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How to make the most of a small bath
Author: Marv Shidler
Last updated: May 8, 2009
In the real world many bathrooms are so small that fitting in just the basic fixtures can be a challenge. If you are considering remodeling a small bathroom, there are techniques for squeezing more, or at least the appearance of more, space from a small area. Try these ideas:
- Don't feel bound by standard sizes of cabinets or fixtures. More and more manufacturers are making fixtures specifically proportioned for small spaces. Custom-made cabinets, while costing more, can be made to your exact specifications making them well worth the higher price.
- Most of the bottom 1/3 of wall space is filled with fixtures. Make wise use of the remaining space above. Consider recessed, open shelving for linen storage.
- Keep colors light to visually push back the walls.
- Provide plenty of light, direct and indirect. If possible open up an exterior wall by installing a large window, or better yet, install a skylight.
- Use wall coverings with a minimal pattern to avoid breaking walls into small, busy segments.
- For shower enclosures, use clear glass in thin frames to keep a sense of unobstructed space.
- Use glass block for room dividers instead of a wall. Install a patterned floor covering on the diagonal to give the sense of pushing back the walls.
- Cover the wall above the vanity with one large mirror and recess medicine cabinets into the side walls.
You can find more helpful information on bathroom renovation at How to plan a bathroom renovation.