Design Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Seem Bigger

February 01, 2018

Designing around a small bathroom can seem like a daunting challenge, especially when storage is extremely limited. There may be light at the end of the tunnel in terms of new bathroom designs that will help cure the cabin fever effect of small bathrooms. 

Check out our tips below to see how to make your small bathroom feel bigger! 


1. Sink Placement

Sink placement in a bathroom can mean the difference between feeling cramped verses having flow while using the bathroom. There are many options in terms of sink placement that you may not have thought of. 

Placing a sink in the corner of the bathroom across from the toilet can help the flow of bathrooms that are very narrow, while bathrooms that are looking to expand the square footage of their shower can use a pedestal sink with open shelving at the bottom for towel storage.

Image via Jane Vorbrodt



2. Floating Vanity

Adding a floating vanity not only makes the bathroom seem more luxurious, but also visually makes the floor space appear larger as you can see the corners of the room. 

A floating vanity is installed by anchoring it to the wall studs in the bathroom. It's important to have a qualified contractor perform the installation, as you will have electrical and plumbing behind the walls of the original vanity. 


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3. Wall to Wall Mirror

 In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. This situation works out nicely, especially if you have multiple children or teenagers that have to share a bathroom in the morning. 

The great aspect of having a wall to wall mirror is that storage space can be added behind the mirror, similar to a medicine cabinet, thus increasing the storage space of a bathroom already tight on space. 


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4. Towel Bar on Shower Door

When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential. 

This easy access to a towel is also ideal for seniors who may not be able to reach as far, or when bathing small children who have a tendency to splash water. 



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5. Wall Mounted Faucet

Mounting a faucet on the wall allows for a narrower sink or vanity, which in turn frees up square footage in the total bathroom. Don’t be afraid to try a wall-mounted faucet in contrast to traditional faucet designs.


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