How to design a 5' x 8' bathroom

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How to design a 5' x 8' bathroom
How you design your 5' X 8' Bathroom can help it seem larger. (bathroom image by nutech21 from

Though smaller bathroom sizes exist, a 5-foot by 8-foot bathroom is a relatively small bathroom that only allows space for a combination shower and tub, sink and the toilet. The layout must be carefully designed to prevent overcrowding and to create a usable walkway space. Special decorating designs will help you make the small rooms seem larger or at least eliminate the cramped feeling in the room.

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Things you need

  • 1-inch squared grid paper
  • Pencil

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    Outline a 5-square by 8-square rectangle on your grid or graph paper to give you a blank canvas for designing the 5-foot by 8-foot bathroom layout. Go ahead and mark where the door into the room is positioned or will be positioned. Be sure to mark the door measurement appropriately and remember that most interior doors in a home will measure between 2 and 3-feet wide. Mark how the door swings as well and what space you must leave free for the door to open.

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    Sketch in the bathroom fixtures you want to include in the small bathroom space. Use average bathroom fixture dimensions to assist you in positioning your sketches to get a better idea of how the features will set into the room. Leave a 2-foot by 3-foot space for a toilet to set and a 3-foot by 5-foot space for a bathtub and shower combo; with those features positioned you can then decide the amount of space you have left for a sink and vanity or sink and cupboards.

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    Consider placing the tub and shower combo in one end of the bathroom, as a tub should ideally fit into a 5-foot space. Consider using a shower stall in the 5-foot by 8-foot bathroom instead, as this will offer you more room, especially if you choose a corner model.

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    Create more walking space in the room by positioning the toilet beside the tub. With the toilet beside the tub, you will still have one end of the tub that you can easily enter and exist without stepping into or onto the toilet. Though this may not sound ideal, its one of few options you have for a full bathroom of this size.

Tips and warnings

  • Decorate the room appropriately to keep the room from feeling cramped. Use light colours and place a high window in the room to make the room feel larger. Avoid placing too many decor items, as this will eliminate space in the room and make the room look too busy and cramped.

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