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Big bathrooms are great, and when it comes to designing one, they offer plenty of freedom, optional suites (including a fantastic freestanding bath), and lots of room for storage too.

However, unfortunately not everybody has the necessary floor space for installing big spacious bathrooms. Most homes have medium to smaller-sized ones and very little available floor space.

Small bathrooms may be tricky to work with, but that doesn’t mean they have to be dull and boring! In fact, a tiny bathroom can still be luxuriously designed, and with a clever well thought out plan, you can make the most of every inch of space available.

If you are currently facing this situation and have no idea how best to design your bathroom in such a small space? Here’s a guide that will surely get your thinking caps on.

Making the most of a small bathroom space

When it comes to designing a small bathroom, careful consideration is a must; you have limited floor space; however, you still need a bathroom that is functional, practical, and aesthetically pleasing too. The idea is to use every inch of space in the best possible way, and before you go any further you have to think about the areas that use the most space such as,

  • Bathtub
  • Sink basin
  • Vanity
  • Storage
  • Shower unit

To save precious space, a shower and bathtub can be combined, or perhaps you may opt to take out the tub altogether and replace it with a shower enclosure. Having separate vanity and storage units are great for larger bathrooms, but you may have to combine sink basin, vanity, and storage into one unit as this multi-functional trick will free up some space.

Think about plumbing

Any bathroom renovation work that involves plumbing should only be performed by a professional bathroom company. They can also determine new ways to make the room more functional and spacious. Bathroom design generally revolves around plumbing, and so will need to be looked at carefully first.

Fitting and measurements

Before any bathroom can be fitted, it will require careful, accurate, and precise measurements, and it’s important that you get that right. You will also have to consider the size of the suite you want and the space available because it’s recommended that there are gaps of around 2-3 inches at the size of the bathtub in order for fitting to be possible.

Shower units

If you like the idea of having no bath and only shower enclosure instead, great! This is the best way to save space. Still, the cubicle can be obstructive if the door opens out as it may be eating away at your available floor space. Instead, consider sliding door units or even create a beautiful and stylish wetroom if you want maximum open space.


If having a bathtub is a must? Bear in mind, that tubs are not all one standard size, you can get smaller ones ideal for smaller spaces and even freestanding tubs can fit into reduced areas with clever planning and design.

Wall Hang cabinetry and Toilet

A fantastic way to maximize a small bathroom’s space is to use wall hung cabinetry and toilet along with oversized floor tiles. They show more of the floor and give the illusion that the bathroom is larger than it is.


There are many options when it comes to simple space-saving storage. Try a combined vanity, basin, and storage unit that is small and compact and not bulky with sharp edges as it can be hazardous in a small tight room. Built-in wall niches can also save valuable space while looking incredibly stylish at the same time.

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