With increasing costs of home and land, many home have limited small space for bathroom. It is important to make good use of all available space for the bathroom. This article will focus on all aspects of small bathroom design and remodeling ideas and how to design a small bathroom with small spaces.
Small Bathroom Layout
In order to make good and smart use of small space available for bathroom, home owners must focus on the bathroom layout. A good layout plan for small bathroom must consider all elements of a bathroom. Take a pencil and white paper sheet and draw a plan based on available space. Note down the area and height available. Allocate space and location of each and every bathroom fitting and plumbing. Get idea of size and dimension of fixture and fittings that you plan to install in the bathroom. Some of the basic elements could be – Toilet, bidet, bathtub, toilets, shower, bathroom sink, mirror, exhaust fan, bathroom cabinet and lighting fittings.
Small Bathroom Design & Remodeling Ideas
Bathroom Walls – Bathroom in any home is a place that is too much exposed to water and moisture. Therefore, the walls of a bathroom must be water and moisture proof. Ceramic tiles are the best option for any bathroom. When selecting tiles, choose large tiles. It will give illusion of large space. Small tiles will make the bathroom look too much congested. Arrange tiles in patters to create a good looking design. Cleaning and maintenance of tiles is also comparatively easy.
Bathroom Flooring – Tiles is the best flooring option for any bathroom. Select light-colored large tiles for bathroom. Avoid tiles with designs and patterns. Light-colored large tiles will reflect light and make the bathroom look big. When laying tiles, arrange them in diagonal pattern to make space look bigger.
Bathroom Color: Small bathrooms must be painted in light color such as white, aqua or shades of aqua, cream, light blue, light green and neutral colors. Light colors will make the walls look further away giving the feeling of a large space. Avoid wallpapers in the bathroom. It will make the bathroom look congested and crowded.
Bathroom Lighting – Install window or a sky light in the bathroom. Compact lighting fixture that can give bright natural light will brighten the bathroom and give a feeling of more space. Light will also reflect from the light-colored walls and give a feeling of more space. If you install a bathroom mirror, try to install a mirror light that gives natural light. This can create an illusion of more space.
Bathroom Fittings: Select and install bathroom multi-purpose bathroom fittings that can accommodate, store and hold maximum items. Area and dimension of most bathroom fixtures and fittings can be found online on many websites.
Bathroom Storage and Fixtures: Bathroom storage hardware and fixtures play a vital role in a small bathroom with limited space. The fixture must be able to store maximum items. Fix glass or metal shelves near taps, bathtub and basin to hold essential items. Floating bars can be installed to hang the towels, clothes, napkins, etc. Make use of the corners. Install fixtures to hold towel and other clothes. Some space saving options could be floating storage system, open hanging shelves, open shelf in the corner, open shelf behind the toilet seat. You can also install a bathroom cabinet with a mirror above the bathroom sink.
Bathroom Mirror: Mirrors are great way to make any small space look bigger. Fix a full length mirror on the wall. Don’t place too many mirrors or it will look odd. You can opt for glass for the shower stall. A corner glass shower stall can save more floor space.
Bathroom Sink: Select a designer pedestal bathroom sink in place of bathroom vanity with under counter basin. This will save enough space and still look beautiful and comfortable. Even a wall-mounted sink will save enough space. For a very small bathroom, go for hideaway sink or a floating sink. You can easily pull out a hideaway sink when required and after use, push it back. This can save a lot of space. Floating sinks can also save a lot of space. Transparent floating sink made of glass is also a good option for a small bathroom. Avoid vanity bathroom cabinets as they occupy lot of space. If you still want to install a vanity sink, opt for a small vanity with under counter cabinets.
Shower Enclosures – Shower enclosure and shower curtains are a good idea to décor a small bathroom and make it feel spacious.
Toilet Seat: Opt for a combined toilet seat and toilet bidet to save space.
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