which sits on top of the vanity) as opposed to an inset sink, then you will need to lower your vanity in order to compensate for the extra height.
A standard vanity depth is generally 450mm to 500mm, or 320mm if semi-recessed.
The length varies depending upon bench space required and/or whether one or to bowls are being installed.
Wall hung tap ware should have the spout sitting approximately 100mm to 150mm above the basin.
When choosing a vanity select one that naturally complements it surroundings while being practical and functional. In smaller bathrooms opting for a wall hung vanity will give the illusion of spaciousness.
Like artwork, the position a mirror is hung should be based on an average height of eye levels.
A generalised height is 1600mm to 1750mm. However, this may vary in your household depending on the height of the family members using it.
Overlapping the bottom edge of the mirror with the tap ware is visually pleasing and promotes a sense of belonging.
Placing a large mirror opposite the doorway of a small bathroom will create a feeling of spaciousness upon entering. Bigger is almost always better when it comes to mirrors in a bathroom.
What about showers?
A standard bathroom will have a shower size of 900mm by 900mm.
Of course, there are variations up to 1800mm long by 800mm wide, depending on square or rectangle shape and single head or double head showers.
Shower heads shouldn’t be placed too high (where the water feels like it’s hammering down on you) or placed too low (where you have to bend underneath it to get wet).
Generally, a shower head situated at around 2000mm is a good height suitable for most people with the taps around 1000mm to 1200mm from the floor.
Positioning the taps away from the shower head will allow you to turn the water on without getting wet while you wait for the water to warm up.
If you have chosen to have a rain shower, make sure you include a hand held one also. This will be good for the days you don’t want to wash your hair and will provide the added advantage of making it easier to clean the shower.
Everyone loves a hot bubble bath!
When allocating space for a standard size bath you should allow a width of 750mm by a length of either 1500mm or 1650mm. Tapware should be situated approximately 100mm to 150mm above the top of the rim.
Other bits and bobs
If incorporating a niche into your shower it should sit around 1200mm and for a bath just above the rim. Niches are practical and will reduce the need for storage items in the shower or beside the bath.
The height of your towel rail can be flexible but a standard height for it to sit above the floor is 1200mm.
A dressing gown hook can also be adjusted to suit your height but 1500mm is typical and toilet roll holder’s standard height is about 650mm (up to 800mm) from the floor. A measurement of 900mm wide is standard for toilet space.
Having enough electrical outlets for hair dryers, shavers and straighteners is something to consider and a great option is to conceal them next to or on the side of your vanity, if possible.
Also having good air circulation and enough ventilation to prevent mould growth is an important factor for good bathroom design.
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