If you’ve got a less than generously sized bathroom, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of bathrooms in the UK don’t tend to have space to spare, with the average bathroom size being approximately 8ft x 6ft.
Even if you’re working with a space that’s smaller than the UK average, this doesn’t mean you’re confined to limited design ideas. In fact, there are a whole range of clever designs and stylish but savvy space-saving solutions to help create a fantastic small bathroom you’ll love.
If your small bathroom is in need of remodelling and updating, here’s a guide on where you might want to start:
All in the planning
If space is limited, then the key to a stunning but functional bathroom is in the careful planning. Because there isn’t much space to play with, you’ll need to take that extra care to make sure your layout makes the best use of the space you have. The layout of your current bathroom might not make optimal use of the room.
Recesses could work well as a space for a shower enclosure, but you should generally try and fit the shower enclosure in the part of the room with the most height. Corners can prove incredibly useful in small rooms as these can be used to fit corner toilet cisterns and basin units as a space saving solution.
Alternatively, wall-hung fittings are great for freeing up floor space, and giving an overall sleeker appearance to the room. Concealing pipework may seem inconceivable when space is already limited, however, hiding the pipework and toilet cistern in a stud wall can provide opportunity for hidden storage space.
Bath or shower
Small spaces could result in limiting your options in terms of choosing a separate bath and shower enclosure. Squeezing in a bathtub and a separate shower enclosure can be tricky and the end result might be simply impractical.
If you know you’ll get a lot more use from a shower than a bath, then you could always do away with the tub all together. However, many people fear that doing away with the tub entirely could affect the resale value of their house, or put off prospective buyers with young children.
As a compromise, opting for a slickly designed shower bath gives you the best of both worlds without encroaching on space. Shower baths are designed to double up as a shower and will typically have a flat base and be shaped at one side to give maximum shower space. If you do opt for a shower bath, a tempered glass screen would be a better option than a shower curtain, as this will help to open up the space.
Space saving accessories
Anything you can do to give the appearance of space is a great plan, that’s why it’s a good idea to opt for modern brassware that boasts simplistic designs. Mixer taps are a great space saving solution, simply because they take up less space in the fitting than pillar taps. Toilet cisterns with push-button flushes rather than handles or chains also play their part – even more so if the cistern can be boxed in.
Rather than opting for a traditional radiator, a ladder style heated towel rail could prove to be a far better option that both saves space and offers a practical (and toasty) towel storage solution.
The chances are that your limited space will inhibit you storage-wise. You can get savvy with your storage, opting for Slimline wall cabinets which will hold your products and cosmetics without encroaching on the space. Similarly, you can make the most of otherwise wasted space in corners by opting for a stylish corner cupboard – particularly for mirrored cabinets which will bounce light around the room and create the illusion of space.
Alternatively, choose a wall which you can use for storage, as wall shelves can be a good option when space is short. Use one wall space for bathroom cabinets, shelving and any other storage, rather than having multiple storage units around the room.
The illusion of space
There are loads of things you can do with décor to create the illusion of space. If you’ve got a window in the room, try to let in plenty of natural light to create an airy space. If there isn’t a window, then you need to get clever with lighting to create a bright, warm space.
Regardless of whether you have window or not, it’s worth investing in a decent mirror to bounce light around the room. An interior design trick is to opt for a mirrored wall if you’ve got the wall space (and budget) to do so. Not only does this prove useful to have in the bathroom, but it also makes the space appear bigger, as well as reflecting light to give the illusion of a generously sized space.
Décor also plays a crucial part in giving a spacious and airy feel. Natural colours do their bit to create a warm, welcoming space and to reflect light. Dark or bold colours can make the space seem smaller and closed in. White or off-white tiles and paint are always a safe option, if in doubt. However, pastels will still give a fresh airy feel to the space if you do want to inject a bit of colour.