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Getting The Height Right

When it comes to bathroom planning, the height of your basin, bath and shower really matters

Mira Inspired
Thursday 31st May 2018

When you're thinking about installing a new bathroom, the last thing people think about is the standard bath or sink height. We focus on things like the colour scheme, light fixtures, or wall and floor tiles, but what about getting the right height for all your bathroom fittings?

Standard bath height
Renovating a bathroom can be incredibly exciting. The key thing to decide from the outset is where you are going to position the main sanitary items – the bath, sink and toilet. There often isn’t a lot of wriggle room with a bathroom, unless you are doing something drastic like knocking out a wall or removing a bath and replacing it with a walk-in shower.

Wherever you are planning to position these items, it is crucial to know their sizes, which is especially important when it comes to choosing the right bath panels.

In the UK, the standard bath measures 1700mm x 700mm. The standard bath height is 510mm. Although heights may vary, it is important to remember that the higher the bath is, the harder it is to get in an out. That is particularly important to consider in family homes or homes for older people.

Freestanding baths are a great choice if you have enough space to install one. Both roll top and modern versions add style and elegance to bathrooms. They come in standard bath height but can be raised on a platform or have different styles and feet which will impact on the overall bath height.

Bathroom with white shower room and white freestanding bath. pale green walls and vintage rug

Basin height
When it comes to choosing your bathroom sink height, you need to decide where the sink is going to be positioned. This will usually be determined by the existing water supply.

Most plumbing experts say a comfortable basin height is considered to be somewhere between 800-850mm. However, people who are particularly tall may want to consider installing their basins a little higher to take the pressure off their backs when it comes to bending over the sink every morning. 

Before deciding on bathroom sink height, it is a good idea to compare the heights of sinks you use outside of the home. If you find one you like, measure it and use it as a comparison guide. The sink at work may be too low, meaning you always have to crouch down to wash your hands. The height of the bathroom sink at your local café may be too high, while the one at your friend’s place could feel just right. Check out as many as you can so the height of your bathroom sink is just right for you. When it comes to making this decision there are no right or wrong answers. You’ll be using your sink every day, so it needs to be at a height that is as comfortable as possible.

Installer fitting electric shower to white tiled shower wall

Shower height
Whether your shower is installed above your bath or is a stand-alone model with a shower enclosure, there are a few rules of thumb for getting the right height. Showerheads should ideally be high enough for users to stand comfortably underneath but not so high that the water hits the wall in front of you.

The average height is 200cm, but this should generally be about one foot above your head. Rain showers are usually fitted in line with the ceiling but heads that are suspended should be about one foot lower.

Tip: Mira Showers have downloadable dimensional line drawings available for all their showers, they will help you gauge the right height for your shower. Find them on individual shower product pages under the ‘Resources’ tab.

Mirror height
When choosing the right height for your mirror, you should be guided by your own height. Find the average of everyone who will be using the mirror in your household and make sure everyone fits comfortably within the top and bottom of the mirror. 5ft 6” is the average height, but all households will generally be different.

For the most symmetrical look, a centre line can be created between the counter and the ceiling. People often position the bottom of their mirror above their taps, but you can create a stylish effect by letting the two overlap.

From space-saving solutions to sprays to suit your mood, take a look at our Mira shower accessories range to complete your bathroom look.

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Example of a bathroom mirror height above a sink unit