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How to make the best of your space in a small bathroom

How to make the best of your space in a small bathroom


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How to make the best of your space in a small bathroom

In an ideal world, all bathrooms would be luxuriously huge with the shower a few steps from the bath a few steps from the toilet a few steps from the washbasin, and storage space at an absolute premium to neatly hide all the items you don’t want on show.

Unfortunately, this is seldom the case with many contemporary bathrooms that find themselves a prime contender for the smallest room in almost all modern properties. However, having a small bathroom, en-suite or attic bathroom doesn’t mean it can’t be transformed into a cosy setting that appears larger than it actually is.

There are a few ways you can go about utilising your bathroom space without the need for a complete overhaul of the room itself.


Use colour to create space in a small bathroom

Start with colour. Popular belief will tell you that the colours in your home, bathroom included, reflect the type of person that you are. A small bathroom is the exception to this rule. Dark tones around your home will not do the bathroom any favours if implemented there too. The smaller the room, the brighter you want it to be and there are a host of pastel colours out there to complement white that work to give your bathroom an open, pristine feel.


How to make the best of your space in a small bathroom

Create an illusion of space in a small bathroom

A further trick for creating an illusion of extra space in small bathrooms is to extend the tiling from the floor onto the wall or vice versa. This works even better with large tiles and will be easier to clean too. Floor tiles that even double up as bath panels still exemplify this effect although many small bathrooms won’t be able to cater for a bathtub.

Mirrors also achieve this illusion when strategically positioned to reflect natural daylight entering the bathroom and larger mirrors are particularly effective at making a room appear double the size – we’ve all walked into a room at one point believing it to be huge only to then discover a mirror surfacing one wall is actually deceiving us. It can have that effect on bathrooms too.

That’s not all mirrors can offer either. Small bathrooms greatly benefit from multi-purpose mirrors that act as the front of a storage cabinet or can be equipped with a shelf underneath or hooks on the side to ensure certain bathroom products always have a tidy location to be kept. Cluttered space in a small bathroom makes the room look less open and sometimes quite messy.


space in a small bathroom

How to make the best of your space in a small bathroom


Space in a small bathroom? Create a wetroom

There is one final option that is particularly suitable for very small bathrooms and requires much more effort than the previous changes and this is to convert your bathroom into a wetroom. Correct waterproofing and ventilation are essential for a wetroom which sees your bathroom effectively become a whole shower enclosure. The floor becomes slightly sloped so to drain water away in the middle and there will be a walk-in section screened off for you to stand under the shower head.

Wetrooms are definitely the best option for the elderly and disabled as manoeuvring between the shower, toilet and washbasin is significantly easier than stepping up and down into the shower or into the bath.


For more ideas on transforming your bathroom today, you could  visit The Bath House Online who have a fantastic range of bathroom products and furniture from leading names for bathrooms of all sizes and styles at great, affordable prices.

Carly Seddon is the marketing manager at The Bath House Online. She grew up in the North West and has a passion for all things creative, sporting a strong eye for stylish, modern bathroom designs.


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  1. October 7, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    I’m living in a small house with a tiny bathroom. And you know, it look so dark and narrow, sometime i feel uncomfortable when I’m taking a shower. And you are so right, the smaller the room, the brighter i need. I agree with all your ideas and i’ll try to makeover my bathroom by using your ideas. I believe it will work and it will change my life.


    • becky
      October 9, 2016 / 6:05 am

      thanks for commenting Edward and good luck!

  2. July 22, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Hey Bud!

    You have brought up something really useful stuff.Small bathrooms, you have given such informative tips to keep small bathroom look spacious .I have two bathrooms,one is smaller and other one is wider .But what I come to know is ,hardly anyone go for the smaller one.Now I can renovate it by keeping in mind the tips you have mentioned here.Thanks for the share dude!

    Fred wingg

  3. Linda
    July 1, 2016 / 12:46 am

    Thank you for inspiration! I do believe that space never hinder your style or design. I was amazed of your tricks, I want to apply this in my bathroom. I am living in a small space and thinking of renovating my bathroom.

  4. Wendy Cartright
    October 1, 2015 / 11:56 pm

    I really liked your idea about waterproofing. My bathroom is extremely small, so whenever I take a shower, every surface in the bathroom gets wet. I am worried that it will cause mold. My bathroom does not have the proper ventilation either. I think it would be very beneficial to have it waterproofed.

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