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Bathroom Planning: 13 Tips for your New Dream Bathroom

3.6.2021
  1. Tip 1: Allow yourself enough time
  2. Tip 2: Analyse your needs
  3. Tip 3: Look at the floor plan
  4. Tip 4: Write down your wishes
  5. Tip 5: Get inspired
  6. Tip 6: Bathtub or shower?
  7. Tip 7: Not all WCs are the same
  8. Tip 8: Washbasin and vanity unit
  9. Tip 9: Be careful with the tiles
  10. Tip 10: Make sure you have the right light
  11. Tip 11: Make the bathroom homely
  12. Tip 12: No power to moulds
  13. Tip 13: Hire a bathroom expert
  14. The smart alternative: Habitects
  15. Your dream bathroom in just ten minutes


Do you own an older house or condo, or are you looking to buy an older property? Then you have probably already thought about the bathroom. For example, because your living style has changed, you do more sport and therefore prefer to shower rather than bathe, or because the appliances and installations are more than 20 years old. According to the lifespan table, sanitary installations last 20 to 40 years, sanitary appliances 20 to 50 years. So there are more than enough good reasons for a new bathroom. We have compiled the most important tips for sensible bathroom planning for you.

Tip 1: Allow yourself enough time

Take as much time as you need for bathroom planning, and sleep on it once too often rather than once too little. On the one hand, you want to feel comfortable in your new bathroom for 15 to 20 years or even longer, and on the other hand, bathroom renovation costs a relatively large amount of money. The smaller the bathroom, the more important the bathroom planning.

Tip 2: Analyse your needs

Who needs the new bathroom? A bathroom for two adults must meet different needs than a bathroom for a family of five. And if older people or people with disabilities use the bathroom, you should also think about accessibility (shower, furniture, toilet, access) when planning the bathroom.

Bathroom planning: Modern bathroom
A bathroom in a timeless design with a barrier-free shower.

Tip 3: Look at the floor plan

Obtain the floor plan (on paper or electronically) or draw it and check all the measurements. This way you can see how much space you have, whether there is enough room for a rainforest shower or whether you want to knock down a wall and turn the bathroom and bedroom into an open room.

Tip 4: Write down your wishes

What does your dream bathroom look like? Write down what is important to you. For example, a double washbasin with no-frills fittings and lots of storage space, a space-saving corner bathtub with bubble jets or moisture-loving plants hanging from the ceiling like in a rainforest.

Tip 5: Get inspired

Once you know the needs, spatial possibilities and wishes, you should get inspiration for bathroom planning. Browse through magazines, browse on Pinterest, visit manufacturers' bathroom exhibitions or design your dream bathroom virtually with the free 3D bathroom planner from Habitects. Document what you like and think about what is feasible for you.

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Tip 6: Bathtub or shower?

For many, this is almost a question of faith. If you have little space, a shower is obvious. If there is enough space for a bathtub, but you also like to shower, combine shower and bathtub. And if you have plenty of space, treat yourself to both. Preferences can change. A bathtub made of steel and enamel is durable and robust, easy to clean and resistant to scratches.

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Opt for a level floor with a non-slip surface in the shower. This looks better and is safer. Especially for older people or people with a handicap.

Tip 7: Not all WCs are the same

Of course, a toilet must fit in the bathroom. But it is even more important that it is easy to clean. A toilet without a flush rim is easier to clean than one with one. A toilet that hangs on the wall is easier to clean than one on the floor, because dirt does not get trapped in the grooves between the toilet and the floor.

Bathroom planning: washbasin with vanity unit
The larger the washbasin and vanity unit, the more shelf and storage space you have in the bathroom.

Tip 8: Washbasin and vanity unit

Choose a washbasin made of sanitary ceramics or steel and enamel. The surfaces stay immaculately beautiful because they are hygienic, neutral to drinking water and resistant. With a large washbasin, you have more storage space. Complement the washbasin with a matching vanity unit and, if necessary, a mirror cabinet to store bathroom articles, towelling and hygiene products.

