1. Combination units
2. Corner baths
3. Ladder radiators
4. Soft edges
5. Use lots of smaller lights
6. Toilet and basin units
7. Wall mounted vanity unit
8. Mirrored cabinet
9. Shower enclosures
10. Bath shower
11. Extended patterns
12. Short projection toilet
13. Wall mounted taps
14. Cloakroom taps
15. Corner toilet
16. Floating shelves
17. Go for a bath screen instead of a shower curtain
18. Solid colours
19. Reflect light with ceramic tiles
20. Sliding door shower
21. Dark floor, light walls

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Bathroom ideas for small spaces

You can never get enough inspiration when designing a small bathroom. Whether you are renovating a small family bathroom or adding a downstairs toilet, ensuite or cloakroom bathroom: there are more products designed for smaller spaces than ever before. Some of the most effective ideas are really simple.

In this Victorian Plumbing small bathrooms guide we take a look at 21 simple ideas that could be perfect for your small space.

1. Combination units

Chatsworth Traditional White Combination Unit
Chatsworth Traditional White Combination Unit
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Combination units are fantastic because they combine two or three individual bathroom fittings into one compact unit; a great space saving idea. There are many different combination units available online at Victorian Plumbing however my personal favourite has to be the white combination unit from the Chatsworth range of traditional bathroom furniture. For me, the traditional style is a great way to design a downstairs toilet or cloakroom bathroom.

2. Corner baths

Estuary Corner Shower Bath
Estuary Corner Shower Bath
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Using the space in the corners of your bathroom is a great way to open up the room. You may have given up on the idea of adding a bath to your small bathroom however a corner bath might make you to change your mind. If you're currently toying between whether to go for a bath or a shower then why not consider a combined corner bath and shower?

3. Ladder radiators

Diamond Straight Heated Ladder Towel Rail
Diamond Straight Heated Ladder Towel Rail
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A fantastic space saving solution: heated ladder radiators keep your towels toasty warm and easily within arms reach when you're hopping out of the bath or shower. There are lots of shapes and sizes to consider including both curved and straight ladder towel rails. A straight ladder design may work better for a small space as it doesn't protrude as much as a curved design.

4. Soft edges

Monza Stone Grey Wall Hung Vanity Unit
Monza Stone Grey Wall Hung Vanity Unit
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Small bathrooms can mean tight spaces which in turn means you run the risk of knocking yourself against the edges from time to time. The solution here is to employ bathroom items with smooth, rounded edges. Opt for a rounded toilet seat over a square one and consider vanity units with recessed handles like the Monza range of bathroom furniture pictured above.

5. Use lots of smaller lights

Consider installing for lots of smaller lights in your small bathroom over one big light in the center of your ceiling. The extra lights will add more illumination to the room which in turn will make it appear bigger and more inviting.

6. Toilet and basin units

Alaska Combined Two-In-One Wash Basin & Toilet
Alaska Combined Two-In-One Wash Basin & Toilet
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A bathroom fixture which has massively grown in popularity in 2016: combined toilet and basin units are a superb space saving solution for cloakroom bathrooms. The Nova toilet and basin unit, pictured above, boasts a 500mm soft-close toilet topped with a slimline integrated basin. It will save tons of space but it will also make for quiet toilet trips in the middle of the night!

7. Wall mounted vanity unit

Milan White Wall Hung Basin Vanity Unit
Milan White Wall Hung Basin Vanity Unit
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Open up the floor space in your bathroom by choosing wall mounted units over standard floor mounted units. Wall mounted vanity units have become a popular choice in small bathrooms because many come with an integrated basin on top. A better option still is to go for a compact vanity unit which has a slimline appearance or even a corner mounted vanity unit.

8. Mirrored cabinet

Brooklyn Avola Grey 2 Door Mirrored Cabinet
Brooklyn Avola Grey 2 Door Mirrored Cabinet
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Mirrored cabinets are a great choice for small bathrooms because they combine two functions into one. There are lots mirrored cabinet styles available at Victorian Plumbing. One of my favourites is the Brooklyn mirrored cabinet because it matches up with the rest of the Brooklyn range.

9. Shower enclosures

Nova Frameless Quadrant Shower Enclosure
Nova Frameless Quadrant Shower Enclosure
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Customers opting for a shower enclosure over a bath is a bathroom design trend we are seeing more and more. The reasoning is simple: save space in the bathroom and time in the morning by installing a shower enclosure instead of a bath. A popular choice is to go for a curved corner unit which really makes the most of your available space.

