Published: 12:00, 28 September 2017
Amanda Pollard, Houzz Contributor
For every bijou bathroom dilemma, there's always a solution.
Check out these great ideas to help you address the challenges that may come up when designing your compact washroom.
Free up floor space
Problem: You’re feeling crammed in your tiny bathroom
Solution: Create the illusion of space by freeing up the floor area. Choose wall-hung sinks and toilets that float above ground and leave the area below clear. Your washroom will feel airier, and you’ll create some versatile storage space for stowing baskets or wastepaper bins beneath the sink.
Build in to awkward areas
Problem: Your loft bathroom’s sloping roof is presenting a challenge
Solution: Take the opportunity to be creative with your design and build right into the space. Here, the designers have used every inch by constructing a mirrored unit that fits snugly into the eaves. The toilet has been placed directly below the shortest area, which leaves more vertical room for standing at the washbasin.
Keen to make the most of your loft? Kit it out with these clever storage solutions
Create extra storage
Problem: You’ve squeezed in your shower, loo and sink, but now you’re left with zero room for storage.
Solution: Rather than use up valuable space, create some extra areas by getting a builder or joiner to cut into the wall. In this compact washroom, storage niches have been built into the shower area and wall above the toilet providing plenty of space for towels and toiletries.
Be a space invader
Problem: You’re unable to build recessed shelving, or you need even more storage
Solution: Think creatively about your small-space storage and look around for under-used areas, such as the foot of the bath. Here, a simple platform has been built above the ledge to give two tiers of storage instead of one.
Make the most of small areas, such as wall space beside a window or a high spot above the doorway, and construct shelves to fit. Even a small shelf can be useful for storing toiletries.
Light up a windowless room
Problem: Your bathroom is tucked into a room with no windows and it feels a little dark
Solution: Think carefully about your lighting design to include as much illumination as possible. Incorporate both overhead fittings and ones around the mirror to reflect the light around the room.
You could also make a feature of your lighting, as they’ve done here with LED strips concealed within the ceiling recesses. The alcoves give off a diffused light, which creates a pretty dappled glow on the grey walls.
Fit in a shower and bath
Problem: There’s not enough space for the separate shower and bath you’ve always wanted
Solution: In this cleverly designed wash space, a wet room floor means there’s no need for a dedicated shower enclosure. Instead, the designers have installed a showerhead next to the bath. A neat screen divides the space from the rest of the room, but the transparent glass keeps it looking airy.
Planning a wet room? Here’s what to consider.
Style up your over-the-bath shower
Problem: You still can’t include a separate shower space, but want to make a feature of your fittings
Solution: Here, the on-trend black shower has turned an over-bath spray into a stylish statement. If you don’t fancy black, you could go for another finish, such as copper.
Pop in a basin
Problem: The room is so tiny, there’s not even space for a sink
Solution: Get round this by opting for a very small washbasin, and maximise space by fixing your taps to the wall. This round sink fits perfectly into the area and the neat tap and faucet above don’t take up too much room.
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