7 Seven tips for the bathroom under the roof
The bathtub in the middle of the room and the view through the skylight into the starry sky – a bathroom under the roof has its charm. But if you are toying with the idea of expanding your attic, you need to take a few things into account – and be inspired by sample floor plans and creative design ideas. For the bathroom with sloping ceilings, it is not only the bathroom furniture that requires an individual and therefore often more cost-intensive solution than a standard bathroom.
Before a bathroom can be realised under the roof, some preparatory work is necessary. These mainly concern the later room height, insulation and statics. With good planning, a bathroom with sloping ceilings can also be used optimally. The effort is rewarded with individual bathrooms, which fulfil all wishes even in the smallest of spaces or with an angled floor plan.
Tip 1: Minimum requirements for room height
If the inclination angle of the roof is less than 35 degrees, a roof extension is not recommended. On the washstand, the room height should be 2.30 metres, above the toilet there should be at least 1.30 metres. The largest family member should still have 20 centimetres of space to the ceiling under the shower.
If building owners take the actual room height to heart, they can create functional roof bathrooms even with very angled floor areas. What bathroom designers throughout Germany have achieved from these four floor plans can be found in the picture gallery below.
Tip 2: Consider thermal insulation and sound insulation
The thermal insulation, as well as the roof insulation, must be tested and, if necessary, adapted to the intended use of the room. Ventilation should also be adapted to the insulation and insulation used. And don’t forget sufficient impact sound insulation.
3rd tip: Think about the statics
The load-bearing capacity of the storey ceiling is just as decisive, as a full bathtub weighs quite a bit. However, there are seldom load-bearing walls under the roof that need to be taken into account. The newly created living space can easily be divided up using substructures and plasterboard. If the supply and sewage pipes are already in place, the washbasin and WC can be easily mounted on metal stud walls.
Tip 4: A roof extension is often subject to approval.
Often the roof extension is subject to approval. This is especially true when roof windows or dormers are planned. Before the start one should inquire therefore absolutely on the responsible office.
Tip 5: Sanitary facilities – individual solutions for the roof bathroom
The smaller the room, the more filigree or neutral the sanitary objects such as washbasins, WCs and bathtubs should be. You should do without the projecting washbasin in shell form; it is better to use top-mounted washbasins or washbowls and simple sanitary objects with clear lines. If the bathtub is horizontal to the slope, it should be at least 160 centimetres long so that it protrudes far enough into the room. High shower trays should not be recommended as they visually compress the room. A flat shower tray or a simple drain with tiles matching the colour of the floor, on the other hand, create a uniform overall picture of the floor. The shower wall, however, often needs to be made to measure, as the standard solutions cannot necessarily be installed. Tip: You should pay attention to the door hinge of the shower wall as early as the planning stage. This saves you the hassle of bumping into the slope with the door every morning.
Picture gallery: A coherent overall concept instead of a disdainful compromise
A bathroom under the roof often requires compromises. However, the bathrooms in our picture gallery prove that they can be hidden with appropriate sanitary objects, lighting, colour or deliberately staged furniture. Even the use of the floor space does not necessarily have to be cut back: The floor plans show that even angled roof bathrooms can be optimally partitioned.
Tip 6: Adapt lighting, colour and bathroom furniture to the room
Atmospheric light for the relaxation bath in the evening or the well-lit make-up mirror – every bathroom requires different lighting options. In the bathroom under the roof, light should not only come from above. Uplights, for example integrated in the shelves under the sloping ceiling, making the room appear higher.
Tiles should be used sparingly, especially in small roof bathrooms, and preferably only in wet areas. Otherwise, they make the room look smaller. Instead, it is easy to play with colour here. The contrast of light and dark walls enlarges the room; accents can be set with a strong colour. In contrast to tiles, the wall colour can also be easily changed after some time.
Even bulky bathroom furniture should be avoided in small, winding rooms. The same amount can be stowed away in narrow washbasin furniture, especially if the space under the sloping roof is used as additional storage space. Open shelves, cupboards or seats can be integrated here. Numerous manufacturers also offer furniture specially designed for pitched roofs.
Tip 7: Custom-made storage solutions for the bathroom with sloping ceilings
- With individually manufactured shelves, the space under the slope can be optimally used.
- A bathroom cabinet can easily be accommodated in the installation wall required for the building.
- The Drempel – also known as the knee pole – is ideal for fitted cupboards or shelves. Who does not use this surface, allocates storage space.
- The wooden shelf in front of the kneeling floor connects room and washbasin – and is storage space, storage surface and seat at the same time.