Small bathrooms would fit well into your typical British comedy sketch:
Dave hears a knock at the door, turns to leave the bathroom and hits his head on a shelf. He staggers backwards, reaches a hand to the sink to steady himself and knocks over the tumbler containing his toothbrush and toothpaste. Of course, the toothbrush catapults straight in to the toilet. The rug that fits neatly around the toilet slips out from under Dave’s feet, and he lands on the toilet seat in just the right position. Just as he’s breathing a sigh of relief, the shelf falls on top of him…
Sounding familiar? Unfortunately, when our bathrooms are big enough we really feel the impact. Most people naturally accept that their bathroom should be the smallest room in their house. Most are willing to overlook a bathroom’s diminutive size when buying or renting a new home because, let’s face it, your bathroom just doesn’t seem that important. It’s long been common to make fun of people who spend a lot of time in the bathroom. It’s supposed to be somewhere you can rush in and dash out, so why consider the need for a bathroom bigger than the size of your body?
It’s only once we’ve moved in and are using a bathroom regularly that we start to notice the lack of space:
“Maybe we should add a cabinet for medications and make-up?”
“Would it be a good idea to add a cupboard for cleaning products?”
“Was the sink really that close to the toilet when we moved in?”
It’s difficult to face up to the idea that you might not have thought ahead when furnishing your bathroom, so isn’t it great to know that it’s not too late to make adjustments that give you more room?
Here are five simple (and cheap!) ways to make the most of your bathroom space:
- Buy a bath panel that opens up to provide hidden storage under your bath.
- Buy small bathroom furniture. Just click the picture at the bottom of this post for fast access to small baths, small basins, small toilets and small bathroom furniture.
- Buy a bathroom mirror with storage, and kill two birds with one stone. A bathroom mirror with a shelf is the perfect place to put your make-up without it getting in the way.
- Fit storage baskets inside your shower or above your bath. You can put your soap, shampoo and conditioner in them, or hang shower gel from them. If you’ve got a bath with a shower curtain, they can be completely hidden from view until you’re in the bath.
- Buy a tall bathroom cabinet, rather than a wide one. It can be put in a corner, where it won’t take up much floor space or jut out from the wall.