While large bathrooms are a symbol of luxury and the envy of all, most of us are stuck with smaller spaces due to a house design that won’t accommodate the dream. But all is not lost. There are things you can do to make better use of a smaller bathroom space and make it more beautiful at the same time. The trick is to be ruthless with unnecessary features. And then find fixtures and cabinetry that help to maximize the space. Here are a few suggestions for making the most of a small bathroom.
- Layout: You might have to start at the beginning. Sketch the bathroom, indicate where the plumbing services are, and see if there is some way to rearrange the room more efficiently. Are there cabinets that can be removed? What about the position of the tub and vanity. One way to gain more floor area is to install a wall hung vanity. Although it may occupy the same space as the old vanity, getting it off the ground can have a significant effect visually, and it gives you more room to install some elegant flooring.
- The Tub: What to do about the tub? It’s the biggest thing in the room, and it hogs the floor. Most small bathrooms have a tub shower combo, which is a good use of space when you need both, but you might consider losing the tub so you can make a more elegant shower. To carry the thought further, showers can be moved to the corner and then can be divided by glass alone. Full-length glass showers are trendy now, and they take up a lot less room while giving the illusion of added space.
- Wall Hung Toilets: It isn’t only the vanity that can get up off the floor. Through a little bit of plumbing magic, there are types of toilets available that are made to be built into the wall. It might not seem like much, but the space formerly used up by the tank can be available. And this will give you even more open floor. No one likes cleaning up around the toilet. But wall mounted versions are much easier to work around, look elegant and there isn’t any problematic areas to clean. Once again, you will be able to show off some beautiful flooring as you add some class to your private pampering place.
- Cabinetry: cabinets in the bathroom are not that necessary. Often the area under the vanity will accommodate the few supplies and cleaning products you like to keep close by. But it is nice to have your towels stored there too if possible. The answer is to build up high. An open-faced pigeonhole storage unit can be custom-made to fit small areas. And it will easily accommodate your towels and maybe some decor items as well.
Never give up. There is usually a way to get more use out of a space, or at least the sense of more space in an area. One of the advantages of upgrading a bathroom is that small changes can have a big effect. Some more space saving ideas can be found by researching tiny homes.