If you are thinking of investing in a guest bathroom, there is more to consider than simply whether you pick a Duravit or Laufen bathroom suite. Planning a space like this that will be used by your visitors takes time, so follow our top tips.
Choose a space
If you regularly have friends and family staying over, it is good to be able to offer them their own room in which to wash. This provides them with more privacy and means they won't worry thinking they have to rush in case another member of the household is waiting.
There are two ways to provide your guests with their own bathroom - either treat yourself to an ensuite for your master bedroom so the main bathroom is free, or introduce a second bathroom or ensuite for one of the other bedrooms. Both can add value to the home if completed to a high quality, and you'll be pleased to hear that you don't need a huge amount of space to fit the facilities in.
Alternatively, you could see if it is possible to convert the loft. Indeed, the attic may prove to be a suitable space to build a guest quarters consisting of bedroom and bathroom - although this idea might appeal so much you keep it for yourself and turn your master bedroom into a guest sleeping space instead.
Choose a simple suite
When it comes to your main bathroom, there is no harm in being creative. You could have a large freestanding bath fitted in the middle of the room so you can enjoy the view from the window, or his and her sinks if you both spend plenty of time in front of the mirror. However, when it comes to a bathroom for your guests it's best to keep it simple.
Use hotel bathrooms as your guide when planning the layout and consider the shape and space of the room you have available. Remember, your visitors are unlikely to stay for more than a week, so you only need the basics of a toilet, sink and shower - or bath if you have the room. Having said that, it's worth not settling on the cheapest suite you can find as you want to be sure you offer your guests quality when they stay over.
As with the suite and layout, it is sensible to keep things simple when it comes to the decor. A white suite and neutral walls will always be in style, so you don't have to worry about redecorating regularly.
It is wise to add a few elements, such as those that you might find in a hotel and which your guests will see as useful. A large mirror is a must, so it can be used by visitors whether they are shaving, brushing their teeth or applying makeup.
Like any good hotel, it's worth providing your guests with a few useful extras. It will certainly make their stay easier, as they won't have to worry about packing towels and shampoo - or asking to borrow yours.
You can collect small shampoo and shower gel bottles when you stay at hotels and decant your own wash products into them. These can then be left for your guests to use. It is also worth buying a set of towels that you reserve for guests as - because they won't need to be washed as often - they will take longer to ware out than your main set so you won't have to replace them all the time.