Compact bathrooms are a common feature of British homes, as many of our homes were built before indoor bathrooms existed, meaning they were later additions usually made by converting part of a bedroom or other room into one. There’s also the fact that the size of our homes in general is on the petite side when compared to properties in other countries ergo meaning so are our bathrooms.
Now, of course many of us would like love to have a sprawling spa-like bathroom complete with a colossal oval bathtub and maybe a sofa or two to read at while it runs. But if that’s not a possibility just what can you do to get the very most out of a teeny tiny bathroom? Check out these tips and tricks.
1. Go for short projection fittings
Most bathroom fitting manufacturers create short projection toilets and basins for those living with smaller bathrooms, and although it may not seem like it when you view them in store or online, they can make a considerable difference to how spacious the room feels.
2. Be clever with your storage
Having too many items out in the open can make a small bathroom even more cramped. So putting plenty of storage in the room is a great way to make the room visually less busy, which in turn will stop it feeling too claustrophobic.
There are loads of simple, clever storage solutions for small bathrooms which will make a big difference. For example, install your towel rack on the back of the door. Make the most of your wall-space by having floating shelves fitted to store all your lotions and potions. A floating vanity unit seems less obtrusive than a standard one and makes a great place to hide away things you probably don’t want in open view like cleaning products.
3. Go big on mirrors
In a small bathroom you might feel it makes sense to only fit small fixtures and fittings to save on space but least with your mirror you should actually go big. Reflective surfaces bounce around light and make rooms feel larger and brighter. So go for a large fitted panel mirrors along a wall or a gargantuan framed statement option, which ever is more to your taste.
4. Fit a combination bath/shower
Now this seems like an obvious way to save space, but combination shower baths have fallen out of favour with homeowners in recent years. Most likely due to the memories they have of the limp low water pressure that used to be so common with shower baths, meaning that now many people simply go for a decent power shower, and lose the bath.
However, it really is possible to have the best of both worlds buy purchasing a good quality mixer shower/bath tap or going for a separate electric power shower (depending on your home’s plumbing), so that you can have an exhilarating high flow power shower in the morning, and still have a tub to enjoy a relaxing soak on a Sunday night.
5. Find the optimum layout
The single most important thing to identify when remodelling a bathroom is what would be the absolute best layout. Using your Tetris skills you need to find the way that everything fits best, around any doors and windows in the room. This is not the easiest thing to do in the world, however using Opun’s bathroom services one of our expert Trade Partners will be able to help you find the best layout of the room.