What you need to know to plan your perfect bathroom design

A good bathroom design strategy is a key part of ensuring that your bathroom maintains a clear focus and feel to its layout. In order to do this, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind when designing your bathroom, like the size of your space, how you plan to use it.

An efficient design can be the difference between creating your dream bathroom, and accidentally crafting an impractical space which doesn’t quite serve its purpose. However, here at NPM Bathrooms our in-house experts can help to guide you through every step of the design process, ensuring that you get the bathroom you’ve always wanted.

So, whether you’re trying to plan a bathroom design yourself, or you’ve got some fantastic ideas that you’re thinking about bringing to our talented designers here at NPM, we’ve put together some handy tips for you to keep in mind so you can come prepared with your dream bathroom vision already in mind!

Getting started

This is one of the most vital aspects you need to keep in mind when planning your bathroom design – is who is your bathroom specifically for? In other words, who will be spending the most time in there? A stylish en-suite for a couple of newly-weds will most likely have a different look and feel to a practical family bathroom! So, create a briefing for your space that’s based around who’s going to be using it, what it’s going to be used for, and how often it’s going to be in use. That way, you can paint a rough picture in your mind of your day-to-day bathroom setting, which you can take with you to a professional designer.

Choosing a spot for your shower and bath

If you want a luxurious shower space, then some planning will definitely be required, especially if you’re working with a small bathroom. Be mindful that shower enclosures with doors that swing open will need enough space around them for the door to open and close properly, so for smaller spaces, it’s worth thinking about the possibility of a fixed panel shower.

Baths on the other hand are a different matter. Even though the standard size for a bath is 1700mm x 700mm, there are bigger and smaller options available, so don’t worry about having to sacrifice your luxurious tub-time for the sake of your small bathroom space! A shower over the bath is a great way of getting the best of both worlds in your smaller bathroom space.

Bathroom basin

This is an aspect of bathroom design that people often overlook in favour of the bath or shower, but it’s equally as important! The size of your basin can set the tone for your bathroom design. Bigger basins are often the ideal choice for family oriented bathrooms, and if you’re going down this route, we’d recommend either a wall-mounted basin, or a semi-pedestal designs, as these can make your floor space appear bigger, as well as allow the basin to be set at a height that works well for you and your family.

Panels or tiles?

Panels are a good option for many bathroom designs, offering a cost effective and practical way of protecting your walls from bath water. However, tiles are by far still the most popular and stylish choice for any kind of bathroom design, whether small or large. Shower panels can be made from a variety of cost effective materials like PVC, acrylic or pressure-laminated vinyl on an MDF core. Panels are the ideal choice if you’re looking to build your dream bathroom on a budget.

However, our bathroom tiles are far more than just a practical waterproofing solution – they’re also a perfect opportunity to create exactly the kind of style and mood you want for your interior. By choosing your tiles from a range of styles, shapes, colours, finishes and patterns, you can easily define the entire atmosphere of your space. We offer a variety of gorgeous tiles that you can come and view for yourself at our bathroom showroom on Manchester road.

So, those are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing! Of course, we’ll be here to guide you through every step of the design process here at NPM Bathrooms. If you’re in need of some inspiration, feel free to browse through our customer bathrooms right here on our site you can also discover the latest cutting edge trends at our bathroom showroom near Bolton.

If you have any questions regarding how we can help you create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of, feel free to contact us on 01282 697717, or drop us an email at We’re always happy to help!

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