Small, poorly designed bathrooms create difficulties when performing simple tasks like using the toilet comfortably or even entering the room without the door banging against the sink because of its awkward position.

I vividly remember the tiny ensuite bathroom in my university flat and having to sit at a funny angle on the lavatory because the right side of the basin was too close to the wall, leaving minimal room for my legs to sit forward – impractical to say the least.

Small bathrooms are often created in houses where the floor plan restricts expansion of the master bathroom because you’d prefer to have a bigger bathroom, kitchen, whatever or you have a smaller second bathroom/ bedroom ensuite that allows two toilets to be used simultaneously.

If you are planning to update your bathroom in a contemporary fashion, I’ve put together a collection of small bathroom ideas that will allow you to refresh yourself in a chic, refreshing environment.

To fit both a bath and shower into a bathroom with limited space, a simple solution is to combine the two as a shower bath so you can enjoy bathing when you want to and wash yourself quickly when required with the shower head. Multi-functional fittings are always useful in smaller bathrooms.

It is worth finding out if you can turn the existing bathroom into a wash room – perfect for a small bathroom because the entire room in theory becomes a giant shower space that contains all of your essential fittings. Don’t be put off by the thought of using a toilet inside of your shower, instead think of it as an easy method for cleaning.

Corner sinks are mini bathroom friendly because they are neatly plumbed into the wall in a manner that doesn’t require a basin stand. They also look cute too! To pick up the best looking ones I’d recommend going to a designer bathroom shop rather than a chain store. Aston Matthews is a great place to find these.

As I wrote earlier, the annoying bump of door versus sink when you enter a small bathroom is…well…annoying! That’s why I’d recommend installing a sliding door but on the outside face of the bathroom to save wall space inside of it. This does of course depend on whether or not you have wall space for a door to slide over on the outside wall. The door above is just one of the many sliding barn door ideas you could try.

This bathroom isn’t a conventional box room, instead it is a narrow and long bathroom which raises even more unique design challenges. The creator of this interior has cleverly chosen a slimline sink and toilet with a huge mirror to travel natural light around what would otherwise be a very dark room reliant on artificial lighting.

A good alternative to the standard bathroom cabinet over the sink is storage underneath it. The curtains allow a slide opening rather than a door which is an effective method of accessing your things in a small bathroom because swinging doors would only intrude on the beautiful open space. Also, I’ve lived with an over sink cabinet in a wee bathroom and have bashed the back of my head on it several times whilst rinsing my mouth out.

Natural light is just as important in a smaller sized bathroom, compared to a regular sized one, if not more. It allows the room to appear larger like an illusion of space. The slim window above allows plenty of light to flow in without dominating too much of the wall.

Similar to the washroom idea, the shower enclosure in this bathroom contains direct moisture from the water. Beyond the glass the waterproof tiling continues around half the height of the room making it easy to clean and protecting the room’s natural surfaces that could be exposed to water beyond the shower.

Another good example of how you could channel some natural light into your dinky bathroom.

Toilets can be just as cumbersome as your sink with its gigantic cistern consuming valuable space. Compact lavatory systems like this are thinner and shorter to fit in gaps but still seat you comfortably. Remember how I spoke about my toilet being fixed too close to the wall? This one is perfect centred to let your legs sit naturally.

This interior is very similar to the one I had, minus the bog, which by definition could mean that it is not technically a bathroom but more of a wash room. I could see it as an effective bedroom en suite and an ideal addition to any guest rooms you may have.

Another, more designer, way to squeeze a bath tub into your lil bathroom. The abundance of light in this room is what I love the most about it, that and the oak wood supports.


Randal Whitmore

Editor of Home Luv and a prolific writer and reader of interior design and home improvement. Currently undergoing a variety of building and renovation projects. Big fan of solving complex problems with simple solutions.

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