When you install a small bathroom in your home, you need to remember that the most pressing issue is space. You will need to figure out if you will be able to fit all the elements of a large bathroom into the small space you have.
Two Things to Consider
Firstly, you will need to take space into consideration. You need to evaluate the way you can design the existing space to fit all your fixtures, as well as include storage and make it functional.
Secondly, you need to consider the purpose of the bathroom. Will it be a small bath for guests who are visiting, will it be installed in a child’s bedroom, or will it be a simple mudroom bathroom? These factors will play a key factor when you are deciding on style, appliances, space, and fixtures, but more importantly, your budget.
Fooling the Eyes and Brain
When you have a limited amount of space to work with, you will need to employ some strategies to make the room seem bigger than it actually is. Some easy methods to make the rooms bigger than they actually are include:
- Installing a large mirror. Limit yourself to just one mirror, since two or three can make the room too cluttered and can be confusing.
- Install pocket, foldaway, or sliding doors, rather than a traditional hinged door, to save space. If you do use a traditional hinged door, try to position it in such a way that it will not take up too much space in the bathroom, or simply make it open outwards into the larger room.
- Use light colors in your finishing materials. This can include light airy colored walls, light colored woods, and aluminum or brightly colored handles, fixtures, and lights.
- When you install your shower or bath, try to make use of transparent or mirrored shower doors, because they tend to give off the impression that the room is a lot larger than it actually is.
Where will you put things?
It is important to remember that small bathrooms will not need that much storage space, because there probably won’t be that many people using it or fighting to use it all the time anyway. You will only need enough space to fit a few towels, toiletries, and basic bathroom supplies. You can easily incorporate storage space underneath sinks, in vanity drawers, or in “over the toilet” shelving. Another alternative, depending on the thickness of your walls, would be to convert a double paneled wall into basic storage areas for toiletries and cleaning supplies.
A small bathroom can not only add functional use, but also value to your home.