Bathrooms tend to be the home’s smallest room. However, when it comes to daily living or selling up, they are of vital importance. So how can you make the most of limited bathroom space?
In this post, we will look at space-saving ideas for your small bathroom that will have you feeling it is like a little palace.
Think about a sink change
When it comes to bathrooms, people tend to prefer pedestal sinks. However, they aren’t so good for maximizing space, either on top or below. On the other hand, console sinks, with flat surfaces and cabinets underneath are ideal for all your toiletries. The cabinet will also be plenty big enough for spare towels, toilet rolls, or anything else you might want to keep close to hand but out of sight.
Wall-mounting is your friend
In a room where every inch counts, fitting things to the wall can give you that smidgen of extra wiggle room. Think about that pedestal sink again. If your taps sit on that, there will be at least an inch or 2 behind it. If you mount the faucets to the wall above your console sink, you’ll get extra room in front of your sink to play with. You can also create handy shelves, soap dishes, bathroom tumblers, hairdryer holders, and more with wall-mounted fittings. For extra space in small bathrooms, wall-mounting is your friend.
Even if there is no wall you can knock through, you may be able to do a mini-renovation to extend your bathroom space. Most walls will have room for a small recess for some extra shelf space that doesn’t take up any room. This could be a small tiled recess alongside your shower for your shampoo, conditioner, and pampering products. Alternatively, a recess would make a great space to slot a medicine cabinet over the sink or above your toilet. This will improve how your bathroom looks and add space and functionality. A win-win-win you could say.
Choose shelves carefully
Shelving is vitally important in small bathrooms. However, don’t be tempted to go for the cheapest options around. They will break easily and loo terrible pretty fast. In the long run, that will cost you more as you’ll need to upgrade them if you decide to sell up. A great spot for extra shelving is behind and/or to the side of the toilet. Make sure to keep corners away from head height though to avoid unhappy guests! Cantilevered shelves are a clean and stylish way to add shelving and worth the extra cost.
Room for a whatnot?
‘Whatnots’ are handy objects that fit into tight spaces. Objects that have something in common with something else, but are something different. Clearer? Typically, they will include some form of shelf or hidden location under an opening and closing lid. If you have a strange corner to the room, you may be able to find a whatnot that slots right in. It’s a great idea to choose something that looks nothing like it should be in a bathroom. This helps it feel more warm and homely whilst giving you extra storage space.
Tone down the toiletries
There’s something about the colors and descriptions of sensuous smells of toiletries that so tantalizes us. This soon leads to cramped shelving and bathtubs loaded with products on the side. Aside from being an eyesore, this also gets frustrating when one pot sends every other shampoo bottle domino-ing down. You don’t necessarily have to throw the toiletries away, just pair down how many you use at a given time. You can always stick the others in the handy whatnot you just fit snugly in the corner!
Lose the dust gatherers
Whilst you’re streamlining your grooming products, now’s the time to take stock of everything else. Do the cleaning products need to stay in the bathroom? Does that unsightly plunger have to stay on show? Is there somewhere else for those rubber gloves to go? It is tempting to leave these things close to hand for bathroom cleaning days, but they soon gather dust. You’ll feel much more serene if you can keep out the clutter and just bring these things in when you need them.
Heighten the curtain
Have you ever noticed that shower rails tend to be much higher than the shower themselves? Aside from helping to keep the residual spray in check, it also has an aesthetic value you may not have realized. A high shower rail gives the impression that the shower behind is also taller. This simple trick will, in turn, make it feel like your whole bathroom is bigger – I must be to have such a tall luxurious shower!
Bathrooms might tend to be the smallest rooms in the house. Fortunately, with these 8 tips, they don’t have to feel so small.