Bathroom design guide

Special needs bath enhancements

For those with a mobility impairment, the right hardware and enhancements can make all the difference to how easy it is to get into and out of bathtubs.

Shower lighting

Depending on your shower screen or curtain, you may also need to consider how much light will be blocked.

Jacuzzis and whirlpool baths

Jacuzzis, whirlpools, spa baths or hot tubs - whatever you call them, they're a very comfortable (and occasionally social) place for a bit of good clean fun.

Bathtub height and position

The height of your bath and where you position it will have a big impact on how easy it is to get in and out - which can be a safety concern, particularly if you have mobility issues.

Bathtub length, width and depth

Bathtub length, width and depth

The inner dimensions of your bathtub are an important consideration, especially if you have tall people in your family. They also dictate how easily you can 'soak'.

Bathtub insulation

Insulation can make a big difference to how long your bathtub is able to retain its heat, and as a result, might also significantly affect your gas or electricity bills.

How to clean a bathtub

Baths need to be cleaned regularly to ensure that they're a pleasant place to bathe. Find out how to safely and effectively clean your bathtub.

Toilet seat

Toilet seats

Toilet seats come in all kinds of colours and finishes, and are a simple and very effective way to add a little style to a toilet.

WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

How to clean mirrors

How to clean mirrors

A clean bathroom mirror will affect how big the room feels, as well as how much light is reflected throughout the bathroom.

Fix a flooded bathroom

Bathroom flooding? Don't panic - in this article we explain how to stop the flooding, how to prevent any further damage and how to stay safe when your bathroom's flooded.

Bathroom waterproofing

Part of installing a shower is ensuring that the area surrounding it is properly sealed to prevent water from leaking out and damaging your house. Find out how this is done.

WaterMark labels

The WaterMark certification label signifies that a plumbing product complies with certain quality and performance standards.

Toilet checklist

Toilet checklist

The toilet checklist covers the sorts of things you need to think about when you're choosing toilets for your home.

Heat lamps

Heat lamps can be a good source of warmth for your bathroom, particularly in colder weather.

Distance between water and power points

Regulations in Australia restrict where you're able to position power points in relation to sinks and taps. Find out what the rules say, and how far your power points will need to be from your kitchen sink.

Waterproofing for floors

Waterproofing for floors

An important part of building a bathroom is to ensure that floors and walls are properly waterproofed, to prevent rot and mould.

Bathroom floors

Bathroom floors

There are many different ways to decorate a bathroom floor, but above all else it the floor must be waterproof, and slip-resistant.

Concealed cisterns

Concealed cisterns serve the same purpose as regular cisterns, but are embedded inside walls, ceilings ducts or cabinetry to maximise space or create a 'minimalist' look.

Basins and sinks

Basins and sinks

Learn what differentiates different kinds of basins and sinks in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries, as well as what types are available, and how they're attached to your plumbing systems.