Compact bathrooms: small bathroom designs
In a small property, the bathroom is usually one of the rooms where the lack of space is most noticeable. However, there are formulas that help to make the most of the space in a compact bathroom.
Having a small bathroom is one of the great challenges for interior design. However, there are ways to make it look much more spacious than it really is.
Choosing compact fittings, the right layout and good design are essential in fully meeting your needs and making the room visually attractive. isita.
Layout in small bathrooms
Even if it is only a few square metres in size, a small bathroom can be stylish, practical and, above all, make efficient use of space. The first step is a good layout. As we explain in this article about bathroom layout, there are minimum measurements for creating a usable space, both for the fittings and for the spaces between them, and it is important to ensure we make the best use of each centimetre.
The article gives more details, but the minimum size for a small bathroom with a shower, toilet and sink, provided that a sliding door is used, will be 135 x 150 cm.
Choose the right compact fittings
As well as small fittings, a way of making the bathroom look bigger is to use wall-mounted and recessed items. In this article, we tell you how to get the best out of storage in small bathrooms.
The keys to choosing each of the items needed are outlined below.
To save as much space as possible, the best option is to use solutions like built-in cisterns and wall-mounted toilets, which save space and are easier to clean. There are compact models that only protrude around 50 cm from the wall. In this article, we tell you how to choose a small toilet, and which are the best options available in our catalogue.
Acro Compact, which is 49 cm long, and Essence C Compact, only 51 cm deep, are two good choices for compact bathrooms. Both models are also equipped with Rimless technology, as well as an ecological 4.5/3-litre flush system for greater water savings.
Washbasins for small bathrooms
Wall-mounted washbasins not only make cleaning the bathroom easier, but reduce the visual elements in the bathroom, in line with a minimalist approach to décor.
In order to make the best use of space, shelves or a bathroom unit can be fitted under a wall-mounted washbasin, providing useful storage space for our personal effects, so that the rest of the bathroom is clear and uncluttered.
Wall-mounted washbasins like the Architect model, available from 42 cm wide and in black, Tone, which also includes corner models, from 40 cm, and the Slender Finish Studio 40 cm table-top washbasin are among the compact designs that you will find in our catalogue.
Small bathroom furniture
We recommend the use of large-capacity but compact furniture, or multi-purpose items such as cabinets with concealed storage behind a mirror.
Wall-hung units are a very advantageous option if we have deep units and table-top washbasins that do not reduce their capacity. We can thus use all the storage space available and, by leaving a free space under the unit, we can make the room look bigger.
Smart cabinets are a smart option. These wall-mounted bathroom cabinets perform two functions at once, as they comprise a mirror with a concealed storage space. The Nature collection incorporates a concealed cabinet at the side of the mirror, which increases the storage capacity of the unit, its clean lines contributing to a sense of spaciousness.
In a compact bathroom it is essential to create a unified setting and reduce fittings and other items to the minimum. Recessed washbasin taps will leave more space free around the washbasin; built-in toilet cisterns help to create a sensation of space; for exquisite elegance choose a floor-level shower tray; while recessed sprinklers and taps in showers can provide uniquely relaxing experiences and eliminate visual noise in the bathroom.
Ideas for optimising space in the bathroom
By following a series of guidelines for bathroom decoration, you can have a compact bathroom that looks larger and more welcoming.
- Lighting a small bathroom
Light is particularly important in a compact bathroom and if you know how to play with it you can create the maximum visual space. Having a lot of natural light is important, and the source of the light should be at the far end of the room. This will increase the depth of the field and give a sensation of spaciousness.
- Choose light colours
White tones and a gloss finish will reflect the light and visually enlarge the space.
- Play with mirrors
The space can be made to look larger by the skilful use of mirrors in the bathroom. The reflection, coupled with the presence of natural light, will create a sensational and practical optical effect.
- Combine materials
Combining tiling with special wallpaper for wet areas, in different finishes, will give the room a distinctive aesthetic touch.
- Create comfortable areas
- Take advantage of every corner to create storage space
In this episode of nkStudio, which you will find on our Instagram IGTV channel, Mónica Diago tells us how to design small bathrooms. Learn bathroom design from the experts with our nkStudio project!