When you’re remodeling a small bathroom, every inch counts. Careful planning in your choice of colors, fixtures and layout will help you make the most of the space you do have. A few well-placed accessories can be both decorative and functional. Try the following tips to help you open up a little square footage in a small bathroom.
If you’re swapping out your fixtures for all new ones, consider whether a more minimalist approach will work for you—especially if the bathroom you’re remodeling is a spare bathroom. For example, choosing a smaller vanity will help you gain a few more inches of space in the room. Home improvement stores have several selections of stylish vanities, which though small in stature are big on options. Look for those that contain an under-the-sink cabinet with a drawer on the bottom for extra storage.
One way to make up quite a bit of space in a small bathroom is to change a full-size tub to a standing shower. Of course, you will need to weigh the pros and cons of losing the tub to a shower. This may not be a big deal if you have another tub in your home. However, you should take into account the needs of your family when making such a drastic change. Realize that this may also entail some plumbing work. You might need to move the floor drain to accommodate the shower; sometimes your home improvement expert won’t know for certain if this is the case until the tub is removed and the current plumbing is visible.
If you decide to go this route, a standing shower will probably open up about 15 to 20 inches of space. In a bathroom that does not contain a closet, this extra space will allow you to fit in a 3-to-4 tier stylish wicker shelf or basket that can house towels, bathroom tissue, soap, accessories or decorations.
When choosing your colors for your small bathroom, remember the rule that lighter colors make a space seem bigger and darker colors make a space seem smaller. A creamy ivory or light pastel will help to open up the space. Consider installing a bathroom fan that also contains a light and place vanity lights above your sink to really increase the wattage.
Ceramic floor tile in a favorite color will polish off the space, and you can then choose a color from the tile to accessorize throughout the bathroom.
Finally, think stylish and functional as you add in finishing touches. A large towel rack will hold two bath towels. Purchase a shelving unit that stands over the commode for additional storage space and add an over-the-door rack to give you more options for hanging towels and robes.
With a little ingenuity and planning and some help from your local bathroom remodeling professional, you can transform your cramped little bathroom into a fresh, functional space.