How to Make the Most of Small Bathrooms - dummies

How to Make the Most of Small Bathrooms

By Katharine Kaye McMillan, Patricia Hart McMillan

Maybe your bathroom remodel project budget doesn’t allow enlarging your bathroom, or maybe you aren’t in a position to remodel at all. You can still make your small bathroom seem larger. First, combine smart layouts and small-scale fixtures. Next, consider these suggestions:

  • Add mirrors. They’re great space (and light) expanders when used on opposite walls and even on all four walls.

  • Cover a window in sparkling, colorful glass mosaic for a continuous light show.

  • Increase storage by building recessed shelves between wall studs, so that shelves don’t intrude into the space.

  • Keep accessories to a minimum to avoid clutter and confusion.

  • Keep window treatments simple, and blend blind and fabric colors with the walls’ background color.

  • Make a bathroom appear larger and lighter by using panels of space-expanding transparent glass between fixtures.

  • Replace a hinged door with a pocket door (one that slides back into the wall), which requires no swing space.

  • Store only the essentials in a tiny bathroom. Keep refills and replacements handy in an adjoining room or hallway closet.

  • Use glass tub or shower doors.