If you’re a homeowner living in a large city such as Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa of Vancouver, there’s a good chance you understand how to deal with small spaces, condo-sized bathrooms and square footage issues. However, it can be daunting to consider the size of your bathroom as a factor preventing you from upgrading your bathroom furniture and décor. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make the most of limited space and size restrictions. We’ve taken some of your commonly asked questions about how to make the most of a small bathroom, and provided you with answers. Read more below!
How much space is too little?
Well, that’s a tough one. Most interior designers say that in order for a person to move around with ease, your bathroom will need about 100cm in front of the bathtub or shower, and 70cm in front of the toilet bowl. Factor into account the space you personally need for comfort, and remember to plan for children, elders and use. Remember that if your space is restricted, you’ll want to account for storage options, and extended shelves.
Can I fit a tub in my bathroom?
While showers take up less room, a proper bathtub can be installed in your bathroom with less space than you think. Shorter tubs make up for length with depth, and certain free-standing bathtubs are signifigantly shorter than common, in-wall installations. We recommend that you measure carefully, and when looking for tubs always give yourself some headway. And, if you have the room, go for it. Install our Dolphin 71” Free-Standing Solid Surface Bathtub. Just remember that bathtubs are quite heavy, and returning one is the last thing you’ll want to be doing.
Should I choose a wall mounted sink, pedestal or vanity?
This is a question which can be answered with another question: how much storage space do you need? If the answer is: lots, you may be better off installing a slim-fitted vanity such as the C-05 31″ Single Vanity, instead of a pedestal, which uses the same space and offers no storage. Consider a corner basin design to make use of otherwise wasted space, or install a wall-hung basin to keep your floor area clear.
How small is too small for a shower enclosure?
The minimum size of a shower enclosure is 77 by 77 centimetres, but we recommend going for something no less than 80 by 80 if you don’t want to feel like you’re in a narrow cylinder with no space to move your arms. We recommend installing a sliding panel or bifold shower if short on space, as a pivot door is the least space effective solution. A corner shower can fit neatly into an unused corner, and save square footage in smaller areas.
How can I maximize my cabinet/shelf space?
We have a few suggestions, but remember that the more you try to de-clutter, the less space you’ll have inside your bathroom. Balance your storage needs with the amount of space available, and attempt to store as much out of sight as possible. That being said, storage is necessary:
First, you can install a vanity with plenty of cabinet space, allowing you to store all your toiletries, cleaning supplies and daily necessities within reach. Second, use your wall space in smart ways. Installing shelves above your toilet, or in an unused corner of the bathroom will free up some space for toiletries and accessories, while eliminating clutter. Third, maximize storage with baskets, canisters and containers, which can be used to hide rolls of toilet paper, towels and other items, while adding to the décor of your room.
How do I make my toilet/bidet take up less room?
There are two standard sizes of toilet bowl; short, and oval. The circular shorter design takes up less room, and is generally a better idea for a small interior. Installing a wall-hung basin can create the illusion of more floor space, while keeping the floor area clear. Instead of having a separate toilet and bidet, consider a new model shower toilet, which fulfills the role of a bidet without taking up the same amount of room. You can also install a mounted bidet-shower head, which is the most economical choice.
We hope you enjoyed this installment of Dezign Market’s bathroom chronicles. We’re a company providing unique bathroom vanities, cabinets, fixtures and accessories throughout Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City and the rest of Canada. If you’re looking for solid wood vanities, modern, luxury mirrors and cabinets, wood framed mirrors and more, browse our catalogue or contact us directly for amazing, high-end bathroom furniture products and shopping opportunities.