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Living in a tiny house has numerous perks, including lower construction costs, lower energy bills, easier maintenance, cheaper decorating, and, of course, minimal impact on the environment. However, while it is quite easy to get accustomed to the small square footage in almost every room, we usually discover that we could always benefit from extra space in the kitchen and the bathroom. If you are struggling with decorating a cramped bathroom, we’ll help you make the most out of the space at your disposal. Here’s how.
Do you remember the 1980s hit video game where you had to fit and match the puzzles to perfection? Well, the principle is the same for small bathrooms. You will probably be forced to install fixtures tight next to each other, but you can make it work. The vanity and the toilet can be close to the bathtub, while every inch of available space can be used for storage, as long as you leave enough room for traffic to run unobstructed.
We usually think that small bathrooms require clean and straight lines to make the Tetris puzzle work perfectly. While that can be true, you can also try the opposite method by installing round fixtures, because tiny bathrooms are often injury hazards and a sharp-corner vanity can hurt your hips too many times.
You wouldn’t put a giant couch in a Barbie doll house, would you? Fortunately, with the popularity of the tiny house movements, you can find almost any piece of furniture or fixture proportional to your current needs. This also means aiming for small-scale appliances, such as the Bosch WTG86401UC dryer that offers all the perks of a traditional model while being a few inches narrower.
What’s that? An empty wall? Well, not anymore. This can be used for vertical storage units, such as cabinets or floating shelves, where you can keep everything from toiletries to towels. You can also use the space under the sink (make it a floating one), wall niches (a handy thing to have on your shower wall to keep your shampoo, body lotion, and similar), and corners. You can store items you don’t use frequently on a shelf above the door.
People often sacrifice counter space in small bathrooms because the vanities are petite and narrow. However, you can elongate the counter space by taking it over the toilet or the piping or by a bathtub caddy for storing your showcase toiletries.
If you already live in a tiny home, you probably know that minimalistic is the way to go when you are decorating, but it doesn’t hurt to mention that this is particularly important in the bathroom. Everything that doesn’t have to be on display should be kept out of sight. The things you need to leave in plain sight should be displayed in same or similar bottles.
Nothing like a few rays of light to create a brighter and better-looking bathroom, regardless of its size. This means you should install several sources of light, including ceiling fixture and vanity lights. Also, if you can let the sunlight in and get a large mirror so that it could reflect the lighting throughout the room and create an illusion of spaciousness.
Minimalistic doesn’t have to mean sterile. There are accessories you can use without destroying the harmony of your mini-bathroom. Look for natural pieces such as flowers, houseplants, wood, and stone, and artwork. Display them in odd numbers and different heights to create dynamics. Avoid too colorful items.
A small bathroom can be a huge success, but only if you follow these tips and try your best to find the balance between form and function.