Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds
If you are renovating your bathroom, you may have already had to ask yourself if it's best to have a big bathroom or a wardrobe. A wardrobe offers an ideal storage space while the large bathroom is synonymous with premium comfort. Check out our advice before starting the project to be sure to develop the right project!
- Aesthetic aspects
- Number of occupants
- Needs and priority of users
- Available space
Wardrobe, in or out: a question of aesthetics
Does designing a spacious bathroom, the type with a spa bath, a walk-in shower, or a comfy center bench makes you drool? If your version of heaven is to have a large, spacious bathroom, then you can say farewell to your wardrobe. It will have to move to a bedroom wall, be custom fitted or incorporated into your hallways with the help of sliding doors that conceal shelves and baskets.
Big family is synonymous with large bathroom
A spacious bathroom has the advantage of permitting the whole family to get ready and put those final touches on, either one by one or all at the same time. A large bathroom allows for extra comfort, with the addition of such accessories as a double sink, a side-by-side shower and bathtub or even a bidet, ideal for children!
Let's focus on the double sink: why is it so useful? A double sink reduces preptime, which tends to take quite a while. With this configuration, one person can be fixing their hair while another applies makeup. Each person has their own side, and the users are not forced to fight for a place in the mirror. For families with tight schedules, this is a god-send!
Wardrobes for the clothing aficianado
Wardrobes are a clothes and shoe lover's fantasy. With oversized hangers, custom closets and fitted columns for easyorganization, it's not hard to see why wardrobes are so seductive. Installing one allows you to instantly see all your clothing options.
In general, wardrobes are situated in the master bedroom or in anoffice that has been specifcally converted for this purpose, especially when the room has been judged as too small to really serve any other purpose or when a larger guest room is already available.
Should you add a wardrobe to your bathroom?
With so much space dedicated to the bathtub, you will be quick to speculate on whether installing a wardrobe directly in the bathroom is a good choice.
The arguments for
- Gives you the ability to select your outfit directly out of the shower or bath, without having to cross rooms.
- Frees the room of any massive cupboards, preferring instead to let the decor speak for itself.
The arguments against
- Humidity can affect the linen.
- Accessing the wardrobe is impossible if the bathroom is occupied.
If the bathroom is properly ventilated, has both a window and a CMV, there should be no issues. You can test this yourself by looking at your towels, which are most often stored directly in the bathroom, and generally do not develop mold or agressive smells. Here's another tip if this sounds appealing: install a moisture curtain that separates the bathroom and the adjacent wardrobe.
Why not have a wardrobe with two entrances at the same time? Simple add a door between the bedroom and the large bathroom. If you are still on the fence, don't hesitate to bring out the graph paper and pencil to trace the layout and eventual path!
The key to choosing between a wardrobe and a large bathroom is to define your priorities! If the room is big enough to accommodate a large floor unit and a chest of drawers, it's ideal for turning into a spacious bathroom, dedicated to relaxation. It's easy to do and can even lead to the installation of a hot tub!
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Guide written by:
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds, 89 guides
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends. I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish. I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece. I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.