Mobile Home Bathroom Guide

Mobile home bathroom remodels can be difficult. There are several different types of faucets, sinks, counters, toilets, and bathtubs. The choices are endless!

Do you need a pedestal sink or a floating sink? Should you buy a center set faucet or a wall mounted? Do you need to special order your bathtub?

We’ve produced this mobile home bathroom guide to help you answer the most common questions and make the best buying decisions for your home and your family.

Remodeling Cost and Value for a Standard Bathroom Remodel 

A bathroom remodel isn’t cheap but they have a great return on investment. For every dollar you spend on the remodel you can expect to get around 70% back when you sell the home. In 2014, the average bathroom remodel (in a site-built home) cost $16,128 with a resale value of $11,688. That’s a good investment since you get to enjoy the new bathroom, too!

Click to see: The Glossary of the National Kitchen and Bath Association here.

Standard Mobile Home Bathtubs

There are a few different standard bathtubs for mobile homes: alcove, corner, oval, and whirlpool. In addition, there are several modern choices in unique shapes options. We’ll go over each one.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association states that the average bathtub size in the US is 60″ x 30/32″ but that’s not the case with mobile and manufactured homes.

Alcove Tubs

Mobile home bathrooms with alcove bathtubs are a bit different from your standard site-built home alcove tubs. The standard tub in your mobile home is probably around 6″ smaller, both width and length wise.

You have 2 options to combat the size difference if you want a standard bathtub: buy a bathtub specifically made for mobile homes or buy builder-grade acrylic tubs from a regular bathroom supply company and retrofit their products to fit.

If you choose to buy from a mobile home supply store you will pay a bit more but the process of removing and replacing the tub will be a lot easier.

Mobile home bathtubs are usually 54″ x 27″ and a bathtub at your local home improvement store is 60″ x  32″.

It’s hard to find an additional 6 inches in an already small bathroom so buying a mobile home sized tub is probably easiest.

Corner Tubs 

Corner tubs were very popular in mobile homes. They’ve been found in homes from the 1970’s to the 2010’s. Most of them are 54″ x 54″and run between $700-750 to replace. 

Site-built homes have corner tubs that are usually 60″ x 60″. That 6″ difference strikes again!

Mobile home bathroom - standard bathtub deminsions Source: Rempros

Oval Tubs 

Believe it or not, the standard mobile home bathroom with an oval tub is bigger than the average site-built home oval tub! Mobile Home Supply Store has two oval tubs, 64″ x 42″ and 64″ x 44″. Per About, the average size for a oval tub in a site-built home is 60″ x 41″. Score one for factory-built homes!

oval tub in manufactured home bathroom - Casa Grande (12)

Palm Harbour’s Casa Grande Model has an oval tub.

Modern and Upscale Bathtub Choices

If you are completely gutting your bathroom you can choose whatever tub you want in whatever size or shape you want. That’s one of the best perks of a total gut remodel.

Whirlpool Tubs

If you have a bad back or neck or just enjoy water jets a whirlpool is a perfect choice for you. These tubs have powerful water jets in the sides and bottom of the tub. They are complicated to install and have high maintenance needs. You will need have the proper electricity wiring available wherever you plan to place the tub. Luckily, whirlpool tubs are available in several sizes and shapes so you’ll find one that suits your space.

Clawfoot Tubs

One of the first bathtub designs was made with cast iron and had 4 awesome claw feet. The ‘feet were usually made to look like an eagle claw holding a ball. They have always been, and will likely alway be, a very popular bathtub design.

Cloud Tubs 

A popular new tub shape is the cloud tub. They are freestanding and look great in both small and large bathrooms.

cloud tub by W2 -mobile home bathroom guide

Wetstyle has several gorgeous small bathroom bathtub designs. Shapes include the above ‘cloud’ along with straight sided tubs and wave tubs. Here’s their popular wave tub design along with modern cabinetry:

W2 small mobile home bathroom remodels - modern tub ans cabinetry design


BathTub Materials

Once you pick your tub shape you will need to put some thought into the tub’s material. There are 4 popular materials: acrylic, fiberglass, enamel-coated cast iron, porcelain-enamel steel. Each has pros and cons. Here’s a screenshot from Home Depot explaining how the materials are used to make a bathtub along with their pros and cons:

bathtub material

Yellowing of Mobile Home Bathtubs

Factory supplied mobile home tubs are prone to turning yellow after a few short years. It is typically caused by poor UV coating. Many homeowners have had to spend to spend hundreds of dollars to replace a bathtub shortly after the warranty expires so please make sure the bathtub you choose has sufficient UV protection and cannot turn yellow after a couple of years.

