Mar 25, 2013

Small bath? Try this!

Sometimes there is nothing that can be done to the footprint of your bathroom. Older homes, those with second story baths, and apartments, often don't have options for changing the space.  Small bathrooms need to make use of all available space, try one of more of these ideas to make yours feel larger.

1) Open it up.  Use open shelving instead of a heavy vanity.

2) Use your corners. Often overlooked, a corner is ideal for storage, display and even a sitting area. Build your cabinets and shelving into available corners to maximize the available space.  

2) Keep it monochromatic.  Busy patterns can overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, spacious feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum.

3) Change your tub and toilet.  New tubs are designed to fit into smaller spaces.  Kohler has several small sized alcove tubs that work well. They even have a curved front tub that doesn't use a large footprint, but feels expansive while you're in it. A smaller, one-piece toilet may also have height and width, and as a bonus, you'll get a low flush model that saves water.

4) Swap your widespread faucet for a single hole to open the space on your small vanity or pedestal sink.

5) Use sliding doors instead of shower curtains to open your space. Sliding doors don't require space for door clearance, so can be better than a door that swings open.

6) Downsize the vanity. Newer vanities are smaller yet maximize the interior storage space with drawers and pull outs. Opt for a pedestal or wall-mounted sink and attain space savings. Wall mounted shelving - even using interior wall depth - will add back storage but feel less weighty.