Small Cloakroom Ideas

If you’ve got a small unused office or a compact space under the stairs that you’re wondering what to do with, why not create a small cloakroom?

Cloakrooms are becoming a must-have in not only new homes but are fast becoming a priority when renovating an older home too. Downstairs toilets or cloakrooms are ideal for visitors such as family and friends and especially workmen like the plumber or electrician to use. The last thing you want is workmen traipsing dirt into your beautiful family bathroom.

You may be thinking, how can I fit a cloakroom into such a small space? Well, wonder no more as this handy guide covers many clever ways to fit everything you need and more, in a small cloakroom!

Toilet and Basin Combination Units

Combining both the toilet and basin, a combination unit, is a wonderful choice for a small room where it might ordinarily be impossible to fit a standard basin and toilet.

Another positive of a combination unit is its benefits to the environment. Using waste water from the basin to flush the toilet, combination units are a wonderful way of helping to conserve water usage.

Wall Hung Basins

Making the most of the space in a cloakroom is essential, that’s why a wall hung basin is an excellent option as opposed to a classic pedestal basin, as it allows for more usable and maneuverable space.

Wall-hung basins tend to be smaller than standard basins, making them perfect for smaller spaces. They also come in corner options, making them ideal for use in very small and awkward-shaped cloakrooms.

What type of toilet is best for a cloakroom?

If you have a particularly small space where a standard toilet won’t fit, then why not consider either a wall-hung toilet, short projection toilet, or a back-to-wall toilet? All three take up less space than a standard toilet, making them ideal for smaller spaces such as cloakrooms.

Simply put a short projection toilet doesn’t protrude as much from the wall to the end of the toilet pan, as a standard toilet, helping to provide the feeling of more space in a small cloakroom.

A wall-hung toilet has the benefit of being hung at the right height for you and your family, as well as concealing the toilet cistern within the wall.

Much like a wall-hung toilet, a back-to-wall toilet conceals the toilet cistern within the wall, therefore creating additional space in your cloakroom.

Cloakroom storage Space

If you’re lucky enough to have a cloakroom space large enough for some storage, there are plenty of options available. Whether you're looking for something small to store your perfume and first aid items or a bigger cabinet to store towels and toilet rolls we’ve got you covered.

A mirror cabinet not only has the benefits of a standard mirror, helping to brighten the room and bounce light around but it also provides essential storage space for small items, a perfect place to store your first aid essentials.

However, if you’re looking for a larger storage space for items such as towels and toilet rolls then why not consider a small wall-hung vanity unit or even a corner vanity unit if you’re particularly short on space.


Mirrors can work magic in a small space, bouncing light around the room and creating the feeling of more space. Available in a variety of shapes and sizes with options for charging shavers, LED lighting, and mirror cabinets, you’re guaranteed to find the best fit for your cloakroom.

How to heat a cloakroom?

Heating such a small room can be difficult but believe it or not there are a few options for heating a cloakroom. One of the main ways is to install a heated towel rail, which would not only keep your towels warm and dry but also help to keep the rest of the room nice and toasty.

However, if you’re able to splash out a little then underfloor heating is a wonderful option as it won’t take up any space in your cloakroom. You might be thinking how can I afford underfloor heating? Well, underfloor heating doesn’t have to cost as much as you might think, starting from around £80 for a small room, loose wire underfloor heating can be fitted without digging up the floor or pouring concrete as it simply fits underneath your choice of flooring.

This does mean, however, that any flooring you currently have will still need to be removed in order to install the new heating system.

If you feel like neither of these options suit your needs then if you have enough space, a classic radiator can also work. However, if you have your heart set on a radiator but don’t have enough space for a classic horizontal design, why not choose a more modern-looking vertical radiator.

What type of lighting is best for a cloakroom?

Choosing the right lighting for a small cloakroom can be difficult, especially in one without windows, as you will likely need the light on during the day as well as at night. Spotlights are an excellent choice as you can place them in the most used spaces or in the middle of the room to give the best lighting possible. They also take up less space and look less bulky than many other bathroom ceiling lights.

Another way to introduce lighting into a cloakroom is through an LED-lit bathroom mirror or mirror cabinet, which would help to provide direct light over the sink, for washing your hands, applying make-up, or general preening.

How to add colour to a cloakroom?

Adding colour to a small space will help to make it feel more inviting, especially so, in a cloakroom without a window. These days people are getting more creative with the colours used in bathrooms and cloakrooms, with bright floral wallpaper, jazzy painted spots and stripes, and brightly coloured wall tiles, so why not have a go yourself?

If you’re not confident in choosing coloured tiles or patterned wallpaper, why not brighten up your cloakroom with some colourful accessories such as soap dispensers, toilet roll holders, and even your towels. It’s amazing what a small pop of colour can do in making a small room like a cloakroom less claustrophobic and more inviting!

Claire Davies

Claire has a Journalism degree and loves writing about all things relating to bathroom and kitchen design. In her spare time, she enjoys photography and following the latest home styling trends on social media.

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