10. Bath shower

Milan L-Shaped Shower Bath
Milan L-Shaped Shower Bath
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If you really have your heart set on having a bath in your bathroom then why not choose a bath shower. There are lots of options to choose from that included both L shaped and P shaped designs. Also, keep a close eye on the overall length of the bath as shorter options of the same model are often available.

11. Extended patterns

Use bold horizontal lines on your bathroom walls to make the room appear longer and more spacious. The same tip applies to using bold vertical lines to make the room appear taller. Keep your eyes peeled for other people using this small bathroom tip: it's more common than you think.

12. Short projection toilet

Pro 600 Modern Short Projection Toilet Seat
Pro 600 Modern Short Projection Toilet Seat
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When deciding upon a toilet for your en suite bathroom or downstairs toilet bare in mind that you can now buy short projection toilets that take up less footprint on your bathroom floor. There are some superb options to consider; one of our most popular short projection toilet seats is the Pro 600, highlighted above.

13. Wall mounted taps

Plaza Waterfall Wall Mounted Basin Tap
Plaza Waterfall Wall Mounted Basin Tap
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The available space around your basin is really important because we all like to have our bottles and potions to hand when we're getting ready for the day. A great solution to free up space around your basin is to install a wall mounted tap. They look stunning in addition to saving space so take a look at the options available and see which style might suit your bathroom design.

14. Cloakroom taps

Plaza Waterfall Mini Basin Tap
Plaza Waterfall Mini Basin Tap
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Another space saving tap option to consider are cloakroom taps. These taps have a narrower profile than standard taps which means they will fit in spaces where other taps might not. A tap that has proved especially popular with Victorian Plumbing customers this year is the Plaza waterfall tap featured above.

15. Corner toilet

Venice Corner Bathroom Suite
Venice Corner Bathroom Suite
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As we discussed earlier: using the corners of your bathroom really does free up space. Therefore, why not place your toilet in the corner of your bathroom instead of the more traditional centre wall placement. Making good use of the corners of your bathroom frees up space for additional bathroom fixtures.

16. Floating shelves

Crosswater Zeya Floating Glass Shelf
Crosswater Zeya Floating Glass Shelf
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Floating shelves provide an elegant way to display decorative bathroom accessories like scented candles and gorgeous smelling soaps & lotions. Clever options include corner shelves or straight shelves stacked on top of each other. Glass shelves are great too because they won't cast dark shadows on your bathroom walls.

17. Go for a bath screen instead of a shower curtain

Roman Haven Angled Bath Screen with Towel Rail
Roman Haven Angled Bath Screen with Towel Rail
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Shower curtains in small bathrooms can appear bulky and serve to break up the room. The room can then appear to look a little claustrophobic. A better option is to choose a bath screen (also known as a shower screen) instead because it will allow for more light to flow around your bathroom while still making sure your floor doesn't get soaking wet every time you're in the shower.

18. Solid colours

When choosing the colour of your bathroom walls: go for solid colours instead of walls that are busy with many colours. A small bathroom with too much going on colour wise runs the risk of looking dingy and cramped. If you simply must have lots of colour in your bathroom then think about making one wall a feature wall full of colour.

19. Reflect light with ceramic tiles

White Metro Tiles
White Metro Tiles
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Ceramic tiles are the perfect way to make sure both natural and synthetic light is reflected around your small bathroom. There are an enormous amount of ceramic wall tiles to choose from online at Victorian Plumbing, so take your time and pick a shade that's perfect for you. Also, don't forget you can order a sample tile before committing to a certain colour.

20. Sliding door shower

Turin 'Easy Fit' Sliding Shower Door
Turin 'Easy Fit' Sliding Shower Door
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Instead of opening outwards like a standard shower enclosure; a sliding shower door will simply glide to the side as you get in and out of the shower. This is a neat solution if you want to make sure the space in front of the shower opening is always free. Sliding shower doors come in lots of different shapes and sizes so measure up and find one that's right for your bathroom.

21. Dark floor, light walls

Burlington Traditional Wall Hung Cloakroom Suite
Burlington Traditional Wall Hung Cloakroom Suite
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One of the simplest ways to instantly create more space in a small bathroom is to use light colours on the walls and dark colours on the floor. A nice example of a space using this style to great effect is the Burlington wall hung cloakroom suite, pictured above.

And there we have it: 21 small bathrooms ideas to consider for your own petit space. Which of the tips listed above are you going to go for? Is there a small bathroom idea not listed above that you feel deserves to be included. Please let me know by posting your comments in the Facebook comments section below. I always reply to comments. Thanks for reading guys and the best of luck with your small bathroom.

Edward, Victorian Plumbing

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