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12 Layout Ideas to Make a Small Bathroom Better

I have been in some tiny bathrooms — you know, the kind that make you feel as though you need to lose 5 lbs to enter them. But I really like working on this sort of bathroom design. Trying to make everything fit in the available space is similar to performing a giant crossword puzzle.

Among the challenges: configuring the toilet and sink to code, allowing enough clearance for a shower and also, of course, where to set the towels and t.p. Despite the challenges, in most cases it’s still far better to squeeze in an excess bathroom where one is desperately needed, even though it has to be small.

Here are 12 strategies for designing a little bathroom. And yes, you’re off the hook to the 5 lbs.

Hillary Thomas Designs

1. Put in a corner sink. Occasionally even a pedestal sink may interrupt the sole accessible traffic lane in a bathroom.

Within this case placing a corner sink across in the toilet works better than a sink across in the shower. The closing and opening of the shower door usually creates an embarrassing walk-around condition.

Scott Neste | Minor Details Interior Design

2. Use a shower curtain. A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space above a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos really can fit into small spaces, with a few bathtubs coming in at 60 inches in length.

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

3. Float the vanity. Besides just visually assisting the bathroom appear larger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a tiny space for small items.

Peter S. Balsam Associates

4. Round the vanity. Tight spaces may make sharp corners hip hazards. If the corners of a vanity could put in the way, opt for a curved style. Yes, even a round vanity may work in a square space. No more bruised hips!

Chris A Dorsey Photography

5. Extend the counter above the toilet. This banjo-style arrangement can be done with stone or a wood slab. The elongated counter generates just enough space for some needed items. Toilet positioning isn’t affected, and the look is clean and minimalist.

Dunlap Design Group, LLC

6. Use a large-scale layout. A large-scale layout, like this broad stripe, can trick the eye into seeing expanded space. The square footage might stay the same, however the bathroom will feel larger.

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Wagner Studio Architecture

7. 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 circumstances like these, think about a glass panel rather than a glass shower door. It’ll keep most of the water from the shower and also will free up needed leg room.

Chic Decor & Design, Margarida Oliveira

8. Expand the mirror. From the tightest spaces, acquiring a mirror stretch throughout the wall rather than just the vanity may enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space states, every inch assists.

Michael Goodsmith Design

9. Mount the towel bar on a doorway. Where do I put my towels? I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard this question.

When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might have to put away the majority of your towels in a nearby linen cupboard, but having that one towel close by to dry off is vital.

Design Cube Inc..

10. Put in a trough sink. The slim, clean styling of a trough sink is a fine space option. Trough sinks have a very low profile. When wall mounted, they free up floor area as nicely for storage or foot traffic.

Sheila Rich Interiors, LLC

11. Select a vanity with one shelf. Pedestal design has gotten smarter. Even a pedestal style with one shelf can hold even a basket for toilet paper. Personally, I love the way clean, fresh towels look folded neatly in a bathroom.

Studio Frank

12. Use a wall-mounted faucet. Mounting a tap on the wall allows for a narrower sink or vanity, which then frees up square footage from the entire bathroom. Don’t be afraid to try a faucet in conventional design. It works anywhere!

Designers: Please share your latest small-bathroom design suggestion below!

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