How to Remodel a Long & Narrow Bathroom

Written by shelley frost
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A bathroom remodel adds value and beauty to a home. Whether you renovate the entire bathroom or just a few aspects, creating a plan for the remodel keeps you on track. A long, narrow room presents design challenges due to space issues. Creating a good flow in the bathroom and providing enough space for all occupants is key in remodelling the space.

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  • Tape measure
  • Grid paper
  • Paint
  • Shelves
  • Baskets

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  1. 1

    Measure the bathroom to determine how much space you have. Measure the length and width of the room, as well as any closets, shower spaces or other structures that cut into the room. Also measure the height of the walls.

  2. 2

    Draw a floor plan of the room using the measurements to create a scale drawing. Mark the plumbing, electrical sockets and lighting in the room.

  3. 3

    Assess the current layout of the fixtures in the bathroom. Determine how well they work with the long narrow room. Look at how easy it is to get ready in the morning, particularly if more than one person uses the bathroom. Note the areas that interrupt the flow of the room or cause problems with usage.

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    Determine the best layout for the tub or shower, sink and toilet. In a long narrow room, placing all of the plumbing fixtures along one wall works well. This leaves the other side of the room open for moving around in the bathroom. Placing the shower along the far end of the room also works well because it doesn't take away as much space from the room.

  5. 5

    Hire a plumber to move any plumbing connections if you're rearranging the fixtures in the bathroom. If you're comfortable doing the work, you can tackle it yourself.

  6. 6

    Select a sink that isn't very deep. A pedestal sink is an option because it doesn't stick too far out into the room.

  7. 7

    Choose lighter colours for flooring, walls and window treatments. Dark colours make the walls feel more closed-in which makes the room more cave-like and narrow.

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    Maximise the amount of light in the long bathroom to make it feel more spacious. Highlight windows, choosing window coverings that provide privacy while still allowing light in the room. Roman shades are a good option. Add recessed lighting or other lighting fixtures to brighten the room.

  9. 9

    Add sets of shelves on the wall for additional storage, particularly if the room doesn't have a linen closet. Place baskets on the shelves to store bathroom items.

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