How to create space in your small bathroom

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Do you feel like there is barely enough room for you to move between the bath, sink and toilet, let alone design a space you are happy with because your bathroom is just too small?

This isn’t the room you spend the most time in, of course, but you want it to be somewhere you can relax in after a long, hard day at work. An overflowing washing basket, products covering every available space and wet towels on the floor will not create the atmosphere you require in here.

If this sounds familiar then you need small bathroom ideas, to create both the feeling of space and well… some actual space. Make a few changes and you might find you are running a bath a lot more often than you were.

Research small bathroom designs before you start

A small space requires careful thought and planning. Firstly, you need to take measurements before you start buying anything to ensure it will do the job without taking up too much space or not fitting in at all. The wrong furniture will do the opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

You should also do your research – turn to interior design bloggers and Pinterest to get some ideas before you do anything. You might find the perfect solution for your room that you had never thought of and you will quickly see that, far from being detrimental, a small space can actually be stylish and cosy.

Small bathroom tile ideas

You can make a small bathroom look instantly bigger with neutral colours that run along the floor, up the walls and across the bath and toilet. Rather than breaking up the room, you will create the feeling of never-ending space. You may want to tile the side of your bath and the wall with the same design to help make it feel bigger or use the same ones on the floor and walls – marble (or marble effect) can be great for this! You may also want to consider incorporating a feature wall to add depth to a narrow bathroom.

Storage ideas for small bathrooms

Start with a shelf above the door – this is dead space that can be put to use, either storing clean towels or products. A hook on the back of the door will also make use of space that is wasted and can be used for hanging your dressing gown or towels.

Freestanding furniture is perfect for a small bathroom, so it can be moved around – and drawers will be ideal for storing and shutting away your products. Likewise, tiered storage and floating fittings make use of the space without taking up too much of the floor.

If you have furniture that isn’t suitable right now but you don’t want to get rid of it, you can always store it in one of our storage units until you have the space for it.

The finishing touches

Now your bathroom items are organised and you have decorated in a way that helps give the feeling of space, it is time for the finishing touches. A candle you can light at bath time to create the right ambience, some greenery to purify the air – perhaps a hanging plant so you don’t take up anymore surface space, and a mirror – not only so you can check out your reflection but to make the room feel larger that it is too.

You may also want to consider a colourful bath mat to brighten up the room and ensure you aren’t soaking the floor every time you step out. Don’t forget, you can always get colourful towels to inject some colour as they hang drying.

Finally, lighting is key to creating a welcoming space, so consider a skylight if this is possible and dimmable lights are always handy for creating the right mood.

Now you have some bathroom ideas for your small bathroom, make a few changes and it will quickly become a room you want to spend more time in.