A bathroom or washroom is a room, typically in a home or other residential building, that contains either a bathtub or a shower (or both). The inclusion of a wash basin is common. In some parts of the world e.g. India, a toilet is typically included in the bathroom; in others, the toilet is typically given a dedicated room separate from the one allocated for personal hygiene activities. In North American English the word 'bathroom' is sometimes used to refer to any room in a residence that contains a toilet, regardless of the inclusion of a bath or shower.
Historically, bathing was often a collective activity, which took place in public baths. In some countries the shared social aspect of cleansing the body is still important, as for example with sento in Japan and the "Turkish bath" (also known by other names) throughout the Islamic world.

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  1. M

    First ever bathroom tile job. Have i done things right or wrong

    Had my bathroom ripped out and plumbers first fix at weekend. Tiler I had turned up Sunday. Did an hour and half. Did half a wall that looked a complete mess. I tried to put it right but couldn't. Me and my missus decided they would look horrendous and got rid of the tiler. No one could come at...
  2. G

    backer board advice for my bathroom

    Hi guys, I am a novice DIYer looking into options for backer board. I have ripped out my existing bathroom. This consisted of a bathtub with ceramic tiles. The property is a purpose built flat built roughly 16 years ago. It appears that the tiles were put on green plasterboard. Underneath the...
  3. P

    Ensuite bathroom - Gap

    Hi, We are currently getting our en-suite tiled and there seems to be an issue. On one of the walls where the tiles are exposed, there is no gap at the very top but as you work your way to the bottom there is about a 10mm gap. The tiler said that the wall surface wasn't flat but the wall is...
  4. N

    When to apply grout to shower walls & floor and bathroom floor tiles

    Hello, I'm renovating my 2nd floor master bath. I'm about to lay down tile in three areas... on the shower floor first, then the his and her side bathroom floors, and finally the shower walls - in that order. My question is... Should i grout immediately after each tiled area's mortar it...
  5. S

    Tried a bathroom, Kitchen next

    Hi I have been lurking around here for a while, started to tile a new bathroom, then chickened out and got a pro to finish it. My tiling is as good as his, just takes me ten times as long. Kitchen is next, can’t decide what to do with splashback behind hob, tiles or stainless or plate glass with...
  6. J

    Using brick slips as a bathroom floor over old bitumen

    Hi there everyone. What a fantastic forum. I have taken out the bathroom in our 1930s bungalow. The floor was tiled, and well stuck down. Removing the tiles has revealed a layer of bitumen painted onto concrete. The floor is solid and isn't likely to move. My question is this...what kind of...
  7. nick9one1

    Tiling over bathroom paint

    I'm about to start tiling my bathroom and was wondering if is there some sort of self etching primer available for priming glossy bathroom paint before tiling? The bathroom was previously tiled 1/2 way up
  8. O

    New Bathroom preparation

    Hi all We finally got it together to do a renovation build and the bathrooms are boarded out with water-resistant boards - and the builder has skimmed them, which I was not expecting. But funds are running out and I intend to finish the bathrooms myself. How best to prepare the shower area for a...
  9. A

    Hello - bathroom tiling already boarded

    Delighted to find this Tilers’ forum. Have previously used the Plumbers’ forum which has been very helpful. I took on tiling the en-suite in our extension a couple of years back. Didn’t start well: didn’t know the significance of having selected porcelain tiles until I tried to make the first...
  10. P

    How to lay a heated penny tile in basement bathroom?

    Trying to figure out the best approach to laying a heated penny floor (1” tile) in my basement bathroom. The space is ~50sqft with a shower insert. The concrete floor is level. I need to raise the floor to better align with the hallway which is 1” subfloor (Dricor) with 3/16” LVP. My plan is...
  11. F

    Bathroom Tile Layout Advice Needed

    Hi guys -- need some aesthetic advice here. I'm tiling a wall in my small bathroom with subway tiles (75x150mm). One half of the wall is taken up by a fitted bath, the other with a wooden countertop with a sit-on basin. The height difference between the bath and the countertop is such that one...
  12. M

    DIY Prepare large gap before tiling

    Hi, I've got a large gap behind the radiator in the bathroom where the tiles and plasterboard were removed to change the pipe layout. I am wanting to now fix the gap and retilw the area, but am not sure of how to fix the hole correctly without causing a lot of extra work. Hopefully the picture...
  13. O

    Tiling Abacus Shower Tray

    I recently installed a new ensuite walk in shower using Abacus Single Fall tray former. I had to build a timber raised platform to sit on the concrete floor (in a flat). I topped with 18mm chipboard and then bedded it down (sorta) using flexible adhesive. The tray former got bedded down ontop...
  14. C

    Pictures Advice for Tile adhesion concerns in bathroom - BAL White Star tubbed adhesive

    We have our bathroom renovated and contracted an experienced tiler to do the tiling job. We removed 2 of the tiles after more than 48 hours as they had misaligned corners. We noticed there seem to be limited area were the tile BAL ready mixed adhesive has actually bonded to the green...
  15. AvengerUK

    Hairline cracks - large tiles - relatively recently renovated bathroom

    Hello all, We've had our bathroom done approx. a year ago now - using large white gloss tiles with a border tile in the middle. From what I recall - the wall was taken back to brick (its an outside facing wall) and re-done. Two of the large tiles - top most one touching the corner of the...
  16. macten

    Pictures So much prep was a pain on this bathroom

    My favourite customers of over 8 years have moved house and this is the first of 5 bathrooms/ensuites ending with 130m2 floor. Original bathroom looked great at first look but on closer inspection there were a few red flags. Tiles came off the walls in seconds with no damage to substrate as...
  17. R

    Cracks in newly finished bathroom metro tiles

    Hi I’d be very grateful for advice. I had a bathroom fitted a couple of months ago and have just noticed that many of the metro tiles have spidery cracks in them. There is no pattern to them - some cracks run up through a couple of tiles but they’re not all adjacent. I’m sure they weren’t there...
  18. D

    I have a cracked bathroom floor tile. The tiles could have been laid years ago. Is there a way to find one? Thank you.

    What's your tiling question? Pictures can be added.
  19. L

    Tiler used dot dab on bathroom tiles - help!

    Tiler used dot dab on bathroom tiles but saying it’s not a problem. What can we reasonably expect to happen here? The tiler finished our bathroom today and when we’ve questioned the circular marks coming through the tile he’s confessed to using dot dab but doesn’t seem to think it’s a problem...
  20. J

    Tiling bathroom floor - DIY

    Hi all. Having a few problems tiling for my first time. Main things..... I am using Flexible tepid set tile adhesive called Pro Rapid Rs. When I mix to manufacturers specifications I find it too thin and just collapses into the groves made by the trowel when laying it. Any one else experienced...