When it comes to renovating a bathroom, we all think that the smaller the bathroom, the easier it’ll be to plan and quickly execute. However, this isn’t always the case. In fact, being one of the most high-traffic rooms of the house, usually with multiple purposes across every family member, their varying ages, and personal demands, makes planning a small bathroom tricky. But, there are plenty of ways that you can make a small bathroom space work well for functionality as well as being beautifully designed and expertly installed.
What to Consider When Renovating a Small Bathroom
The average UK bathroom is around 2x2m. That’s not much space to get creative in, and when it’s the main family bathroom, it can also get cluttered quickly. There are ways to minimise mess and maximise design with a small bathroom renovation, though, adding additional value to your property and helping you fall in love with your space again. Here’s how:
How to Make the Most of a Small Bathroom
As with any room of the house, our advice will always be to make the space work for you first and foremost. It’s great to take inspiration from other sources, but you need to think about how you use the room and how you can improve on this before you hire in external help to start pulling out bathroom suites. The best bathroom products and hi-tech designs are great, but first you need to think about how to maximise the space you’ve got.
With that in mind, ask yourself: do you actually need a bath, or would you prefer a shower cubicle? Is there space for freestanding furniture, or do you need to go built-in storage? Does everyone queue to get into the bathroom every morning before school and work? What are your pain points with your current bathroom?
Having a small bathroom isn’t the end of the world provided that it’s installed properly and everything that’s in the room is something that you really do need or use.
Changing the Layout of Your Bathroom to Free Up Space
One thing that can be particularly tricky in a smaller bathroom is changing the layout of the existing room. However, this can sometimes be the only thing you can do to really maximise the space you’ve got.
Use every nook and cranny in the room and get creative with solutions to increase space and functionality. Consider purchasing a combination unit, which has the toilet and sink in one vanity; these come in a range of styles to suit any bathroom design. If your bathroom is tight on space, try a narrow sink; the sleek and compact design doesn’t take away from the bathroom and adds a modern feel. You can also pick up an ultra-small corner sink to make the most of every angle and help keep stand-out items neatly tucked to one side.
Dual-Functioning Bathroom Furniture
When renovating a smaller bathroom, you must get clever with storage solutions and dual-functioning elements of the suite. You’ll be amazed how much is on offer to help you.
You can get ‘floating sinks’ with a built-in hand-towel rail, a slim-line vanity unit with an integrated toilet roll holder, tall and narrow radiators omitting the need for cumbersome rads in awkward places, wall-mounted vanity units with mirrored door fronts – the list goes on. Browse Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration on elements to maximise small bathrooms with clever storage solutions and dual-functioning bathroom furniture.
Hiring the Right People to Install Your Bathroom
Large or small, it’s important to hire the right professionals to carry out the bathroom refit or renovation safely and efficiently.
Engage with a professional early to not only get a clear indication of costs for the labour and materials, but also an idea on timelines, as well as expert insider advice on maximising layouts based on pipework, boiler systems and water pressures.
Renovating any part of the house can be overwhelming, but an expert professional can help you through. Browse through our trusted tradesmen and work with the absolute best in the industry, all vetted so you’re only working with reliable specialists.
Unexpected Costs When Renovating a Bathroom
In a dream scenario, the old bathroom will be ripped out and a new one put in, but with building work, there are regularly ad hoc issues that arise, so it’s best to plan for them just in case. With bathrooms, you always run the risk of there being water damage behind the tiles after you’ve removed them, plumbing issues or delays to projects because of pipework. The tradesperson you’ve hired for the job would be able to advise on costs and timings, but it’s always wise to have a contingency pot in case something goes wrong at any stage of the bathroom renovation.
If you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom but aren’t sure where to start, check out our complete guide to a bathroom renovation, offering handy step-by-step tips and advice to managing the project efficiently and effectively.
If you invest time planning your bathroom properly and hire the right tradesperson for the job, the end-to-end process will run much more smoothly, so you can add value to your home or have a multi-functional bathroom to suit everyone’s needs sooner than you think.
Build better with iknowaBathroombudgetingproject management tips