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Small Washroom: Layout Tips

Last modified: 2022-09-27 | Approximate reading time 4 mins

Outfitting a small bathroom can be a design challenge. Having multiple appliances fit into the same space in a comfortable and functional way is just half the battle.

Remember, bathrooms must accommodate ample storage for all toiletries and still have enough room for friends and family. However, there are tricks to managing a small space in an effective way, and even the most modest of bathrooms can be laid out accordingly.

For a tiny bathroom, every little piece counts. There are plenty of space-saving solutions including furniture and accessory ideas as well as storage tricks. Read on to find our bathroom layout tips that will save space while keeping things stylish. 

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Storage in a Small Bathroom

In a small washroom, the placement of storage is crucial. Instead of trying to incorporate a large shelving unit into your tiny bathroom, consider alternative ways to store towels, toiletries and other necessities. Try open or floating shelves to show off items, adding an open-concept, playful design element to the space. Stack wooden crates or baskets below or beside the sink to save space and add a rustic twist in a modern bathroom.

These can also be drilled into the wall for an accessible but semi-hidden storage solution. If you must include a cabinet consider having one with a mirrored front. Mirrors work to open up spaces by reflecting light. Another area of the bathroom that is often forgotten is the back of the door. This is an excellent place to add extra storage or to install a few hooks if you’re lacking a spot to hang towels. Get creative with your storage, and you'll be able to fit everything into that small bathroom.

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Light Coloured

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A small space being functional means it remains comfortable while still having useful things in their rightful place. When designing the layout of a small bathroom, consider ways to organize the room that do not sacrifice space. Make sure the bathroom door is able to open without hitting the toilet, and that stepping out of the shower doesn’t mean putting your foot directly into the toilet bowl.

Leave enough room between fixtures for their proper use. Maximize counter space by storing items rather than having them on display, keep items that serve a specific purpose, nothing else. In small bathrooms, the tub should be eliminated altogether. For bathrooms with a concrete, stone slab or tile flooring consider a curbless shower, which employs the floor of your bathroom and eliminates the curb around your shower. Not only is this style of shower functional, but it will open the smallest of bathrooms, allowing light to move around the room. Plus, this style shower is easier to clean. 


The colour choices you make in small rooms affect the way that they feel, and choosing warm and neutral colours will create a warm feeling while keeping things aesthetically pleasing. Avoid using dark colours on walls, as this will make the room appear smaller. However, if you are set on a dark colour, consider painting just one accent wall. A focal point will add dimension and depth to a space without taking it over completely.

Another way to open a small room is to be strategic and reserve dark colours for the floor, or look for tiles or colours that closely match wall and floor colours. Matching walls and floors will create an illusion of a continuous floor, tricking eyes into thinking the space is bigger than it actually is physically! 

Out with the old, in the with new!

Bathroom pocket

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We’ve offered some big ways for homeowners to save space in small bathrooms, but there are other, secondary ways that you can really maximize space and efficiency. Modern homeowners are beginning to get rid of shower curtains altogether, installing glass panels in place. This allows light to move through the space, opening it up and creating an illusion of depth. As we've stated, any extra access to natural light will make your bathroom appear larger than its size! 

Consider installing a smaller, wall-mounted sink to save on floor space, or try a wall-mounted floating vanity. If you’re working in a particularly tiny space, consider eliminating the door in place of a pocket door, also known as a sliding door.

To install this style door, you’ll need to open the wall to create the pocket that will hold the door. However, aside from getting rid of the tub, this is one of the best ways to save a significant amount of space and look chic and sleek while doing so!

We also suggest that you check out our checklist for bathroom renovation projects, as this article contains a ton of information and comes with a document you can use to organize your project. 

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