Do you like being comfortable in your home? Of course you do. With today’s renovations, more and more thought is being put into not only creating something beautiful, but also making your home more comfortable…and bathrooms are no exception. Here are some ideas that can easily add more comfort to your newly planned bathroom.
For the longest time, choosing a toilet was a pretty basic decision. Do you want the basic, standard, 2-piece toilet or do you want the more expensive one piece toilet? Now, there are more options that not only give your toilet a different look, but these options actually affect the level of comfort you have when…uhh…using the toilet.
The first option that you should consider is choosing between a round toilet bowl or an elongated toilet bowl. Traditionally, toilets were of the round variety, however, an elongated toilet bowl is a lot easier to sit on. The only real drawback of course is they take up a larger footprint in your bathroom. In most cases, this isn’t a problem, but for small bathrooms, such as an ensuite, an elongated toilet might affect how much leg room you have, or, it may interfere with opening and closing the door.
The other option that can really add a lot of comfort is the height of the bowl. Standard height toilet bowls are usually 15 inches high whereas “comfort height” toilet bowls are 17-19 inches high. Those extra couple of inches don’t sound like a lot but, trust me, if you are tall, elderly, or have mobility problems, these toilets are a lot easier to sit on.
As you move to an elongated, comfort height toilet, the cost of the toilet does go up, but the amount is really insignificant.
There was a time in Edmonton in the nineties when new home builders were building bathrooms that included a whirlpool or jet tub. These monstrosities looked nice, but almost everyone I’ve talked to who has one says they don’t
use it and would like to get rid of it. Sure, I imagine there are those folks that like to sit in the tub at the end of a long day with a glass of wine and a good book, but in reality, most people take showers.
If you’re the kind of person that steps into your bathtub only to take a shower, why not get rid of the tub? More and more, it’s becoming acceptable to forego the tub in favour of a tiled shower as the main place to bathe. The tiling systems have improved enough that, if done correctly, showers aren’t prone to leaking either.
The benefits of having a shower rather than a tub are many. The most obvious one, of course, is safety. You’re not lifting you leg very high in order to get into and out of a shower whereas with a tub, it’s much easier to slip and fall while getting in or out. Showers are easier to clean as well. And, if you do need to sit down due to mobility issues, a fold down bench is a perfect way to sit and enjoy the nice hot water. Add in a rain head and it’s like sitting under a waterfall.
What if I kids? Pets? Isn’t a tub easier? I really don’t think so. Nowadays, a when bathing a newborn, most people buy a smaller tub to sit in the regular tub. Now, that tub can just sit on the shower floor (or maybe the bench, although I haven’t tried that). And as far as pets go, I don’t really think there is a difference.
Part of the comfort factor that a lot of people don’t always think about is how some product choices can affect your bathroom. A good example of this is cleaning. Do you like spending lots of time with an old toothbrush cleaning soap scum out of your grout lines and around your shower door? I didn’t think so. A lot of older bathrooms used 6 inch by
6 inch wall tile and a sliding shower door that sat on edge of the tub. If you weren’t dedicated to cleaning well, the tile and the door started to look funky after a while.
The first thing you can do to combat the funk and make your life more comfortable is to choose a larger format tile. Bigger tile equal fewer grout lines which means less scrubbing. Not only that, but the current trend in bathroom tile is to go with a larger format tile. It’s common now to see 12×24 or 18×24 tile on the walls rather than 3×6 or 6×6. And, if you want to spice up the look of these larger tiles, it’s still easy to incorporate mosaic accents in the design.
As well, instead of including a glass door for your tub or shower, why not go with a rod and curtain? The advantage of the rod and curtain is that it’s much easier to keep clean. When a shower door gets dirty, it often means getting down on your hands and knees with a scrub brush and spending some time removing the mildew. With a shower curtain, you can throw the thing in the wash, or, simply replace it. Come to think of it, the rod and curtain are also a lot more comfortable on your wallet.