3 Things You Must Consider When Designing a Principal Ensuite and Walk-in Closet.

3 Things You Must Consider When Designing a Principal Ensuite and Walk-in Closet.

If you’re lucky enough to design (or re-design) your space to have the bedroom of your dreams, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure your ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet are both fashionable, and functional.  


In this month’s design blog, Jim Stoops, Tridel’s Director of Design Services, outlines three items you should consider before finalizing the layout of your principal bedroom. 


By planning for these, you will maximize the use of space, have an efficient layout that works for you, and meets your needs.


  1. Door swings: Looking at a floor plan can be a help, but sometimes a hindrance. I encourage you to imagine yourself using the space, visualize yourself physically walking through the space, opening and closing the doors. Do you usually leave your bedroom, bathroom and closet doors open or closed? If you are someone that usually leaves them open, you must ensure that when a door is open, it doesn’t block another doorway.  
  2. Path of travel: Keep in mind how different layout options utilize available space. Some options may make extra “hallways” or areas you have to keep empty for walking space.  
  3. Sightlines: Always consider how the configuration of the space and the orientation of the doors affects sightlines. What do you want to see and not want to see when the different doors are open?  


Ultimately, these three considerations should be balanced to your personal preferences. Each person will prioritize them differently, resulting in an alternate “perfect layout” for each person. Let’s compare three examples where different approaches and results have been prioritized.   

Option 1 

In option 1, considerable priority was given to sightlines. This design is perfect for people who don’t want to see into the bathroom from the main bedroom space. Moving the door however, comes at the expense of having to create a designated path-of-travel zone. The configuration means that some of the space ends up being unutilized.

Option 2

In option 2, priority was given to maximize closet space. Orienting the bathroom door toward the main bedroom space allows for a significantly larger closet; neither area requires a designated travel path. In this example however, the bathroom is more visible from the principal room.

Option 3

Option 3, our last example, is a combination of both. Priority has been given to maximize closet space and limit the bathroom’s visibility from the main bedroom. The layout creates an atypical path of travel, through the closet to get into the bathroom. In this case, a pocket door is required for the closet, to avoid blocking access to the washroom with a traditional swing door.

In interior design, there is often not a right and wrong answer. While one option might appeal to you more than others, this is often depending on your priorities, preferences and behaviours. This is what helps make each home unique, and personal to the people that live there.


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Jim Stoops, Director Design Services

Jim believes in ignoring the rules and creating spaces that are personal and tailored to the client. His design style leans toward layered, saturated spaces with an identifiable history. His pro-tip: in small open concept spaces, make the kitchen as seamless and integrated as possible.