Like most people, you probably have to deal with a bathroom that isn’t quite as spacious as you would like. Everyone wants more space in the bath, but it isn’t always possible to have it due to design and–obviously–space limitations.
But there are some tricks and techniques to making a bathroom seem larger. Most of these have more to do with creating an illusion of space (rather than actually making your bathroom bigger), but it’s amazing how effective they can be. So until you can afford to have a house with a bathroom large enough to run a footrace in, here are some tips on maximizing the space that you do have.
Figure out what you can fit in without making the interior too cluttered. A small bathroom with not enough of the things you need won’t look bigger; it will just look sparse. You have to find the perfect balance between fitting in all the essentials without cramping up the space too much. This might require building recessed shelves or installing pieces of furniture that perform double duty.
The standard door tends to eat up a lot of space. It might be best to go with a pocket door as opposed to a hinged design. This will help you regain precious inches and still have the functionality of a fully working door.
Using mirrors to create an impression of a larger space is a common trick, but don’t go overboard. It is generally best to go with a single large mirror that will enhance the illusion of space, rather than to install several smaller mirrors that will only confuse the design and give your bathroom a comical, tacky look.
You don’t necessarily have to give up form for function, but you do have to choose your furniture wisely. Go for compact pieces that can be used for multiple purposes, such as a sink/drawer combo, and you can maximize your limited space without sacrificing functionality or aesthetics.