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Basement Bathroom Ideas

Rujuta Borkar
Thinking of building a bathroom in your basement? You'll need to come up with really classy basement bathroom ideas so that you can enjoy yourself in peace, soaking in the bathtub!
The basement bathroom is getting more and more popular these days because of growing families, ergo growing needs. Think about it. Are you having trouble every morning? Lining up in front of the bath and having to wait your turn? Why is it that when you need to have a leisurely bath and soak in the tub, someone is using the same tub to bathe the family dog?
Wouldn't it be great if there magically appeared a beautiful bathroom from somewhere? There is no guarantee about the magic thing, but there is a way in which that bathroom could be yours. It's called a basement bathroom and it could truly be the answer to all your bathroom woes.

First Things First...The Steps

~ Survey the basement and find out space and utilities available to build the bathroom.
~ Even if limited space available, it is possible to built a bathroom - you don't need an extravagantly huge bath anyway.
~ Make sure that there is the facility of plumbing and electrical fittings in the basement or else you will not be able to go anywhere with this plan.
~ It is usually recommended that you contact a professional architect and designer who will know exactly how to transform the plan from paper to reality. Moreover, he can give you suggestions about the kind of designs that you can go in for after he has studied your basement and knows what can work there.
~ It is important to know the kind of things that are required in building a basement bathroom. Certain things like going in for moisture resistant walls or storing up on extra tiles is something that a professional will be better able to guide you with.
~ Draw out a plan by calling a professional architect who will help you design a bathroom and install the bathroom decor in the available space.
~ If, however, you do not want to call a professional and can handle the task by yourself, then you'll need some basement bathroom ideas to carry on.

Ideas for Small Basement Bathrooms

Bathroom Facilities - Check Space

What are the kinds of products that you will be using in your bath? There might be a high chance that the space available in the basement is not as large as that available in a regular bathroom.
In such a case, you need to carefully choose your products for your bathroom design. Why get an over-sized bathroom sink that will not only look out of place but also take up precious space?

Bathroom Facilities - Check Design

The same rule applies to the bath, cabinets, showers, and anything else that you will be fitting into the bath. There are several products available these days in all sizes, which are especially designed, keeping in mind the limited space available.
So choose all bathroom products that will fit this criterion. This is one of the best bathroom design ideas for small spaces that you can bring into action.

Bathroom Lighting - the More, the Better

Small bath? Make sure it doesn't look cramped and overbearing. How will you make it seem more spacious? One way is to focus on the bathroom lighting. The more the light, the bigger the bathroom will seem.
Keep in mind that natural light might not trickle in as easily as it does in your home. You will need to get light fittings that help to illuminate the room and get rid of any dullness.

Bathroom Lighting - Use Various Techniques

Other than that, there are several other ways and techniques by which one can increase the amount of light that trickles into the bath.
One can, for example, fit in glass walls for the shower area (translucent or semi-translucent) so that the light is not blocked but floods the entire room.

Bathroom Paints - Use Light Colors

The choice of paints that one makes for the basement bathroom will have a great influence on the space and the overall feel of the bath. One way for a small space to seem bigger is to use a simple trick - make use of light colors to paint the walls.

Bathroom Colors - Go for Combinations

Start with darker shades at the base and move towards lighter shades towards the ceiling. This will give it an illusion of being a much larger room than it really is.

Mirrors and Space - Use Designer Mirror

Nothing puts forth a more convincing illusion of space. A lot of designer bathroom mirrors fixed at strategic locations will help to open out the room and create more space. It will lead to an open feeling, rather than a closed one.

Mirrors and Space - Use Compact Mirrors

No designer mirrors are needed, only, the mirrors placed must capture the light and spread it around the room. Also, mirrors that are placed facing each other will always give it a feeling of the room being huge.

Cabinet Space - Check bathroom Space

Again, make sure that you do not put the bathroom cabinets where they will cut into the space of the bathroom. Maybe you could only build one cabinet which stores the essential toiletries.

Cabinet Space - Check Essentials

The other excess toiletries, like guest towels, soaps, etc., could be stored in one of the cabinets in the main basement outside the bath. You can easily get these out when there are guests over. It'll not only save space but also help open out the bath.