Considering an en-suite, or simply overhauling your small bathroom? These space-saving solutions are just the ticket…
Striking that perfect mix of functional and beautiful in a room can be a tricky process, not least when you have a small footprint to contend with. Which is why designing and decorating an en-suite or compact bathroom requires meticulous planning. Fortunately there are now plenty of clever space-saving bathroom suites and designs on the market and, with a little design knowhow, it seems small can be beautiful.
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Reflective surfaces bounce the light off and give the illusion of space, so consider mirrored doors and cabinets with at least one reflective surface directly facing the entrance to your en-suite.
Consider using a compact cloakroom basin, which doesn’t stick out so much and impact on the area of the room. Corner basins are another good space-saving device.
Avoid installing shower cubicle doors which open out in to the space and can be difficult to manoeuvre around. Instead, consider a walk-in wet area for a shower, which doesn’t require a large space for installation. You can still install a sliding door or shower curtain to avoid getting the entire room wet.
Wall-mounted toilets don’t have a centre pedestal and upper tank, resulting in a sleeker design which is a major space saver.
Eliminate big chunky radiators which take up precious inches in a small space and instead opt for slim modern styles or underfloor heating.
Wall-mounted units under your basin not only hide unsightly pipework, but can also provide valuable storage space. Or install a small shelf on the wall beneath a basin to keep towels and toiletries on. Recessed storage using every nook and cranny is also worth considering.
Consider installing sliding doors, which take up considerably less square footage than the swing of a traditional door.
A unified, flowing space will instantly give the illusion of space. So consider using matching tiles on the floor and walls and one colour throughout, rather than breaking up the room with different colours and textures.