Bathroom is our comfort room.
When we get home after a long day, there is nothing better than soaking your body into a hot bathtub. But, if your bathroom is too tiny, you won’t have the opportunity to have a bathtub in the first place.
Having a small bathroom presents some other issues as well. Traditionally, we are used to keeping a lot of different cosmetic and hygienic products within it. In a way, it is a storage room where we are able to perform all the beauty procedures. But, if you are limited by space, it will be very problematic to turn around, to look in the mirror from different perspective or to, let’s say, dry your hair.
Luckily for us, there are certain things that you can do with a bathroom making it more functional.
- Planning ahead
Needless to say, whenever you buy a property, make sure that it has a descent bathroom. As we mentioned, most people do not even realize how much of an issue having a small bathroom can be until they start using one themselves. If you are thinking about renovating, make sure that bathroom is properly planned. Trust me when I say this, you can decrease size of certain rooms such as the living room and nobody will notice. However, there is no way to reduce your bathroom and still feel comfortable. Biggest issue with this space lies in its function; in other words, if it’s too small, you are bound to notice. That being said, plan ahead before any renovation work. Place bathroom on top of priority list.
- Adding windows
Windows are detrimental for your bathroom. Not only do they help you ventilate the room, but they also give a feeling of spaciousness. Oftentimes, bathrooms can be claustrophobic. Even if you have a big one, it will probably be one of the smallest (if not the smallest) room in your house. With windows, you are able to expand that space. Albeit, it will still remain the same room as it was before but now, you will feel much better mentally.
- Placement of objects
Many people think that they should store everything in bathroom. Stuffing this room will be disastrous for its functionality as you soon realize that you cannot even rotate your shoulders within it. Yes, traditionally bathroom is the part of our home where you put your make-up, do your hair and perform other cosmetic procedures. It is usually the best option as everybody has a mirror inside. In case of a tiny bathroom, this is more of a luxury. It is much easier for you to get a new mirror, place it somewhere in the house and move all your make-up nearby. You don’t have to do make-up and hair in bathroom just because you are used to it. This small and simple alteration will save you a lot of space. There will be no more need for gigantic cupboards and cabinets. Instead, all you will need in bathroom is soap and towel holder and you are set. It is a big compromise but it is one you have to make if you have limited space.
- Placement of washing machine
This is something that doesn’t pertain to US. In many parts of the world, such as Europe, it is normal to have a washing machine within a bathroom. This can be an enormous problem in small apartments. If you have the option, it is better to place your washing machine in the kitchen or some other room where it will make sense.
- Higher positioning
Ok, if you followed instructions so far, you probably decided to move most of your stuff to other rooms. Nevertheless, several items will still have to remain inside. Here, I am mostly referring to shelves and other holders where you can keep the bathroom necessities. Generally speaking, even though they can be very small, they still reduce the available space for you to move. Due to this, it is best if you place all these shelves and accessories on a higher level. By installing them above your head, there will be much more space for your body. At the same time, this makes it harder for kids to reach cosmetic and chemical products. It’s a win-win situation!
These are just a few tips that will help you with a claustrophobic bathroom. As you can see, it all comes down to optimization of space and removal of anything unnecessary.
Although most of us regard bathroom as a safe haven, it is necessary to make compromises if you do not have enough space. These cuts may be painful but they will help you a lot.
What is your biggest issue with your tiny bathroom? Share it in the comment section bellow!
Credit: Emmerey Rose.
Short bio: Emmerey Rose is a pool maintenance expert at 4 Pumps Pty Ltd.
4 Pumps Pty Ltd (4 Pumps) is Australia’s largest online pump store. 4 Pumps is an Australian company that focuses on the national distribution of its comprehensive range of quality pumping products.