Making small bathrooms bigger

The trend is a lavishly large, open plan bathroom, right? Sure, maybe in the magazines and movies, but our bathrooms at home are the best of what we can make of them, still needing to fit in the shower, basin, toilet and sometimes a bidet and/or even bath. I would like to give you some stylish tips on how to make a small bathroom space appear that much larger – the do’s and don’t’s.

Kiddies bathroom

Corner baths, wall storage and shelf heated towel rails save space in small bathrooms

Tip one: DO prioritize your bathroom choices
If this bathroom is not the only bathroom in the house, chances are that you may only need a bath or shower in a few years time. We decided to put in the shower floor, shower mixer and the rail set, but with no shower frame or glass. (We needed  the bath as this was a child’s bathroom.) This allowed us to use the shower floor as platform to put the baby bath on when bathing Ryan – no bending over and killing your back. Most baby baths can be bought with a frame and we stood this on the shower floor within reach so that the hand shower could be used to fill the bath. We can later convert the rather poky shower space into a proper shower using frameless, clear glass that creates the illusion of more space.

Tip two: DO use a drawing or paper cut out scale

Upon discovering that there was in fact not enough space to fit in that much needed bath in our soon to arrive baby boy’s new bathroom, my husband and I had to make a plan! We literally sat with cut out shapes in a centimeter scale and rearranged all of the “origami” bathroom items until they fit and there was still enough space to get out of the shower, bath and toilet – it sounds silly, but don’t forget about that and the door that will need to open and close.

Tip three: DO use corner baths and floating furniture

Corner baths can be very appealing and often fit into difficult, small spaces. They more than often normally have steps in them too, which means you can sit on the step and even bath the baby when you sit on the step.
Floating furniture creates the illusion of space as they are open underneath and are a lot easier to clean too!
Using toilets that have the concealed flush cistern in the wall are also a great way to save a few centimeters of space.


Child's bathroom

Small bathrooms bigger with screeding and floating cabinets

Tip four: DO NOT make the space too busy
Do not use small tiles or busy tiles for flooring. Larger tiles with fewer lines make the space appear larger. Even try to use mosaics that have slightly larger tiles. We decided to go with screeding on the floor as it was the best way to create an open, seamless look in our small bathroom.
Use wall mounted space cleverly and keep the space as simplified as possible. My one condition about my children’s bathroom would be that it would not be scattered with hundreds of toys, and while I had an illusion of making a built in storage piece underneath the bath (which can most definitely be done), I decided that window sills and walls can make tasteful and practical storage spaces in small bathrooms. Also, I used a “shelved” heated towel rail where you can pack the towels.