Standard Bathroom Design and Sizes

A typical home bathroom has been one of the smaller rooms in the house for decades.

Typical Bath Dimensions

A pedestal sink saves space in a standard size bath or powder room.A pedestal sink saves space in a standard size bath or powder room.
Only in recent years have larger bathrooms emerged that include room for a whirlpool tub and dressing table. A standard full bath still works well if clutter is kept to a minimum and extra storage space is available in a nearby room or hallway.

A standard bathroom measures 5 feet by 8 feet. It has a bath-shower combo, sink and toilet. You will need to allow these dimensions to create a full bath; however, you can create a 6-by-6-foot small bathroom with a corner shower if space is tight. Design the standard bath by using graph paper to create various layouts in relation to the entry door.

Storage Ideas

Planning adequate storage makes a standard bath work well. It’s usually a good idea to have closet space in a hallway or bedroom. Stacks of towels and toiletries can be stored in that closet. Basic bath and dressing items can be stored in a vanity cabinet or cabinet above the toilet. As long as you reduce clutter and make the bathroom user-friendly, there is no real inconvenience in utilizing a standard bathroom in most cases.

Adjacent Space to Expand

You can gain elbow room and visual space with just a little expansion. For example, a master bath joining a master bedroom will require some luxury features. By taking just 2 feet of depth along one bath wall from a large walk-in closet, you can add an impressive vanity space. A large wall mirror, sitting benches and lots of drawers for storage will make the bath function well over time. By borrowing some space from a nearby hallway, you can install a jetted tub, too.

High-Quality Flooring

An excellent floor design will give a standard bath the “wow” factor. Copper or black glass tiles will make a white bathtub, sink and toilet stand out . Keep in mind that the smaller the bath, the more attention should be given to the floor space. An impressive tile design will give the bathroom a quality look, especially if you add beautiful lighting and artwork to the space. Avoid using white sheet vinyl or inexpensive tile for a standard bathroom, especially if it is near a main living space.

About the Author

Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.