Small bathrooms: four common problems and how to solve them

Small bathrooms: four common problems and how to solve them


Posted 26th November

Small, cramped bathroom space? Don’t stress. With the help of bathroom supplier Bathshack, we have identified 4 common problem areas for small bathrooms and have come up with methods that will help you increase your sense of space without compromising on style.

  1. Lack of storage

This is a common problem in a lot of small bathrooms. Everyone want a tidy bathroom with everything in its place, but finding space for toiletries  can be a relentless task in a small space.

Solution: Depending on how small your bathroom is, you could consider adding extra wall-hung storage units. These fit to the wall and take up no floor space. They come in many different sizes and styles, so make sure to measure up before buying to ensure it will fit exactly where you want it.

Even a windowsill can be extended and transformed into a storage space if you’re in dire need of more space to put your things.

If you've already maximised your storage space, a good old-fashioned decluttering is a must when it comes to making your bathroom feel a lot more spacious. For example, removing unneeded towels or keeping your cleaning products in the kitchen can help. 

 

  1. No windows or natural light

An enclosed bathroom with no natural light source can make the space feel even smaller. This is where your lighting scheme comes into play. Don’t make the mistake of going for dark and gloomy lighting because you think it will make the room feel warmer - most of the time this has the opposite effect.

Solution: Look to different light sources and types of lighting to really make the room come to life. LED downlights are a great energy efficient option. You can also add some wall lights on either side of the mirror to balance out the overhead lights first thing in the morning.

Another tactic to combat windowless bathrooms is to inject lots of ambient light, such as strip lighting attached under mirrored cabinets.

 

  1. Not enough space for a separate bath and shower 

Particularly for households with little ones, a bath is non-negotiable. However, in a home with only one bathroom and limited space, it can often feel impossible to have room for a bath and a shower stall.

Solution: There is a popular solution for this - the shower bath. This is not only a great solution for smaller bathrooms, it is also a cheaper option. 

 

  1. Limited space for a vanity unit

There are so many beautiful vanity units on the market these days that it’s hard not to want them all. If you are working with a small bathroom, you might think your options are limited - however, this need not be the case.

Solution: Use this as an opportunity to look at your space in a more creative way, incorporating slimline units that also include extra storage space, corner fitting units or wall mounted units that will save floor space.

But what if you have a really awkward space to work with in your bathroom? Why not look at a custom-made vanity unit that can be made to your exact specifications on size, such as Bathshack's range of bespoke handmade Josef Martin furniture. A custom unit can then fit snugly into the most awkward corner.

Written by Lorraine Kelly from Bathshack.com





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