19 Ideas For (Very) Small Bathrooms: Storage, Design & Layout

In Apartments, Furnitureby Morten Storgaard

The bathroom always takes careful planning in order to avoid clutter.

Even if you live in a normal size house, the bathroom area, in particular, is always a challenge to keep nice and tidy on an everyday basis.

We have found a handful of tips to get you inspired.

Use the space beside the sink area

Make sure to use the full width of the room.

It gives you more space for storage and less space where dirt can pile up and you need to clean.

towel-space

Rollers are also a good idea, they make it easy to access everything when you need to.

storage-wheels

Use shelves for more storage

It’s important that everything has a place.

Shelves can look great and make room for all the stuff you use on an everyday basis. Let’s take a look at some of the cool designs you can do with shelves.

wall-hangers

You can also use single shelves for a more minimalistic touch, with or without space for towels:

shelves

These you can get here for $17-25 including shipping.

Store as much as possible inside the mirror

The mirror is a great place to store all the small things you need in the bathroom like jewelry, makeup, bottles etc.

You can also find mirrors, that will let you store things on the inside of the doors, and make sure to adjust the shelves, so they have different heights.

That way you can store the smallest items on a small/low shelf, and the higher items on a higher shelf to utilize the vertical space.

mirror-space

The backside of storing your stuff inside the medicine cabinet, that you cannot access your stuff while you look in the mirror, but there’s a way to fix that.

You can get a cabinet, where the shelves pop out from the sides!

pop-out-mirror

 

 

mirror-storage

Organize your tools

Hair tools often end up around the sink and on the hangers on top of the towels. Here are some nice ways to stay organized and keep them in order.

We especially love how the electrical cords are built-in to the closet, and using the space inside cabin doors are always a good idea.

Normally something you mostly see in the kitchen area.

organize-hairtools

You can find lots of nice mirror cabinets for the bathroom here.

The bathroom often ends up being a messy place and this is mostly a problem when you live with other people. It’s no fun being the next person to go to the toilet when the bathroom is full of stuff all over the table.

Keep the interior bright and minimalistic

White colors for the tiles and interior decoration makes the bathroom seem bigger and roomier. It makes the light reflect in the room, and it lights up the room.

Here are a couple of pictures of Scandinavian minimalist bathrooms:

white-bathroom

We live in Denmark and most Danish bathrooms look like this. We are big fans of white and bright colors in small spaces. Just mix it up with a color on one wall on you can make a square with paint like the blue tiles above.

Ideas for the ironing board

If you want to store the ironing board stuff in the bathroom, here are some creative ways to go about it.

You can store the ironing board inside a closet:

iron-board-closet

See it here including lots of other great ironing boards for small spaces.

You can also hang it on the backside of the door.

It’s more visible, but it’s the most efficient way to store it, as you can hang the iron on top of the construction.

ironing-board-over-door

Get it here for $32 including shipping.

Tiny corner sinks

It can be a good idea to install your sink in a corner. There are plenty of well-designed corner sinks out there, and they will help you free up some space in the middle of the bathroom.

corner-sink

corner-sink

Find corner sinks here from $99 (free shipping).

Compact sinks with side-mounted faucets

Side mounted faucets can reduce the depth of the basin, which is a good idea for small bathrooms. Basins like these are quite common in Scandinavia, where a lot of modern industrial design comes from.

Vessel basins are very stylish and can add a modern touch to your bathroom.

They come in all kinds of materials and shapes.

tiny sinks

Tiny sinks

Built-in faucets and shower heads

Built-in faucets and shower heads are another great space saving idea for the tiny bathroom.

Not only will these hides (otherwise visible) plumbing along the walls, but they are also a very stylish and modern solution.

When working with small spaces it’s generally a good idea to remove as much clutter and unnecessary stuff as possible.

built-in-showerhead

Recessed cabinets

Plumbing is not the only elements you can hide in the walls. The cabinet/mirror part can also be fully or partly built into the wall.

Recessed medicine cabinets are great when you need a little extra storage. When the cabinets are closed you won’t even notice they are there.

You can also choose to go all the way, and build-in the cabinets entirely, but this might take a little more effort.

Check that your wall is a stud wall and you will have to be sure you don’t hit any plumbing or electrical installations!

(If you choose to do it, be sure to send us some photos, and we might feature you on the site :)

recessed-medicine-cabinet

Here you can find recessed cabinets like this one from $56 with free shipping.

I hope you have found some inspiration here.

If you have other suggestions please leave them in the comments below.

Ideas For Showers And Bathtops

The shower can be tough to fit into a small space. Often we end up mounting the shower head on the wall and making everything wet every time we shower.

Not the ideal solution for most people.

So here are some alternatives ideas and products that might get you inspired to do something else.

Collapsible shower for more floor space

This is an invention by the company Duravit. The sides of this shower fold up against the wall, so you can use the space for something else when you are not in the shower.

folding-shower

I can’t believe nobody has done this before, it seems so simple and clever when you see it.

Portable/collapsible bathtub

Xtend bathtub is a fun idea.

Why sacrifice the option to take a nice relaxing shower in a tub, just because you live in a confined space?

portable-tub

When you don’t use it, you can collapse it to be totally flat. Easy to store behind a closet or under the bed.

We don’t know for sure if it works, but the idea is pretty funny!

extend-tub

When organizing a small bathroom, the sink can often be a challenge.

Here are some creative solutions we have come across.

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