How to Properly Measure the Bathroom for Renovations
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Renovating a bathroom is a great way to add new life to any home. From small guest bathrooms to large master baths, a renovation must first begin with proper space measurements. Kingston Brass provides all the fixtures needed to renovate any bathroom. From beautiful freestanding tubs to modern faucets, there is no end to the possibilities when shopping their extensive online catalog.
Before purchasing new fixtures for a bathroom, determining what space is available is key. This step will prevent frustration when a new tub arrives that cannot fit in the area available. The following tips will ensure that homeowners have the right measurements before making a purchase.
To prepare for a renovation, first, grab the necessary tools.
- A measuring tape
- A writing device
- A notepad
With these items in hand — and maybe a partner to make holding the other end of the measuring tape — the task can begin.
Toilets, Showers / Bathtub, and Sinks
Most renovations include replacing some of the bathroom’s biggest features, specifically the toilet, shower/bathtub, and sink.
However, each of these items requires enough space around them for proper plumbing, making precise measurements key.
For the toilet, measure the size of the toilet currently installed. Additionally, note how much room there is between the center of the toilet and the wall. If any other items are nearby, such as a wall or a sink, note the space between the toilet and these items.
It is also important to take down how much space is between the wall and the center of the toilet drain resting on the floor.
Next, measure the sink. In many cases, homeowners opt to upgrade an older sink with a completely different model. For this reason, it is key to measure how much space is available for the entire sink area. It will be important to ensure that there are at least 15 inches from the center of a sink to any sidewalls.
The most important measurements to consider for a shower will be the space available for a shower door. Take down the dimensions of an existing shower, and record the amount of space in the room for a door that opens outward.
Bathtubs do not require a certain amount of space around them, with many options designed to rest against a wall. However, if replacing one in-lay tub with another, it will be helpful to take down the measurements of the existing tub. This will ensure a simple swap out.
Mirrors and Vanities
Next, any homeowner undertaking a bathroom renovation should take down measurements for the vanity, cabinets, mirrors, and other accessories.
Start by measuring the height of an existing vanity and mirror. Generally, around 8 inches should be allowed between the mirror bottom and the top of a sink or counter. However, homeowners can adjust these measurements based on preference.
With the right measurements in hand, homeowners can shop the Kingston Brass collection to make any bathroom renovation a success.