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Making better use of the bathroom space is a problem that many people face, whether at home or in the apartment, bathrooms are, in most projects, small and full of functions.
When thinking about decoration, the bathroom ends up being left out and without good planning it is a “total zone” – it is dryer on one side, dirty clothes on another, towels thrown and a multitude of things on the sink, so it is very important, especially in small bathrooms, to invest in organization and furniture designed to optimize spaces in a functional way.
The choice of pot
I’ll confess something … I, I have a lot of problem with small toilets, because often the choice of the pot, or the position of it is wrong, and my legs are long and end up hitting the wall. It was not once or twice that I went through this dilemma and I’m sure a lot of people pass by as well.
Therefore, the importance of knowing how to choose the toilet.
Mainly in old real estate, where the toilet had the system of discharge without box coupled and later had the vessel replaced by a model of vessel with a longer box coupled that reduces the free space for the legs. It happens a lot!
Of course the vessel with a coupled box is better, saves water, while a common vessel spends an average of 30 liters, the vessel with coupled box spends from 3 liters to 15 liters of water per discharge, but that is not the point we are dealing with , we are talking about space, ergonomics. And it has a solution that can solve the sustainable and ergonomic issue, which are vases with coupled box built into the wall, like the picture below.
It has a valve that resembles a common vessel, but embedded in the wall, is the water reservoir that is narrower and higher than a common reservoir, that is, it gains a few centimeters free for the legs.
In new real estate this pot can be planned together with the construction and embedded in the wall without the need for adaptations, already in real estate built it is possible to make an adaptation with drywall creating a half wall to embed the box coupled, of breaking you still gain a space for put a perfume of environment, a vase with flowers, finally, a useful space on this half wall.
Now speaking in ideal measurements, the minimum measure between the edge of the vessel and the opposite wall, where the walls will be directed, is 45 cm, but the ideal is even that it is 60 cm which is a comfortable space to sit or so if the vase is in the way of the shower stall, 60 cm is the correct measure for a person’s passage.
So when choosing the pot you have to take into consideration these issues: water saving, area that will occupy the bathroom and the area that will remain to accommodate the legs and the passage area.
Still on the positioning of the vessel, it must have at least 30 cm of each side, between the lateral edge of the vessel and the wall, or box, or sink counter, etc.
Enjoying the space with joinery
Planned closets can be a great solution to take good advantage of the area available in the bathroom and arrange the products used in an organized manner.
Take advantage of the space under the sink, whether it’s built-in or overlapping, with cabinets, if you do not have free space elsewhere for the laundry basket, the cabinet under the sink may have an inner basket where you can leave the laundry dirty.
Hanging countertops make cleaning easier, though, it has less storage space. Another option, to gain more space, is to lengthen the closet and put a one-piece finish to close the closet to the floor. The finish can be with the same material used on the floor.
Bathroom shelves and niches
Shelves and niches are great to leave the most used products (towels, toilet paper, oils, bath salts, etc.) on hand, or they are used to contain decorative objects, vases with flowers, perfumes of environment, etc. An interesting place for placement of suspended niches is above the coupled box.
Now be very careful with the organization! It’s not cool to leave a lot on the niches and shelves of the bathroom, choose fondly not to weigh the look and also to facilitate cleaning.
Take advantage also to make light points built into nests and cabinets, because the more lightened the bigger your bathroom will look.
Nests inside the box
Another trick used to make better use of bathroom space is to use recessed niches, that is, they are “inside” the wall, and can accommodate the shampoo, conditioner, soap, without the need for another stand that will take precious centimeters from the box.
Proportionate bathroom counter and sink
A small planned bathroom takes into account the proportions between the elements, the countertop and the bathroom sink greatly influence the sense of perceived amplitude, the countertop most often occupies the largest space volume, so it is important to choose a cabinet and a sink that are consistent with the size of your bathroom.
If the bathroom is narrow, opt for a cupboard that has a shallow depth, in this case a good idea is the semi-socket, which makes it possible to use a closet that is narrower than the conventional one. Or, to gain a few inches the wall faucet that allows the tub to be closer to the wall.
If there is enough space for a larger cabinet, you can choose models of built-in tanks and overlap tanks.
Suspended bathroom cabinets make it easy to clean, but lose in storage area, or you can choose to make a masonry base with the same floor finish, and gain a few inches over counter, or finish the floor with wood and with impervious materials. Avoid foot cupboards as they make it difficult to clean the bathroom.
In the case of toilets it is entirely possible to dispense the cupboard on the countertop of the sink, already in complete bathrooms with shower, the cupboards are always welcome to organize the products used.
The conventional height of the sink is 90 cm from the floor, but this is a generic standard measure, in custom designs you can choose the height that best suits you, in toilets for wheelchair users, for example, the sinks can be between 75 cm to 90 cm of the floor, if it is between 1.80 m of height to 1.90 meters of height the sink can be to 94 cm of height and thus according to the client that will use that sink.
In lavabos the ideal is to use the standard measure of 90 cm to facilitate access to all.
Box and mirrors for small bathrooms
Mirrors reflect space and make the environment seem larger, a trick is to use long rectangular mirrors that start along the sink’s bench and that extend to almost the ceiling, better still if they are illuminated.
When choosing the box, choose transparent glass, because the transparent box allows you to see the entire bathroom extension. Small bathrooms usually use sliding doors or doors of the shrimp type (folding), as they facilitate passage because they do not have the opening radius.
Coatings for small bathrooms
At the time of choosing the coatings it is necessary to take into account the ease of cleaning, the finish and the aesthetics.
Choose washable materials for the floor and the walls of the box, it can be porcelain, epoxy floor (liquid porcelain tile), burnt cement floor, washable paint on the walls, the less the expansion joints the better! Choose porcelain rather than ordinary ceramic because the joints are smaller and the finish is uniform. The burned cement and the epoxy floor are monolithic, that is, there are no joints, so they already give this uniform finish naturally.
Only prominent inserts, very small and textured pieces, such as porcelain tiles, have to be used in detail, such as on the back of the counter, in a vertical band inside the box or on one of the walls of the box. The inserts can also be used in the box niche for a differentiated finish. Is it a rule? Do not.
Use and abuse of light colors on the walls, ceiling and floor, the light colors bring the feeling of cleanliness and help to better distribute the lighting in the bathroom, as they reflect the light and make the environment seem larger. However, bathrooms with low ceilings can use very dark floors to give a sense of depth and visually mitigate the problem of the low ceiling.
If the ceiling is too high compared to the walls and it looks like the walls, a trick is to create a border on the wall with a reduced height in relation to the ceiling, use in that lower light colors and paint the ceiling to the edge of a dark color.
And if you want to bet on the total white, use textures at strategic points to bring different visual aspects.
It is important to break the visual monotony and have some highlights, niches for example, these points can be highlighted, pictures on the wall can be prominent points, the box niche can be a highlight point. Choose these spaces and / or objects that will direct the look of who is in the bathroom.
The organization is a strong ally of the sense of breadth, keep the products always organized, and use and abuse of accessories to organize. Support for towels, paper, organizer boxes, etc. Leave only the essentials on the counter and if you have space available put a small potted plant (natural or artificial) to make the bathroom more cozy.
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