Small bathrooms are not uncommon. As people look to maximise the space in their homes, it’s often their bathrooms that get sacrificed to make some extra room in an adjacent location.
But smaller bathrooms aren’t without their benefits. For a start, they are easier to clean and keep clean. Then there’s the fact that smaller bathrooms can be kitted out for less money than their larger counterparts.
Nevertheless, many homeowners would love to make their smaller bathrooms bigger. Extending them though often isn’t an option due to space and budget restrictions. So what’s the solution?
The good news is that with a bit of creative thinking, you can make your smaller bathroom appear larger than it actually is.
Here are our top design hacks to provide you with some inspiration:
Add a large mirror
When it comes to design hacks, the simplest solutions are often the best and this one is no exception. By simply installing an oversized mirror, you can create an optical illusion and make your modest bathroom appear much larger than it actually is.
Upon entering, people will be initially tricked into thinking your bathroom is vast. It’s a simple and cheap, yet very effective way to make your bathroom (or any room for that matter) appear that bit bigger.
If you really want to go crazy, consider placing two mirrors opposite one another. This will create an infinity effect, although that may not be the order of the day when you’ve come home from work and just want to chill out in the bath.
Light it up
Adding a mirror (or two) makes rooms appear larger because the light that’s present is multiplied and bounced around the room more effectively, reaching even the darkest corners. Therefore, if you’ve got more light in your bathroom, the impact of the mirror will be amplified.
Now whilst you can add more lights in your bathroom to brighten up the space, doing so can sometimes ruin that cosy atmosphere you long to bask in after a hard day at work.
A great solution is to install a rooflight. During the day, it can be opened to allow more natural light to enter your bathroom. Once the evening comes, close the blind on your rooflight and ignite a candle to restore the calm atmosphere your mind and body needs.
If your bathroom only has small windows and you really want to push the boat out and make a bold statement that will also help the water vapour escape from the room, consider opting for a bespoke opening rooflight.
Vanity sinks look great and provide you with additional storage at the same time. But they do take up a chunk of floor space and that’s a reality which isn’t always ideal in smaller bathrooms.
If you want to claw back some floor space, consider replacing your vanity sink with a pedestal one or a sink that’s fixed directly to the wall. Okay, so you’ll lose a little storage, but we’re going to show you how you can regain that in our next tip.
Utilise your bathroom wall space
Floor-standing storage units are easy to take advantage of because they can be assembled quickly (if they are flat pack) and can be moved around your bathroom easily. But again, like vanity sinks, they consume floor space and when it’s at a premium e.g. in a smaller bathroom, you need to think a little outside the box.
A great way to tidy up your toiletries and do away with those floor-standing storage units is to utilise your bathroom wall space. Kitchen spice racks fixed to the wall provide a neat solution for organising all manner of hair and body lotions, shampoos and other toiletries. You can even paint them to create a more aesthetically pleasing look.
Another great bathroom design hack for maximising your available space is to install a shelf above your door. It’s a space that’s inevitably empty anyway and the shelf can be used to house anything from towels and cleaning products to old magazines and books.
Roll your towels
Are you one of those people who roll their clothes when you’re packing a suitcase? It’s a neat trick that means you can pack more and have a little space left over for those important souvenirs. Well, the same principle applies in your bathroom when it comes to storing your towels.
Rolled towels take up less space and you could place them on the new shelf above your door. Moreover, rolled towels give your bathroom a bit of a spa-esque feel, which makes this neat storage trick a win-win for many people.
Obviously, only clean, dry towels should be rolled. Rolling wet towels would lead to them becoming damp and smelly.
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