Make the Most of a Small Bathroom

by J on August 24, 2010

If you live in an older home, you probably love the character and charm that these homes possess. Many of them have interesting nooks and crannies and built-ins that you just don’t see in some of the modern constructions. But they can also be tight on space—especially in the bathrooms. Let’s consider a few ideas to help you maintain that old charm, while making the most of the space you have.bathroom_remodeling

  1. When remodeling an older bathroom, carefully consider the layout of the fixtures. Would it save space or reduce the congestion in an area of the bathroom if you moved a fixture or two?
  2. Streamline your vanity. If you have a large vanity that takes up a chunk of space in your bathroom that you could better use, then choose a smaller vanity. Many people love the look of pedestal sinks, but fear trying them because of the storage space they will lose. You do have a few options if you want to go with a pedestal sink. One possibility is to wrap a square-shaped pedestal sink with a Velcro skirt, which gives it a quaint, old-fashioned look, (for an example of this see the August 2010 issue of Better Homes and Gardens) while still affording you some storage space under the curtain. Another option is to install standing wicker storage units on either side of the sink for toiletries and towels.
  3. Build a recessed cabinet. Hire a bathroom remodeling expert to build a recessed cabinet into one of your walls. If this works with your room’s layout, you’ll gain quite a bit of storage space and won’t lose too much room space because the cabinet is recessed.
  4. Add a ledge. Purchase a small piece of granite or marble and install it below your mirror.  The ledge will allow you to stow things like your toothbrush and glass or pretty decorative items, while adding a touch of elegance to the bathroom.
  5. Swap your shower curtain bar. Many homeowners are trying out the curved shower curtain bars. When space is tight in your tub or shower, the curve on the bar adds a little square footage in the shower when the curtain is closed.
  6. Purchase a few wall baskets. Wicker wall baskets look great hanging on the wall, but they are also functional, holding make-up, hair dryers, just about anything you can think of. Depending on your décor, you may want to try the hanging wire kitchen baskets suspended from a hook on your bathroom ceiling. These 3-tiered baskets will hold many items. You could line the baskets with fabric or small hand towels or washcloths.

Living in an older home does have its perks; however, when you start to feel a little cramped on space, try incorporating a few of these tips. If you need more inspiration, call your local home remodeling expert to help you make the most of your unique space in your older home.

For more information on ideas for small spaces, follow this link to Better Home and Gardens.

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