Functional Tips On How To Organize A Small Bathroom

Maximize Physical Perception Of Matchbox Bathroom Spaces With Simple Hacks

Jan 27, 2016

Bathrooms are assets of calling a home a fully furnished one. The size and the usability decide the standard of living. But how does one effectively consider the design and arrangement when the available and affordable bathroom is metaphorically the size of a matchbox? Why do we, nowadays, have such small bathrooms for our personal hygiene and privacy? The answer lies in the advent of metropolitan civilization. Bathrooms are been compromised and crunched with the increase in the number of households and the proportional decrease in space. They are multi-faceted and exponentially practical in usage but how to make such small bathroom spaces beneficial?

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Here are some remedies on how to adopt small Bathrooms:

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1. Natural Light Factor

Most of the cramped small bathrooms are devoid of the infusion of natural light.

  • The influx of natural light lits for at least half a day with large window openings!
  • It does not only rejuvenate a space, it kills atmospheric bacteria as well.
  • Don't block light with dingy shower curtain, instead opt for clear glass door.
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2. Door Choice

Go with a sliding door choice in the  small bathroom as door opening plays a vital role in the design.

  • The area cover of hinged door swing is an important consideration as that much of space is to be left vacant and unused.
  • Instead opt for a door on a rail that stays parallel to wall with light flush material would suffice the necessity.
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3. Wet-Dry Distinction

In smaller toilets the wet-dry distinction is absolutely mandatory!

  • The washbasin and the water closet or commode resides in the dry area, whereas the shower cubicle or the bathtub becomes the wet area.
  • Avoid the areas of the dry zone to be prone to unwanted splashes of water droplets leaving behind an uncomfortable and soggy environment.
  • The use of solid opaque shower curtain will make the dry area look smaller. To avoid a space crunch incorporate a see through glass partition between the zones.
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4. Colour Choice

Since the layouts is rather small, it is important to make sure the colour palette selection is done with careful psychological examination and predicting the future usability of the bathroom.

  • Bright colours would make the crunched small Bathroom space appear all the more suffocating and claustrophobic.
  • Demure blend of shades like white and neutral colours give a clean, open and class soothing expression.
  • Tiles, sanitary fixtures and shower curtains must be selected according the color scheme.
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5. Tiling Choice

The hot and cold water from the fixtures experiences varied temperature which leads to condensation on walls and other cold surfaces.

  • Smaller conventional glazed tiles are a functional choice for small bathrooms as they can be fixed in singular units.
  • Polished stone with less number of tile blocks tends to be neat and docile looking with minimum grouting coverage.
  • Variations based on color palette, digital prints, mosaic, textured dado tiling and stones can be used.
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6. Compact Selection

Sanitary ware companies such as Hindware, RAK, Kohler, Parryware etc. have a selectable section specifically pertaining to 'compact size' water closets and washbasins.

  • When in a dilemma to decide which basin would fit well with water closet or commode next to it and a tiny compact shower cubicle make sure you're searching correct.
  • The water closets are either wall hung or floor mounted. Washbasins are countertop or wall erected. Compact bathtubs and shower cubicles with transformable door openings to make sure the ergonomics and anthropometry of the space.
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7. Cubicle Trend

The regular trend of shower cubicle arrangement is the distinction from the dry zone with tile drop difference or a partition (glazed or curtain).

  • Modular shower cubicle come with shower fittings and added advantage of self-cleansing comfort!
  • They also have operable seating arrangements to make maximum use of the space while showering and sitting comfortably.
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8. Shower Curtain Choice

Choosing a shower curtain is just as important as choosing a fixture for small Bathrooms.

  • It depicts the distinction of the wet from dry zones and keeps the water droplets from splashing into the dry areas.
  • Incorporate translucent or transparent shower curtains for space breathe or a splash of colour for bonus.
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9. Accessory Accountability

Accessories make the bathroom functional, efficient and less time consuming.

  • With a modern bathroom design, convenient investments on various accessories such as towel rods, stainless steel corner shelves, soap dishes, bath trays etc. makes for easy use.
  • These accessories might hamper mobility in a compact bathroom instead hydraulic or recessed shelves, niches, recessed operable handles for shutters should be used to avoid bruises.
  • Should be easily washable and slow in corrosion. Use matte or non-skid texture to avoid accidents inside.
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10. Functional Key

A key point to make sure for the small bathroom space are its items used on a regular basis.

  • It is important to understand these spaces are small to accommodate clothing and unwanted storages.
  • The more the space kept for the useful items, the tidier it appears.
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11. Storage Space

It is necessary to respect the amount of space one can manage for toiletry storage.

  • Cabinets under the washbasin counter serve to be fruitful.
  • Space above the door swing to store the external geyser and water closet beyond 7 feet is general free and unused.
  • Niches for tiny decorative elements with light fixtures to improve the interior aesthetic.
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12. Vertical Limit

It is important to consider the height as an added advantage in smaller bathroom.

  • Artifacts such as wall hangings and fairy lighting can be involved in the dry areas.
  • The upper spaces can be used for storage of items.
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13. Light-spray

It may appear as if all the space is lit, but 'smart' lighting is the real challenge.

  • The lighting should be placed in such a way that it covers the entire head of the bathroom.
  • Movable lamps against the walls that can be maneuvered as needed.
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14. Mirror Mirror!

A bathroom is incomplete without a mirror! But a small bathroom, in effect, screams for the need of a mirror!

  • A large mirror against the washbasin counter enhances the space with its reflections.
  • Use the technique of infinite imagery by placing two mirrors facing each other.
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15. Window Treatments

Earlier when the floor levels were distinctly lower, privacy of the bathroom was an issue. Nowadays, necessary views to common plots, gardens and sea sides have compelled designers to increase the window size and play with the light and the available vistas!

  • The windows can have a granite jamb with metal finish and translucent smoked glazing for cutting out vision but maintaining the light penetration.
  • Polaroid reflective sheet on the outside of the window glazing allows light to filter in and enable the vision only from the inside of the bathroom to the outside.
  • Have opaque louvers that can be functioned manually.
  • Some eco-efficient bathroom windows have solar cell films with a back up electric storage and to heat water, preferably in the dry zone ceilings, to store the solar energy and use the power to light up the bathroom in the nights.

Bathroom, in the design stage for an architect or an interior designer happens to be the most challenging part of the design. The first thing many architects tackle is the orientation and the internal sanitary arrangement to begin with. You see how important your bathroom is?

Do not underestimate that tiny little space where you have to do your regular job, it can be organized and efficiently used with every bit of volume available!


Ritika Bhasin
Ritika Bhasin

Hello there, I am Ritika Bhasin, an Architecture and Kathak graduate with a keen eye for interiors. My blogs are my alternate perspective to design and its allied fields through knowledge personified and documented. As a child I was always inspired by colours, texture, home styling and decor made me happy! It’s similar to designing ... | more articles from Ritika

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