The Best Way To Make The Most Of A Small Bathroom

If you have a tiny bathroom, that doesn't mean that it has to continue looking that way. Typically, a small bathroom is dark, has minimal natural light, and looks overcrowded, no matter how minimal you keep it with the décor. To that end, there are a few approaches to combat these issues, and they aren't too difficult to follow. Of course, there are small bathrooms that barely have space for a toilet, shower, and bathtub (exactly the things meant for a bathroom), but there are ways around dealing with small square footage, per Pearl Remodeling.

If you're hoping to one day walk into your bathroom and feel as though it is brighter and bigger than it actually is, there are some simple tips we've found that can best do that. Your bathroom has functional uses but should also be a sanctuary and provide you with a space to relax. So take a look at what could possibly be the best option for this small space.

Add space around your toilet

Installing a wall-mounted toilet may be the best option for those who have the minimal square footage, as it can get you almost 1 foot of space, per Consumer Reports. In addition, since the toilet doesn't sit on the ground, it also can save anywhere between 15 to 19 inches of room between the toilet and the ground for some extra leg area. It may be a bit costly, but it definitely has the capabilities of modernizing your bathroom while opening up space.

If you currently don't have the budget for a wall-mounted toilet, you can add storage above it instead, per HGTV. Depending on your aesthetic, there are different styles to choose from. You can go for a hutch, metal shelving, wooden ladder, a wall-mounted cabinet unit, or a unit with a shelf that sits right above the back of the toilet for the best minimalistic look. This way, you'll have more space for storage to get things out of the way and open up the floor and countertop.

The flooring counts a lot

The design of your bathroom floor can greatly impact how large it looks, so when adding the much-needed space around the toilet, also consider updating your flooring to make the room look bigger. Let's Remodel says there are a few flooring options to think about when dealing with a small bathroom, but large tiles are a must. Having a small bathroom doesn't always mean that you need to install small flooring tiles — you should actually aim for the larger pieces. Large floor tiles will make your room seem larger, as they are less busy and have fewer grout lines than small tiles.

It's also a good idea to get rid of any separation by extending the floor to the shower, creating the visual of one large floor. This will make your small bathroom seem bigger because instead of everything being separated into sections, the whole space has opened up to be a part of one large area. Again, this can turn out beautifully and be great for a contemporary, minimalistic, or modern design.