A Guide to Fitting a Small Bathroom

A Guide to Fitting a Small Bathroom
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    For many the bathroom is a sanctuary of relaxation within the home; an area to unwind in at the end of the day.

    If your bathroom is small, you face the challenge of creating a safe-haven within a limited space – after all, a cramped and cluttered bathroom is unlikely to promote comfort or thoughts of calm.


With careful planning and remodeling it is possible to make clever use of even the most compact of spaces and design an area that is both practical and personal.

A small bathroom designed with the illusion of space can be far more welcoming than a large over-filled bathroom too. With this in mind, be selective about both the suite you choose and the other furniture and accessories you place within your room. To create a feeling of depth try using light coloured ceramic tiles on the walls from floor to ceiling, the effect of this will be further accentuated if you use larger tiles. Mirrors can also be employed to give the impression a room is larger – but be careful not to use too many – you don’t want to create a ‘hall of mirrors’ effect.  You may also want to install a shower enclosure with clear sides to give the impression there is more space in the rest of the bathroom.

Your chosen colour scheme can help lift your room and make it appear larger. Whether you choose to use ceramic tiles or not; do try to stick to light colours on the wall such as light blue or light green and use complementing shades to avoid drawing attention to wear the wall and ceilings meet.

Of course, the best way of giving the impression of space is by making sure there is sufficient floor room. Look at space-saving ideas included in the range at Best Bathroom bathroom suites. Corner showers continue to be popular with homeowners who want to maximize the amount of floor space within their bathroom. Similarly, fitting a wall-mounted pedestal or sink basin will take up far less floor area than a vanity unit would and storage can easily be incorporated elsewhere. Corner baths can be a false economy however, as they tend to have larger surrounds than freestanding or traditional baths, so, instead consider having a deeper rather than a long bath.

One storage option is to install floating cupboards, or you could opt to incorporate corner shelving. Your options on this front can be limited if you have a lot of windows and while it isn’t always practical to move these and add skylights it is worth checking your windows won’t obstruct any features you may want to install to make best use of space.

The entrance to your bathroom can also impact on your use of space. In countries like Japan where space is at a premium, they use sliding doors throughout their homes to maximize overall area. Boost your floor space by using sliding walls or cavity wall at the entrance to your bathroom.

Finally, consider the small touches that can limit clutter; lift your radiator off the floor and if possible combine it with your towel rail to eliminate the need for both. Fit items like your toothbrush, soap and cup holder to the walls too and where possible keep storage of products in the bathroom to a minimum.

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Krayton M Davis

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