A bathroom layout is mostly a pretty easy decision. If the plumbing is already in place and you’re using standard-size pieces, like a typical 60-inch bathtub, there aren’t a whole lot of options for rearranging that floor plan. However, when bringing your dream design into the real world, you have to consider the third dimension and figure out what height is right for everything you bring into your room. Consider this your guide to hanging, installing and aligning the many small features of your bathroom.
The counter height is typically 32 to 34 in., but what’s actually more important is your sink height.
Likewise, the height of mirrors should be based on your own height. Find an average eyeline for everyone using the mirrors and make sure this height is well within the upper and lower borders of the mirror (5 ft., 6 in. is average, but your household may vary).
When combining a standing vanity with a sit-down makeup station, you’ll need to adjust the height down to about 28 in. or lower (minimum: about 24 in.).
When placing the paper holder, the tendency can be to picture the roll as hanging lower than it really should. Standard height is about 26 in. off the floor, which is closer to the height of the top of the tank than to the seat, so I recommend placing it on this level for a clean line, like I’ve done in this bathroom. Attaching it to the side of the vanity (toward the front rather than centered, for reachability) is another option for tighter spaces.
For other accessories, like towel hooks and robe hooks, the height is flexible, but consider the length of what will hang. Towels need at least 36 in. typically; washcloths, 18 in.; and robes, 60 in. — it’s best not to eyeball it. A standard towel rail is 48 in. above the floor, but it can be adjusted to line up with something else (like the knob on the shower door or the towel hooks over the vanity) without being too hard to reach.