The fact that a bathroom has a small surface does not prevent its functionality, nor its decoration. On the contrary, the lack of space constraints ingenuity. With on average less than 5 m² of surface, the bathroom can seem complex to arrange as to decorate by its small size and even more when it suffers from a quirky configuration, whether it is lengthwise or installed under the attic. However, the furniture and accessories dedicated to the bathroom are more and more often studied to make this small space functional and pleasant: mini basin, small and multifunctional furniture, wall storage…. To save space, the walk-in shower is very frequently installed there. When the foundations do not allow it, the latter is often replaced by a shower cubicle, square, or in an arc.
Small Bathroom with bath
There is no ban in a bathroom, even a small one, but a real shower is better than a fake bathtub. Indispensable for fans of long hot baths, practical when you have children, the bathtub also allows you to shower, but its interest is limited if it is too small: below 160-170 cm you cannot use it lie down to relax. It will therefore be necessary to take care to optimize the space as much as possible to afford a bathtub worthy of the name, even if it means choosing less bulky furniture or skipping a few storage spaces.
Small bathroom with shower
If space is not really suitable, it is better to opt for a walk-in shower. More spacious than a traditional shower tray, this solution, as practical as it is aesthetic, can easily accommodate a small bench. Do not hesitate to cover with earthenware or mosaic if you want to laze a little. The walk-in shower will have the advantage of visually expanding the room.
Small bathroom in length
With little width, you have to be cunning to arrange the different elements. In this case, you can install the shower at the bottom over the entire width of the room, and place the basin (s) at the entrance. A suspended washbasin will allow here to free up the space located below to install, for example, a small washing machine. In terms of storage, we will rather focus on niches and high furniture, preferably shallow, so as not to clutter up the floor space.
Another solution is to install the toilets at the entrance to the room and the sink at the back. In the center, we will place a shower with two sliding walls to be able to cross it and access the other end of the room.
Small bathroom in the loft
It all depends of course on the available surface, but this configuration, often located in the attic, is more suited to installing a bathtub. While it will be impossible to fit a shower there, a bathtub will indeed find its place in the lower part of the room. To best occupy this “lost” space which does not really allow you to stand up, you can also place a series of cupboards and other storage. The sinks, the washing machine, and possibly the toilets if they are not separated, will find their place in the upper part of the room.
Small bathroom with WC
If you do not have a separate toilet and must also fit a toilet in your bathroom, it is better to opt for a compact suspended model, rather than a standard width toilet. Advantages: this saves a good dozen centimeters, but above all it frees up floor space, thus facilitating circulation but also cleaning.
Any means are good to maximize the space in a small bathroom. Besides the practicality of these things, there are a lot of tricks used to truncate reality and make these rickety powder rooms look like large and clear bathrooms. We then opt for a transparent shower screen so as not to “cut off space”, we create openings in the walls, glass-like, to let in light, from the outside or from the adjoining room. Circling the water area with a colorful mosaic or graphic tile can also add relief to the room, as can well-targeted lighting. Mirrors, on the other hand, provide an impression of depth, if properly placed.
What storage in a small bathroom?
Put your towel rails high up, and prefer a medicine cabinet to a simple mirror above the sink. If you are in a too limited space, multiply the clever storage, such as telescopic or wall bars, which are very easy to install and on which you can hang a host of small accessories. Glove holder, cup holder … You will even find hairdryer holders!
Multiple pocket storage, which can be hung behind a door or on a wall, is also very practical for small, everyday items. On the same principle but in an XXL version, you will find the plastic shower curtain, with dozens of these small pockets. Finally, in the shower you can install a corner shower valet or several small mobile baskets with suction cup.
For the bath, acquire a bathtub bridge. Often very beautiful in exotic wood, this accessory will allow you to keep your favorite products close at hand.