Bathrooms come in vast array of different shapes and sizes, to the extent where a large, perfectly square bathroom is a rare find. Redesigning a bathroom can be a real challenge, and when you’re working with a bathroom that has an awkward shape, the difficulties seem all the more prominent. With some careful planning and clever design tricks, even the most awkwardly shaped bathrooms can be transformed into stunning and stylish bathrooms.
Examine the limitations
An awkward or oddly shaped room could be limited by low ceilings, recesses, sloping ceilings or angular walls. While these features of a room certainly create a challenging space to work with, you can use these limitations to your advantage with a bit of creative thinking and clever design trickery.
As an example, corners and recesses make excellent spaces for shower enclosures, which can fit snugly into a small space. A low ceiling may cause a limitation in respect of where to place fittings and furniture however, they could be used for skylights, in place of a window. As skylights can let in up to five times more natural light than a standard window, it’s the perfect opportunity to turn that oddly shaped bathroom into a bright, airy space.
Look at the layout
If you’re refitting your bathroom, take a moment to examine the current layout. Is the current layout making the very best use of the space? Could the bathroom fittings be better placed elsewhere in the room? Take a moment to play around with the fittings you want in the bathroom and make sure that any significant changes to layout would be worth the additional plumbing costs needed to make them.
Don’t forget that corners can prove to be useful when redesigning the layout. Corner shower enclosures, such as the square or quadrant shower enclosure, are ideal for slotting into corners. Additionally, corner sinks can prove to be a space-saving feature, particularly if the room has lots of tricky alcoves to make use of. If a standard hinge door is also proving problematic, consider replacing it with an infold or sliding door instead.
Consider different options
Redesigning your bathroom is your chance to really create something new and special. Rather than simply replacing the fittings in your current bathroom with new ones, why not take a moment to consider how you use your bathroom, and what you’ll really get the most use out of?
If your oddly shaped room doesn’t give you space for a full size bath, then consider whether or not you really need a tub at all. If you rarely or never use the bath tub, then perhaps consider removing the tub completely and opting for a sophisticated shower enclosure, such as a quadrant or D-shaped shower. Such a shower would fit perfectly into the tallest space in the room, whilst keeping plenty of floor space free.
Alternatively, a continental style wet room might be the way to go if the shape of the room really limits your options. With no panels or doors to worry about, you can waterproof the entire space to create a luxurious spa-like shower room.
The bathtub conundrum
There are still plenty of options open to you if you’d like a bath in your new bathroom, but the limitations of the space cause numerous obstructions. Asymmetrical baths could be an option if your room has cut outs. Designed to be narrow at one end (where your feet will be) they’re a good way to fit a full tub into an awkward room. Alternatively, low level baths are an ideal solution for rooms which have significantly sloping ceilings.
If you’d prefer not to change the shape of the bath, but rather have a different sized bath that would be more appropriate for the space, then a slipper bath or smaller bath, such as a half or three-quarter sized bath, would make an elegant addition to the room. This way you can keep a tub in the room and simply fit a shower rail over the top to give you the best of both worlds.