In previous blogs we have gone over making your kitchen and living room feel larger. This week we will be taking a look at the bathroom. Once again, organization and cleanliness go a long way. The smaller the space the more important each of those becomes. For now, let’s cover bathroom specific solutions!
Most people sit upright in the tub, so don’t get a bigger tub just to have a bigger tub. Large tubs take up a lot of real estate and if space is at a premium it is the first place you want to look to save some of that space. You can also purchase a tub with built in storage. The more built-in storage the more optimized that space will be.
In ANY room, the corners are often underutilized. Investing in corner sink, with or without vanities, is a great way of making the most of the corner. As with the tub, make sure there is plenty of storage.
An option that is becoming more and more popular is to get rid of the tub entirely. Showers, obviously, do not take up as much space as a tub and a frameless glass shower makes it seem you have even more space.
If you don't have room for a vanity or just don't want one, check out a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These styles have a lighter, less solid look than a vanity and may be ideal for truly tiny spaces. There are some really cool options; some wall-mounted sinks are only 11 inches deep. Others have broad, integrated ledges or shelf-like surfaces at the side; some even come with built-in towel bars.
You can stash more items in a deep cabinet, but one that's flush with the wall might be a better pick because a protruding cabinet will make the space feel smaller. Depending on the room and your cabinet choice, you may be able to install two identical cabinets side by side. Besides doubling the storage, the expanse of mirrors can make the room look larger.
Wall-hung toilets or those with round rather than elongated bowls are the best picks for compact spaces. But keep in mind that your choices have to fit the design aesthetic. A wall-hung unit has a contemporary aesthetic; a round bowl work better with a traditional interior.
A light, bright space is always more attractive and inviting, and in the bathroom in particular, light improves functionality. Recessed ceiling lights are a good starting place, but be sure to provide task lighting around the mirror. If you like to shave in the shower, good-quality lighting will make the job easier and safer.
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