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How to get big results from your small bathroom

A small bathroom doesn’t have to mean cramped quarters and a lack of storage space. Low square footage doesn’t require compromising style and function. With the right planning and a little creativity, you can maximize your space and get big results.

Here are some ideas to make the most of your small bathroom:

1. Design a layout that makes sense

When space is at a premium, it is important to use every square inch to your advantage. Take the time to plan a layout for your bathroom that makes sense.

  • Vanity: Consider different options for vanities such as floating vanities or pedestal sinks, which give the illusion of more space.

  • Shower/Bathtub: If your bathroom doesn’t need a tub, choose a stand-up shower with a glass door to improve light and cut out claustrophobia. If a bathtub is a must for you, choose one with slightly smaller dimensions but good depth, to provide you with a little added luxury.

  • Toilet: Choosing a small-scale, elongated toilet with sleek lines will give you the best of both worlds -- the illusion of more space, plus some extra inches to use elsewhere.

  • Door: If you can swing it, choose a pocket door. Pocket doors retract into the wall and are huge space savers. An added bonus of a pocket door is that it brings a unique style to your bathroom.

2. Get creative with storage

Maximizing storage space is a key consideration in a small bathroom. Avoid bulky cabinetry by opting for open shelving or a mirrored medicine cabinet. Maximize your space by running shelving from corner to corner, and make the most of your vertical space by taking shelving right to the ceiling or raising the height of your cabinetry.

3. Choose design elements that make your space look bigger

In a small bathroom, it is important to consider each design element carefully.

The colour of the vanity and paint you choose will impact the feel of the room. Lighter colours tend to give a more spacious, airy feel. Darker colours and patterns should be used with care to avoid a cavernous or cluttered feeling.

Lighting and mirrors are important considerations too. In a small space, lighting should be bright enough but not glaring. Choose a mirror that opens up the space. Mirrored medicine cabinets are good options in small spaces because they combine functionality with storage. 

Most importantly: don’t be discouraged by a small bathroom! With careful planning and the right design elements, you can maximize your space and improve functionality. Make your small bathroom have a big impact!