A bathroom remodeling is a good opportunity to get rid of all the unnecessary and remake the space with all the necessary to make it super convenient, especially if the room available is limited. Many bathrooms are narrow. And not just guest bathrooms, but en-suite bathrooms in master bedrooms too. And whether you want his & her washstand separate or not, you need to find ways to make the small bathroom remodel work to your benefit.
What this plainly means is to make the narrow bathroom convenient. A room that will fill you with all the energy you need to start your day and will offer the soothing tones you seek to relax when you get back home. And while this seems to be quite a task due to the small space, it’s possible with the right tactics.
Ways to make narrow bathrooms look & feel good
What’s trouble with narrow bathrooms is the tight space. It’s the galley style bathroom design that leaves no room for many architectural options, while it also creates a claustrophobic feeling due to the narrow corridor.
To the defense of narrow bathrooms, they are not all too small. They may be narrow, but not necessarily small since what they lose in width, they may gain in length. This is helpful, how? Simple. You can take advantage of the room provided in length to accommodate all your needs, and actually care less for the narrow width. Imagine a freestanding tub at the rear part of the bathroom with the cabinetry, vanity, and toilet extending from this point toward the room’s entrance. Wonderful!
On the other hand, some bathrooms are both narrow and small. And you still have to fit all things people need in a bathroom, without feeling unease every time you step foot in the room. In such cases, you need to make small sacrifices – always based on your personal needs. For instance, a single instead of a double sink. Storage running vertically instead of horizontally. No tub, but shower cabinet. No swing but sliding – maybe, pocket, doors.
While the sacrifices you make are subject to the size of the bathroom and your priorities/needs, there are some tricks that help all small-bath-sizes look and feel bigger. Let’s see.
Focus on the design, when it’s time for the bathroom renovation. Although people have different tastes, everyone appreciates seamless designs when they make life easy on a day-to-day basis. What you want is clean lines, which create a sense of neatness. For instance, decide on where you want some cabinetry installed and occupy only this particular space for storage. Don’t have two-three cabinets, making the space busy.
Don’t mix and match too many materials. Opt for two or three max to create repeated motifs – do the same with the same design of the lighting fixtures, mirrors. Items, accessories, faucets – all things may be unique but should match. Don’t get a black faucet for the sink and bronze for the tub.
Prefer neutral colors. You may bring in bolds, like whites and blacks, interrupted by greys. After all, each hue family is quite large and so, the shades of grey and black and white are numerous.
Talk to your bathroom remodeler about colors always in relation to the natural light. Or the use of the bathroom. If we are talking about a guest bathroom, you can have it all black, even if it doesn’t get much natural light. But in the master bathroom, you need lighter colors.
Think of all the things you want to keep in the bathroom before you start talking with your bathroom remodeling contractor about storage. One way to make a narrow bathroom convenient is to keep all things organized well. Also, out of sight.
One of the biggest bonuses would be a window. The bigger, the better. Big openings make bathrooms brighter, happier, larger – even if they are not. If there’s no window or the window is too small and you can get a permit to create or enlarge it, do it. It’s expensive but totally worth it – for better ventilation too.
Draw the attention of the eye to accents, like a beautiful tub or towel-ladder and all sorts of knickknacks that won’t occupy space but will make your everyday life much easier.