Designing a small bathroom can prove to be quite
challenging since you’re working with less space with the
same materials. There are some aspects you need to
determine first to save money and effort. If you’re able
to pull it all off, you’ll be able to get the convenience
and beauty you’ve always wanted without compromise. Here
are some tips how.
Your basic goal in designing a small bathroom is for it to
serve all the necessary functions without looking too
cramped and little. First, you need to make the space seem
larger by using components that perfectly match the size
of the room. Choosing the standard toilet bowl size is
adequate. The sink should also be standard. You may choose
not to include a bathtub if it tends to dominate more than
one-third of the total space. Instead, assign a shower
area at the end of the bathroom.
For paint, choose light colors to make your bathroom seem
larger. White, beige, yellow and sky blue are excellent
choices. If you’re planning to install tiles on the wall,
it’s better to use bigger ones instead of several small
pieces. You can install one or two huge mirrors on one or
two sides of the room to create an enlargement illusion. A
pocket door is better compared to a hinged one when trying
to add more space. Visually, translucent shower doors make
the room much bigger too. Shower curtains are optional but
make sure you stick to the color theme. Using a single
finish on everything is recommended for consistency.
Install a bath cabinet and vanity where you can store
toiletries and cleaning supplies. A smaller cabinet and
vanity is ideal to save more space. Hanging sinks are also
better since these provide more space underneath. Avoid
putting drapes on bathroom windows. You may even choose
translucent or opaque glass instead without using any
curtains at all.
More Design Tips
A single bright light on the ceiling is enough to
illuminate the entire area including the shower corner.
White light may be better compared to yellow since it
creates an enlarging effect. Install an exhaust fan to
avoid moisture that can cause molds and stains. A skylight
is also permitted. If you’re drawing light from the window
during daytime, it is advised that the window square area
is at least 10% of the total area of the room.
Use one or two colors only in the bathroom. Using too many
will make the room look smaller or too cluttered. A small
green plant under the sink or above the flush is enough.
Instead of using independent decors, you can choose
functional ones with pretty designs like a shell soap dish
or a Hawaiian mug that can serve as a razor and toothbrush
As much as possible, your small bathroom door should open
outward to save more space. Some small bathrooms already
lack space that the door cannot full open since it will
hit the nearby sink. Stay away from pedestal sinks.
Practicality is preferred over luxury at this point.
You need to weigh your options when designing a small
bathroom. You may install a favorite item like a bathtub
considering that you know how to properly organize other
essentials. Just be sure that every person coming in will
be safe and comfortable.