Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to mean expanding the room to add extra square. If structural considerations require you to keep your bathroom the same size, remodeling choices can make a tiny, cramped, or dark bathroom feel more spacious.
If you already know what changes you want to make to your bathroom, of if you’re ready to talk to a professional, find a bathroom remodeling company near you. If you’re still researching and making your plans, here are a few options:
Add More Light Make your bathroom feel bigger by adding natural light. Brighter rooms feel more spacious. Install skylights, add a new window, or enlarge current windows. You can add high-quality lighting fixtures to strategic locations to fill in where natural light can’t reach. Remember, too, the classic trick of using mirrors to reflect light. Painting a bathroom a lighter color can also bounce more light into the room.
Shrink Your Sink Don’t allow a sink to take up more space than necessary. Some manufacturers make fixtures that are sized for smaller bathrooms. When you’re planning your bathroom remodel, look for extra-small sinks or ones designed to fit into corners. Hanging the sink or vanity on the wall can also make the room feel less crowded.
Choose a Smaller Toilet You may not need a chair-height, elongated toilet. You can find toilets that are specially made for tight spaces. You can also move the toilet closer to the wall, which occupies less floorspace. Shorter toilets or those with a lower tank will also feel like they take up less space.
Pick the Right Bath or Shower
Small size doesn’t mean uncomfortable fixtures. Remodel your bathroom with a tub specifically created for small spaces. If you like a nice soak, you can still achieve that effect by buying a tub with a higher rim, which allows you to have a deeper bath. If you opt for a shower, which often fits more readily into small spaces, choose a glass enclosure. When you can see from one bathroom wall to another, it expands your sense of space. This also removes the “room shortening” effect of an opaque shower curtain.
Install Invisible Heat Your older home may have a radiator or floor vent that takes up precious space. You can remove these and install under-floor radiant heat, which heats effectively without using valuable floor space. Radiant heat is also more energy efficient and generally saves you money.
Add Adequate Storage Storage doesn’t have to mean a vanity or closet. Think about going vertical. Tall skinny shelves won’t take up a lot of floor space and can even hang from the wall, occupying upper wall space which would otherwise be underutilized. During your bathroom remodel is the prefect time to install built-in shelves between wall studs. The shelves can add useful space above a toilet, on an empty wall, or even within the shower. If you choose to add open shelves to the wall, use glass, which allows light to come through unobstructed.
Keep it Clean As you remodel your bath, keep in mind cleaning. Ensure you have enough floor space between the toilet and tub or vanity to maneuver a mop. Make sure you can fit a cleaning cloth between the faucet and the wall. Ensure you have unobtrusive storage near your sink so it or the vanity doesn’t become cluttered with toiletries. Take 30 seconds each morning after your hair is brushed and your face is washed to wipe down the counter, the faucet and handles, and the mirror. Nothing helps your newly remodeled bathroom feel bigger, brighter, and fresher than a nice smell and clean fixtures.
Specific Considerations See a real example of how changing the look of a small bathroom can open it up. Are you ready to get started on your small bath remodel? Find a local bathroom remodeling company near you today. Our remodeling and design specialists are ready to help.