How to Make the Most of Your Small Bathroom Space

10 Tips on how to maximise the space available and make a small bathroom feel bigger.

Small bathroom tips

We all wish we had a large and spacious bathroom in which to relax and recharge. One with ample space to play with when it comes to designing and planning the room’s appearance and layout.

However, it is more often than not that we have very limited square footage in which to work with. Our dreams are swiftly brought back to reality, leaving us asking – how can I make my small bathroom look and feel bigger?

Here, we’ve presented some tips and advice on how to maximise the bathroom space available to you, and create the illusion of a bigger room.

1. Choose tiles and colours carefully

Picking pale colours and tiles with pastel shades helps create a lighter, brighter room with the illusion of more space.

It is also important to keep colours uniform where possible between the floor and walls, and walls and ceiling. This helps remove intersecting planes and make the room feel visually more spacious.

2. Make the most of any natural light

The best kind of light to help a bathroom feel larger and more relaxing is natural light. It is vital to use any windows or natural light sources to your advantage. Avoid covering up windows with heavy curtains or venetian blinds, and instead opt for frosted glass or roller blinds.

Have a bathroom in a loft conversion? Consider installing a skylight window.

For bathrooms with no windows, you should chose artificial lighting with white light rather than yellow light, as yellow light can make the room feel smaller.

3. Choose a wall-mounted basin

Basins with pedestals take up extra valuable floor space and should be avoided. Instead, choose a wall-mounted basin. The more floor space you see in a bathroom, the bigger it will feel.

The space under the wall-mounted basin can be used to fit storage shelves for toiletries.

4. Be clever with mirrors

bathroom mirror

Being smart with mirrors is one of the simplest and most effective methods of making a bathroom appear bigger. Choose large mirrors where possible to create a reflection of the surrounding space, and fit a light above or opposite the mirror to make the most of this reflection.

If possible, place a mirror opposite a window. This will give the appearance of two windows in the bathroom and create a significant difference in making it feel more spacious.

5. Use a shower bath combi-unit

If you don’t have much space, but don’t like the idea of not having both a bath and shower, then consider a shower bath combi-unit. This widens out at one end to create an area for showering.

6. Fit wall-mounted shelves or cabinets

You may not have space to fit a vanity cabinet for towel and toiletries storage. Instead, make the most of the space on the walls by fitting wall-mounted shelves or cabinets for storage.

An ideal place for shelves would be a corner that would otherwise be unused. It’s all about maximising space and getting the most out of otherwise awkward areas of the room.

7. Heat the room using a heated towel rail

heated towel rail

To heat the bathroom, make use of a heated towel rail. This provides the dual functionality of a radiator and towel rail in one, removing the need to fit both.

8. Use a glass shower screen instead of a shower curtain

Instead of a shower curtain, choose to fit a glass shower screen. This helps to make a space feel less segmented, and more spacious. On top of this, it is easy to clean and hygienic.

Avoid textured glass as this can create a visual barrier and chop the room up as if it has an extra wall.

9. Introduce recessed shelves

If wall space and budget allows it, reframing one of the walls and introducing recess shelving creates an excellent storage space. These are particularly useful in the shower or over the bath for holding all your toiletries without using up space within the room itself.

10. Create a wet room

Shower enclosures and trays can make a bathroom feel smaller than it actually is. Creating a wet room will open up the room more and make it feel bigger. There are no shower doors, and the water will drain directly into the floor.

These are just a few ideas to help you maximise the space in your bathroom. Replace Your Bathroom are here to help you choose the best products and solutions for your small bathroom space, and provide full design and installation service for your perfect bathroom. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch to learn more about how we can help you.

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