30 September 2019
When it comes to remodeling a small bathroom, limitations in bathroom size don’t have to limit effective and inspiring design. The truth is, small bathrooms can be practical and comfortable whilst still having that all-important wow factor.
We’ve created this guide to help you make the most of your small bathroom refurbishment. We've answered a few common questions we get regarding small bathroom ideas including;
Whether you choose to use a professional or take on the project yourself, there are several factors you need to consider when it comes to understanding how to remodel a small bathroom.Before you get started,make sure you consider the following key steps:
Whether it is a main bathroom with full bathroom facilities, or a smaller secondary bathroom come en-suite, it’s important to get the correct measurements so that you can calculate the right amount of space available for your planned work.
Whatever the type of bathroom, consider how many people in the household are using it. If children live in the household, bear in mind that you’ll most likely need a bath (if it’s the main bathroom), and it’ll have to be durable! If it’s just a bathroom for yourself, perhaps you can consider splashing out on more luxurious fixtures and fittings. Of course, small bathrooms for elderly or disabled users require a different set of considerations.
Although we go into more detail below on how to maximise space through careful design and layout considerations, it’s important to note that your bathroom layout will usually be governed by the positioning of your waste pipe to help avoid any extra expense. This is something you will need to bear in mind if you want to know how to renovate a bathroom on a small budget.
Our bathroom designs are often asked how best to overcome space limitations in small bathrooms, and of course the right layout varies depending on the specific bathroom size. But what can be controlled is the effective use of optimum bathroom fittings and finishing touches, which will make your small bathroom layout feel comfortable. Consider the following tips:
Smart storage solutions keep your bathroom clutter free and floor space clear, making small bathrooms feel considerably bigger. Built in vanity units and wall cabinets help to keep surfaces clear. Keeping toiletries tidied away helps de-clutter small bathrooms and open up space, and making use of unused wall space is also a great way to get rid of any unnecessary bulky storage and keep central floor space clear. If you are using storage units on the floor, open shelving will reduce the need for swinging doors that can impinge on a small space.
There’s now an impressive array of sanitary ware available that’s been designed specifically for small bathrooms. Smaller shower trays and short projection toilets help to free up central floor space, and smaller basins and bathtubs can help to create the illusion of more bathroom space. Placing sanitary ware in unused corners is also an easy way of freeing up un-used bathroom space.
Opting for a sleek towel rail or going one step further and installing underfloor heating helps to provide extra space in your bathroom. Underfloor heating allows for wall space to be used for storage and is a popular option when considering how to make the most of space in small bathrooms.
The right lighting helps small bathrooms feel bright and open. It’s important that you select lighting that helps to illuminate your bathroom without it being too overpowering. Lighting can also be used on mirrored bathroom cabinets to help to further reflect light.
There’s a few tips and tricks you can consider with floor and wall coverings - they’re a practical way to transform your small bathroom. Some you might consider include:
- Adding in a feature wall - a great way to add an attention-grabbing focal point whilst providing a distraction to limited bathroom space.
- Keeping your bathroom wall and floor one colour creates the illusion of flowing space in a small bathroom.
- Light and bright wall colours and simple, minimal designs can help to make small bathrooms feel lighter and more spacious, as well as adding warmth.
- Glass and glossy tiles can help to bounce light around the room, making a small bathroom feel more spacious in addition to adding texture.
- Adding mirrors to a small bathroom also helps to reflect light around the room helping to enhance the bathrooms size.
The time it takes to renovate a small bathroom depends upon the amount of work required. Any alterations to plumbing, pipe work and electrical can add extra time to a bathroom renovation regardless of its size.
Smaller renovations that include simple alterations and adaptions can take as little as one week. Bathrooms that require more work but are still considered a smaller job take approximately two weeks and a full bathroom renovation can take approximately two and a half weeks.
As costs vary widely depending on your choice of fixtures and fittings there is not a large difference in the price of a small and large bathroom renovation.
Aside from you design and plumbing/electric choices, labour costs will stay relatively the same as the time of sanitary ware fit out won’t vary much between bathroom size. You will however save on the cost of quantity of wall and floor coverings and the labour time taken to fit them.
To get a more a specific evaluation on your small bathroom, book your free no obligation design appointment with one of our experienced designers.