A reader asked us how she could recreate a luxury Japanese-style bathroom like the one in the picture. Therefore, we have decided to satisfy your request. In this article, I will explain how to rebuild a design similar to the image. Trying to spend as little as possible.
Design your room
Let’s start by saying that the typical Japanese bathroom does not include sanitary ware that is separated into another room. In addition, the bathroom itself is divided into two parts: the first is dedicated to the sink and the place to undress, and the second is dedicated to the shower or deep tub.
In this solution, I wanted to hypothesize obtaining two rooms separated by a space of 40 sqft. A small part is dedicated to the toilet and a second for the Japanese bath.
As you can see from the measurements and a solution that can be recreated in most homes.
Japanese-style bathrooms aren’t famous for being cheap. In this reconstruction, I looked for elements that can be durable and as inexpensive as possible. In the end, you can recreate a similar design with 7.100 $, excluding any costs of professionals such as a bricklayer, plumber, or electrician. Those who want to save the costs of professionals can always do with DIY.
The Japanese Bathtub
Like the one in the picture, the tub is generally a very expensive piece of design and challenging to find on the local market. Therefore, I decided to use two variants that are both widely used in Japanese-style bathrooms and allow you to recreate a similar design with lower costs. The choice can fall between wooden materials such as bamboo or copper.
Wooden Soaking Bathtub
The Wooden Soaking Bathtub is a traditional and exquisite tub for modern bathrooms. Made of Iroko wood, it is a good heat insulator and feels great to soak in. The tub bottom has a waste drain and is customizable to fit your bathroom plan.
Japanise copper soaking tub
This beautiful, handmade copper soaking tub would be perfect for any Japanese-style bathroom. It is made of high-quality materials and is very durable. It is also a great conductor of heat so that the water will stay hot for a long time. This tub would be a great addition to any home and would be sure to impress your guests.
The faucet for the bathtub, in addition to maintaining a minimal design, has a cascade effect. This is ideal for recreating the relaxation and atmosphere of the typical Japanese bath.
Waterfall Matte Black Bathroom Faucet for Sink
This sleek and stylish waterfall faucet is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom. The matte black finish is scratch and corrosion-resistant, and the wall-mounted design ensures that your valuable counter space is free and clear. With a flow rate of up to 5gpm, this faucet is sure to make a beautiful and calming waterfall effect in your sink.
Wall Mount Waterfall Bathroom Faucet Matte Black in Wall Sink Faucet,
This wall-mounted waterfall bathroom faucet is a great addition to any Japanese-style bathroom. The matte black finish is perfect for creating a modern look, and the single-handle design makes it easy to control the water flow. The upgraded rough-in valve ensures a smooth and precise water flow, making it a great choice for those who want a stylish and functional faucet.
In front of the tub is a beautiful and comfortable teak platform that is the wood par excellence used in the bathrooms, given its water resistance properties. Comfort starts from where you rest your feet.
Teak Bath & Shower Mat
This beautiful teak bath and shower mat is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom or outdoor pool area. The mat is handcrafted from eco-friendly, sustainably harvested wood and is slip-resistant for added safety. AquaTeak® offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and 5-year warranty on all of our products!
Teak Shower Mat, 23 Inch Non-Sliding Sauna
Introducing the Teak Shower Mat, a unique and stylish way to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom. This mat is made from premium grade teak wood, durable and beautiful. The oiled finish gives it a natural look, and the mat is slip-resistant to help keep you safe. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of spa-like relaxation to your home.
Kitchen Anti-Fatigue Teak Floor Mat
This beautiful teak anti-fatigue mat is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to any kitchen, bathroom, or outdoor pool area. It is handcrafted from eco-friendly, sustainably harvested wood and includes anti-skid, slip-resistant rubber grips for added stability. AquaTeak® offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and five-year warranty on all of our products, so you can be sure you’re making a wise investment!
A small bench solves many problems.
Next to the platform is placed a small bench. This will allow you to lean on while you dry, and it is also convenient to store bathrobes or towels to keep on hand when you get out of the tub.
Teak Shower Stool Bench
Looking for a functional and stylish piece of furniture for your Japanese-style bathroom? Check out our teak wood shower bench! Our handmade bath stool is crafted from 100% solid teak wood that is naturally water resistant and durable, making it perfect for use in your bathroom shower or as an outdoor patio seat. The superior design and craftsmanship of our teak shower bench are second to none, and it makes a great addition to any bathroom décor. With its modern design and long-lasting wood, our teak shower bench is sure to become your new favorite piece of furniture!
This beautiful shower stool is handmade from 100% solid teak wood, making it both water resistant and durable. It’s perfect for use in your bathroom or as an outdoor patio seat, and its modern design will complement any bathroom décor.
In the picture, there is no sink, but in our project, I decided to add two. One in the first part of the bathroom and one in the toilet next door. The sink to maintain the style must be minimal. Better if in wood, but given the costs, you can also opt for less expensive minimal sinks like this one below from IKEA.
Handmade natural wooden sink
This handmade natural wooden sink would be a great addition to any Japanese-style bathroom. The organic tones of the wood provide a pleasant balance of rustic elegance and nature. The sink is truly beautiful, sustainable, and long-lasting. It would make a great statement piece in any room.
