How To Make The Most Of A Small Shower

If you have a small home, chances are your bathroom is also tiny. Because bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms in a home, they can sometimes feel like they were an afterthought during the development of the property's architectural design. According to Dig This Design, some challenges that come with having a small bathroom include a lack of storage space, no natural light, and no room for a separate shower and tub. 

Another problem commonly found in small bathrooms is showers that are crammed into the corner. Compact showers can sometimes feel claustrophobic, like you're standing in an upright coffin. The easiest way to improve a cramped shower design is by considering different storage options because adding the right amount of storage can clear up floor space and make your shower appear more organized. However, if your small shower isn't working for you, you may want to remodel the design altogether. 

Shower storage options

A Clean Bee lists some of the different shower storage options available. One of the most popular options is a shower head caddy. It typically has two or three shelves and hangs over the shower head. This caddy can be convenient for those living in an impermanent space like an apartment because it's easy to move. You also won't have to worry about it falling off the wall. Similarly, you could choose an over-the-door caddy. However, this option most likely won't work for those with sliding glass shower doors.

Another option is adding shelves to the corner of your shower. This is the best option for those who need lots of storage. These shelves typically stay in place with a tension rod. You could also purchase adhesive shelves or baskets with suction cups that stick to the wall — however, these items risk falling off. Finally, you could add permanent shelves to your shower. These are installed with an adhesive material and will not fall off the wall or corner of your shower.

What to consider when remodeling a shower

If you want to make your shower larger but don't have the space in your bathroom, you could consider several renovations. These options will make your shower appear bigger even though it's contained in a small area. According to Innovate Building Solutions, you'll want to use glass to your advantage. Showers surrounded by tile can look even smaller than they are, but adding tall glass doors can make them feel more spacious. 

It would help if you also thought about where your shower is placed in your bathroom. While a corner shower may work in some instances, others may want to think about rearranging their bathroom layout to accommodate a tub and shower combination. Choosing large shower tiles can also make a compact shower feel larger. Vertical panels will carry the eye upwards and make your shower look taller. Finally, adding natural light to your bathroom will make it more prominent. You could also add a skylight above your shower or a window to the wall beside the area.