Best bathroom Designs for Small bathrooms
Taking a bath should be one of the easiest ways to relax after a long day. You can either unwind in your hot tub or let a rainfall shower wash away your stress. Yet, not everyone is fortunate enough to have a lavish bathroom that can fit luxury fixtures. Chances are, you live with a small bathroom, where you always bump into the door or vanity when you undress or step into the shower. What’s worse, your bathroom can’t accommodate more than one adult. Hence, you’ll agree that having a bath is indeed a daily struggle, causing more stress.
Don’t fret just yet. Before you throw a bunch of money in bathroom expansion, try to re-examine the layout of your existing bathroom. A well-planned layout will help solve the above issues, but beware, you’ll have to make a few compromises, such as tearing out your tub.
Below, I picked several ideal layouts that can work with five of the most common small bathrooms. By simply rearranging the layout, you can make a BIG difference and keep the same footprint.
Small Full Bathroom
Dimensions: 40 square feet (5’ x 8’)
Fixtures: Sink, toilet and tub shower combo or luxury shower
A full bathroom usually requires a minimum of 36 to 40 square feet. A 5’ x 8’ is the most common dimensions of a guest bathroom or a master bathroom in a small house. If you happen to have this standard-sized small bathroom, there are two different layouts you can consider. Based on your bathing habits, you can either go with a modest tub-shower combo or opt for a fancy shower with multiple shower heads. No matter what you choose, you should be able to towel off comfortably without hitting your door or toilet.
Small Third-Quarter Bathroom
Dimensions: 36 square feet (6’ x 6’)
Fixtures: Sink, toilet and standard shower
Another common size you can find in small bathrooms is 6’ x 6’. Although this square floor plan meets the minimum requirement of a full bathroom, I'd recommend using it as a third-quarter bathroom. Here are a few reasons. A bathtub will take up too much space in your tiny bathroom, not to mention its bulky look will make your bathroom feel even more cramped. On the contrary, a third-quarter bathroom only comes with a sink, toilet and shower, helping declutter your tiny space.
Small Bathroom With A Separate Tub & Shower
Dimensions: 45 square feet (5’ x 9’)
Fixtures: Sink, toilet, tub and shower
Having a separate tub and shower in a small bathroom sounds like an impossible dream. However, like I mentioned before, with a well-planed layout, nothing is impossible. Of course, to fit both fixtures into your bathroom and leave enough space to get in/out of your tub and shower, the ideal size of your bathroom should be no less than 45 square feet. As you can see from this 5’ x 9’ bathroom plan, there is little room left for dressing and undressing, even if you already use a space-saving corner shower.
Narrow, Small Bathroom
Dimensions: 27 square feet (3’ x 9’) or 32 square feet (4’ x 8’)
Fixtures: Sink, toilet and shower
Most homeowners have a difficult time arranging essential fixtures in a small, narrow bathroom. It seems most standard-sized fixtures, such as the toilet or sink, will stick out too much and interrupt traffic flow. Despite the dimensions of your long and thin bathroom, here are some universal tips to follow:
- Outward Swinging Door: No matter where you put your door, it should be swinging out of your bathroom. An outward swinging door will help you not only get in and out easier, but also make the most of your narrow bathroom.
- Sink & Toilet Side by Side: Place your sink and toilet on the same long wall to free up space for storage and foot traffic along the other wall.
- Wall Niches for Sink & Toilet Cistern: Are your standard-sized sink and toilet getting in the way? Consider creating wall niches to hold your sink and toilet cistern so they don’t stick out too much.
- Shower Against the Short Wall: To open up your narrow bathroom, remember to place your shower against the short wall. This will also help you arrange the rest of your fixtures.