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Small Bathroom Remodel - Small Bathroom Ideas

How to remodel a small bathroom

Trying to remodel bathrooms? Do you have a small bathroom in your home that needs a remodeling facelift? Maybe you always feel like you’re in a closet when you’re in your small bathroom, and you want it to appear larger without actually having to tear out a wall or two. There are several small bathroom remodeling tips you can use to make a small bathroom look and feel more spacious. To remodel bathrooms that are small, consider the following small bathroom ideas.

Small bathroom remodel - Small bathtubs and showers

A standard bathtub takes up a lot of room. You could be using that floor space for something else, or leave it open. By replacing your existing bathtub with a small bathtub, a corner bathtub, or a corner shower stall, you’ll free up a lot of room.

You don’t have to give up the luxury of soaking in a tub with a small bathtub or corner bathtub. You can find models that are much deeper than traditional tubs, so you’ll be exchanging horizontal space for vertical space. If you don’t have to have a bathtub, choose a small bathroom shower stall instead.

By using clear doors on your small bathroom shower or bathtub unit, the area will appear larger. Bulky shower curtains will make your bathroom look smaller and more cluttered.

A small bathroom shower with sliding doors or an accordion shower screen won’t require additional space to allow for opening the small bathroom shower door. Shower doors that swing out might need more room than you can afford in small bathrooms.

Small bathroom remodeling - Small bathroom sinks

To remodel bathrooms that are small, you also need to consider the size of the sink. Small bathroom sinks are another way to create more room in a small bathroom. You can find small bathroom sinks in several styles and colors. The best choice for small bathroom sinks is a wall-mount sink. This type of small bathroom sink doesn’t use any floor space at all.

The second best type of small bathroom sink is a pedestal sink. This type of small bathroom sinks use a very small amount of floor space.

A vanity sink or even small bathroom sinks in stand-alone cabinets take up far too much space for small bathrooms. If you must use a vanity or cabinet, paint it the same color as the walls. This will give an easy flow to the bathroom space.

Small bathroom remodel - Floors

With small bathroom remodeling, your choice in flooring can make a huge difference. To make small bathrooms appear larger, use large floor tiles in light, neutral shades. Choose quarry tiles, ceramic tiles, or cork flooring tiles in off white, white, sand, or beige. The light colors will also make small bathrooms look brighter and more airy.

Small bathroom ideas - Walls

With a small bathroom remodel, plan your color scheme carefully. Whether your bathroom walls are painted or tiled, you need to stick with a monochromatic look in small bathrooms. In other words, everything should be the same color. Different shades of the same color are okay, but stick to just a couple to make a small bathroom appear larger.

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The best paint colors for a small bathroom are light colors. Darker shades will make a small bathroom look even smaller.

You might also consider covering one wall in mirror tiles or with a large mirror. This will provide the illusion of a much larger room.

Small bathroom remodeling - Lighting

When it comes to lighting for small bathrooms, use common sense. Forget about chandeliers and wall sconces. You want a lot of light, but you don’t want bulky light fixtures taking up a lot of space. The best choice in lighting for a small bathroom is recessed lighting. Eyeball lights in the ceiling will provide ample light without taking up any bathroom space at all.

Small bathroom ideas - Windows

For the windows in small bathrooms, use simple, sleek window treatments. Large ruffled curtains like Priscillas take up far too much space. Instead, use simple blinds or a fabric shade in a light color. Allowing in natural sunlight will also help the appearance of a small bathroom.

Small bathroom ideas - Storage

Storage space in small bathrooms can be tricky, especially if you do away with any existing bathroom cabinets. One option is to use recessed cabinets. It’s fairly easy to install a recessed medicine cabinet that’s large enough to store toiletries.

You might also consider installing some small recessed shelves. Be sure to paint them the same color as the bathroom walls.

An over-the-door towel hanger can be used to hang hand towels and bath towels. For washcloths, roll them up and place them in a basket on the back of the toilet.

Another type of storage unit that doesn’t take up much space and would be appropriate for small bathrooms is a corner shelving unit. Remember – paint them the same color as the bathroom walls, and use narrow shelves.

Small bathroom ideas - Clear the clutter

Remove everything from the floor that you can, including plants, hampers, and bathroom scales. Place them in a larger bathroom. The fewer items you have on the floor of a small bathroom, the larger it will appear.

If you’re using bathroom shelves, keep them uncluttered, also. This will help give the appearance of space.

Remodel a small bathroom with common sense

To remodel a small bathroom, use common sense. Sleek modern styling is often the best choice for small bathrooms. Do away with anything bulky, heavy, ornate, or dark. Save items like that for a larger bathroom. To remodel bathrooms that are small, you’ll discover that less is more.


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A small bathroom shower or corner shower with clear doors will make small bathrooms look larger.

