Bathroom Remodeling Guide: What is Appropriate Height for Mirrors, Sinks and More?

Perhaps you have difficulties daily leaning over the counter to apply your mascara, or your shampoo bottles don’t fit in your built-in shower shelving– you have a height issue. In this post, we’ll go through some average heights of common areas in the bathroom.

One unexpected element in bathroom height discussion is toilets. Their heights don’t vary too much, but there are choices when installing one. Check the box or store display for accessibility height if you plan to grow with your home. Generally, options range from 10 to 20 inches. Anything 10 to 14 will work best for children; above 20 will usually be a self-composting toilet used in special cases. The average is 15 inches, but the best choice depends on the height of who will be using it. The best way to determine your ideal height is to measure toilets you feel comfortable on and find one that size.

Countertops and sinks are similar: find one you like and measure it for comparison. Maybe the sink at work is too low for your liking; measure it and note that. Do this for several sinks in different areas, and soon you’ll know how high you’d like yours to be! There is no right or wrong with this decision, and it’s about your comfort. Vanities are available in many different heights to accommodate everyone’s taste.

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Mirror height is easy once you’ve measured the eye level of everyone using the mirror. Pick a mirror that is big enough to include each level, so no one is crouching (or standing on tippy toes)– the average is 5 feet 6 inches. If you have a circular mirror, center it with the average eye level.



Showerheads should be high enough for users to stand under but low enough to ensure the water hits you, not the wall in front of you. The average is 6 feet 6 inches, but the best way to determine is knowing your height at adjust. The rule of thumb is about one foot above the head. Rain showers can usually be mounted flush with the ceiling, but if you’re suspending them, go about one foot from the ceiling.


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Shower benches are good for more than sitting, such as propping up legs for shaving. Because of this, drop them a little lower than the common chair height to around 16 inches.


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My name is Julia Ritzenthaler, Founder and President of Unique Vanities, started in 2005. I started this business as an extension of our residential remodeling business, which focused on the design and build of custom cabinetry and architectural trim. I also worked as a financial advisor for 10 years at Ameriprise Financial, helping clients make sound money decisions, including budgeting for home improvement expenses. This expertise led me to start Unique Vanities, which offers a handpicked selection of high quality bathroom vanities, sinks, mirrors and more. You can find me most days sitting in Starbucks, my second office, or in my car driving my daughter across Dallas to gymnastics training.

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