Making the Most of Small Bathrooms
October 15, 2009
If you live in an older home or are building a home on a tight budget, the one room you'll probably be sacrificing space is the bathroom. Small bathrooms are often found in both of these situations. However, just because you have a small bathroom doesn't mean you have to sacrifice in style or space. Several things can be done to make the most of the space offered by small bathrooms.
You don't have to knock down walls in your bathroom to give yourself more space. Many bathroom products today are made with small bathrooms in mind. Toilets are a good place to start.
Old toilets are not only larger than necessary but not near as energy efficient as new models. Consider buying a new compact toilet - made with small spaces in mind. They'll provide you with the same comfort as an elongated seat but will take up less space. You can get these at a great price as well.
Another consideration for small bathrooms is downsizing your vanity and faucet. Wall-mounted sinks, pedestal sinks or small console tables will all help give you more space as well as enhancing the perception of space. Instead of a large faucet, consider a single control, space-saving model.
Your bathtub really doesn't need to be so big to still do the job! Check out the many new lower-walled models such as flat-bottomed 5-foot tubs. You'll find they're not only the right size for showering but still provide the luxury of a good bath.
How you decorate your room will also play a part in how much space it appears to have. Solid neutral walls will portray more of an open space than bold patterns and designs. Small bathrooms with empty corners can be a great source for storage. You can build your own shelving or buy custom-made corner shelves. When dealing with small bathrooms, the important thing is to make the most of what you have and you'll have a great-looking and very functional bathroom.