If you live in a small home, it is very important to make as much use of the little space that you do have available. That applies to every room, including your bathroom. To help you to do this, we have put together a few tips.
Familiarise Yourself with the Building Regulations
One thing that many people forget about when designing their bathrooms are the building regulations. Before you start the planning process it is important that you familiarise yourself with the building codes that apply in your area.
Those regulations are designed to protect you from disease. For example, they make sure that there is sufficient fall on the pipe work. This ensuresthat the sewage you generate runs away from your property at a fast enough rate. There is no point in sitting down and deciding that you will install your toilet on the far wall, only to discover later that doing so means that the waste pipe cannot be installed in a way that complies with the building regulations. You can learn about the regulations surrounding the design and installation of domestic bathrooms here.
Use Compact Units
If you are clever, you can fit everything you need into a small bathroom. The trick is to buy a compact toilet, shower and sink unit. They are smaller, but still look good and are comfortable to use. If you have a shower installed, consider turning the bathroom into a wet room. Opting to do this means that you will not have to worry about having enough space to open and close the shower door.
For very tight spaces, a corner sink is usually the best option. If you can, buy one that has a storage unit built in.
Consider Installing a Soaker Bath
Usually it is not possible to install a standard bath in a small space. However, if you really enjoy taking a bath, you may find that you have enough room to install a soaker tub, or a half bath. You cannot be able to lie down in these baths. Instead, you sit up straight, with your legs out in front of you. However, because these baths are deeper, most of your body is still covered with water. This type of bath is surprisingly relaxing, so it is an option that is well worth considering.
Use the Entire Cube
Speaking of storage, in a small bathroom it is very important to make good use of the wall space as well as the floor space For example, install a heated towel rail rather than a standard radiator. This will keep the bathroom warm and enable each member of the family to keep a towel on it.
If you do opt to install a bath, consider having the space under it turned into a storage area. The space will be an odd shape, but will still be usable. Under the bath is a good place to store items like soap and shampoo. If you do decide to do this, it is usually best to opt to have a cupboard with sliding doors built rather than one with doors that open out into the room.