Many homeowners with very small bathrooms would love to tear out a wall or two and do a complete remodel. Unfortunately, can be an expensive proposition and is not always a possibility. You can, however, have a well-organized, stylish, small bathroom without a major remodeling effort by cleverly using all of your space and employing lighting techniques that give the illusion of space. Your goal should be a comfortable, attractive bathroom that contains the everyday items your household members need.
Use Space Efficiently
Install narrow shelves over the toilet to hold towels and extra toiletries. Open shelves provide the illusion of extra space because you can see all the way to the wall. (See references). Consider installing a vanity with a cabinet underneath the sink rather than a pedestal sink for extra storage space.
The Illusion of Extra Space
Use color and light to make your bathroom appear larger. Install a skylight to brighten the entire room and hang a mirror on the wall opposite of your vanity mirror to reflect more light. Install large, bright tiles around the bathtub or shower enclosure and small, dark tiles in the rest of the room; the contrast between the tiles will intensify the light's impact. A glass shower enclosure will give the room a clean, unbroken look.
Clear the Counter
Even a roomy bathroom will seem cramped if you allow clutter to collect on the counter around the sink. Designate a drawer for toothpaste, hairbrushes, razors and other items that tend to be abandoned on the bathroom counter. Use wooden or metal drawer organizers to avoid making a bathroom "junk drawer." (See References).
Purchase small wire baskets or plastic containers for larger items or collections of items, such as shaving cream, cosmetics and feminine hygiene supplies. Sort by category (place all haircare supplies in one basket, for example), or designate a basket for each member of the household. Keep the baskets under the sink or on a shelf above the toilet.
Relocate Seasonal Items
Store seasonal items that you rarely use, such as beach towels and vaporizers, in another room. Designate one closet for your extra bathroom items so you will know where to find them quickly, or put them in a plastic box under a bed.
- Martha Stewart: Smart, Space-Saving Bathroom Storage
- HGTV: Small Bathroom Design
- "Inside the Not So Big House"; Sarah Susanka; 2005
- Photo Credit View of Hotel Bathroom image by TekinT from Fotolia.com
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