This article is about private rooms for personal hygiene. For toilet facilities outside the home, see. For private toilet room at a residence, see. For washing facilities outside the home, see.
A bathroom is a in the home for activities, generally containing a (basin) and either a, a, or both. It may also contain a toilet. In some countries, the toilet is usually included in the bathroom, whereas other cultures consider this insanitary or impractical, and give that fixture. The toilet may even be outside of the home in the case of. It may also be a question of available space in the house whether the toilet is included in the bathroom or not.
Historically, bathing was often a collective activity, which took place in. In some countries the shared social aspect of cleansing the body is still important, as for example with bathroom decoration 2018 in Japan and the "" (also known by other names) throughout the Islamic world.
In the word "bathroom" may be used to mean any room containing a toilet, even a (although in the United States this is more commonly called a restroom and in Canada a washroom).A residential bathroom in the US, with a shower, with rail-less screen and no bathtub, and a toilet.
Variations and terminology
The term for the place used to clean the body varies around the, as does the design of the room itself. A full bathroom is generally understood to contain a bath or shower (or both), a toilet, and a sink. An ensuite bathroom or ensuite shower room is attached to, and only accessible from, a bedroom. A family bathroom, in British terminology, is a full bathroom not attached to a bedroom, but with its door opening onto a corridor. A Jack and Jill bathroom (or connected bathroom) is situated between and usually shared by the occupants of two separate bedrooms. It may also have two wash basins. A is a waterproof room usually equipped with a shower; it is designed to eliminate moisture damage and is compatible with systems.
In the United States, there is a lack of a single, universal definition; this commonly results in discrepancies between advertised and actual number of baths in listings. Bathrooms are generally categorized as "master bathroom", containing a and a that is adjoining to the largest bedroom; a "full bathroom" (or "full bath"), containing four plumbing fixtures: a and, and either a bathtub with a shower, or a bathtub and a separate shower stall; "half (1/2) bath" (or "powder room") containing just a toilet and sink; and "3/4 bath" containing toilet, sink, and shower, although the terms vary from market to market. In some U.S. markets, a toilet, sink, and shower are considered a "full bath." In addition, there is the use of the word "bathroom" to describe and a basin, and nothing else.
Bathrooms often have one or more bars or towel rings for hanging towels
Some bathrooms contain a for personal hygiene products and medicines, and drawers or shelves (sometimes in column form) for storing towels and other items.
BidetA modern bidet of the traditional type
Some bathrooms contain a, which might be placed next to a toilet.
The design of a bathroom must account for the use of both hot and cold water, in significant quantities, for cleaning the body. The water is also used for moving solid and liquid to a sewer or. Water may be splashed on the walls and floor, and hot humid air may cause condensation on cold surfaces. From a decorating point of view the bathroom presents a challenge. Ceiling, wall and floor materials and coverings should be impervious to water and readily and easily cleaned. The use of ceramic or glass, as well as smooth plastic materials, is common in bathrooms for their ease of cleaning. Such surfaces are often cold to the touch, however, and so water-resistant bath mats or even bathroom carpets may be used on the floor to make the room more comfortable. Alternatively, the floor may be heated, possibly by strategically placing resistive electric mats under floor tile or radiant hot water tubing close to the underside of the floor surface.
Electrical appliances, such as lights, heaters, and heated towel rails, generally need to be installed as fixtures, with permanent connections rather than plugs and sockets. This minimizes the risk of. can reduce the risk of electric shock, and are required for bathroom socket installation by and in the United States and Canada. In some countries, such as the United Kingdom, only special sockets suitable for electric shavers and electric toothbrushes are permitted in bathrooms, and are labelled as such. also define what type of electrical fixtures, such as light fittings (i.e. how water-/splash-proof) may be installed in the areas (zones) around and above baths, and showers. Contrary to some information provided with bathroom light fittings, sinks and basins do not affect bathroom zones, as a bathroom is solely defined as a room containing a bath or shower, by wiring regulations. It is nevertheless good practice to avoid installing unsuitable fixtures close to sinks, as damage from water splashes may occur.
