Whether you’re installing a new tile floor, new wallpaper or a new Aquatic bath or shower, you need to know how much space you have to work with. Here’s how to make it easy.
1) First, unfold your bathroom. Many bathrooms aren’t plain rectangles — they have niches and angles and extra corners. Imagine all of those small walls straightened out to where the bathroom is now a simple, rectangular box.
2) Draw your box on a piece of paper and label each side “Wall A,” “Wall B,” etc.
3) Locate Wall A in your bathroom and use a tape measure to measure the distance from Wall A to Wall B. It’s usually easier to measure up near the ceiling where there are no (or fewer) obstructions. If you have several small walls, just measure around them separately and add up the measurement to get your total wall measurement. Write that measurement on your paper.
4) Starting from where you left off, measure Wall B to where it intersects with Wall C. Write that measurement on your paper. This results in two lengths: Wall A and Wall B.
The secret is, you don’t have to measure Wall C and D to get the total floor area. Multiply the length of Wall A by the length of Wall B. Now you and your decorator know exactly how much room you have to work with and, together, you can place sinks, tubs, showers and fixtures to see how everything will fit together.