Begin by working out your key priorities. A family bathroom or spa-style sanctuary will require a long list of specifications and fittings that could include a bath, separate shower, double basins, and heaps of storage, while an en-suite or guest bathroom may just require a shower and loo.
If you do plan to change your layout, measure your bathroom carefully. Note the position of doors windows and any pipes. It might help to draw an outline on graph paper, or use an online design tool.
If you want to add extra storage to your bathroom, one of the best ways to make use of space is to install a vanity unit in place of a traditional basin and pedestal. Vanity units are a great option if you want to store plenty of toiletries, and keep the surfaces in your bathroom beautifully clear. A unit is also a good idea if you want to stow away cleaning products. Choose a Victorian-style washstand with a wooden cabinet for a country-style look. Alternatively, hi-gloss wall hung units are a good option for small bathrooms, as the extra floor space makes the room look larger (and makes cleaning easier too). When buying its a good idea to double check what’s included – some vanity units are freestanding and come complete with taps, others are units that are designed to be part of a fitted bathroom, with tops, waste and plinths bought separately. Take a look at our pick of the best.
There’s no point pining for his-and-her sinks, a statement walk-in shower or a double-ended roll top if they won’t fit. The truth of the matter is it isn’t going to be possible in the most UK bathrooms – apparently the average footprint is about the same as a king-size bed.