Bathroom lighting should be uniform, bright and must minimize glare. For all the activities like shaving, showering, grooming etc. one must ensure equitable lighting across the entire bathroom space. The mirror area should definitely have at least two sources of light at least 1 feet apart to eliminate any shadows on the face. Skin tones and hair color are highlighted with a tinge of yellow light. Ceiling and wall lights must be safe for use in a bathroom (electrical parts need to be splash proof) and therefore must carry appropriate certification such as.
All forms of bathroom lighting should be IP44 rated as safe to use in the bathroom.
The first records for the use of baths date back as far as 3000 B.C. At this time water had a strong religious value, being seen as a purifying element for both body and soul, and so it was not uncommon for people to be required to cleanse themselves before entering a sacred area. Baths are recorded as part of a village or town life throughout this period, with a split between steam baths in Europe and America and cold baths in Asia. Communal baths were erected in a distinctly separate area to the living quarters of the village.
Nearly all of the hundreds of houses excavated had their own bathing rooms. Generally located on the ground floor, the bath was made of brick, sometimes with a surrounding curb to sit on. The water drained away through a hole in the floor, down chutes or pottery pipes in the walls, into the municipal drainage system. Even the fastidious Egyptians rarely had special bathrooms.
Greek and Roman bathing
Main article:Virtual reconstruction of the Roman Baths in Weißenburg, Germany, using data from laser scan technology
The Roman attitudes towards bathing are well documented; they built large thermal baths (), marking not only an important social development, but also providing a public source of relaxation and rejuvenation. Here was a place where people could meet to discuss the matters of the day and enjoy entertainment. During this period there was a distinction between private and public baths, with many wealthy families having their own thermal baths in their houses. Despite this they still made use of the public baths, showing the value that they had as a public institution. The strength of the Roman Empire was telling in this respect; imports from throughout the world allowed the Roman citizens to enjoy ointments, incense, combs, and mirrors. The partially reconstructed ruins can still be seen today, for example at in, then part of.
Not all ancient baths were in the style of the large pools that often come to mind when one imagines the ; the earliest surviving bathtub dates back to 1700 B.C, and hails from the Palace of in Crete. What is remarkable about this tub is not only the similarity with the baths of today, but also the way in which the plumbing works surrounding it differ so little from modern models. A more advanced prehistoric (15th century BC and before) system of baths and plumbing is to be found in the excavated town of, on the Aegean island of (Thera). There, tubs and other bath fittings were found, along with a sophisticated twin plumbing system to transport hot and cold water separately. This was probably because of easy access to hot springs on this island.
Both the Greeks and the Romans recognised the value of bathing as an important part of their lifestyles. Writers such as had their heroes bathe in warm water so as to regain their strength; it is perhaps notable that the mother of bathed him in order to gain his invincibility. Palaces have been uncovered throughout Greece with areas that are dedicated to bathing, spaces with ceramic bathtubs, as well as sophisticated drainage systems. Homer uses the word λοετρά, loetrá, "baths", later λουτρά, loutrá, from the verb λούειν, loúein, to bathe. The same root finds an even earlier attestation on tablets, in the name of the River ("bathing" [river]), in. Public baths are mentioned by the comedian as βαλανεία, balaneía (sing.: βαλανείον, balaneíon, as balneum, a "balneary").
Throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the use of declined gradually in the west, and private spaces were favoured, thus laying the foundations for the bathroom, as it was to become, in the 20th century. However, increased urbanisation led to the creation of more.
In Japan shared bathing in and () still exists, the latter being very popular.
Cultural historian has written of the ambiguous nature of bathrooms as both the most private space and one most connected to the wider outside world.
Bathroom with two sinks and a bathtub with shower and screen, in a hotel
Fancy bathroom for private home
An early 20th century bathroom in the near Durham, England
New bathroom design
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