For those who have a small bathroom, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle. Configuring the toilet, allowing enough clearance for a shower and where to put the towels are some of the main challenges we have to face. To help you with this task, Design Home gives you 10 tips for designing that picture-perfect small bathroom.
Install a corner sink. Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.In cases like these, placing a corner sink across the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door usually creates an awkward walk-around condition.
Float the vanity. Besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.
Extend the counter over the toilet. This banjo-style arrangement can be done with stone or a wood slab. The extended counter creates just enough space for a few needed items. Toilet placement is not affected, and the look is minimalist and clean.
Use a large-scale pattern. A large-scale pattern, like this wide stripe, can trick the eye into seeing expanded space. The square footage might stay the same, but the bathroom will feel bigger.
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Skip the shower door. If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that’s just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.
Mount the towel bar on a door. When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential.
Install a trough sink. The narrow, clean styling of a trough sink is a good-looking space solution. Trough sinks have a low profile. When wall mounted, they free up floor space as well for storage or foot traffic.
Select a vanity with one shelf. Pedestal design has gotten smarter. Even a pedestal style with one shelf can hold towels or a basket for toilet paper.
A pocket door between sink and shower is also a smart option.