How to Draw a Floor Plan for Your Bathroom

The process of remodeling your bathroom begins with drawing a floor plan. The pencil-and-paper approach is less expensive than computer-based design and will certainly get the job done. To make a scaled drawing of the existing bathroom, you need the following:

  • 1/4-inch-square graph paper

  • 16-foot (or longer) steel measuring tape

  • Art gum eraser

  • Masking tape

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Tracing paper

  • Unlined paper

Even if you hated art class in school, this is going to be fun because no drawing is required. Sit on the floor or the toilet or in the tub and make Leonardo da Vinci proud.

  1. Sketch it out.

    Make a rough paper sketch of the room on unlined paper. This sketch should have all openings, including doors and windows; the location of the existing plumbing fixtures (toilet, bathtub, shower, and vanity); the location of all electrical lines, including outlets and receptacles, light fixtures, and fans; heating and cooling pipes and heating ducts; and walls and partitions.

    If you’re considering borrowing space from an adjacent room, make a sketch of it, too. You may want to use space from a closet in the room next to it, a linen closet in the hall nearby, or an adjacent bathroom.

  2. Add dimensions to the sketch.

    Next, with the help of a friend, use the tape measure to take measurements of the bathroom. Hold the tape tightly at both ends to get exact dimensions. Measure the length of the walls, windows, and fixtures and mark them on the rough sketch. Go back and double-check the measurements for accuracy.

  3. Transfer the room dimensions to a sheet of graph paper.

    Each 1/4-inch square on the graph paper is equal to 6 inches, or 1/2 foot.

    For example, a 6-foot-long wall will be 12 squares long in the drawing. First, draw the bathroom walls and partitions and then the surrounding areas. Include the doors and the direction they swing open and, of course, any windows. Then draw in the fixtures to complete the floor plan.

You now have the basic layout of the existing bathroom and its adjacent areas. If you plan an addition to expand the size of the bathroom, the scaled drawing should include the exterior wall you plan to open.

Don’t lose your original sketch. Keep it safely tucked in your bathroom notebook so it’s safe and you won’t lose it. Some people like to keep it on a clipboard so it’s easy to work on. Whatever you decide, don’t misplace it.

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