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4 Easy Ways to Maximise Space in a Small Bathroom

For a room that we use every day, oddly bathrooms are often the smallest room in the house. Knocking down a wall and physically creating a larger bathroom is not an option available to many, and with new houses becoming increasingly smaller, this situation is only going to get worse.

To help you overcome this predicament, I have comprised a list of 4 easy ways to maximise space in a small bathroom:

1. Carefully Consider Your Bathroom’s Decor:

Beginning with aesthetics, choosing the correct colour for your walls is vital to any renovation project. Choosing the wrong colour will make your bathroom seem like a closet, but choosing the right colour will make your bathroom appear spacious.

While dark colours are in vogue right now, if your bathroom fails to attract natural lighting this will only exacerbate the issue of size. Instead, choose light colours, such as pastel colours which evoke the feeling of space and will work to make your small bathroom appear spacious.

If the thought of light colours conjures up images of a sterile environment, and you are desperate to inject some vibrancy into your bathroom, then do so through furniture or linen.

2. Utilise Mirrors Effectively:

As they naturally reflect light, mirrors are a great tool for creating the illusion of space. To take full advantage of this, place a mirror next to your window to maximise the exposure of sunlight.

Add too many mirrors, however, and you’ll end up looking ridiculously vein so tread with caution. To combat this, introduce metallic or glass tiles which are able to reflect the sunlight.

3. Remember: Storage is Key

The key to maximising space lies in keeping your bathroom as clutter-free as possible: if you cram in an array of items, onto any available surface, then your bathroom will look incredibly small. As such, you should invest in some designated storage baskets, or get some stylish cabinets to store all your toiletries.

Wicker baskets are often very cheap, look stylish and will complement practically any décor. Although they will keep toiletries neatly together, baskets will often have to sit on the side which can look unsightly. Cupboards, on the other hand, are a more tidy solution as toiletries can be placed inside and locked away from prying eyes.

A good little trick is to have wall mounted cupboards as they won’t take up any floor space and surfaces will remain clear.

4. Choose your Furniture Wisely

This brings me onto the final and most drastic part of the guide: installing the right equipment to maximise space.

  • Wall mounted furniture, such as wall hung basins and wall hung toilets, are essential for bathrooms where space is a premium. They elegantly hang from the wall and, as they don’t reside on top of a great pedestal or frame, provide complete access to your bathroom floor.


  • Whenever you need doors, always choose sliding doors as you won’t have to allocate any precious floor space for the door to open. The most obvious choice is to have a sliding shower door, but this is of course also applicable to your main bathroom door.


  • For a quirky space saving alternative, consider corner furniture as this will fill the void which would have otherwise been left unused. While a corner bath can take up a substantial amount of space, the same cannot be said for both corner sinks and toilets which will prove to be a great investment.


  • Another good trick is to pick narrow cabinets with a tall projection. The slim width, coupled with the tall design, will draw eyes away from the floor and towards the ceiling. This will, in turn, divert one’s attention away from the limited floor space available.

So with a few simple adjustments you will be able to maximise the space of any small bathroom.

About the Author:  Paul is a huge Beatles fan and loves Peterborough United. He is a full time blogger for Splashdirect where he aims to make life easier for the average person through a series of DIY tips and buyer’s guides.

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