If you have ever considered installing an ensuite, but feel that you simply don’t have the space – this article is for you. Even the smallest room can have an ensuite shower room as long as there is suitable access to the water supply. If you can imagine a shower in a caravan, you can certainly fit one into the corner of your bedroom.
Even in small families, having one bathroom can be a nightmare in the morning. As children grow they are more likely to spend longer periods of time in the bathroom and the shower can be occupied just when you need it. It soon becomes apparent that an ensuite is needed – but where on earth will it go?
Where to put your ensuite
Most bedrooms can accommodate a cubicle about the size of a large shower. One great idea is to remove a built in wardrobe or an airing cupboard to offer up more space for a small bathroom. Stealing some room from a next door bedroom is also a good idea. But either way you will need to keep the room small and compact.
This is where the idea of a wetroom is perfect. A wetroom is an entirely tiled room which has been lined to ensure that water cannot escape from the floor or walls. It is essentially a walk-in shower room with a sink and toilet. Of course the sink and toilet could get wet depending on the space available, but this is easily remedied with a quick wipe down.
The important thing to remember with a wetroom is that the walls and floor must be fully lined and the floor must be angled towards a drainage point. This will prevent the water from ending up in your bedroom.
Your ensuite should also have a means of letting the steam escape. If you cannot have a window, it is essential to install a good fan extractor. Having steam build up in your bedroom will lead to problems with mildew and could lead to damage to your furnishings.
Small bathroom items
It is possible to buy toilets which are angled to sit into a corner. These are ideal for tight spaces. Another good idea is to choose a toilet which sits with its back against the wall or which comes out from the wall.
When choosing a sink, one which is designed for a cloakroom might be the best option. Cloakroom sinks generally are much smaller with a narrower profile. They are large enough for general teeth brushing and handwashing but not as big as the sink in a normal sized bathroom.
If you choose to use a shower cubicle rather than a wetroom, there are a number available which are smaller in size. It is important that the doors do not open too far out into the room or there may be problems entering or leaving the shower. Folding doors are the best way to avoid this.
Fully enclosed units
Those familiar with caravan living will recognise this idea. These clever units could be used in the home as well. They contain the toilet, the shower and sink in one unit which can simply be placed into the room. This ready made option leaves very little room for comfort, but for very tight spaces it certainly fits the bill.
One of the main issues when it comes to installing an ensuite into a bathroom is the water supply and pipework. A macerator makes it possible to install a toilet and general waste anywhere in your home without needing large pipes. The waste is ground up to a thinner consistency to fit along smaller pipes. The macerator pump will then force the material towards the main soil pipe allowing it to be taken away with other household waste water.