When moving into a small house, it can be assumed that the bathrooms will also be small. Even in houses with larger spaces, it is often the bathrooms that have to take the least square area, compared to the rest of the rooms in the house.
It can be quite hard to navigate and manoeuvre inside a small bathroom. You might bump into the sink or knock your head into the shower head. However, that will not be the case if your bathroom, no matter how small it is, is properly designed. So if you are in this dilemma, here are some clever ideas on how you can maximise the space in small bathrooms.
Focus on compacting the shower area
Taking a shower does not necessarily require a large amount space. Yet this might happen due to improper choice of doors for the shower area. Thus, the choice of door is important in maximising space in the bathroom. Pivot shower doors are relatively cheap but before buying one, you should make sure that the door can fully open without impediment. Sliding panels might be the better choice. You do not have to swing these doors so there’s no need to worry about possible obstructions.
Bi-fold or concertina types of doors are also good options. You can easily slide and fold them inside the enclosure and so extra space is saved. For a chicer and more modern look, opt for frameless designs. Also make sure that the enclosure should be manufactured from glass that is tough enough for the shower spray. If you are tight on budget, the usual shower curtains can still do the job well.
Do not get drowned with the sink
The basin can take an ample space inside the bathroom, unless the right kind is used. One good design is the type that can be mounted on a corner. In this way, the corner will be properly utilised and you avoid wasting a good wall space. You can also opt for semi-recessed and vessel basins which you can place on top of or within a vanity unit or countertop. This allows you to store hand towels, toilet rolls, and other bathroom essentials beneath the basins instead of building up additional storage space for these items.
You can also consider installing mixer taps on the bathroom walls rather than ones integrated into the sink. With this, you can simply purchase smaller basins which have narrower ledge at the back where the faucet is supposedly found. Lastly, avoid oversized sinks; instead, look for wall-mounted types. Such basins keep the floor area clear and airy, creating an illusion of space.
Choose the right bathtubs
For obvious reasons, opt for a shorter tub since your bathroom space is limited. Firstly, measure the dimensions of the bathroom before going shopping for a tub. This saves you from the worry of whether you have bought the right size of bath. You can also consult the help of a builder or decorator in estimating the right length of the tub.
However small it is, look for a tub with a decent depth so you can still enjoy a warm soapy dip at the end of a hard day. You don’t want to be crouching in a small tub and yet, you are not fully soaked. The depth of the tub should be able to compensate for its short length. Moreover, look for versatile shower baths where you can both take a shower and a bath. Hence, you can consider freestanding designs such as slipper baths and roll tops. They also come is sizes shorter than usual. When shopping, remember that market prices are often for the bath only; side and end panels will require you added costs.
Go smart with the toilet
For the toilet, go for short projections since they occupy less space than standard designs. Corner models will also be a great option, especially for oddly-shaped rooms. For more functionality, go smart with your toilet. Only if you have the budget, of course!
Get a toilet complete with remote control, automatic opening and closing, washing, heated seat, and self-flush. Such toilets are compact, saving you from acquiring a separate bidet and other fixtures. If possible, look for the wall-mounted toilets. With this choice, you keep the floor area beneath the bowl clear, creating a greater sense of space.
Lastly, focus on details
Every detail in your bedroom can significantly affect how your bathroom looks. Choose tiles in neutral or pale colours that will perfectly match the walls. Large clear tiles in light shade are perfect to use since they make the bathroom appear soft and spacious. For more depth and dimension, select textured tiles.
As for lighting, LED and halogen will be brilliant options as they can be very bright without consuming too much power. Try embedding the lighting fixtures on the ceiling and avoid pendant lights. Too many objects hanging on the ceiling can make the small bathroom look more crowded.