How to Measure Up for a New Bathroom

How to Measure Up for a New Bathroom

So it looks like we will all be required to stay home for quite a few more weeks as we all play our part in flattening the Coronavirus curve. Why not use the time to research and plan your home improvements and a bathroom renovation. The starting point will be to accurately measure your current bathroom in the case of a renovation, or the space where you would like to install a new bathroom. Don’t worry if you aren’t comfortable doing this yourself, we can guide you through the process – we do this every day!

Remember to always measure using millimetres (mm).

Construction dimensions are always displayed in the same format, width across the front, then height, then depth. As an example, if you see 400mm x 600mm x 200mm, then this actually means 400 width, 600 height and 200 depth.

Step one

Draw a diagram of your overall bathroom, using a pencil and ruler – it doesn’t have to be a masterpiece (save your creativity for when it comes to picking a design). For now you just need a simple diagram, this needs to detail where any windows and doors are. Remember to include any unusual specifics, such as odd angles, jutting out obstructions, or anything else that needs to be factored in to your overall plan.

Step two

Take a tape measure to your bathroom walls to find out their exact lengths. When noting down any doors in your diagram, don’t forget to show which way they open, are the inwards or outwards?

Step three

You need to get quite detailed, for example noting if your toilet is wall mounted or not. When measuring your shower, make sure you measure the central drain from the two closest 90 degree walls. Mark in the position of the shower head and any other bathroom furniture.

Step four

You will need to measure all the bathroom doors and windows, if you start at the top left of your diagram and work your way clockwise around the room until you’ve made a note of every length and width.

Step five

With windows or any vents, remember that you must also measure the distance from the floor to the bottom of the window and from top of the window to ceiling.

Step six

If you intend to knock through walls to make a larger room then you need to also note down the name of this adjacent room, and record the measurements of that room too.

Step seven

Next, note down and measure any fixtures or fittings that will remain in the room, including radiators, air vents, pipes etc. Measure the width, height and depth of the fixture as well as the space between the object and the floor, or ceiling if appropriate.

Step eight

Next, you should measure the space between any fixtures and the nearest walls.

Step nine

When measuring the height of the ceiling, you might want to take the measurement in several places. It is not uncommon to find ceilings which vary in height by several inches in the same room, especially if you have an older property.

Step ten

Finally, it’s important to check your measurements are correct before you do anything else, to avoid any potentially costly mistakes. Use common sense, so ensure that parallel walls match, and then the same with floor and ceiling.

We realise this can all sound a bit daunting so even if you can give us rough length and width measurements of the room and send us some pictures from your phone we can guide you through the rest of it!

That’s it! Now it’s time to start planning the perfect bathroom. Contact us here to start your project