If you can just about swing a cat in your bathroom, look at it in a positive light, good things come in small packages and you’ll be pleased to learn about a few creative ways to design a limited-space bathroom.
- Creative storage solutions – The only way to go is bespoke when you have limited space; storage is a critical component of every bathroom layout and using the alcoves and recesses with made-to-measure cabinets and shelving. This keeps the space uncluttered and with a couple of wicker baskets for soiled clothing and space under the vanity for clean towels and bathrobes.
- Think wall-mounted – With limited floor space, the more you use vertical fixings, the larger the space will appear. A wall-mounted vanity and back to wall toilet is a good layout for a small en-suite bathroom. Tall and narrow storage cabinets won’t look out of place; Google Images can show you 100s of wall-mounted bathroom furniture ideas and when you find something that ticks all your boxes, ask a local joiner to build the units.
- Mirror placement – The oldest trick in the book is to place reflective surfaces in the right locations to bounce light from window to wall to mirror; why not add an LED make-up mirror and a few mirrored tiles at the right angle? Take a few mirror tiles (with backing) and place them at various locations during the daylight to see where the best angles are to create an illusion of space.
- Frameless shower screens – For that smooth, uncluttered look, seamless shower screening is perfect for a small bathroom. The cheapest suppliers are online; you can buy shower screen kits at trade prices and follow the installation instructions for a perfect fit.
- Bath/shower combo – Why not save a few square metres of floor space by combining the bath and the shower? If you simply don’t have the room for a stand-alone bath, compromise with a corner bath and shower combo. This is a functional solution that is better than losing the bathtub, with a curtain to prevent water spillage. Click here for 2023 dining room designs that are trending.
- Small ceramic tiles – Avoid using large tiles in a small bathroom; keep the proportion right and the room will appear larger. For the best selection of ceramic tiles, search online for a local supplier of all things bathroom related. Consider mirrored tiles for a single section of one wall, as this will reflect light from the windows, giving the impression of elongation.
- Hanging solutions – Wall-mounted hooks and towel rails ensure adequate towel storage; you can hang cleaning implements on the inner cabinet doors that are at ground level.
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