Renovating a small bathroom can be a daunting task. When you only have a limited amount of space to work with, the challenge of getting the layout and your material, fitting and fixture selections on point becomes all the more important. It’s easy to become overwhelmed, but with proper planning (and some helpful tips from yours truly), it is possible to create a beautiful bathroom in a compact space while avoiding many of the headaches that are often associated with renovations.
If you want to know how to manage your small bathroom renovation like a seasoned pro, here are 10 of our most helpful tips that will ensure it’s a success!
1.Utilise space-saving fixtures
Make use of space-saving accessories to maximise every square centimetre and increase your storage options. Consider where you could add in-built shelves or wall niches, opt for an inset mirrored cabinet, and look for a vanity with drawers that wrap around the vanity basin waste trap to avoid wasting any space.
2. Choose your materials carefully
Your choice of materials can make a huge difference in terms of aesthetics and longevity. Materials that reflect light will help to create the illusion of more space, while choosing durable, water-resistant materials for your fixtures and flooring will help to minimise water damage and make it easier to keep mould and soap scum at bay.
3. Maximise storage space
Having ample storage can be a major challenge with a small bathroom renovation. Consider if you could install custom cabinets or drawers that fit into tight spaces around the vanity and toilet where you could store toiletries, towels and other items neatly out of sight.
4. Use lighting creatively
Good lighting can make all the difference when it comes to making a compact bathroom look bigger. Consider adding overhead recessed lights, wall sconces, under-mount strip lighting or a feature pendant to ensure the space is well-lit.
5. Stick with neutral colours
Neutral colours such as whites, greys, taupes or beiges help to open up a room, while darker tones tend to close it off visually. While a darker-toned feature accent wall can work in some small bathroom spaces, lighter neutral tones are usually the safer bet.
6. Consider a shower-over-tub combination
While they may not be everyone’s cup of tea, an over-tub shower can be a great solution in small bathrooms where it’s still important to have the functionality of a bath.
7. Carefully plan the layout
Never rush your planning when designing the layout for a small bathroom. While it may cost a little more to move plumbing and electricals around to rework the existing layout of your bathroom, it’s almost always worth it (especially in bathrooms on the smaller end of the scale) to keep the space as open and functional as possible.
8. Install an in-wall cistern
An in-wall cistern is one of the best ways to save valuable floor space. Even if you need to build the wall out slightly to accommodate it, the clean smooth lines of an in-wall cistern can do amazing things at creating a seemingly more spacious bathroom.
9. Use mirrors strategically
Mirrors effectively double whatever they are reflecting, so strategically placing mirrors around your bathroom is always a great way to create the illusion of more space.
10. Take the easy road by choosing Mint
By far, the smartest word of wisdom we can offer to ensure your small bathroom renovation is a success is to choose the team at Mint to manage it all for you.
As seasoned renovation professionals, we have managed countless small bathroom renovations in Melbourne throughout our 30+ years in the business, and we’d love to show you what we can do!