Top 5 Design Tips for a compact Bathroom
Over the years the bathroom has really evolved into a destination of its own. But years ago, the bathroom was merely a place to shower, brush your teeth and get you going on your way.
So, if you are renovating an older home, chances are that your bathroom space could be limited.
Luckily for us, the design gods have been hard at work and there are so many innovative, space saving options available now, we really are spoilt for choice.
In other words, just because you may be short on space, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style, quality or design.
Fear not, we’ve got some excellent tips on how to make the most of your space, and also how to make it look amazing as well!
We’re going to show you what’s hot and happening in a compact bathroom, hold on tight!
Ok, so you’ve got a solid structure and you can’t really change the layout of your existing bathroom.
Retro fitting is for you! This is the term used when you are basically taking out old pieces and replacing them with new pieces.
Say for example the vanity. You still need to keep it in the layout, and keep it in the same place, you just want a nice, shiny new one. Retrofitting is the quickest, easiest and most cost effective way to revamp your compact bathroom.
This is the perfect solution to keep the budget in check, and if you’re relatively happy with the existing layout.
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Not only do you want your bathroom to look great, you need functionality.
It makes sense for a big part of your design decisions to be about storage. This is especially important when you have a compact bathroom or you’re short on storage in your existing space.
Try and consider the largest vanity you can and include some overhead storage where possible. Or opt for a wall hung basin sink, this little gem is amazing in a compact bathroom!
One of the best ways to add extra storage can be by way of a mirrored cabinet fixed at eye level. It performs triple duty in a compact bathroom, and can also become a feature of your design. Not only does it provide a mirror and storage, it will also help to give the illusion of more space by bouncing light around your bathroom.
Or maybe some custom-built cabinetry with drawers that wrap around the plumbing? A relatively new solution which allows draws instead of cupboards, giving you much more surface area for storage. It also helps conceal the unattractive plumbing!
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Deciding to let go of boundaries within a bathroom can be difficult. We’re so used to having a clearly defined shower enclosure, a built-in bathtub and a separate vanity.
However, these literal lines are being erased nowadays.
Instead of a separate bath and shower area, the introduction of the ‘wet space’ has become a game changer!
A wet space gives a more open feel, and allows you to utilise almost every square inch of the bathroom floorspace.
One of the best options is a freestanding bathtub combined with the shower head in the wet space.
Ideally you still need a shower screen to help with water escaping the area, as you don’t want a sea of water all over the bathroom floor every time you take a shower.
It can take some getting used to, and the design of a wet space is something to be carefully considered, but this has been one of the biggest innovations and trends in bathroom design in the last decade.
Ingenious we say!
Another trend that also seems to be on the comeback, especially in compact bathrooms, is the standover shower.
This is where the shower head is placed over the bathtub. Popular back in the 70’s, when having a bathtub was a seen as a luxury, it revolutionised the bathroom as we know it.
If you really want to incorporate or keep the bathtub in your plan and you’re short on space, this option is also a great space saver.
Visually, the standover shower can look a little bulkier due to the shower screen hardware, or the shower curtain hardware, but it’s a small sacrifice if you’re working within a tight budget as well.
More importantly, one of the perks of this option is that not only does it save on space, it saves on cleaning time!
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Keep it in proportion
Something that can be overlooked in a compact bathroom is the size of your fixtures.
You may have chosen a standover shower, but want an oversized rain shower head. The size of your fixtures can easily overwhelm a smaller space, as it may not be in proportion with the rest of your design.
This is a general rule for all your fixtures. For example, if you choose an extra large vanity, it may cramp the space and make the entire bathroom look out of balance.
They say a picture says a thousand words, and you could assume a beautiful bathroom you see online is around the same size as yours, so everything in it would look great in your space, right?? Not always…you really do need to measure up and walk around your own space before you purchase anything.
This will help you to realistically visualise the space and ensure you to choose the perfect fixtures.
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At the end of the day
Think about your overall concept and try to make sure you choose your layout and your fixtures carefully.
Plan, plan, plan! You can never over plan, and you will thank yourself for it once your bathroom is finished to perfection.
If you make sure you think about what you need to put in the space and how you are going to use it, you can’t go wrong.
Do you have a compact bathroom? How are you going to maximise your space??