Small bathrooms come with their own set of challenges. Diminutive bathrooms can sometimes lack storage, or their flow doesn’t accommodate your family’s needs. Don’t give up on your space just because it’s compact. The best plan of attack is to reimagine the room, bringing in elements that celebrate its minute size and work with its limitations. You don’t need to remodel a small, narrow bathroom to get the spa space of your dreams. Sometimes you just have to rethink the bathroom’s basics. Here are nine tips for making your small bathroom seem larger without knocking out any walls.
Pick products sized for your space.
Do your knees hit the cabinets when you’re on the throne? That’s probably because the toilet and cabinets are too big for the space. Installing incorrectly sized toilets, sinks and tubs in a small space can make for an immediate headache. Consider getting a toilet with a round bowl instead of an elongated one or go for a mounted, wall-hung bowl. Round bowls tend to be smaller, and wall-mounted toilets feel like less of a space waster because of the open floor underneath.
Install a floating vanity.
Create a trompe-l’oeil effect to make the footprint of your bathroom feel larger and save some serious space beneath your sink with a floating vanity. When your floor space extends all the way to the wall under the cabinet, your eye will perceive more space and openness. Bonus: Your tootsies will also have more room to scoot under the sink.
Get rid of the bathtub.
We get it—for people with young children, a tub is nonnegotiable. But in a home of only adults, a full tub may be taking up valuable space. For the sake of making a small bathroom function like a larger one, reclaim some open space by installing a shower that’s properly sized for the room. If possible, opt for a barrier-free shower or one with glass shower doors. The lack of visible walls will immediately make the space feel more open. If you must keep the tub, get a simple clear shower curtain or sliding glass door. Opaque curtains can feel wall-like, and adding walls is the last thing you want to do in a small loo.
Consider a wall mount faucet.
If your bathroom countertop is already too small, you can save major space by moving the faucet to the wall. Mounting the faucet will open up storage behind the basin, helping you reclaim precious inches of countertop. The clean, uncluttered look of a wall mount faucet creates more visual space, which is key to promoting the illusion of a vast bathroom.
Add a wall-mounted medicine cabinet.
Medicine cabinets provide extra storage for small items, often in an unobtrusive way. For narrow bathroom storage, this is a great option. You’ll keep your precious counter space free and clear of personal items that could crowd the area and make it feel cluttered and small. We love how this cabinet slides open to reveal the products within.
Add hooks for additional storage.
If your bathroom is so small that adding towel racks presents a problem, install hooks. One for every person in your home should suffice since multiple items—towels, clothes, bathrobes—can fit on one.
Make the most of your linen storage.
If your home lacks a linen closet, consider storing linens and towels in a hallway closet, chest or armoire. If you prefer to keep towels in the bathroom and need more space, floating shelves or a nook converted into a built-in are prime locations for keeping regularly used items. Under the sink is another perfect place to store a basket filled with fresh towels.
Add an extra mirror on the wall.
Create the illusion of a larger space by adding more mirrors. A larger mirror increases the amount of reflected light in a room, especially if you can position it to reflect natural light from a window. Experiment with size and placement to get the effect you’re looking for.
Get rid of the excess.
Clutter instantly overwhelms a space. Start by getting rid of excess bottles, tattered towels and unused products. Making space through decluttering is an important step in feeling like you have extra room. Store what’s left in an in-shower organizer, and consider limiting the number of products you keep in the bathroom.
Just because you’re working with a small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to loathe your pampering time. We hope these small bathroom ideas will help improve your space and make you love it more. If one of these ideas inspires you, share an image with us on the Delta Faucet social media channels using the #DeltaFaucet hashtag. For additional help with your small bathroom, our bathroom measurement guide will give you the information you need to craft an optimally functioning space. For some inspired décor ideas, here are this year’s best bathroom trends.