More and more homemakers are looking to create a sense of space in their bathrooms. Here are 8 clever hacks to make that happen even if your bathroom is small.
If you're tired of feeling cramped in your bathroom, the great news is, there is a solution! In fact, there are several, and thanks to Frank Iaria from Mint Kitchen Group and Russell Henderson of smarterBATHROOMS + , both bathroom design experts, we've got their top 8 hacks for creating space in any small bathroom to share with you.
Here they are - eight clever design ideas to maximise space & create a stylish and functional bathroom in a small footprint:
Hack #1 - Sliding Entry Doors
If you have the opportunity as a part of your bathroom reno to swap from a hinged door to a sliding entry door, you will be amazed at the additional usable floor space this one simple change creates. If you can get a pocket door fitted, these are even better as you won't lose any wall space, and the door will simply disappear into the wall cavity when open. Pocket sliding doors are particularly useful in ensuites.
Hack #2 - Large Format Tiles
Including large format tiles on the floor and walls means that the room is in a continuous colour and finish. This actually gives the illusion of space with fewer grout lines to break up the room. Look for fully rectified tiles that offer a seamless look.
Hack #3 - Recessed Mirror Cabinets
Rather than surface mounting a shaving or medicine cabinet, consider recessing the cabinet it so that it sits flush with the wall. In fact, recess as much as possible in a small bathroom as it maximises the floor space of the room. It needs to be planned into the reno right from the beginning, but recessing the toilet cisterns and creating recessed shelving in the shower are both awesome ways to open up a floor space, give a room the illusion of space, and just as importantly create functional spaces that work.
Hack #4 - Thin Profile Bench Tops
Thinner profile bench tops are popping up all over kitchens and bathrooms. They not only look sleek but allow for that little extra bit of cupboard space below.
Image Credit: Zuster
Hack #5 - Custom Cabinetry
Cabinetry is a crucial part of any bathroom design, but in a small bathroom, it's critical. You need to balance the need for storage and the impact on both the sightlines and the floor space. Two tips that can help are getting a vanity that has a reduced depth or choosing an inset basin or thinner profile basin to avoid sacrificing bench space.
Hack #6 - Shallow Depth Toilets
The best choice of toilet for a small bathroom is to find one that has a shallow depth and can be teamed with a recessed cistern. That way the amount of floor space being taken up is minimised. In-wall cisterns have grown in popularity over the past few years, and there are now a lot of different wall plate designs available so you should be able to find something that suits your new bathroom design.
Hack #7 - Storage
In a small bathroom, it’s important to have a place for everything. Choosing bathroom fittings and accessories such as hooks, rods and rails can provide the extra bit of storage needed for hand towels, towels, robes etc. Just make sure you choose items that are the right size & scale so that they don't look visually out of place & won’t take up a lot of space. We are loving ladders and they are a great option for hanging towels and clothes.
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Hack #8 - Walk-in-Showers
In small bathrooms both Russell & Frank agree that a Walk-in-shower should take preference over a bathtub. People who just can’t live without a bathtub and do a have a little extra space, should look at a back to wall bath instead of a freestanding bath.
Add some recessed shelving to your walk-in-shower and you are ticking all the good small bathroom design boxes.
The image above is from a project smarter BATHROOMS + completed in Yarraville and it is a great example of how clever and well executed design can transform a compact space - recessed cabinetry, recessed shelving, combined with a walk in shower creates a functional, stylish bathroom within a small footprint.
So there you have it - eight great ideas from two experts to help transform your small bathroom into something that works really well. Working with a bathroom designer and taking time to choose fittings that suit your space constraints will be well worth it. Good luck.
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