By Candis Meredith
Indoor plumbing is a relatively new invention, and large bathroom suites with walk-in closets and lounging space are an even newer one. As much as I’d love to have a huge master bath and sizeable guest baths in every home we renovate, that’s just not realistic. Sometimes we just have to figure out how to make the most out of smaller bathrooms. Fortunately, though, I’ve learned a few cool tricks over the years that go a long way toward making even tiny bathrooms look and feel more spacious.
Choose a Vanity That Makes a Statement
Small bathrooms don’t have a lot of room for furniture. Basically, you’re going to have a toilet, a tub or shower stall, and a vanity. That’s why I like to choose a vanity that really stands out. One of my favorite styles for a bathroom vanity in an old house is one that looks like a classic ladies’ vanity or dresser.
Splurge on Flooring
One good thing about having a small bathroom is that you can go a little nuts with the flooring. I’m not saying that you should buy diamond-encrusted tiles, but if you really like a slightly more expensive design, you’ll have a much easier time fitting it in your budget with a smaller bathroom. And cool tile can make the room look larger and give it more dimension.
Don’t Go Too Deep With the Vanity Counter
If you’re going with a vanity like one of the ones I just described or another countertop-style vanity, be aware of how much space you have available to you. You want to make sure that people can walk through the bathroom comfortably without banging their thighs on the vanity. Don’t go too deep, or you’ll make your buyers feel like they’re trying to get through a maze to get to the toilet or tub.
Go With an Oval Sink
To help yourself out with this, go with an oval-shaped sink instead of a round one. This will give you more room in the sink without requiring the countertop to be deep. Plus, oval sinks have a classic and unique look that’s really timeless, so you won’t have to worry about your bathroom sink looking dated in a few years.
Add the Illusion of More Space with Glass Shower Doors
You can make it look like you have more space in the bathroom than you actually have if you go with glass shower doors. This remodeling detail only works if you have a shower stall or if the tub is built into an alcove in the bathroom. If you have a freestanding tub, this won’t work.
Add an Oversized Showerhead and Luxury Accessories
Your buyers won’t care as much how small the bathroom is when they see a large, waterfall showerhead and luxurious, spa-like fixtures. The key here is to go all-out on the details that people want in a bathroom, like that incredible showerhead, independent hot and cold water knobs, and other things that make a bathroom really luxurious.
Have fun with your bathroom remodeling projects, no matter how big or small they are. I’m a big fan of mixing classic and modern styles, like adding a claw-foot tub and then going with a waterfall showerhead. And these tips have definitely helped me create some really attractive and inviting bathrooms, even if they weren’t as big as I might’ve hoped for. Try them out on your next small bathroom remodeling project and see how helpful they can be.