It can be a real challenge to give bathrooms a proper layout, especially when it comes to small bathrooms. Some of these challenges include giving the shower enough clearance, configuring the toilet and sink according to plumbing code and also where to put the towel and T.P. holders.
To give you a hand with your small bathroom’s layout, we’ve prepared this article as the ultimate guide you could hope for. Here are some of the best tips you can use to bring out the appeal of your tiny restroom, and under the budget too:
Install a Skylight
Natural light is essential for making small spaces feel bigger. Skylights are especially a good option when windows just aren’t enough to cut it.
Include Mirror Walls
Adding mirror walls can create an illusion that would make a small bathroom look double its size. This tactic is especially effective when the mirror is placed above a vanity or along one side of a narrow bathroom. These mirrors are also good for reflecting light, allowing your bathroom to get more lighting from light fixtures or windows.
Install a Corner Sink
Sometimes, having a pedestal sink in a small bathroom can literally get in one’s way when moving around. That’s why it would be better to place a corner sink from across the toilet than a sink from across the shower. Both the opening and closing of the shower door is what typically creates an awkward walk-around situation.
Get Rid of the Tub
Tubs statistically, take up twice the amount of floor space compared to showers. Therefore, removing your tub will significantly open up your small bathroom’s space. Showers are a good option for adults and guests, more specifically the older ones.
Showers are also a great way to clean pets, especially if you install a hand shower. But if you have children and you require a tub to bath them in, then we suggest getting a lower profile tub. The small height of this tub makes getting in and out of it pretty easy and it will make your bathroom feel spacier.
Get a Shower Curtain
A shower curtain is more ideal than a glass door as it saves space moving in and out. Shower-0tub combos also fit into small spaces, with some models coming in at 60 inches in length.
Supply Yourself With Woven Baskets
For this modern master bath, under-mounted twin sinks are a sleek choice, but without cabinet space, there won’t be any place to store towels and other essential bathroom items. For this reason, oversized bins are the perfect solution.
Install a Floating Basin Sink
Installing a floating basin sink instead of a bulky cabinet is another great way to save up on small bathroom space. Not to mention, it looks really chic.
Use a Wall-Mounted Faucet
By mounting a faucet on the wall, you’ll get a narrower sink or vanity, which in turn frees up square footage in your small bathroom. We suggest going for a wall-mounted faucet with a traditional design as it can work anywhere.
With a bit of strategic configuration, you can make up for a nonexistent linen closet. A mirrored medicine cabinet in a New York apartment comes in at two feet and can store about two towels. The shelves inside are staggered around the pipes, whereas a custom vanity conceals laundry bins.
If your small bathroom has space to build-in a toilet tank, then you can save on both floor space and legroom with a wall-mounted toilet. And if you can’t wall-mount a toilet, then consider adding shelving right above the tank for some extra storage or extending your vanity top to make a narrow ledge.
Perhaps one of the biggest space-saving ideas you can use for your small bathroom would be to switch over from an in-swinging entry door to a pocket door. To install this pocket door, you need to open your wall to create this pocket. In return, you will have over 9 square feet of usable space that you never had before.