If you have a super small bathroom, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle. Among the challenges: configuring the toilet and sink to code, allowing enough clearance for a shower and, of course, where to put the towels and t.p. Despite the challenges, in most cases it's still better to squeeze in an extra bathroom where one is desperately needed, even if it must be small. If you plan on going this route, here are 5 tips for designing that picture-perfect small bathroom.
1. Install a corner sink
Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom. In this case placing a corner sink across from the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door usually creates an awkward walk-around condition.
2. Use a shower curtain
A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length.
3. Float the vanity
Besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.
4. Skip the shower door
If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that's just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.
5. Expand the mirror
In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space conditions, every inch helps.