Fixtures are often the focal point of a bathroom. Vanities,
tubs and showers, even toilets can draw the eye and work to produce a desirable
theme. However, as every designer knows, nuanced touches complete a space.
Accessories such as towel bars, robe hooks, soap dishes, and
toothbrush holders can add style and appeal to your bathroom. They can also
detract from a space or make an area look clumsy and cluttered. This makes
choosing the right bathroom accessories incredibly important. Fortunately, with
the many styles available today, adding nuanced touches to your bathroom can be
When selecting bathroom accessories:
Consider the accessories your bathroom needs
Consider space limitations
Consider the overall theme of your bathroom
Look for accessories that complement the theme of your
existing fixtures and select sets that allow for a consistent look throughout.
Make sure to only choose those accessories that can fit into your space, but
remember that varying sizes are generally available within each set.
The right bathroom accessories can bring a space to life.
Better still, updating accessories is a quick and inexpensive way to improve
the comfort, convenience, and appearance of any bathroom in your home.
Installing bathroom tiles can improve the appearance,
cleanliness, and overall appeal of your bathroom. If you are considering
installing tiles on your own, there are a number of things to keep in mind,
chief among which is the time it takes to install them. Making sure to allow
yourself enough time to complete the job well can produce results that will
last for several years to come.
Important: Before you
install your new bathroom tile, be sure to remove existing flooring. This gives
you a much better foundation for your tiles and will help ensure the strongest
Make and mark your
pattern – place dry tiles in their respective places, taking time to ensure
proper fit and thematic consistency. Mark any cuts necessary for tiles to fit
with a wax pencil and make appropriate cuts with a wet tile saw. You may use
sandpaper or tile stone to smooth rough edges of cut tile.
Once you are happy with a pattern and placement, trace
around the center tile to mark its position and remove the tiles from the
floor, being sure to stack them in an order that will make proper placement
Mix and place your
mortar – following the package directions, mix thin-set mortar to the consistency
of peanut butter. Only mix as much mortar as you can use in one hour as mortar
will dry out and become unusable after that time. Apply mortar to the floor
using a notched trowel held at a 45-degree angle.
Place and adhere your
tiles – beginning with the center tile, set tiles in their proper places.
Slightly wiggle each tile to ensure proper adhesion to the mortar. Be sure to
place spacers in between tiles to allow for grout after the mortar has dried.
Tiles generally require 12 - 18 hours to set. Once they have
set, remove the spacers and apply grout to produce a polished and professional
Heated towel racks offer a number of benefits. Not only do
they help eliminate mold and mildew, they can reduce heating costs and add
significant style to your home, making them a fantastic addition to existing
bathrooms or an attractive consideration during remodels.
If you are selecting a free-standing towel warmer,
installation should be incredibly simple. These units typically have a plug
that can be used in any available outlet, though they should be kept away from
water and allowed their own power source when in use. If you would prefer a
wall or floor mounted towel warmer, additional considerations need to be made.
There are two primary types of floor and wall mounted heated
towel racks: electric and hydronic. Most electric and all hydronic towel
warmers will need to be connected to existing hot water or radiant heating
systems. Some wall and floor mounted electric towel warmers come with a plug.
Be sure to install these close enough to an outlet that you will not need to
use extension cords or power strips – both of which increase risks for
electrical shock in bathrooms.
If working with hot water or radiant heating systems is not
something you are comfortable with, you should contact a trusted plumber or
electrician for installation of any plugless towel warmer.
Heated towel racks come in a variety of sizes and styles,
enabling them to serve the needs of even larger families. Once installed, these
bathroom accessories can enhance the function and style of your bathroom while
also increasing the overall value of your home.
There are a number of upgrades that can be made to school
bathrooms to make them both more hygienic and less wasteful – many of which
begin with automation. Automated faucets, soap dispensers, hand dryers, and
toilets conserve water, prevent the spreading of germs, and help keep areas
cleaner. These items also produce a look and feel that is more modern and
accessible to younger generations.
Other school bathroom updates can focus less on technology
and more on student creativity. For example, allowing students to paint murals
on the walls or to artistically decorate stalls encourages student involvement.
It also helps students feel more responsible for keeping the area clean,
further improving hygiene.
Scholastic activities, news, and school updates can be
placed in inexpensive plastic frames attached to the inside of stall doors or
next to mirrors. This gives students information they need in a space where
they are, frankly, a captive audience. These frames can become a revenue
generator if your school accepts advertising from local businesses such as
driving schools or for booster clubs and other in-school organizations.
Upgrading school bathrooms can help produce a more
comfortable and inviting environment which can, in turn, increase scholastic
achievement. Talk to your district about upgrade potentials and get to work on
creating a more relaxing environment for your students today.
Steam, humidity, and condensation in a bathroom can cause a
number of issues such as warping fixtures, blistering paint, and allowing mold
and mildew to flourish. The best way to prevent these issues is to aerate the
room with a bathroom ventilation system.
Bathroom ceiling fans are the most effective ventilation
system, but it is important to choose the right one for your home. Bathroom
fans are rated by CFM – how many cubic feet of air they can move in one minute.
To determine which size is right for you bathroom, simply multiply your room’s
square footage by 1.1. A fan’s CFM rating will be printed on its outside box.
The best place to install a bathroom fan is in between the
toilet and shower. To ensure you are not harming pipes or wire, first drill a
reference hole with a small drill bit. If you are installing in a lower-level
bathroom, gradually make the hole larger until you can see what’s above. For
upper level restrooms, crawl into the attic to remove insulation and ensure you
are not too close to pipes or wiring.
Once you are sure you’re clear of obstructions, measure the
fan’s intake port to determine what size hole to cut in the ceiling. Using a layout
or framing square, draw the outline of the intake vent onto the ceiling. Be
sure to use the reference hole as a centering point. Using a jigsaw, drywall
saw, or reciprocating saw, cut the section out of the ceiling. Be sure to wear
goggles and a facemask to prevent injury, and always support the waste piece
before making final cuts to ensure smooth lines.
Once the hole is cut, your bathroom fan is ready to be
installed. Instructions for proper installation and wiring should be included
with your fan.
Please note: To prevent moisture-related problems such as
mold, your bathroom ventilation system must vent outdoors. Pushing moisture
into your attic or an upper level may clear the bathroom, but can cause rotting
of support beams and other structural issues.