If you’re anything like me, then the bathroom is one of your favorite rooms in the house. It’s a place where you can relax and take some time to yourself.
But if you don’t plan ahead, that relaxing space can quickly become cramped or cluttered with all of our toiletries. The bathroom is a place for getting clean, not feeling claustrophobic.
So how do we solve this problem? Here are 11 clever tips to maximize space in your small bathroom and make every inch count!
- Keep things to the side
In a small space, it’s easy for everything to quickly become congested. One way to make your toiletries work is to keep them to the side of the sink.
This makes room on the counters for other items and prevents the clutter that inevitably builds up in the sink area. Clear out storage on your vanity by assessing what is most useful to you and your family, and keep it at arm’s reach.
Items like hair care products, make-up brushes, or loose clothing can be stored in baskets on the floor of a small bathroom while full shelves lining a vanity are too impractical for smaller spaces.
- Don’t be too fancy!
If you’re obsessed with having a lot of counter space, then you might be tempted to add shelves or extra drawers in your bathroom. Resist this temptation!
Shelves take up too much space and drawers make it hard to get at what you need without completely emptying them out first.
Instead, use an attractive box or basket such as the ones below for storing smaller items like hand towels, cotton balls, or extra soap.
If you want to add a small shelf for toiletries, then make sure it is no taller than the width of your sink and that there’s enough space above it so that everything fits on top without being too heavy or overhanging from the edge.
You can also install hooks next to the mirror for hanging things like a towel or robe. Just make sure they’re not too heavy so that the hooks and/or walls don’t break!
- Re-think your Mirror
If you want to make the most of a small space, then rethink how you utilize mirrors. Instead of using one big mirror that takes up too much room, use two or more smaller ones so that they don’t take up as much space and create an illusion of increased size in the bathroom.
You can also install a mirror on the outside of your medicine cabinet to make it appear as if there’s more space inside.
If you’re really tight for space, try using a “frameless” mirror that attaches directly to the wall near the sink or toilet. This will save room and help reflect light better in small bathrooms so they don’t look quite as dark.
Consider getting a smart mirror to add extra oomph! to your bathroom.
- Utilize the Sink
If you have a small bathroom, try to use every inch of space. One way you can do this is by installing an over-the-sink organizer rack that will allow you to store toiletries in containers right next to the sink for easy access. How awesome is that?
- Maximize Limited Counter-space
If you’ve got a small bathroom, then counter space can be limited. One way to save room on the counters is by installing shelving above your toilet that can hold towels or other items so they don’t take up valuable real estate below it and in front of the sink.
This also makes it easier to keep everything in one spot so that you don’t have to search for items when they’re needed.
You can also use a freestanding towel rack outside of the bathroom and inside your closet to save space in your small bathroom. This way, it’s easier to get towels out before entering the shower or bath. Plus, this will allow you more room to hang clothes and other items inside the bathroom.
- Declutter, declutter, declutter!
One way to make sure that all of these tips apply well together is to make sure that you also take the time to remove clutter from your space.
Clutter is inevitable with many various items all crammed into the tiny space of your bathroom. To combat clutter, keep the items you use most in one place so that they are easier to find when needed, and invest in a small organizer for your bathroom cupboard.
If you’re wondering how do you know when it’s too much? When there are piles of loose clothing, hair products, or makeup brushes on every surface in the room, then it might be time to declutter.
- Shower vs bathtub
Typically, showers are the best option in a small bathroom because they take up less space than baths.
But if you’re really tight on space, but still need a good soak from time to time, then consider opting for a shower-tub combo so you can have both and still save some space.
You can choose a tub that is elongated instead of round. Not only does this save space because it takes up less room in the bathroom if installed against the wall, but also because with an elongated one-piece unit there’s no need for a shower curtain and all the hardware to go along with it.
- Use vertical space in your bathroom
Instead of piling everything on top of each other, take advantage of every inch by hanging up more pieces like towels or clothing.
You could also consider using a towel rack instead of a towel bar.
- Remove anything you can live without
How much stuff do you really need? Do you really need your entire makeup collection at arms reach or will a few essentials suffice?
Consider the items that are most important to your daily routine and decide which ones don’t make it off of the vanity.
- Place furniture against the walls
You can also use existing furniture such as shelves and cabinets creatively by placing them flush against the wall.
Not only does it provide you more room but you don’t have to worry about hitting your toes against furniture as your try to maneuver around your tiny space.
- Install a corner sink
One of the best ways to maximize the space in your small bathroom is by using a corner sink. How much room you have for your bathroom décor is really going to depend on how big or small your vanity is.
By choosing a corner sink you’ll have one with less surface area that will easily make more room in any size bathroom.
Bonus tips for saving space in your bathroom:
- Use Bright Paint. Using bright paint in your bathroom will give it a fresh look and make everything feel brighter inside. Combining a bright coat of paint with the 11 clever tips will maximize space in your small bathroom.
- Don’t buy everything at once. Start by figuring out what items you need, then slowly add functional or decorative touches and other items over time.
- Roll your towels rather than folding them. Most people fold their towels in half when they’re stored. This means that there’s a lot of wasted space on the ends and not nearly enough in the middle. Rolling your towels as shown below greatly maximizes space.
- If you’re looking to install a bidet seat, choose one suitable for a small bathroom.
If not by design, then by accident, most small bathrooms end up looking cluttered and unappealing.
You might be surprised to find that a small bathroom can actually feel bigger than it is. How? By making design choices that account for the limited square footage!
With these 11 clever tips to maximize space in your small bathroom, you’ll have a little more space to move around in and also be able to find what you need when it comes time for your morning routine.
Ultimately, the best way to maximize space in a small bathroom is by using it all. If you have an empty end of your toilet tank or back wall that isn’t being utilized, try placing shelves there for extra storage. You can also get creative and use baskets or even just wire racks.