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From morning showers until brushing and flossing before bed, we
spend quite a lot of time in the bathroom throughout the day. This room sees
just as much, if not more, foot traffic as the kitchen. For this reason, it’s
important to build it to last so that it not just serves its purpose
efficiently, but also stylishly and comfortably. Here are 15 simple ways you
can improve the quality of your bathroom’s functionality and value.

Install a shower door:
If you’re still using shower curtains to prevent splashback on your bathroom
floor, you may not be getting all of it and this can lead to mildew and mold.
While a glass-panel shower door may require light cleaning, it’s much more
effective at keeping the water in the shower area and also adds a cleaner
aesthetic to the bathroom. Make sure the door edges are lined with rubber
scrapers and that the tiling/ceramic has been properly sealed with a caulking
gun.
 Install porcelain
tiling:
Tiling in the bathroom is a match made in heaven because the
porcelain squares are resistant to water, easy to clean, and look great when
arranged in diagonals or in mosaics. Installing larger tiles rather than
smaller ones are easier to work with and limit the amount of sealing needed
between individual tiles; try using 18×18 in tiles for the floor and 12x12in
tiles on the wall of your shower. It’s best to have your tiling installed by a
professional to make sure each piece is cut and fitted precisely to be seamless
so that water does not seep into your flooring or walls.   
 Hide the toilet:
Keeping this much needed amenity tucked away is great for privacy and
aesthetics to a passer by of the room. If you have money to spend, you can
install a half wall to cover the toilet, or simply place bathroom furniture on
the side that faces the door. If you are able, place the toilet itself in its
own enclosed “room-within-the-room” for extra privacy.
 Replace sink with a more
durable model:
While a basic porcelain sink is a classic for any bathroom,
it is prone to cracking and chipping from years of wear and tear. Some durable
types of sinks include stainless steel, enamel-on-steel, and solid surface.
Your sink takes a beating over time, so make sure yours will still look shiny
and smooth after years of use.
 Install granite or
quartz countertops:
These heavy and durable stone slabs aren’t just good
for your kitchen or a fancy restaurant’s restroom; they also look great in your
own bathroom. Counter space is valuable, particularly in the morning when
you’re getting ready, so making sure your countertop will stand up to your
daily activities while looking pretty is paramount.
 Expand the shower stall:
If you don’t always use the bathtub, consider extending your shower space to
4×6 or even 5×7 ft (a standard shower stall measures 3×3 ft). An expanded
shower can provide you with more maneuverability in the shower. Installing a
steaming unit can also turn your shower into a sauna. 
 Install low-flow water
devices:
Just like Energy STAR has certified certain appliances to be more
energy-efficient, the EPA has also certified certain water devices through its
own program WaterSense.
If a showerhead, faucet, or toilet has the WaterSense label, that means the
device is at least 20 percent more efficient in its water use than standard
models:
●    
Showerheads – 2.5 gallons per minute
●    
Faucets – models with aerators reduce their water usage
by 30%
●    
Toilets – 1.28 gallons per flush
 Have just one sink:
Having his and hers sinks was a trend years ago, but probably not anymore.
These 3 C’s clearly define the benefits of having just one sink in the
bathroom: cost, cleaning, and counter space.
 Install a bathroom
moisture fan:
You know how your bathroom gets very steamy after you take a
warm shower? If that moisture stays for too long, it turns to mildew and mold.
The venting system that sucks the moisture out of the room should be able to
accommodate at least 50 cubic feet per minute, but bathrooms that are 100 sq ft
or larger and/or have a shower steamer installed will need a venting system
twice as powerful.
 Install LED lighting for
every amenity:
Though overhead lighting in the bathroom will prevent you
from potentially running into something, it may not be enough light for the
rest of your evening routines. For better visibility, arrange your cap lights
to be above your shower and toilet while also placing lighting fixtures around
your vanity.
 Invest in useful
bathroom tech:
If you have extra money to spend, why not bring your
bathroom into the future by adding a weighing scale that records your BMI as well
as your weight, digital shower controls that can instantly adjust
temperature and flow, and perhaps even toilets that flush themselves using less
water. While many bathroom devices might seem frivolous, they will undoubtedly
become more commonplace in the homes of the near future.
 Organize your bathroom
items and toiletries in dedicated drawers:
Have you ever been in a rush in
the morning and just cannot find that one thing you need to get ready? By
having things in dedicated places, it’ll be much easier to keep track of what
you need when you need it.
 Install a medicine
cabinet:
These haven’t gone out of style just yet; they can still give you
extra storage space for your toiletries while doubling as your vanity. They can
also be quite aesthetically pleasing if you manage to score one with a nice
design.
 Put up hanging racks:
Not just for hanging, these racks can provide you with the much-needed extra
shelf space for towels and other items. Bathrooms are known for having limited
storage space so installing new places to hang or stack things is always a good
thing.
 Repurpose old furniture
or containers for organized storage:
Have an old nightstand or small
cabinet that you don’t know what to do with? Use it in the bathroom to store
your extra items, especially if you opted for a pedestal sink with no storage
underneath. Reusing wooden crates or woven baskets can add an interesting
accent to your bathroom space while also storing your stuff.
 Remember that you only have limited space in the bathroom so
whatever improvements you make, make sure it’s not overbearing and doesn’t
obstruct traffic flow . Smooth waterproof surfaces, good lighting, sufficient
storage, and efficient use of water are the four pillars you should base your
bathroom design around to have a bathroom that has form and function.
 About the Author:
Based in Los Angeles, Jonathan Dean has been writing
professionally since 2009. He writes for JustRentToOwn.com and his professional
interests include housing trends, personal finance, and new urban development.