Tip 9: Be careful with the tiles

Mit den Plättli, wie die Fliesen in der Schweiz heissen, verändern Sie den Charakter Ihres Badezimmers nachhaltig. Setzen Sie bei der Badplanung lieber auf zeitlose Farben und Materialien statt auf farbenfrohe Fliesen, die Ihnen in ein paar Jahren verleiden und den Marktwert des Hauses oder der Wohnung negativ beeinflussen können.

Tip 10: Make sure you have the right light

If your bathroom has windows, you should mainly use daylight. If not and a bathroom wall is an exterior wall, it would be worth considering breaking through the wall and installing a window. For artificial light, indirect light is better, for example spotlights recessed into the ceiling.

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The light at the washing area should illuminate your face without shadows. Glare-free LED light strips or luminaires are suitable for this purpose, for example.

Bathroom planning: LED light on the mirror
Glare-free LED light strips at the washbasin illuminate your face without shadows.

Tip 11: Make the bathroom homely

The bathroom should be suitable for everyday use, functional and homely. Furnish your bathroom like an oasis of calm. For example, with cotton, wood or linen, coordinated textiles, soft colours and, if available, plenty of daylight. Place furniture in the bathroom if you have space. For example, a bench that also serves as storage space. There are now even parquet floors that are suitable for the bathroom. Plants that can cope with low light, high temperatures and a lot of humidity will also make your bathroom more homely in no time. These include monocots, nest ferns and orchids.

Tip 12: No power to moulds

If your bathroom has no window, you need a ventilation system for air exchange. Opt for a low-noise electric fan with a timer or, better, with a hygrometer circuit. It measures the humidity and switches the fan on only until the humid air has been removed.

Tip 13: Hire a bathroom expert

For bathroom planning, it makes sense to hire an interior designer or a bath experts with bathroom planner from your region. The bathroom planner or interior designer plans your new bathroom, draws all the floor plans and blueprints, recommends sanitary appliances and installations and advises you on the choice of colours, materials and products. A sanitary with bathroom planner carries out the complete renovation, an interior designer usually works together with a sanitary. Professional support costs money, of course, but a professional relieves you of the burden and, thanks to his experience as well as his technical and product knowledge, avoids mistakes that could cost you more money.

The smart alternative: Habitects

For a few months now, there has been a smart and free alternative for bathroom planning. Habitects, a start-up from Winterthur, has developed a digital process that allows you to renovate your bathroom in three steps: You design the bathroom online with intelligent algorithms, plan the implementation with your personal interior designer and commission a certified sanitary company with the bathroom renovation. Most of these companies are also partners in the Houzy network.

Bathroom planning: Bathroom planner by Habitects
Plan your dream bathroom online with the free bathroom planner from Habitects.

Your dream bathroom in just ten minutes

At the heart of Habitects is the digital design tool, for which you do not need to register. You design your bathroom with the online planner in a simple and guided process. You can define

  • Style (wood, metal or natural stone),
  • Colour tones (dark or light),
  • Mood (cool or warm),
  • Atmosphere (beige, brown, light grey, white, black, cream, blue or green accents),
  • Shapes (round or angular),
  • Design (lively or minimalist),
  • Bathroom size (small, medium or large) and
  • Standard of finish (simple, medium or upmarket).

The smart design tool then develops individual proposals with a matching mood board. Once you have decided on a variant, you select the fittings and receive product suggestions with a guide price estimate. In this way, you can put together your dream bathroom in just ten minutes. Only now do you have to register and you can immediately make an appointment with your interior designer, who will present your new bathroom to you with a 3D visualisation. As soon as you agree with his proposal and have approved the visualisations, the dossier will be sent to the plumber with a detailed work folder. You don't have to worry about anything.

In collaboration with Habitects

Siroon Hirzel, Michel Bürki
Habitects AG

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