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4 Design Tips for Small Bathrooms

by Lauren Busser The House Designers’ Editorial Director

Think you can't possibly fit all the amenities and storage you need into your small bathroom? Want to make it feel more spacious? We have a few helpful tips to aid you creating a bathroom that looks bigger while still giving
you all the storage and convenience you will find in larger bathrooms. From wall-mount sinks, curved shower rods and convenient storage options, you can create a beautiful bathroom regardless of size.

Moen Tension Curved Shower Rod

Need a little more elbow room? The Moen® Tension Curved Shower Rod can give your shower a little more space.

Curved Shower Rod

A curved shower rod not only adds an elegant and luxurious look to your bathroom but it also adds five and a half inches of additional shower space. In the photo above you can see how Moen® Tension Curved Shower Rod creates additional space with its curved shape. Installing this item is easy. Simply expand, add tension and snap on the decorative end covers. No tools or drilling required.

The Curved Tension Shower Rod adjusts from 57” to 60” to accommodate a variety of shower sizes. It is made from corrosion-resistant steel for reliable durability and available in three finishes to accommodate any bathroom décor.

Signature HardwareYesler Wall Mount Glass Sink

Don’t have space for a vanity? Consider adding a wall-mount sink instead. The open bottom can make your space feel less cluttered. Pictured here is the Yesler Wall-Mount Glass Sink from Signature Hardware®.

Put Your Sink on the Wall

Need to free up some floor space? Consider a wall-mount sink. The absence of a vanity can give your space a more open feel. We love the Yesler Wall-Mount Glass Sink from Signature Hardware® for its sharp, minimalist design. It is easy to see this sink in a contemporary bathroom. The stainless steel bars beneath the sink provide a convenient place for you to hang hand towels. The integrated counter space also provides a convenient space for holding soap and toiletries.

Restoration Hardware Phamarcy Large Bath Cabinet

Pictured here is a Restoration Hardware bathroom featuring the Pharmacy Large Bath Cabinet. The clear glass shelves let the room feel open but provide plenty of enclosed space for towels, bath products and other essentials.

Don’t Forget Storage

Storage is always at a premium but if you don’t have space in your bathroom for a dedicated linen closet you can add shelving with some low profile carts, cabinets and shelves. Our favorite retailer for bath furnishings is Restoration Hardware. They have a wide variety of cabinets, vanities, and carts that have open shelves or glass doors.

Their stock contains a wide variety of profiles and sizes, many of which are perfect to fit small spaces. Take a look at products such as the Newbury Grande Étagère , which uses materials that are impervious to water and rust, or the Pharmacy Large Bath Cabinet with Drawers, which provides drawers and shelves so you can store cosmetics and other essentials. If you really want to trick the eye and make your room appear larger, you can try adding a mirrored or metallic finish such as the Strand Mirrored Short Bath Cabinet.

Don’t have space for a cabinet or think you may need some more space for the things you use every day? Consider one of Restoration Hardware’s Wall Shelves for the items you need to keep in easy reach.

Mansfield Plumbing Reo Bathroom Suite Whirlpool Tubs

The Reo Bathroom Suite from Mansfield Plumbing® is the perfect blend of luxurious style and function. We especially love the whirlpool bathtubs, they even come with the Mansfield® Limited Ten Year Warranty.

Add a Little Luxury

Just because you are working in a smaller space doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice luxurious amenities. Using your space wisely means you can fit things like a whirlpool tub or a towel warmer into your space as well.

Take a look at Mansfield Plumbing® for the luxury you want at a price you can afford. The Reo Bathroom Collection is the perfect solution. These whirlpool tubs are slightly downsized and come packed with fourteen jets: eight back jets, four body jets, and two foot jets.

The tub also features a Hydro-V jet system that targets the back with strategically placed jets. The eight jets massage the shoulder blades, upper and middle back muscles and the bottom two spinning jets massage the lower back.

You can also add a little bit of extra luxury with a towel warmer from Wesaunard. The Cornerpiece Collection is full of towel warmers that fit into the little niches in your bathroom.

Regardless of the size of your bathroom you can have luxury and efficient storage. Whether you need more space for your linens or you simply want to furnish your bath with fixtures that make it feel more open and spacious, you can find your ideal bathroom configuration with a little bit of planning and ingenuity. Combining the right elements makes all the difference.