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 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.

The  basin and shower are essential 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 any further value, however if it’s the only bath then it must stay.  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 adjacent rooms where you can steal some extra floor area. Even an area as small as the width of a wardrobe to push your shower recess into can make a massive difference to the size of the room





The wall in this bathroom was pushed out 300mm to recess the toilet. We also installed a inwall cistern, back to wall suite ( only 500mm deep) to save space and positioned behind the door so the impact on the room is negligible.


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 looks classy but increases floor space and makes 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, for storage of toiletries, towels and decorator items.


Theis basin is recessed into a chunky bench leaving the floorspace clear. We also added wall to wall mirrored shaving cabinets to provide lots of storage up off the floor  and the mirrors lightened the room.


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 view of the room making it look much bigger.

Wet Room

 A wet room is a bathroom with out a shower screen 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.. 

Light creates the illusion of space so look at the light coming into the room, consider enlarging a window 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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