by Carl Hagstrom
A bathroom doesn't have to be big to
be funtional. But as the bathroom gets
smaller, the fixture clearances become
more critical, and a compact bath can
quickly turn into a crowded bath.
When fixture space is at a premium,
it's important to keep a close eye on
There are essentially two types of
clearances that need to be considered
when laying out a basic bath plan: fixture
clearances and user clearances.
Fixture clearances are the easiest to
define — you have to make sure that
there is enough space available to
install the fixture.
User clearances are the areas needed
to access and use the fixture, and these
are open to interpretation.