We get it, we can’t all afford to have those large, luxurious bathrooms we see on people’s Instagram or YouTube accounts. But it doesn’t matter, we’re going to show you how you can effectively use the space in your small bathroom to ensure no space is wasted.
Since you already have limited space in your small bathroom, adding a floor-standing cabinet or hamper is not the best way to go. Shelves, on the other hand, are an excellent way to add items without minimising crucial space.
Tips to Keep in Mind
- Install shelves at eye-level or lower above the sink. This will help prevent a claustrophobic atmosphere and it provides the perfect space to place your everyday items.
- Install narrow, open shelves.
- For higher cabinets, you can place items that aren’t used often, like extra toothpaste or simply add decorative items like a flower pot or candle.
What if I Don’t Have Enough Wall Space for Shelves?
If you have insufficient wall space, consider recessed shelving or shower niches. These are shelves that are built into the wall.
Recessed shelves are popularly used within the shower enclosure.
On to the next space: cabinets. Cabinets come in all shapes, sizes and colours and some of today’s modern cabinets are designed with storage space in mind.
Choose a Multipurpose Cabinet
There are various cabinets that provide you with more than just storage space, like a built-in towel rack or a mirror.
Our next tip will not only save space in your small bathroom but can help you potentially avoid injury!
By choosing a cabinet with curved corners, you’ll save space and you’ll be less likely to bump your hip during those mornings where you’re in a rush!
Don’t let space above your toilet go unused!
Add a Shelf
You can easily add a small shelf above your toilet (just ensure it’s high enough so people don’t bump their heads) where you can place extra toilet paper, toilet spray, or other accessories like candles.
Use a Ladder
Don’t want to use a plain shelf? Get creative with a ladder! Find a ladder you like (vintage ones seem to be the most popular) and lean it against the wall behind your toilet (if your toilet allows for that to happen).
Did you know that even your shower has a role to play that will help save space in your small bathroom?
Skip the Door
However, if you don’t like the bath screen idea, having a glass shower door instead of a curtain will allow your bathroom to appear bigger.
Use Corner Shelves
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Install a Corner Sink
You’ll notice we mention “corner” options quite a few times in this article and that’s because its the best way to save space.
If you place a sink in the corner across your toilet instead of a normal sink in front of your shower, you’ll avoid uneasy movement to the toilet. This way, the shower door and sink also won’t collide as the shower door usually opens to the outside and you have to do a weird dance with the door to get in the shower.
Install a Cabinet
If you’re unlucky to have a sink without a cabinet, it might be wise to invest in one with a cabinet or simply adding a cabinet space to your original sink. You can lookout for a sink with a cabinet that has a sliding door.
Consider adding a floating vanity to your small bathroom. These lavish-looking vanities will help your bathroom appear bigger and if you need the extra space, you can place items underneath.
Use a Bigger Mirror
Using a large mirror in your tiny bathroom will create the illusion that the area is larger than it seems. If it’s well-placed, it can reflect light which can add depth to the room.
Expand the Mirror
Other Things to Consider
Since doors swing inwards and take up extra space, consider replacing the bathroom door with a sliding door or reposition the door to let it swing outward.
How To Make Your Small Bathroom Appear Bigger
Invest in Lighting
Investing in good lighting can easily make your bathroom go from cramped to bigger and brighter. Make sure you add lighting to the sink and mirror as well.
Don’t want to spend too much on lighting? Ensure your small bathroom has a big window to let natural light flood the space.
White can make the bathroom look bigger and brighter. And if you’re not a fan of a completely white space, you can add a pop of colour with a painting or two, bright flowers, wood cabinets or funky tiles.
Another great way to amplify natural light flooding the bathroom and allowing it to look bigger is by installing a skylight.