Most often in a master bedroom, installing a shower area offers comfort appreciated on a daily basis for washing. Even limited in size, this powder room is a bonus arrangement. In a minimum space of 3 m2, it can contain a shower and a basin with different configurations envisaged. In this type of project, the water networks determine the feasibility of the bathroom and the extent of the work. Another key criterion in construction, ventilation with good moisture transport is essential for a healthy room. Go through all the points to watch out for before creating a shower area in the bedroom.
Far from being a simple arrangement, creating a shower corner in a bedroom is a project in its own right that should not be minimized and which above all requires good reflection. Configuration of the bathroom, installation in the room itself, choice of the separation between the two zones, the definition of the equipment according to its own needs, installation of a CMV, and taking into account all the daily essentials. The constraint of a limited area imposes to think about its project at best. With the help of Aurélie-Anne Vincent, architect HMONP and creator of the Pixel architecture studio, and Alexandra Pottier, bathroom product manager at Leroy Merlin.
1. Look at the spatial constraint above all
Even if a shower area is not a large space by definition, it is necessary to look at the configuration of the room to find the best layout. “Before installing a shower corner, we can try to project ourselves to anticipate what will change in the space, suggests Aurélie-Anne Vincent, architect for the Pixel agency. A 90 x 120 cm shower can, for example, integrated a washbasin cabinet and a small passage for good circulation.”
In order to provide a shower area in the bedroom, the area of the room is also important. “The size of the room must be around 15 square meters minimum, says Alexandra Pottier, bathroom product manager at Leroy Merlin. Otherwise, we risk having a small bedroom and a small bathroom. The latter can Hardly be less than 3 square meters. Ideally, it spans 5 square meters.”
2. Focus on networks and technical constraints
Who says shower, says need to be connected to a network for the arrival and the evacuation of the water. “The networks determine the feasibility of the shower corner in the bedroom, admits Aurélie-Anne Vincent. A water inlet and outlet are necessary. There is also a regulatory percentage slope. The further the shower corner will be from the column. of connection, the less the slope is consequent and the more the installation is complicated.”
Even if today many solutions exist, the water networks determine the course of the work. “The water evacuations are decisive for the feasibility of the project, confirms Alexandra Pottier. If they are already present and easy to implement, so much the better! If there is none, the shower can be done but it is heavier work.”
3. Make sure you have good ventilation.
Opinions are unanimous, this is the key point to watch out for when installing a shower area in the bedroom! “The ventilation of the shower area must be either natural or assisted using a CMV, indicates Aurélie-Anne Vincent. If the shower area is fully open, this contributes to its good ventilation. Note that the CMV cannot always be integrated into the shower, especially if there is no technical drainage duct and therefore the impossibility of evacuating moisture.”
Ventilation of a shower area in a bedroom is essential but also requires thinking about the sound aspect. “In order to contain this vapor as well as possible, the shower can be completely closed, suggests Alexandra Pottier. In these cases, a good VMC is essential. As the bathroom is located in the room, it is necessary to invest in a model. of quality, often quieter.”
4. Analyze the needs for the use
Regardless of the location, there are tips to make some more unique projects possible! Alexandra Pottier of Leroy Merlin explains: “Even if the space is atypical, in the attic, for example, the shower area just requires a tailor-made arrangement. Partition, door or shower screen can be made according to the desired dimensions and shapes.”
5. Boldly think about the installation of the shower area
In a room that is most often square, the shower area is strategically placed. “The location depends on the room itself and its openings adds the architect. Logically, the bed is always near the window. The supply of light then determines the location. It is not a problem if the shower area is the second day. If the room is lucky enough to have multiple windows, the shower can take advantage of that. ”
Another point of view, Alexandra Pottier suggests instead to enjoy the light from the window in the bathroom to provide certain well-being. “Having natural light is very pleasant in a bathroom, confirms the expert. Installing the shower near the window also allows better ventilation. The sleeping area with the bed can be installed in the darkest part for better ventilation. restful side.”
6. Separate the bathroom from the bedroom
As in all multifunctional spaces, it is necessary to separate each zone for a more fluid layout. Materials, coatings, and decoration are allies for this! “In order to install a shower in the bedroom, there are generally three options, says Aurélie-Anne Vincent. The first is to play on differentiation. The shower is a block that contrasts with the style of the bedroom, we say. its volumes. It is possible, for example, to optimize space with a thick partition that integrates storage on both sides.”
Another option, a lighter partition for a delicate border between the bathroom part and the sleeping area. “The shower area can have a frame with glazing to enlarge the space and offer visual contrasts, suggests the architect. The limit is clear but the partition is glazed like a glass roof or other variation. This creates a new perspective while having an impression of volume. ”
Last option, the fully open shower area. Aurélie-Anne Vincent explains: “It is a rather recommended scenario when you have a little more space and less need for storage. In this type of organization, like a parental suite, it is continuous work. The delimitation is done by a separate ground, for example. ”
Another tip to bring a parental suite effect: have fun with the headboard. “In the bedroom, the bed can be located in the middle of the room, suggests Alexandra Pottier. The headboard is a wall halfway up, open on both sides. The shower is installed behind this half partition, for example.”
7. Surround yourself well to avoid unnecessary mistakes
Arranging a shower area is not a project to be taken lightly. “If the regulatory slope of the shower is not possible, it requires a bulky step, indicates Aurélie-Anne Vincent. Technical advice is most of the time necessary to avoid this step, sometimes unnecessary by simply rethinking the layout. With an expert eye, moving a door or a shower is not insurmountable. Getting advice is important! ”
8. Anticipate all the essentials in a shower area
Washbasin, shower, tiling, the installation of a shower does not stop there! “When we design a bathroom, we often think of a lot of things but forgetting the essentials: where we will put the soaps, where will be placed the laundry basket, etc., explains Aurélie-Anne Vincent. Daily details are very important and should not be neglected for an optimized shower area. A tidy space is a space well used. Before aesthetics, there is use!”
Even in a small powder room, a good heating system is also necessary. “In order to have an ideal temperature of around 22 degrees in the bathroom, the heating is often a two-in-one towel warmer,” explains Alexandra Pottier.
9. Treat yourself with a nice shower
Most of the time, arranging a shower area in a bedroom concerns a project in the parental bedroom, the main bathroom is reserved for children. It is a bit of a parental suite with all the pleasure and pleasant aspect that results from it.
“Even in a small bathroom, it is possible to install a beautiful walk-in shower, says Alexandra Pottier. In these cases, a shower screen of 70 cm is optimal with a movable shutter (also called baffle) to avoid splashing water. Ideally, the shower is 80 x 120 cm, but it can be reduced to a width of 70 cm.”
10. Think carefully about sound insulation
As the shower area is most often located in the master bedroom, sound insulation and consideration of noise are important to avoid disturbing one of the two partners. “The separation can be done with plasterboard or cellular concrete but the materials must be absolutely water-repellent, advises Alexandra Pottier. fairly open shower area. ” Here again, the layout must be thought of as practical above all.