5 tips and tricks to get the most out of a teeny tiny bathroom
Compact bathrooms are a common feature of British homes as many of our homes were built before indoor bathrooms existed. For this reason they were added later, usually by converting part of a bedroom or other room into a bathroom. Moreover, the size of our homes in general is on the petite side when compared to properties in other countries, and as a consequence so are our bathrooms.
Now, of course many of us would love to have a sprawling spa-like bathroom complete with a colossal oval bathtub and maybe a sofa or two to read at while the water runs. But if that’s not a possibility, what can you do to get the very most out of a teeny tiny bathroom? Check out these tips and tricks.
1. Go for short projection fittings
Most bathroom fitting manufacturers create short projection toilets and basins for those living with smaller bathrooms. Although it may not seem like it when you view them in store or online, they can make a considerable difference to how spacious the room feels.
2. Be clever with your storage
Having too many items out in the open can make a small bathroom even more cramped. So putting plenty of storage in the room is a great way to make the room visually less busy, which in turn will stop it feeling too claustrophobic.
There are loads of simple, clever storage solutions for small bathrooms which will make a big difference. For example, install your towel rack on the back of the door. Make the most of your wall-space by having floating shelves fitted to store all your lotions and potions. A floating vanity unit seems less obtrusive than a standard one and makes a great place to hide away things you probably don’t want in open view like cleaning products.
3. Go big on mirrors
In a small bathroom you might feel it makes sense to only fit small fixtures and fittings to save on space but with your mirror you should actually go big. Reflective surfaces bounce around light and make rooms feel larger and brighter. So go for large fitted panel mirrors along a wall or a gargantuan framed statement option, chosing what you prefer according to your taste.
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4. Fit a combination bath/shower
Now this seems like an obvious way to save space, but combination shower baths have fallen out of favour with homeowners in recent years. Most likely due to the memories they have of the limp low water pressure that used to be so common with shower baths, meaning that now many people simply go for a decent power shower, and lose the bath.
However, it really is possible to have the best of both worlds buy purchasing a good quality mixer shower/bath tap or going for a separate electric power shower (depending on your home’s plumbing), so that you can have an exhilarating high flow power shower in the morning, and still have a tub to enjoy a relaxing soak on a Sunday night.
5. Find the optimum layout
The single most important thing to identify when remodelling a bathroom is what would be the absolute best layout. Using your Tetris skills you need to find the way that everything fits best, around any doors and windows in the room. This is not the easiest thing to do in the world, though you can use our free 3D visualisation tool to experiment different layouts and picture how your future dream home could look. Opun Planner is simple and easy to use and offers you the possibility of creating and editing different designs. You can even save them and go back to modify them later on if you change your mind! Alternatively, one of our bathroom experts can visit your home and explore with you how you can transform your home. They can advise you on what the best solution may be for your dream project and provide you with a quote free of charge for you to consider your project at its whole.