Mobile Home Bathroom Faucets

Bathtubs choices are complicated but faucet choices are maddening!

Faucets come in 5 varieties: centerset, mini-spread, single hole, wall-mount or widespread.

Single Hole Faucets

Single Hole Faucets only require a single hole to be drilled on the counter. They usually come with one or two handles attached to the main spout. These can be tricky to operate for the very young or the elder as getting the right temperature is only controlled by one handle usually. You can buy them with temperature limiting valves to prevent scolding. If you are transforming from a center set to a single hole faucet, deck plates are available and often come with the faucet. This allows the modification to remain stylish and covers up the additional holes that are no longer needed.

Centerset Faucets

Center Set Faucets are the most often used style in mobile homes.  The holes are drilled 4″ apart from the center of the holes. The water temperature is controlled completely through the handles as there are 2 lines, one for hot and one for cold and they are mixed together in the spout. They come in either 2 handle or 1 lever designs that are attached to the base. Their compact size is beneficial for small spaces.

4″ Minispread Faucets

4″ Minispread Faucets are also classified as center set yet are a bit different. The have 3 separate pieces which give the look of a widespread faucet but you can still use the standard 4″ openings of a center set faucet. Each handle controls either the hot or the cold water. It’s mixed together in the spout.

Wall-Mounted Faucets

Wall-Mounted Faucets are exactly what they say they are: wall mounted. These are becoming increasingly popular for small spaces because they don’t require additional counter room for the faucet. They are perfect for the modern vessel sink. Make sure to chose one that is the right length for the sink you want. It should extend to the exact middle of the sink upon installation.

Widespread Faucets

Widespread Faucets come in either 8″ or even 16″ wide styles. The valves and temperature mixing chamber are below the counter. They are usually very large and should be used in the correct environment, with a large sink. Otherwise, the scale will be off and it will overpower everything in the room.

The Right Faucet

You can put any kind of faucet you want in your home, especially if you are changing out the counter and sink at the same time. If you are simply replacing a leaky faucet you should buy the style that fits the opening you have (most often its going to be 4″ center set in a mobile home). You can get a replacement faucet from a mobile home supply store for cheap or you can spend a bit more on a piece that really makes a statement in the room.

If you are completely remodeling the bathroom, your options are wide open!

Most recommend that you buy the faucet first, then the sink based on the type of faucet you’ve selected. You’ll also want to choose a counter. All new faucets should come with a template to help you place the holes in the correct spot.

Mobile Home Bathroom Sinks

There’s several types of sinks, too. Mobile home bathroom remodels are more complicated than most people think!

There are 6 basic sink types: vanity top, console, vessel, pedestal, wall mounted, under-counter and countertop.

Vanity Top Sinks

Vanity Top Sinks are a one piece sink and counter combination. They are simply installed on top of a cabinet or as part of a complete furniture piece. They come in several different types of materials and sizes.  Easy cleaning is one advantage but size and weight can be disadvantages.

Console Sinks

Console Sinks are similar to vanity top sinks but they are often supported by 2 front legs in the front and wall mounting in the back. They are great for small spaces but there’s little to no storage space under the sink. They come in various materials and sizes. They are easy to clean since it’s one piece with legs.

Vessel Sinks

Vessel Sinks are very popular these days. It’s basically a decorative bowl that sits either on top of the counter or inside the counter, though the top installation is far more popular. Numerous materials are available although glass seems to be the most popular. You must chose the correct faucet for vessel sinks.

vessel sink

Pedestal Sinks

Pedestal Sinks are free standing sinks with a base. You often have to buy the 2 pieces separately but that gives you an opportunity to get the exact style you want. There’s no storage under these but they are beautiful and simple. Plumbing is often exposed.

Wall Mounted Sinks

Wall Mounted Sinks are self explanatory. The are attached to the wall and nothing else. They are often small in size and perfect for tight spaces.

Under Counter Sinks

Under counter sinks are set under the counter. This allows the inside of the counter to be seen around the opening of the sink so it should be decorative or one solid piece such as granite. They are installed under the counter with mounting kits. These are very popular as well and are often referred to as under mount sinks. They come in numerous materials, shapes and sizes.

undermount sink

Countertop Sinks

Counter top sinks are the most popular style of any sink. The rim of the sink rests directly on top of the counter inside of a hole. The countertop material can be practically anything as long as it’s waterproof. Materials choices are numerous and they come in several sizes and shapes.

