If you’re stuck with a small bathroom, don’t despair. You can increase the physical space – and the perception of space – thanks to these tips from Kohler Design Center designer Diana Schrage.
Small bathrooms need to make use of all available space, so install shelving or build your storage units into the corner. Corners provide extra inches, and allow you to create unique design solutions.
Consider replacing your old toilet with a compact elongated model. It's the same size as a round-front toilet but provides the comfort of an elongated seat. Plus, newer toilets use less water, making them friendlier to the environment.
In a small bathroom, busy patterns can overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, spacious feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum. If you really yearn to go bold, the powder room is a better choice for showing off your style.
Consider installing a bathtub that’s designed to make the most of small spaces. The Expanse® bath has a uniquely curved basin, while its standard size makes it perfect for easy updating and renovation. There’s even a coordinating curved shower rod available in three styles.
Change your sink faucet to a space-saving, single-hole model
Choose a sliding shower door or shower screen. Sliding doors don't require space for door clearance, and the clear glass acts like a window, creating the perception of even more space.
Save real and perceived space by installing a smaller vanity, a pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink. Even if they're not particularly small, console tables help expand the perception of space thanks to their slender legs. If you choose to forego a vanity, you'll
Consider replacing your old tub with a lower-walled model to help open up sightlines and make the bathroom look more expansive. Try a 5-foot tub with a flat bottom. They're perfect for showering, but still deep enough for a pleasant bath.
Consider hanging your cabinet at a more comfortable height (around 34 or 36 inches) to avoid unnecessary bending. If possible, use niche shelving and a mirrored medicine cabinet to remove bulky furniture.
By using some imagination and a few simple tips, you can turn your cramped bathroom into a cozy retreat — without having to move any walls.