Tips For Laying Out And Remodeling A Tiny Bathroom

Bernadette Janson

Small bathrooms present a challenge The bathroom is a place where a lot of import activity happens and feeling cramped while you are drying off after a shower or blow-drying your hair can be very uncomfortable. As with any project the first place to head is sites like www.houzz.com for some inspiration, to check out how the professionals tackle the problem.Here are some tips that we have used to create both real and perceived space to small bathrooms.



Limit What You Put In.


There are essentials such as the basin and shower but if you have a separate toilet as well it would make sense to not include a toilet in the bathroom.  The other big item is the bath. If there is already a bath in the home, a second will not add value, however if it’s the only bath then it is essential to leave it in.  Leaving a home with no bath will affect your resale value. Instead opt for a shower over the bath, while not ideal is preferable to removing the bath.


Borrow Some Space


Look for space in rooms adjacent to the bathroom where you can steal some extra floor area. Even an area as small as the width of a wardrobe to push your shower recess out into can make a massive difference to the available space.


Assess The Access


Look at how and where you enter the room. Sometimes simply changing the side the door swings from can improve the use of the space.



Consider Wall Hung Vanity And /Or Toilet Suite


Lifting these items up off the floor not only look classy but they increase floor space and make the bathroom look and feel bigger.


Include Plenty Of Towel Rails, Hooks And Storage (Wall Mounted ) 


Keeping as much a possible up off the floor preserves the valuable floor space . Don’t forget to include some funky shelving, which not only looks good but will add plenty of room for toiletries, towels and decorator items


Walk In Shower


This is my personal favourite. It saves space because there is no need to allow for the door to swing but also the absence of a frame gives an uninterrupted vie of the room making it look much bigger.


Wet Room


A wet room is a bathroom with out a shower recess so in effect the  whole room becomes the shower. Not everyone’s cup of tea but a great way to maximize the space.



Allow More Light In..  creates the illusion of space so look at the light coming into the room, consider enlarging a widow or simply changing the window dressing to allow more light in.  A skylight may be a cheaper option to changing the window.


Use Colour To Create Space.


Light colours will make the room look bigger. White bathrooms are popular at present plus they are timeless.  The size of the tile will help as well, go for larger tiles although it can be tricky on the floor , you are usually limited to a maximum size of 300X300 to help with the fall of the floor to the drain.  You can be more adventurous on the walls and say go for a 600 X 300 mm tile laid horizontally to make the walls look longer.







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