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If you’re starting from scratch, you have the ideal opportunity to create the bathroom you’ve always wanted. And even if you’re on a tight budget and cannot afford the fixtures and fittings of your dreams, you’ll find that having the freedom to design a layout that’s just right for you can have a huge impact on your enjoyment of the finished room.

Begin by working out what you want. This can be harder than it sounds, but it’s an essential first step!

Spend a few days making some notes as you use your current bathroom. What works for you? What doesn’t? Do you have enough storage? Do you use all the fittings you have – and is there anything missing? Can you step out of the shower and grab a towel from the rail, or do you have to paddle across the bathroom first? Layout is vital: you want to be able to flow around your bathroom in the morning and evening, and this is exactly what a well planned bathroom layout will allow.

You should spend the majority of your budget on the items that you’ll use the most. Sounds sensible? It is – but it it’s amazing how easily many of us can be swayed by a good looking bath and a persuasive salesperson, when we shower every day and only need a bath for washing the dog in!

Once you’ve picked the items you’d like in your new bathroom, and decided where you’d like them to be, it’s time to choose the products themselves. Bathroom suites come in a wide selection of sizes and styles. Take accurate measurements of your space and be realistic about what will and will not fit. Better to choose a shower that’s a few centimetres smaller than your ideal than to go for something that’s theoretically just about possible – only to find that it’s really not a comfortable fit for your space.

Try drawing your layout onto the floor with chalk: this will give you a good idea of how the space will be to use, and whether you should scale your ambition up or down.

Storage space is vital, and when you’re building a bathroom from scratch you have the unique opportunity to add storage that’s just the right size and in just the right place. Recessed shelving by the bath or in the shower enclosure, for example, allows you to store the stuff you use when you’re bathing or showering so that it’s out of the way but immediately to hand.

Tricky corners and inaccessible spaces can be brought into service as storage areas so that no space is wasted: add a tall, slim corner cabinet or an above door storage rack, an over cistern shelf or a sliding bath panel.

Keep bulk buys and rarely used items in your less accessible storage space and reserve the handy shelving for everyday items: well planned storage space which makes it as easy to put things back after use as to leave them lying around is the key to a clutter-free, easy to use bathroom.

If you are looking to create a home spa Better Bathrooms has a range of beautiful bathroom products to help you.

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