Remodeling Small Bathroom Spaces

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  • 2-40 hours
  • Beginner
  • 200-3,000

Bathroom remodeling must be planned carefully as mistakes are time-consuming and costly. If you are short on space, the challenge is greater. Bathroom furniture is bulky, so every inch counts. Follow these easy steps to get the best out of your small bathroom.

Measure Carefully

Know how much space you have available. Using graph paper, map a few bathroom remodeling options with a pencil to show you how workable those options are.

Consider a Short Bath

The bath is the largest item in the bathroom. It may dominate a small space. Short baths are common in Japan, where space is at a premium. While an adult may not be able to stretch fully in a short bath, they are nevertheless fit for their purpose. The bather can still wash in comfort. Short baths can be stylish, and of course, save water.

Combine the Shower and Bath

A separate shower and bath are a luxury when a small bathroom needs remodeling. Putting the shower over the bath offers both washing options in the same space. To prevent the floor from becoming wet, you will need a shower screen or curtain. A shower curtain can be pulled into place, then retracted when the shower is not in use.

Look at Space Saving Sinks

Corner sinks can be stylish. They are quite useful when remodeling a small bathroom. Vanity sinks are also a good choice because the storage space can hide toiletries, towels, and toilet tissue.

Use Hidden Storage

Installing towel rails on the back of the bathroom door allows you to dispense with free standing towel racks. Storage units under the toilet cistern allow you to store spare toilet tissue and feminine products discretely. The most effective storage solution to create the illusion of more space in a small bathroom is a large, cupboard-backed mirror. A large mirror reflects light and gives the impression of a larger room, and the cupboard behind it keeps spare toothpaste and other items out of view.

Consider Using Sliding Doors

The space needed to accommodate a door opening inwards to a small bathroom or outwards onto the landing is wasted with a conventional door. Sliding or folding doors are an innovative solution to this problem, and they provide an interesting design feature.