Tiny houses present certain challenges, especially from a design perspective. One of the most challenging areas of any small house plan is the bathroom. This is the only area of the house that should be maximized efficiently to its full potential (and often also the area with the least amount of space).
Below are some of the top ways to maximize the bathroom space of your small home. Sometimes having a tiny bathroom can look like you're living a giant puzzle. Make all your belongings, utensils, toiletries etc. Perfectly fitting can be a challenge, which is why we made the following list of space saving strategies specifically for small bathroom spaces.
Be creative with shelves
Shelves are one of the most valuable storage systems you can use (especially in a small home). Not only can you use them throughout the house, but also in your bathroom. If you are concerned about taking up too much space (in the already limited space of your small bathroom)
One of the best places to put a shelf in the bathroom is high (as close to the ceiling as possible, especially near the area above the bathroom door). In addition to being out of the way, the shelf is in a convenient and easily accessible area (ie the best of both worlds).
Another example of a creative racking solution would be to use baskets along the wall. In addition to being aesthetic, they can also make the most of the bathroom wall space.
Multilevel Countertop Storage Systems
Countertops are one of the areas that suffer the most from clutter (whether you live in a small or full-sized house). Want to know one of the best ways to combat countertop clutter? Multilevel storage systems. What do we mean by that? Think of a mini bookcase for your workbench.
Using a vertical organization system on your workbench, you can save a lot of space required. This can even be done with some creative DIY skills, or you can also shop online (or at any home improvement store in your area).
Shower cabinets that are solid or enclosed from the rest of the room make the entire bathroom look smaller than it really is. The best way to open a toilet is to make the toilet transparent (ie glass). This will ensure that the room feels more open and gives the impression of a larger square footage.
Use all available storage space
Making creative use of non-traditional storage areas is an absolute necessity when dealing with a small bathroom. Consider placing towel hooks / shelves behind the door, wall shelf systems (ideally built in-house) and built-in closet systems. All of this can make a huge difference in the feel of the bathroom (essentially making it feel much more open than it really is).
Consider Alternative Bathroom Options
If you've ever seen a functional (albeit tiny) bathroom, you probably understand the importance of getting creative with the bathroom bathroom. An example of this (and very good at it) would be to hang the toilet on the bathroom wall. In fact, this is very common in Europe (which is notoriously known for having small living spaces).
Tiny bathrooms need all the help they can get to look bigger than they really are. Believe it or not, but this is where using large parts can help (a lot). Larger tile designs give the illusion of more space. In addition, they make room space (compared to small tiles, which use more grout / grout lines).
Using more than two colors of paint (for walls, doors, etc.) can make the room look much smaller than it actually is. Generally speaking, it is recommended to use only two different colors. Anything above two colors, and the room starts to look overwhelming (which, in turn, makes it look small).
Along the same lines as using minimal ink colors, you should also strive to keep design elements to a minimum. Adding a lot of features, designs and extras to the design can get you busy (which will make the room look smaller than it really is). Remember that you are not decorating a large private bathroom. It is a tiny bathroom, be careful with its design.