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The Key Features of a Practical Cloakroom Suite

A cloakroom suite can be a clever way of making use of the space in your property, as well as providing you with more convenient washroom facilities. Fitting a downstairs toilet and sink has become a standard feature of contemporary housing; many people factor in cloakroom suites when looking to buy, so it may be worth researching what’s available on the market and the key features to look out for.

Size considerations

If you have a spare utility room or under-stairs cupboard, a cloakroom can put it to good use, but the compact nature of the space is obviously a big issue. Because of this, most manufacturers will design suites according to a brief which is both economical and practical, but it’s a good idea to measure out the room and think about the best layout. Cloakroom toilets are typically shorter in projection to accommodate room sizes – a depth of less than 600mm is usually ideal.

Cloakroom Suite

Use of space

One of the most effective space-saving designs is the wall-hung toilet, which features a hanging pan, with the cistern concealed in the wall cavity behind. This creates a capacious look and also frees up floor space, making the room easier to clean. Some people also prefer the minimal effect of the hidden cistern and ‘back-to-wall’ toilets like those featured on Better Bathrooms play on the aesthetics of this, comprising of a cistern within a wall unit. Hanging corner basins are a neat device which also eliminate the need for a pedestal.

Combined storage

With limited space often comes limited storage options. Another key feature of successful cloakroom suites is therefore incorporating storage solutions within the overall layout. Basins will commonly form the top part of a cabinet which can be used for bathroom supplies. Alternatively, you can fit a cupboard and a free-standing wash-bowl on top, or mount units on the wall, in the style of the back-to-wall toilet.



Style ideas

Since there are such strict restrictions on size, it’s sometimes worth making a feature out of the basin. Look at the range of innovative taps, such as waterfall and single lever designs, or think about what the basin itself is made from – materials like stone instantly create a natural image for the cloakroom. Employing a feature mirror can also make the space seem more expansive and using up-lighting along walls or cabinets can jazz up even the smallest of rooms.

Sometimes limited requirements can encourage better use of the imagination and many people enjoy getting a little more creative with their cloakroom suite, installing quirky-shaped basins, patterned tiling or hanging plants for a fresh look. It really depends on your intentions, as keeping the room neutral in colour and design may be in your best interests if you will be offering the house up for sale over the next few years.

Iris Evans is a home decoration enthusiast and has written for many interior design magazines over the years, both in print and online. She’s recently put her passion into practice in re-designing her own kitchen and bathroom, monitoring sites like Better Bathrooms for updates on the latest products and ideas.