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Designing Compact Bathrooms

Bathroom designs can transform any bathroom space to create that WOW factor. Designing and building award winning small bathrooms is our specialty. We have years of experience building hundreds of beautiful small bathrooms across Melbourne.

While bathroom sizes are increasing, most of us are still dealing with the reality of something that falls way short of the ideal. Don’t fret though, small can definitely be functional and beautiful.

When planning a small bathroom, first of all, spend time thinking about your needs and preferences. Think also about who will be using the room, and what their requirements are for the space. Whatever you do will, no doubt, be a compromise but you don’t want to compromise the aspects most important to you and your family.


Here are our top 10 tips to get the most out of your small bathroom designs:

  1. As a general rule small spaces seem bigger when decoration is kept simple and co-ordinated. So keep to a single colour, or a tonal scheme that is very close.
  2. Be careful where materials meet. In a small bathroom they should be as neat and inconspicuous as possible. Extend tiling to cover all of the walls rather than break up the surface unnecessarily.
  3. Showers are more space saving than bathtubs however there are several deep soaker baths that are shorter but deeper than normal. If you wish to keep the bath, consider these as an option.
  4. Mirrors are, of course, a good way of increasing the perception of space.
  5. Look at the way the door hangs, can it be changed to a slider, or to open a different way.
  6. Use the wall cavities for storage, like recesses in the shower to hold bottles and recessed mirrored cabinets.
  7. Consider the opportunity to move or fill in windows to maximise space.
  8. Wall hung fittings are a good idea to give the impression of space but make sure the proportions are complimentary.
  9. Reduce clutter and have all the odds and ends stored away. Extras such as double basins may have to be saved for the next bathroom.
  10. Custom made cabinetry can be used to hide toilet cisterns and make maximum use of space between walls

Blog written by Smarter Bathrooms

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