Most mobile home bathroom sinks are set with clips placed under the sink opening. The parameter is sealed under the lip of the sink. Unscrew the clips and run a blade between the sink and counter and lift it out. Then replace them with whatever style you want!

Try to get a replacement product that has a warranty and a good company reputation. Kohler Bathroom sinks are known to be good quality with a lot of styles to chose.


Mobile Home Toilets

I can’t really say much about toilets in mobile homes. They’ve seem to stand up very well. Of course, the guts needs replaced occasionally but that’s the case with any toilet.

Mobile home toilets are easily replaceable with any one on the market. You have 2 basic choices; a regular toilet or a handicapped one. The handicapped toilets are higher and may be helpful if someone has mobility issues in the home. All toilets you buy today are going to be low flow which is good, we don’t need to use 10 gallons every time we flush.

Replacing toilets is not complicated: turn the water off, empty the water out of the tank and bowl. Unscrew and lift. Anytime you move or replace a toilet you must use a new wax ring. It’s just not smart to reuse them (yuck!). There’a little more to it but the magic is in making sure it’s level. If it’s not level, you are going to have complications. Leveling brings me to the last section, bathroom floors.

Related: Mobile Home Parts Store has a one page instructional sheet on how to replace a mobile home toilet here. 


Mobile Home Bathroom Floors

I believe flooring is the most important part of a mobile home bathroom remodel.

Every drop of water that is allowed to reach the flooring (meaning the sub-floor and joists under the floor covering as well as the insulation) can get damaged. It can rot and cause weak spots and swelling. Chances are within 15 years of buying your home you will need to replace the bathroom floors completely if the appropriate precautions aren’t taken.

In the 80’s, some manufacturers had the bright idea to put carpeting in the master bathrooms. What a mess! If you have carpet in your bathroom or floating floor without a waterproof membrane under it, get it out. The mold growing under it is not healthy and I will guarantee that it’s there, you may just not realize it.

In the 34 years that I have proudly lived in a manufactured home, I’ve been involved with no less than 5 total bathroom floor replacements. It’s not easy.

Using a waterproof membrane will help keep the bathroom dry and allow you some peace of mind that you won’t have to do it all again.

Designing Your New Mobile Home Bathroom

Whether you have a lot of space or just a little, you need to utilize every inch. Here are some commonly used layouts in smaller bathrooms.

If you are completely gutting your bathroom and love the modern look this is a great design.

small mobile home bathroom remodels - small bathroom floor plan

W2_Wave_Element bathtub design for mobile home remodels


You can see more great bathroom remodeling ideas on Wetstyle’s Pinterest.



If you’re ready to do a complete bathroom renovation in your mobile home, begin from the bottom and work your way up. There’s no sense in buying all the fancy new fixtures if the flooring isn’t protected. Factoring in sub-flooring and giving the joists a good inspection before you install anything is the smartest move you can make. Learn more about great bathroom design for small spaces here.

Alright, that should get you started on planning your bathroom remodel. Good luck!

As always, thank you for reading Mobile & Manufactured Home Living!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WETSTYLE.  The opinions and text are all mine.

  1. Doreen Grieve says

    Hi Crystal,
    What is under the tub in a mobile home?I am replacing subflooring in the bathroom and hallway but really don’t want to pull out the shower tub unit. I am hoping the shower tub unit is on something stronger than the subflooring and waterproof or that it is sealed so it protects the tub support floor. Thank you.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Doreen,

      There’s usually nothing different under a tub from what you have beside the tub (flooring, subflooring, joists).

  2. Debbie says

    You’ve covered every aspect of a bath remodel well except the on thing I need to know. What is the best choice for the top faucet replacements? All I’ve found nearby are cheap plastic models made in China. I’ve paid for two of the same caused to be pit in and both were defective.
    Are there any tub faucets made of actual metal available?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Debbie!

      Go to Lowe’s and buy a Moen. Those plastic faucets are terrible. You should be able to find a Moen that will fit your holes perfectly or very close.

      I’ll make a note to add that info! Thank you!

  3. Megan says

    This is great love all of the information. My husband and I are going to have to do a bathroom remodel because the tub in the master have multiple cracks in it. Is that a common thing in mobile homes? Also this will be my first mobile home remodel and I am not sure what to expect once we tear the tub out, specifically the flooring underneith. I have experience with stick built homes and so I am afraid if we pull the tub out we are just going to have insulation between the bathroom and crawl space and I just couldn’t sleep in the house knowing that is exposed. Really we are trying to plan ahead with what to expect and that is my biggest fear. I can handle the severity of the damage or even going over budget but not that. Yuk. Can you send us your thoughts on that please.

