How to Make the Most of a Small Bathroom
We’ve all seen the beautiful, big, and open bathroom spaces on our favorite HGTV remodeling shows or as we’re scrolling through Pinterest. If your own bathroom is small, it can be hard to imagine that your space could look like the ones you envy.
But, the good news is that by making a few small updates, you can maximize the usable space in a tiny bathroom. This can take it from feeling small and cramped to open and airy. No HGTV required.
Adopt a minimalist attitude
When you want any space to look bigger, it’s best to stick to a mantra of “less is more.” One reason your bathroom may feel cramped is that there are simply too many things in the room.
Take an objective look around your bathroom. What do you see? A countertop overflowing with toiletries and hair tools? A crowded towel rack? A shower or tub with multiple bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and soap? Too many things can overpower a small room, especially a tiny bathroom. Try to remove clutter and unnecessary items from your bathroom to open up the space a bit.
For example, if your hamper is in your bathroom, consider moving it to your bedroom or closet. Likewise, try not to buy extra bottles of shampoo or soap until you’ve run out of the ones you’re currently using. And, try to keep the countertop as clear as possible, leaving out only the essential items you use daily, like your toothbrush. This will help your bathroom feel bigger, with minimal effort on your part.
Free up floor space
Now, take a closer look at your bathroom floor. How much space is available? Is it cluttered with a tub you rarely use, a bulky vanity, and bath mats that have seen better days? Time to make some updates!
Replace outdated mats with new ones. That small change alone can help your space feel refreshed and newer. Or, make some slightly bigger changes, by replacing your large vanity with something smaller, like a floating sink or vanity.
Just be sure to evaluate if you’d be losing out on storage space by doing so. If your bulky vanity has cabinets that you use for storing towels or other bathroom accessories, it probably makes more sense to keep it as is.
Finally, consider replacing your bathtub with a walk-in shower if you don’t use your bathtub often enough to justify keeping it. Walk-in showers take up a smaller footprint in your bathroom, and if you choose a seamless glass shower door or a clear shower curtain, it can give the illusion that your bathroom is bigger and more open than it really is.
Add open shelving on the walls
Since floor space is limited in a tiny bathroom, instead focus on taking advantage of vertical wall space by adding open shelving to the walls. This will give you extra storage space without taking up precious floor real estate in your small bathroom.
If you do decide to replace your vanity with a smaller sink, you’ll want to make the most out of your wall space with additional shelving to ensure you have adequate storage for your things.
Use add-on storage when possible
When you have a small bathroom, you have to be strategic about fitting in storage solutions in a way that maximizes your space. Like we mentioned above, adding shelves to the walls can help you utilize space that would otherwise go to waste.
Look around your bathroom to see if there are opportunities to add storage in an efficient way. One area that is often overlooked in the space above and around the toilet. Consider adding a medicine cabinet above the toilet, or look for pieces of storage that are specifically made to fit around the toilet so you can solve storage issues without taking up valuable space.
Consider replacing doors
Does your bathroom door swing into your bathroom? While this is a common setup, it can leave you feeling like your small bathroom is even more cramped when the door is open.
Remedy this by switching out your standard doors with more space-conscious options, like pocket doors, which slide into the wall space. Or, choose a trendy sliding barn door to give you more space and an upgraded design all in one.
Use design tricks to make a small space appear larger
Have you ever seen one of those optical illusions with two different colored lines and you have to decide which line is longer? They’re almost always the same length, but different colors and shadows can make them look different.
You can use similar tricks to make your bathroom feel and look larger than it actually is by using these tips.
Mirrors do an incredible job at creating the illusion of more space. Use that to your advantage by using a large mirror in your space, or even creating a mirror wall to make your bathroom look more spacious.
Be thoughtful about your walls
Whether you use paint, wallpaper, or tile, choose an option that helps accentuate the room’s height. Vertical patterns or vertical-placed tiles can help draw the eye upward, making your bathroom look and feel taller.
Light vs. dark
Dark colors absorb light instead of reflecting it, making your space feel even smaller. Keep this in mind as you decorate, and choose lighter options for your walls, floors, shower curtain, bath mats, etc. to help your bathroom feel bigger.
Maximize natural light
The more light you have in your bathroom, the bigger it will feel. If you already have windows in your bathroom, accentuate them with light-colored curtains, and keep them open when possible to let the light flow inside.
If your bathroom is an interior space, there’s not much you can do about adding windows, but you can choose light fixtures that will emit a bright, soft light to mimic the feeling of natural light in your space.
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