Finding More Space in Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are designed by architects based on a number of elements which can typically include budget, client preference and total available space. Often architects will design small bathrooms which have the minimal possible space for washing, bathing and going to the toilet. Many of us have bathrooms which function properly but are a little on the tight side, but this article details some innovative ways to make your bathroom feel more spacious.

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Using mirrors is one of the easiest ways to make a tiny room seem bigger. By reflecting light around the room they give the impression of spaciousness. The higher up the wall the mirrors are fitted, the more spacious the room will become. Of course, mirrors won’t actually make it any larger, or any easier to use or navigate, but they will lend a more airy and roomy look and feel.

Shower/bath combo

Most of us have to become accustomed to having the choice between baths and showers in their bathrooms, but having both can take up considerable space. While showers are a great way to scrub up quickly, baths can be enjoyed more slowly and are much more relaxing. Combining a shower and bath can be a great way of saving space in a bathroom without compromising your cleaning regime. Usually the shower head sits over the taps of the bath tub.

Shower curtains

Small bathrooms often suffer from shower splash back, leaving wet floors, carpets and rugs. Shower curtains help to contain the drips and mean that additional space does not to be left around the bath or shower. When using the shower, simply tuck the shower curtain inside the bathtub to ensure no splashes make their way out.

Wall-mounted toilet

It’s easy to think that a toilet is a standard item, but there is actually a wide range of different toilet designs to compliment any bathroom in terms of style and space.  Wall-mounted toilets and basins occupy the least space in a pokey bathroom, creating the impression that the room is larger than it really is. Short projection toilets are also space-efficient if wall-hung toilets aren’t for you.

Vanity Unit or Toiletries Shelf

What tends to take up the most room in many bathrooms is the sheer volume of toiletries. There’s make-up, make-up remover, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, moisturizer, sponges, flannels, pumice stones and more. Bathroom clutter makes a bathroom seem smaller as it is clogged up with mess. Vanity units are a great way of keeping all toiletries together and out-of-the-way.

Alternatively you could consider installing a shelf in the bathroom to store these items. This saves on floor space. Use a spirit measure to ensure that the shelf is even before installing, and ensure that the shelf is chunky enough, with big enough brackets to securely carry the weight. Over-loading a shelf can lead to the shelf drooping or coming away from the wall altogether.

Adam Cairn writes on a number of subjects including finding more storage space at home and free-standing chrome wire shelving units.

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