    Thank you


  4. Leslie Fay says

    I love, love, love your website! For the past 16 years, I have lived in a 1981 Marlette (Windemere) and have loved it! I am itching to update the kitchen and bathroom and have been looking for information to keep from making any disastrous mistake. My first major project will be in the bathroom where I would love to remove the tub and install a complete tiled shower stall. Have you seen this done in other remodels? Is this something you would recommend attempting? My tub is located along the outside wall of my trailer. Thanks for any help!! ~Leslie Fay

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Leslie,

      Great to hear from you!

      Tiled showers installed in place of a tub is a very popular home improvement project. The difference between the successful jobs and the unsuccessful jobs is using the right materials. When done properly (and with the right materials) you can expect a beautiful, long-lasting, and healthy tiled bathroom. You cannot go cheap when tiling a shower and you cannot have someone do it that isn’t knowledgeable in plumbing code.

      New technologies in tiling (waterproofing ‘bladder’ systems, grouting ingredients, and even lighter-weight tiles) all combine together to create a much better tiling experience than we had just a decade ago. You can now buy complete floor pan systems that will help make the job a lot easier. It’s a good project that will certainly add to your home in many ways! I’ve wanted to get an article together about the whole process but finding images has been difficult, maybe you could take some images for us?

      Best of luck!

  5. Steve says

    Hi Crystal.
    In considering a complete gut out bathroom remodel. Some of the information I was hoping to read in your article isn’t there. When moving fixtures to new locations within the bathroom inevitably plumbing becomes a major issue. This is my first mobile home (1987 New West) and I’m not familiar with the construction or the plumbing in one. The line servicing my toilet comes up through the floor (not the wall) as well as the tub and possibly the sink as well. The sewer drains also will need to be relocated. I’m guessing this will entail removing some skirting and going underneath the home to make the changes. I’m interested in learning about these types of issues.
    Also, I’d like to put in a cast iron bathtub, I’m concerned about the weight, if the floor is designed to handle it.
    Thank you,

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Steve,

      You’ll probably want to read our plumbing articles. They go more into the details you mention:

      Plumbing in Manufactured Homes, The Basics

      I’m not sure what an average cast iron tub weighs but you’ll probably want to reinforce the flooring and, if at all possible, install it over the steel chassis. If you’re in a double wide you’ll want to be cautious of uneven settling, too.

      Best of luck! Let me know if you have any particular questions.

  6. Lora Worthan says

    Hello Crystal, I stumbled upon your website while looking for decorating ideas for my 1963 mobile home bathroom. My husbands sister gave us our home last year when she got married. It has been one project after another. After almost one year, I finally completed my landscaping project. I am so proud of how my yard looks now. My neighbors all love it. Even if your home is older, it can still look fabulous. Now I am working on the inside and wondered if you might have any tips. The color of the bathtub, sink basin, and toilet is hard to describe. My sister-in-law says it is peach, but it is too dark. I compared it to different paints and I think it is closer to a coral or maybe salmon. Sometimes it looks more brown than pink depending on the light. They were all painted white, but it was chipping off bad so I stripped the paint. Now nothing matches. The cabinet doors and front of vanity were painted sea foam green and the walls were a light peach. The floor tiles are white with tiny blue and brown flowers. The vanity top is white linoleum with grey marbling. I really do not want to refinish the fixtures again. I currently have a tropical sunset themed shower curtain which works perfect with the coral colored tub and toilet. I took pictures and used Sherwin Williams’ paint visualizer to compare color pallets, but I have no eye for decorating. I feel like the darker grayish blues looked best on the walls (Naval or indigo). On all of the doors, drawers, and ceiling I was going to try a color called Bungalow Beige. It is an eggshell color with a barely noticeable hint of blush. I have wood trim around the door and along the bottom of the walls. They are currently dark brown, but I was thinking of going with a dark color in the red family like Arresting Auburn. I have a brown wood mirrored medicine chest on the side wall above the sink. I thought I should paint it the same as the vanity doors. I tried lighter colors on the walls, but nothing worked with the sink and vanity top. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. I realize it is hard without photos. Thank you!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Lora!

      We’ve been trying to update our bathroom too – I swear I think it’s the hardest room to makeover on a budget. I’ve decided to just buy a new tub cause while there has been a lot of advances in the tub painting industry, I just don’t think it’s worth the time and cost to try yet. Maybe in a few more years they can figure it all out! Till then, I think painting the cabinetry and adding some kind of texture on the walls is probably the easiest way to update a bathroom.

