If you have a super small bathroom, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle.
Among the challenges: configuring the toilet and sink to code, allowing enough clearance for a shower and, of course, where to put the towels and t.p. Despite the challenges, in most cases it’s still better to squeeze in an extra bathroom where one is desperately needed, even if it must be small. If you plan on going this route, here are 11 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 this case placing a corner sink across from 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.)
Use a shower curtain
A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length. or if the shower location is in a tight spot, use a rounded shower curtain rod!
Float the vanity
Besides just visually helping the small bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.
Round the vanity
Tight spaces can make sharp corners hip hazards. If the corners of a vanity would get in the way, opt for a rounded style. A round vanity can definitely work in a square space. No more bruised hips!
Extend the counter over the toilet
This elegant 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.
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.
Expand the mirror
In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space conditions, every inch helps.
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 bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having at least one towel nearby is essential.
Install a trough sink
The narrow, clean style of a trough sink is a good-looking space saving solution with a low profile. When wall mounted, they free up floor space as well as for storage and foot traffic.
Select a vanity with one shelf
The small bathroom vanity design has gotten smarter over the designing years. A box style with one shelf can hold towels or a basket for toilet paper.
Use a Wall-mounted faucet
Mounting a faucet on a wall delivers a way for a narrower sink or vanity. This leads to more square footage in the small bathroom. It’s a bold but very traditional design move that’ll work anywhere.