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Small bathroom design ideas

By Rhiannon W

Updated: August 23rd, 2018

The bathroom is one of the most versatile rooms to design in a home, but it can be a challenging task when "Small bathroom design ideas"

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The bathroom is one of the most versatile rooms to design in a home, but it can be a challenging task when space is a hot commodity. In addition to some great ideas we have on how to plan your bathroom design, we’ve pulled a few small bathroom design ideas together to help you make the most out of the space you have.

small bathroom design ideas
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Small bathroom layout

You need to map out the room to understand what space you have a available and try a few different layouts to make use of it in the most efficient way possible. If you have a long, narrow room, try positioning larger fixtures at the end of the room so they’re not in the way. If you have a small, square or rectangular room, use corners for a shower cubicle or storage.

narrow bathroom
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In small bathrooms, you can maximise floor space by opting for a shower instead of a tub. Skipping the bubble bath doesn’t mean you have to skip out on luxury though; there are plenty of indulgent shower options to choose from, such as the rainfall style shower head.

rainfall shower small bathroom design

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Big tiles

Bigger tiles in the bathroom make the room appear larger. Another clever optical illusion to make a room feel bigger is to run tiles from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. You can use smaller tiles to act as a feature or focal point on a wall.

big bathroom tiles

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Storage ladders

Storage ladders are a practical way to store various bathroom items in a visually pleasing manner. Carefully position cosmetics, lotions, towels and a photo frame on a white, wooden shelved ladder will create a crisp, comforting look. Using ladders without shelves to hang towels is also a great alternative to a mounted towel rack.

small bathroom design storage ladders
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Floating shelves

Floating shelves positioned above the toilet or vanity will create plenty of storage without compromising space in the room. Stacked with a well thought out mix of essentials, greenery and accessories, they can become a functional and stylish feature of the room.

floating bathroom shelves
Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Hidden hampers

Hampers are easy to stow and don’t have to be completely visible, but if you want them to be seen, there are plenty of good looking options available online and in bathroom accessory stores. You can use them to store towels or laundry and slip them underneath the bathroom vanity or other shelves so they’re out of the way.

hidden bathroo hampers
Source: Georgiana Design

Standing cabinets

Use a vertical standing cabinet placed against your longest wall to store and display towels and toiletries. Get creative with a bit of DIY and paint an old cabinet a vibrant colour – position it in a bathroom with neutral walls to create a focal point in the room.

green standing cabinet in bathroom
Source: Freshome

Pull out storage

The beauty of pull out storage is that you can have more storage space without having the inconvenience of trying to access it by opening a cupboard door in a tight spot. You can literally pull out a narrow, vertical storage shelf and have easy access to the entire shelf without trying to bend your arm in an unnatural way.

pull out bathroom storage
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Over door hangers

Over door hanging hooks are a great alternative to a towel rack when you’re lacking space. They’re cost-effective, temporary, are likely to do damage to your door when installed properly, and are available in a range of materials and colours to suit your taste.

over door hangers
Source: Container Store

Mounted canisters

Mounted canisters are great for storage of smaller items like toothbrushes and razors. You don’t have to go with the usual sterile looking white porcelain canisters anymore though – mason jars and painted poly pipe are ‘on trend’, cheaper options that you can DIY.

mounted bathroom canisters
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Having too much ‘stuff’ in a small area creates a sense of clutter and can make a room feel claustrophobic. Taking a minimalist approach to your small bathroom design will help you achieve the illusion of a larger space. A strategically placed small succulent or candle here and there will add character to the room, but avoid going over the top. Strip out everything but the basics and feel the freedom!

minimalist small bathroom design
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If you’re renovating, we have some great tips on top renovation mistakes to avoid that you may want to have a look at before you get started. If you’ve got any other suggestions for maximising space in a small bathroom, leave us a comment!



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  1. Olivia

    These bathroom designs look so cozy and stylish at the same time. It seriously makes me want to remodel mine. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Andy

    Hi Rhiannon,
    Really it is more difficult to design a small bathroom.
    Your design ideas are so amazing to implement.Andy @ Homeventsystem

    Thank you for sharing…