If you're lucky enough to be blessed with a spacious bathroom your going to be free to pick and choose from an array of suites and fixtures, and coordinate them at will. Smaller bathrooms and en-suites alternatively do not provide you with the same degree of freedom, but don't let this dampen your spirits! If you follow these effective design solutions for a small ensuite bathroom you too can have the bathroom of your dreams!
Start off by measuring the space, and determine if you're going to be able to fit in a shower, bathtub, washbasin or toilet. When you scratch these of your list, if you've got any spare room you can move on to adding accessories and other bathroom paraphernalia. Here’s what you need to consider in the whole process.
Handling the Limitations
If the footage is restricting, you usually have to choose between a bathtub or a shower. Cramming too many elements in will stifle the space. If you're intent of having both a tub and shower opt to combine the two together with a shower-tub unit.
If the ceiling of your bathroom is really low you need to get down to some serious planning beforehand. Try placing the bath and toilet at points in the room where the ceiling is lowest, and place the shower wherever the ceiling is highest. Lastly if your ceiling is particularly low you should also tile this in order to prevent water damage from steam.
Finally to make it seem as though your bathroom is bigger than in actuality an all-white colour scheme can be the perfect solution to your problems.
En-Suites Without Walls
To smartly use up the given space of an ensuite, introduce a glass screen or divider instead of a wall. This partition will effectively control the splashing, and create an illusion of a bigger space (on both sides) with light passing through it. Frosted glass panels such as the ones depicted above are always an elegant and effective choice.
If you feel that maintenance of privacy will become an issue try putting up some curtain rods to cover the area when you’re using it. If you're feeling adventurous you could always opt for something along the lines of this inventive bamboo partition.
The Open Plan Layout
If you thought the glass partition is daring, here is something even more outrageous! The open plan layout involves integration of the bedroom into the bathroom, maintaining fluidity and maximising space. We suggest trying to keep the same flooring throughout the open plan, so tiles or polished concrete are popular choices.
If you have room for a nice tub, consider saving some space by installing a compact variant. In a recent chat with the people behind Blue Lagoon Bathrooms I learned that corner and P-shaped baths are ideal for small ensuite bathrooms as they take up minimal space. Although they are shorter in length, they compensate by being much deeper. Surprisingly they're much more comfortable and useful than a longer, shallower tub.
The magic of mirrors can be employed for all rooms in the house, but work especially well for a small ensuite bathroom. Your best option is to hang one grand mirror on the biggest wall at the eye level, taking all residents that might be using it into consideration. If possible, install floor-to-ceiling mirrors to make the room seemingly larger.
Overall, don’t despair if you have a relatively small bathroom space! Any small ensuite bathroom can be modern and comfortable as long as you employ intelligent arrangement to maximise space.