      We spent $30 on several rolls of discontinued wallpaper at Lowe’s and wallpapered around our mirror in a wheat grass paper that was very textured. Then painted the built-in cabinetry a dark brown (I had it white but white cabinetry in the bathroom was just too hard to keep clean) and then painted the walls a dark teal. It works OK till we can completely rip it all out.

      You should be able to get lots of great ideas on Pinterest, just search bathroom decorating ideas. There’s lots of great ideas here on Mobile home Living for bathrooms too – here’s all the articles that comes up when you search bathroom:

      Good luck!

  7. Allison says

    Crystal, have you heard of anyone boxing in or otherwise remodeling one of those darn garden tubs?

    I’ve got one in the master bath in our new-to-us 2007 double wide, and I’m planning on remodeling the room in an Old Mexico style.

    So tile will be a major decorative element; I want to sort of recreate the feeling of a fountain in the zocalo with the tub, so I’m thinking building a box around the present (stepped) sides and ??? over the rim.

    Having no luck at googling this kind of alteration to a garden tub- maybe you’re run across something?

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Allison,

      I always feel like if there’s a will, there’s a way, especially when it comes to’m pretty sure I understand exactly what you’re wanting to do, and if I’m close, it would look awesome!! Your only worry would be the waterproofing aspect of it all but all the new tiling products that are out on the market these days it would make the job a lot easier than it would’ve been, say, 10 years ago.

      To box in the tub you would simply need to line the area (under the tub if possible) with a liner or pan and frame out the structure with waterproof tile board. Once you have it all tiled and the grout is dry you would want to be extra careful with the sealing between the tub and the tile and coat it all with a waterproof membrane type product. The liner or pan may be a little bit of an overkill but it would keep the floor safe and that’s a big priority whenever dealing with a tub or shower install.

      If you don’t mind, click this link and scroll down to the bathtub with the tile being installed around it. You’ll see how that was done and it would work for covering the steps on the other side. It’s a job my husband did inside a double side. We advised against the fireplace but the owners wanted it so it was done. Still, I wish they would’ve let us set in the wall along with some added protection to ensure it could never end up in the tub, especially when water is in it!

      Good luck!

  8. lauralou says

    Tell you what I think is the ultimate bathroom design – when you have a glass sink with live fish in the basin part of the sink. I’ve seen this a couple of times and it’s such a clever idea!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      I’ve seen those online. I bet they are fun but I’d hate to clean

  9. Maisy says

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    1. CrystalMHL says

      Thank you Maisy!

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  10. Crystal says

    Hi Shirlee! I'm so glad to hear from you again!! I did move the site to WordPress and it's caused all kinds of problems! I promise it's nothing to do with your computer, it's all on my end unfortunately. I've hired a webmaster to fix all the issues though so hopefully in the next week it will all be better. Right now, the list is pretty long: browser compatibility issues (not appearing on computers), the RSS feed needs fixed and all the past comments (all 1248) are not showing on the site, although I can see them all in the admin. I thought I could handle the transition but it was way over my head! Lesson learned, hire professionals from the get go on things you know absolutely nothing about…lol. Don't give up on me yet!

    I hope all is well with you and your enjoying the spring. Take care!

  11. Crystal says

    Hi Shirlee! I'm so glad to hear from you again!! I did move the site to WordPress and it's caused all kinds of problems! I promise it's nothing to do with your computer, it's all on my end unfortunately. I've hired a webmaster to fix all the issues though so hopefully in the next week it will all be better. Right now, the list is pretty long: browser compatibility issues (not appearing on computers), the RSS feed needs fixed and all the past comments (all 1248) are not showing on the site, although I can see them all in the admin. I thought I could handle the transition but it was way over my head! Lesson learned, hire professionals from the get go on things you know absolutely nothing about…lol. Don't give up on me yet!

    I hope all is well with you and your enjoying the spring. Take care!

  12. Shirlee says

    Hi again Crystal. Did you move your site to wordpress? It doesn't always show up on my blogger list plus a few times I could not get your site to load. But I think it's a problem on my end, computers have a way of not co-operating every once and a while.

    I don't know who came up with the carpet in the bathroom idea but what a bad one that was! Double ick factor there. Interesting to know about the difference in bathtub size. We never had to do a bathroom reno when we owned a mobile home. We lived with the harvest gold fixtures since it was short term, but I do remember flooring issues.

    Hope all is well with you! Have a great weekend.

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