Five Types of Bathrooms

It is crucial to be aware of the different types of bathrooms when you are buying, selling, building or remodeling a home. A majority of houses have at least one type of bathroom: a full or three-quarter-bathroom or a half bathroom.

Bathroom types are one of the most important factors for homebuyers when looking at homes. The bathroom types tell homebuyers whether the house is large enough to accommodate their six-person family. Bathroom types can help you determine the value of your house as a seller. You can estimate the cost of building or remodeling your bathroom.

Types Of Cabinet For Your Bathroom The Craftly Decor
Types Of Cabinet For Your Bathroom The Craftly Decor

How bathroom types are calculated

Each component of a bathroom is one-quarter the size of the other four. This calculation includes the bathtub, toilet, sink, and shower.

A Full Bathroom is made up of four components

The four pieces of pie are made when they are all combined. A bathroom that includes all four components is considered a complete bathroom. A three-quarter bathroom is made up of three components. Two of these components form a half-bathroom.

Inspiring Photos Of Different Types Of Bathroom Windows
Inspiring Photos Of Different Types Of Bathroom Windows

The bathroom type is usually expressed in decimal numbers on real estate listings. A half-bathroom might be listed with a 0.5-bathroom, while a three-quarter bath might be listed with a 0.75-bathroom. Sometimes, these two numbers are combined and listed as a combination of a full bathroom with a three quarter bathroom and 1.75 bathrooms.

Almost always, a toilet is included in a bathroom component. A common half-bathroom layout includes a toilet and sink. A half-bathroom will rarely have a sink or a shower.

Combinations of shower/bathtub

You can choose to have a separate bathtub or combine them. The shower/bathtub can be combined but it is still considered two parts. A shower/bathtub must have a bathtub with a lower faucet, and a shower with a higher head. The controls for the shower and bathtub are usually the same.

Full bathrooms

Types Of Luxury Bathrooms
Types Of Luxury Bathrooms

A full bathroom has a toilet, sink and shower.

A majority of homes have at least one bathroom. A full bathroom can be useful and versatile, as it packs many functions into a small space. Two-bedroom homes with low to moderately priced two-bedrooms often have one full bathroom.

Primary bathrooms

A primary bathroom is the one connected to the largest or primary bedroom of the house. An en-suite bathroom, or attached bathroom, is also known as a primary bathroom. The primary bathroom can be either a full or three-quarter bathroom.

The door allows entry into the main bedroom. A second door leads to the bathroom. Sometimes, the second door may be left open. In such cases, the toilet can be enclosed in its own space and protected by a door.

A primary bathroom is a great addition to any home, as long as it has at least one other bathroom. A home with only one bathroom is rare as it makes it difficult for those who are not in the main bedroom to use the bathroom at night.

About This Term: Primary Bedroom

Many real estate associations including the National Association of Home Builders have deemed the term “Master Bedroom” discriminatory. The term “Primary Bedroom”, which is more accurately reflects the room’s purpose, is now popular among real estate professionals.

Three-Quarter Bathrooms

Three quarter bathrooms include a toilet, sink and either a separate tub or shower.

This third component is more common in bathrooms that are not equipped with bathtubs. The three-quarter and full bathrooms have merged in this way.


Half-bathrooms include a toilet and sink.

A half-bathroom is also known as a powder room or guest bathroom. Half-bathrooms offer homeowners more privacy as guests can use the bathroom and wash their hands without having to enter the bedroom. Visitors don’t need to see full bathrooms because they are more private spaces that can be used for personal items like medicines and garments.

Half-bathrooms can be used by visitors only for short periods of time so they have limited storage space.


A quarter-bathroom can be described as a small space that has either a toilet or shower stall. Quarter-bathrooms can also be called utility toilets, utility showers, or utility bathrooms.

Quarter-bathrooms can sometimes be found in basements and lower levels of older houses. These bathrooms are often installed by homeowners and not by the original builders. A quarter-bathroom would allow a homeowner to use the bathroom for his or her outside work, or provide a convenient place to wash their hands.