What to Think About When Designing Your Master Bathroom

Spacious, luxurious master bathrooms have become a desirable feature in today’s world. With so many details to consider, it’s not always easy to design a master bathroom that flows well, while also meeting all your personal requirements.

Fortunately, when you focus on the right details during the design stage, you’ll end up with exactly what you want (and need).


Often overlooked by homebuyers, circulation is an important aspect of any master bathroom.

For example, pathways should be a minimum of 36 inches wide, allowing for proper circulation throughout your space.

Also, its good practice to leave at least 42 inches in front of sinks, as it provides the necessary space if you share the bathroom with another person.


Think about all the most important features and fixtures of a master bathroom. Is your mind starting to turn?

Proper placement of fixtures is an absolute must. If you make a mistake in this area, it can disrupt flow and make it difficult to use the space in an efficient manner.

Here are some placement tips to guide your design:

  • Sinks: Sinks should be easily accessible upon entering the master bathroom and from closets. While most configurations align two sinks in the same vanity, larger spaces may be able to accompany independent cabinets.
  • Showers: A shower must be placed where water is contained to water-resistant areas. Also, consider the design of the shower, as you’ll require a more private placement should you opt for a glass door.
  • Tubs: When space allows, a tub makes for a nice centerpiece of any master bathroom. It’s critical to leave as much open space as possible in front of the tub, as to allow for easy and safe entry and exit.
  • Toilet: The toilet should be placed out of your direct sight, when possible. To ensure this happens, place the toilet in a small room of its own. Note: in this case, the addition of an exhaust fan is a must.
  • Linen Closet: Storage is always a good thing, so consider adding a linen closet to your master bathroom. Think about the types of items you’ll keep in the closet – such as towels and personal care items – so that you choose the right size.


It doesn’t matter if you’re building a new home or remodeling an old one, don’t overlook the importance of a well thought out master bathroom.

With the right floor plan in place, you can guarantee yourself of an inviting master bathroom that will put a smile on your face.