A bathroom is usually a room, usually in a residence or other commercial building, which contains either a shower or a tub. The addition of a bath basin to a bathroom is quite common. In fact, most bathrooms have at least one. The basin not only provides a place to wash hands and hair before leaving the bathroom, but it also adds value to the home as well as functionality.
Traditionally a bathroom contained only a toilet and sink and was referred to as a ‘dwelling’. A lavatory (a term referring to a room with a toilet) is a type of fixture in the house, typically outside a house in an area attached to the property. A modern lavatory can incorporate a toilet, sink and shower into one unit. This has obvious practical advantages in terms of floor space and storage, but the added advantage of having the toilet and sink within easy reach of each other is considerable.
As previously stated a lavatory is also an outdoor unit, often located next to a garden or out back of the property. It typically has a sink, bath and toilet with a tiled or stone floor. This is designed to create a comfortable and welcoming environment for its users. In modern bathrooms the design of the bath and toilet area is almost indistinguishable from the lavatory. However, in the past a bathroom or lavatory might have been constructed adjacent to a kitchen and might have had a sink and tiled or stone floor.
The bathroom is not just for bathing and cleaning; it is also a space for relaxing. Most modern bathrooms have showers with heated floors or showers with steam, rather than a cold tiled floor. Showers are a great way to unwind after a long, hard day at work or a long, energetic day travelling. Bathrooms are sometimes built with a sauna or steam room built into them as well as a large shower area; these can be very relaxing. Steam rooms have their own unique charm and offer the ideal solution for those who want to relax, without the possibility of dehydration from sweating.
The word ‘bathroom’ is also used in the phrases ‘a room containing a bath’, and ‘a room containing toilets’. These are phrases that describe the entire bathroom and not just the toilet. The term can be used in place of ‘bathers’ room’, ‘cavity’ or ‘shower room’. The term can even be used in place of ‘dwelling’. This usage is not standard but occurs more frequently in rural settings than in more urban environments.
The bathroom is perhaps one of the most important rooms in the home. It is where you will go to the restroom most often, where you will spend time when washing and shaving, and where you will get dressed. Therefore, if you want your personal hygiene to be at the very best, then you need to ensure it is clean at all times. This means making sure it is spotlessly clean at all times, with every use. It means being aware of your personal hygiene, which can be done by being aware of the cleansers that you use, the water temperature you want to keep the area around the tub or shower at, and the types of products that you will use on the areas around the bathtub and toilet. By keeping up with your personal hygiene in the bathroom, you can avoid the spread of nasty diseases and can enjoy a long, healthy life.