A small bathroom shower or corner shower with clear doors will make small bathrooms look larger.


renovationhyderabad on June 26, 2019:

Really Good Information

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smcopywrite from all over the web on December 24, 2017:

This is nice for working with small bathroom space. Most people have run into this issue. Especially true if house has more than one bathroom.

one thing not mentioned is ventilation. This is for heating and cooling (hot and cold weather regions). how to tackle this one?

tituscontracting from Savage MN on September 05, 2012:

Nice hub. I love remodeling small bathrooms, as it's always a challenge. The hardest part for most people is finding a contractor and actually deciding what they want. Then it's a breeze.

One of the best we did was for a high rise. The tile turned out awesome.

Adrian from Salford, Manchester,UK on June 26, 2012:

great ideas, added a link as a resource for one of my pages.

Thomas Mulrooney from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 20, 2012:

It just goes to show that no matter the size of your bathroom you can always do something with it. Thanks!

Arnoldas on January 02, 2012:

You can find fine small bath remodeling pictures here.I like some of them.

Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on August 16, 2011:

I love that shower pic, nice way to change a small bathroom into the place to be! Really good ideas on how to make small bathrooms more suitable to our lifestyle. Thanks for sharing!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 02, 2011:

Thanks a lot for reading!

Gunsnroses on December 27, 2010:

Enjoyed the read, informative and well though-out. Thanks.........

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on December 10, 2010:

Thanks again, Whitton!

whitton on December 08, 2010:

Great Hub! I really enjoyed all your suggestions and space-saving ideas.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on November 14, 2010:

True, Steve - there are just so many options now!

stevefix on October 28, 2010:

Nice hub! One need not worry about having a small bathroom these days.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 24, 2010:

Thanks, Ams! Hope your bathroom remodeling goes well!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 24, 2010:

Alison, thanks for your kind words!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 24, 2010:

Aw, thanks, Teddle!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 24, 2010:

That really does make a difference, Purple!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 23, 2010:

Thanks, Squid!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on September 23, 2010:

Sounds great, Jon! Thanks!

amsmoving on September 13, 2010:

I read this hub page and I have to say that this was a very riveting post to read. I have a bathroom in my house and I was wondering about some ideas my self. I really like your style of writing and enjoyed the format in which you presented your information, I have to say that this was a really inspirational read and I can't wait to get started on my own bathroom renovation.

Alison Graham from UK on September 12, 2010:

Thanks for so many brilliant space-saving ideas. I got some great ideas for small changes that will make a big difference.

Mike Teddleton from Midwest USA on September 12, 2010:

habee your hub, Small Bathroom Remodel - Small Bathroom Ideas is great. The wife and I have a small bathroom we want to remodel and your insights will help us make good choices. Thanks for the useful information.

PurpleOne from Canada on September 11, 2010:

I recently redid my small bathroom and used large size tile in beige. I agree that it's something that can definitely make your BR appear larger - it worked for me!

SquidBuilders on September 11, 2010:

Great page! Like your ideas.

JON EWALL from usa on September 10, 2010:


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Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 17, 2010:

Thanks for reading, SI!

SuperiorInteriors from San Diego, California on August 16, 2010:

These are lovely ideas, Habee! Thank you.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on August 06, 2010:

Another good tip, Jon. Thanks!

JON EWALL from usa on August 04, 2010:


''Storage space in small bathrooms can be tricky, especially if you do away with any existing bathroom cabinets. One option is to use recessed cabinets.''

Here's another idea for storage. If you have a toilet set in between walls (back and 2 sidewalls )install a cabinet above the toilet. Normally the width of the stall is 36'' or smaller.It's possible to install a wall cabinet above the toilet approximately 30'' high by the width of the stall. BECAUSE the upper cabinet is 12'' deep there should be enough headroom clearance.

I have written articles on my site related to tile layouts.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2010:

Buckie, we call JOhnny "Mr. Fixit." We even found a Christmas ornament just for that!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 28, 2010:

All true, all true - mostly getting rid of just about everything helps any small room look better and bigger. I love those corner see through showers - they really are great for the illusion of openness! I have the smallest bathroom in the world though next to my laundry 'area'/closet and don't think I could get one of those in there - but will have to ask the great fixer - Mr. Bob!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Thanks, HH! I enjoy almost any type of creativity!

Hello, hello, from London, UK on July 28, 2010:

You certainly have a gift for re-modelling and decorating. Great suggestions.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Thanks, Pam! I have a small bathroom off my bedroom.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Msorensson, thanks for the comment and the read!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on July 28, 2010:

Thanks for reading, Bpop!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 28, 2010:

Habee, You have some great ideas for remodeling the smaller bathroom.

msorensson on July 27, 2010:

Pretty picture of the remodeled bathroom and great ideas.Thank you.

breakfastpop on July 27, 2010:

Don't have a bathroom i need of remodeling, but I did enjoy your hub.

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