The 6 mistakes to avoid when designing your bathroom


The bathroom is a centerpiece of the accommodation, whether for hygiene or for relaxation. For it to be both comfortable, healthy and practical, it is necessary to think carefully about the layout of this room beforehand. In this article, we invite you to discover the 6 most common mistakes not to make when designing a bathroom.

  1. Not planning ahead

Not making a plan in advance of the layout or renovation of a bathroom is a mistake that many individuals make. A plan made to the right scale makes it possible to organize and optimize the layout of the space by taking into account all the constraints of the room.

Depending on the configuration, a toilet, a shower and/or a bathtub, a washbasin or a vanity unit and storage space must be fitted, while maintaining sufficient circulation space.


The plan must be carried out taking into account several criteria:

The space required around each element (example: space required to enter/exit the shower/bathtub)

Locations of water inlets and outlets

Locations of conduits and electrical outlets.

Once the plan is in place, the choice of the different toilets and furniture will be much easier.

For example, if your bathroom is rather small, it is important to find good tips to limit the clutter in the room. For example, the choice of a sliding or folding wall for your shower is strongly recommended because it takes up less space than a pivoting wall. Kinedo offers you, for example, the Ekinox wall with sliding door . Its sleek and elegant design will allow you to create a fully adapted and functional shower area.

In addition, be aware that if the configuration of your shower space is complex, Kinedo has the extra-flat Kinesurf shower tray , a cut-to-measure model capable of adapting to the millimeter to the shape of the space provided for installing your shower.

Finally, be aware that today there are many very easy-to-use planning software programs that allow you to create plans and even 3D spaces in an accessible and often free way.

  1. Forget storage

Beyond the choice of toilets, a well-designed bathroom also requires a sufficient number of storage spaces.

Indeed, an optimized bathroom must have enough storage furniture to store hygiene and beauty products, but also bath linen. Anything you can store in your bathroom stool will free up space in your other rooms in the house.

Thus, include at least one vanity unit and, if space allows, a column or shelves. If you have a large family, create storage spaces for each member of the family. For example, each member of the family can have their own storage unit.

  1. Neglecting lighting

Another mistake to avoid at all costs: forgetting to install high-performance lighting that complies with current electrical standards.

A poorly lit bathroom is impractical and comfortable on a daily basis. Poor lighting and you quickly have the impression of looking gray and pale in the mirror. In addition, for people with sight problems, a lack of light can make daily gestures in the bathroom difficult.

6 errors in the arrangement of a bathroom – the light

To avoid falling into this trap and enjoy a pleasant space to use, it is important to favor quality lighting. Natural lighting is a real must, but not every home has a window in the bathroom.

In this case, the installation of lighting points that comply with electrical standards for wet rooms is essential. These must be of a beautiful color (warm white is ideal), and of sufficient intensity. For maximum comfort, provide central lighting and several spot lights, especially above the sink.

  1. Choosing the wrong materials

Choosing the wrong materials is one of the main mistakes to avoid when creating or renovating your bathroom.

Given that it is a wet room, it is essential to choose compatible and suitable materials for the floor and wall coverings.

For the walls, the easiest way is to opt for tiles, earthenware, marble or even mineral resin which are water-repellent and rot-proof materials. This is all the more true on the walls in direct contact with water such as those of the bath, the shower and the washbasin.

Wall panels are also a nice alternative to earthenware. Design, easy to install and waterproof, they can be used throughout the bathroom, both in the shower and on the other walls of the room. Kinedo offers wall panels with many finishes, to suit all bathroom styles.

On their side, the “dry” walls are less problematic.

In the same way, it is strongly recommended to choose a non-slip floor covering in order to best prevent the risk of slipping . Thus, if you choose tiles, it must be specially designed for wet rooms and have anti-slip properties.

  1. Not thinking about ventilation

In a damp room, good ventilation is essential. This prevents moisture from stagnating and causing the appearance of mold. To maintain a healthy bathroom over the long term, ventilation must therefore be well thought out upstream.

Several solutions are possible to ensure the ventilation of this room. The ideal is to have a window, but if this is not the case, it is necessary to move towards alternative solutions. The best option in this case is to install a VMC or controlled mechanical ventilation.

In addition, to ventilate this room of the house, remember to leave the door open as often as possible.

  1. Think design first

The last mistake to avoid when designing a bathroom is to think about design and decoration before thinking about the functional aspect of the space.

For the bathroom to remain a pleasant space to use, it is essential to focus first on its functional aspect and only secondly on design and decoration.

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