Whether you’re looking to ease queues outside of the family bathroom or provide a convenient WC location for guests, a second downstairs toilet will be a beneficial addition to your home. What’s more, it’s a great – and relatively inexpensive – way to add value to your property.
When it comes to creating a cloakroom on the ground floor, there are a few considerations you’ll need to make:
Location – cloakrooms that are installed close to the kitchen make plumbing easier and therefore less expensive. The space under the stairs tends to be the most common location.
Ventilation – will your cloakroom have a window? If not you'll need to install an extractor fan.
Heating – if you have space to install a towel rail, that's probably going to be the most beneficial and efficient way to heat the room. If not, you might need to consider underfloor heating.
Space – available floor space is likely to be at a premium, which will impact upon your choice of sanitaryware. Wall-mounted toilets and basins are ideally suited to small areas. The layout of your room from initial concept onwards is also important, especially in understairs cloakrooms where headroom is a factor.
Storage – every bathroom needs it, but do you have space for it? You’ll need to make use of under-basin storage and shelving.
Beyond those considerations, the most important thing you’ll need is inspiration. Fortunately, there’s plenty of that around. Here are 19 great cloakroom designs to get those creative juices flowing.