Bathrooms are often the smallest room in the house. Coincidentally, they are also one of the only rooms in the house that every resident uses on a regular basis.
This means they are home to everyone’s towels and toiletries, as well as the toilet, the shower, the bathtub, the basin, the heated towel rail and more.
It is little wonder that one of the most common complaints about a bathroom is its size!
For those looking to create space in their smaller bathrooms, help is at hand. Here’s some advice on how to maximise storage and give the illusion of space within a bathroom of any size.
1 – Get Creative
Take a look around the home for unused items that could be of use within the bathroom.
Two-tier cake stand at the back of a kitchen cupboard? Use it to store shampoo and shower gel bottles in a convenient tidy for a countertop.
Not gotten round to putting that new spice rack up in the kitchen? Screw it to the wall next to a bathroom vanity or mirror, for a perfect storage solution for toothpaste and hair products.
These solutions give an illusion of space by removing clutter.
2 – Shower/Bath
One of the most obvious space-saving solutions in the bathroom is to combine the bath and the shower (related: how much does it cost to install a bathroom). Putting a shower over a bath frees up space that would usually have been taken by a shower cubicle, and still allows users to have the best of both worlds.
There are luxury options now available to remove the sense of frugality that can often come with shower baths; whirlpool shower baths and L-shaped shower baths are just two of the high-end options available.
3 – Wet Room
Turning a plain old bathroom into a wet room is a bigger commitment, both financially and time-wise, but it removes the need for the partitions and curtains that can often make a room feel smaller.
The space becomes more open, with less obstructions and more room to manoeuvre.
If you’re not quite sure how your current space could be transformed into a wet room, then there are many bathroom specialists out there, such as www.bellabathrooms.co.uk, who would be more than happy to help you create you your dream one.
4 – Mirrors
If your bathroom would benefit from a more even distribution of light, or just something that will make the space appear larger, invest in a large bathroom mirror.
Mirrors are necessities in bathrooms as it is, and investing in a large one has the added benefit of increasing the amount of light that bounces around the room.
This method brightens up a space and makes it appear roomier.
5 – Towel Rails
Replacing a radiator with towel rail can be a wise move for those who have smaller bathrooms.
Radiators are often small and wide, and don’t offer much towel storage, whereas a vertical heated towel rail allows for the storage of two or three towels, and takes up much less space. Instead of drawing the eye downwards and making the room appear crowded, they lift the eye line, which increases the illusion of space.
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Infographic – Bathroom Layout Guide
Infographic source: Tilebar (formerley GlassTileStore.com)