Set of 2 Live Edge Walnut Wood Floating sink Shelves Basin Countertop Wash Stand for Sink Wall Mounted Vessel Sink Vanity Top
This stunning set of 2 live edge walnut wood floating shelves are the perfect addition to any Japanese-style bathroom. Each shelf is custom-made to fit a variety of spaces and sinks and can be pre-drilled for a sink drain hole. Choose from a variety of wood species for a truly unique look, and specify if you have a preference for the live edge. Please note that stain colors, shapes, and wood structure lines may differ slightly due to the natural variations in the wood.
This BRÅVIKEN sink is perfect for adding a touch of luxury to your Japanese-style bathroom. It is made from natural dolomite that has been crushed and formed into a beautiful shape. The surface is glossy and scratch-resistant, and we offer a 10-year warranty on all our crushed marble sinks.
Walls and Floor
I decided to cover the walls and the floor with peel and Stick recycled wood. The effect is from Wow, and the cost will fluctuate between 2.5 to 5 $ per square foot.
If you want to save on this component, you can bet on white paint or oriental-style wallpaper.
5″ Reclaimed Wood Wall Paneling
This 5″ Reclaimed Wood Wall Paneling is perfect for creating a Japanese-style bathroom. The assorted lengths of 46.5″, 26.75″, and 19.75″ create a natural look, while the wood knots and grain color variation give it a rustic charm.
4.5″ x 35.4″ Peel and Stick Wall Paneling in Walnut
This peel-and-stick wall paneling is a great way to add a touch of nature to your bathroom with its natural wood material. The professional treatment makes it easy to handle and gives it a timeless look that will upgrade the taste of your life.
5.5″ W X 46.5″ L Reclaimed Peel and Stick Solid Wood Wall Paneling
Are you looking for a way to add some life to your bathroom? Check out these 5.5″ wide solid reclaimed wood wall paneling! These panels are guaranteed to turn your bathroom into a focal point. The panels are easy to install – peel and stick them onto the wall. For best results, apply strong adhesive glue or spray to the back of the paneling.
Finally, here we are at the choice of the toilet. In Japanese bathrooms, the toilet is often technological and very expensive. I opted for these more classic toilets but with a minimal style that fits very well with the Japanese style.
Stormon Dual-Flush Round Wall-Mount Toilet
This Stormon Dual-Flush Round Wall-Mount Toilet is the perfect addition to any Japanese-style bathroom. Its sleek, compact appearance is perfect for small spaces, and its powerful vortex double-swish toilet bowl technology delivers deeper sanitation while conserving water.
Dual-Flush Round Wall-Mount Toilet
The Dual-Flush Round Wall-Mount Toilet is a contemporary and hygienic option for your bathroom, featuring rimless technology and a quick-release mechanism for the seat. This modern toilet is suitable for most bathrooms, especially small ones.
Stormon Dual-Flush Rectangular Wall Hung Toilet
This sleek and stylish wall-hung toilet is perfect for small bathrooms or any bathroom with a modern Japanese theme. The dual-flush feature conserves water, and the powerful vortex bowl technology provides deep sanitation.
For the mirror, the same rule applies to the sink, and I considered one above each sink. You can indulge yourself in shapes, the vital thing, and choose a mirror with a minimal style. I chose three with golden or neutral edges. You can read this article on the best bathroom mirrors to inform yourself.
Adheesh Accent Mirror
This Adheesh Accent Mirror is a great way to add a touch of modern simplicity to any room in your home. It features a single, elegant design sure to make a statement. The mirror is made of high-quality materials and is tested for durability and function before it hits the market. So you can be sure that you will love it too!
Jonasia Accent Mirror
This sleek and contemporary metal-framed accent mirror is perfect for adding a touch of style to any room in your home. The rounded corners and rectangular shape make it a great choice over bathroom vanity, but it would also look great in an entryway, bedroom, living room, or dining room. The steel frame is more durable than aluminum and resists flaking, cracking, and water damage, while the premium-quality glass ensures a crisp and distortion-free reflection. The authentic silver backing on the glass prevents corrosion in high-humidity environments, and the z-bar brackets allow for easy, safe, and secure installation in both vertical and horizontal orientations.
Sanroman Glam Accent Mirror
This stunning accent mirror is perfect for adding a touch of glamour to any bathroom. The luxurious antiqued gold frame and unique shape make it a real statement piece, while the modern design means it will fit in perfectly with any Japanese-style bathroom.
Separate the two environments
As we said, the typical Japanese bathrooms divide the bathroom into two rooms (three if we consider that the toilet is located in a separate room), where the part of the sink and wardrobe is separated from the part of the shower or bathtub. In our design, I opted for a transparent glass or checked door to divide the two rooms while letting the light through.
This is the perfect shower door for creating an open, airy feel in your bathroom, regardless of style and décor. The completely frameless design is streamlined and modern, and the 3/8-inch thick tempered glass is of the highest quality, making it a great option for an upscale look and feel. The ClearMax water and stain-resistant glass coating is factory-applied and keeps your shower door looking new by preventing water stains and limescale build-up.
DELAVIN 56-60 in.
The DELAVIN 56-60 in. The frameless Bypass Shower Door is perfect for small bathrooms. These glass shower doors take up no space, whether they’re open or closed, making them a great option for tight spaces. Plus, the minimalist design can help create a clean, modern look in your bathroom.
Here we are. I have given you various alternatives for each element. It is time to discover my selection among the various parts proposed. Below is the summary of the elements I have chosen that allow you to recreate the design in question with a figure around 7.100 $.
We have seen how rebuilding a luxury Japanese bathroom design is possible without breaking the piggy bank. If you have any special requests about this design or if you want us to recreate a new design for you, you can send us the form below.
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