Practically Speaking: How To Balance Form And Function In Your Bathroom

05 Jul 2022 by Caroma

Creating a beautiful bathroom is one thing, but have you considered all the practicalities in your design as well?

We asked our experts to share the things that can be easily over-looked in a bathroom renovation, so that you don’t make these mistakes in your bathroom sanctuary. Before you start, ask yourself these five questions:


All the best products and finishes in the world count for nothing if you don’t get the layout right. Check and double-check your measurements to make sure all your products fit in the space and that you have enough room to complete your daily tasks. Can you undress for the shower without bumping the vanity? Do you hit your knees on the bath when you sit on the toilet? You get the picture!

What’s the first thing you see when you enter the room? It should be the most beautiful element, like a free-standing bath… not the toilet. We offer a 3D modelling service at our Caroma on Collins Flagship stores and would love to help you perfect your layout.


Your bathroom should be functional for you, not your tradies. It pays to be on-site when crucial decisions need to be made, like the height of your shower rail or where your toilet roll holder is positioned. There’s nothing wrong with hopping in the shower to check your head doesn’t touch the overhead rain shower, or sitting on the toilet so you know the toilet roll will be in reach. There are standard heights for many things, like vanities, but if it doesn’t suit your family and the way you use your bathroom, speak up and have it changed before it’s too late to do so.


Floor wastes can be a trip hazard so think about where you could position them to prevent this. A clever way to hide a waste is to position it under a wall-hung vanity and no one will even know it’s there. Speak to your tiler about the best positioning for your wet room waste. Chances are the professionals will have some great advice on the best waste and fall of the tiles for effective drainage.


A cluttered benchtop will detract from your lovely new bathroom, so don’t forget to create a place for everything… and keep everything in its place. If your vanity storage is not enough, perhaps consider a mirrored shaving cabinet to provide extra face-height storage. Or include additional shelving for storage and display.


Renovators regularly try to fit freestanding baths in spaces that don’t accommodate functionality and cleaning. Your bath should be at least 200mm from a wall and at least 300mm from either end to allow a mop to access. If you don’t have the space, a solution is a back-to-wall bath that gives the aesthetic of a free-standing bath, but with the functionality for cleaning. If a bath is making your bathroom feel over-crowded, think again. Do you really need it? If your family doesn’t use a bath, there’s no hard and fast rule stating you must have one. Freeing up the space for a large double shower could be a much better outcome for your family.

Practically Speaking: How To Balance Form And Function In Your Bathroom

Practically Speaking: How To Balance Form And Function In Your Bathroom

For over 75 years GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens brands, such as Caroma, Fowler, Stylus and Dorf have been a part of life in Australia. A wholly owned subsidiary of GWA International Limited, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens is a Brisbane-based, Australian managed company with diverse interests in the building products industry and related companies.Clever thinkingOur reputation for innovative thinking stretches back to our founding fathers. In 1837, the Fowler brand began manufacturing sanitaryware. Dorf was established in 1948 by Keith Hooper, an admirer of Henry Ford. He decided to switch the letters in the word ‘Ford’ to create the innovative tapware brand we know today.Caroma was founded in 1941 by Charles Rothauser and his wife Roma when they developed the first one-piece plastic cistern, winning the first of many awards for Caroma including the FH Edwards Laurel in 1956. In 1980, Caroma introduced the world’s first dual flush toilet, which continues to save millions of litres of water each year.Caroma and Dorf remain to be some of Australia’s most widely recognised brands and continue to provide innovative solutions for everyday Australians and professionals alike.Unmatched Sustainability RecordOur Research & Development team, under the leadership of Dr. Steve Cummings, is recognised globally for its water saving achievements.Over the years, our products have saved Australia and the world billions of litres of potable water, the world’s most precious resource.As the leading manufacturer of Australian bathroom products, GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens has always made sustainability the focus of product performance.Long before it became fashionable to think of the environment, GWA was developing water saving and energy efficient technologies. We’ve pioneered an impressive list of industry firsts including:- Commercialised the dual flush button system.- The 6/3 litre dual flush cistern.- The 4.5/3 litre dual flush cistern with Smartflush® technology.- Industry first WELS 5 star rating for toilet suites with the new Profile toilet suite with integrated hand basin.- Industry first WELS 6 star rating for urinals with the new Cube® 0.8L electronic urinal suiteAlways SolvingToday, our Research & Development team is dedicated to continuing our reputation for innovation with a focus on developing the latest water-saving technology. Every product we make is designed and built to respond to society’s changing needs and an ever-increasing desire for efficiency and environmental consciousness. Our products meet relevant Australian Standards, WELS certification and Codes of Practice for new build and retrofit applications.Ever EvolvingAbove all, bathroom and kitchen products need to be desirable, practical and functional. At GWA Bathrooms & Kitchens, we’re committed to leading the way in developing groundbreaking industry innovations to ensure we continue to provide these benefits to the Australian people for years to come.


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