Another name for the bathroom is “the small room,” and in some examples the nickname is very appropriate! Bathrooms will often present you with your biggest challenges in your Mt. Baker Seattle home improvement project due to the limited space you already have to work with. Before you start thinking about sacrificing a closet, though, you should check out the suggestions below. There are ways to make a bathroom feel more spacious without knocking down walls.
The most obvious way to get more room is to replace the bathtub with a shower. This might not be ideal for every bathroom, or for those who love to take baths. There are still ways to reduce the amount of space your tub occupies, though. If your tub is built into a wall alcove, there may well be considerable extra space to be gained by pulling the tub and its framework out. You can replace the built-in tub with a free-standing one; this not only saves space but also looks classier.
If there are no problems preventing you from replacing that tub with a shower, you still can do a lot to minimize the amount of space the shower takes up. For starters, you can use the smallest shower available to you. If you have the money to avoid using a one-piece fiberglass shower, you can still make a small shower seem quite luxurious. One of the best ways to do this is by making a wall-to-wall shower out of one end of the bathroom. Use glossy tile throughout the shower alcove and separate it from the rest of the room with frosted glass. This can make a narrow shower fell much more spacious.
You can make space-saving replacements with your other major bathroom fixtures, too. Consider using a wall-hung tankless toilet instead of a free-standing one. Don’t get worried about the different types of toilets looking so boring; a quick look at a plumbing catalog will show you their are a few compact wall-mounted toilets that can be really classy. Consider a sick that can be hung on the wall as a unit or a free-standing one. Both options are big space-savers when compared to sinks mounted in countertops.
Mirrors are a great trick to making your space look larger than it is. You can install full-width mirrors over your sink, or even full-height ones (one of the advantages of a free-standing sink). Some people aren’t into looking at their own reflections in the bathroom, so don’t build a bathroom you don’t like just to save space. Similarly, you can remove any partition walls that separate your sink from your toilet – if you’re comfortable with the level of intimacy and openness this will produce.
These are just a few of the ways you can add space to a tight spaced bathroom. Making your bathroom feel more wide-open is equal parts ingenuity and psychology. If you devote a little attention to the process, you can create a bathroom that really feels much larger than its basic dimensions would suggest. Short of actually expanding the room, there are few better ways to make your bathroom a more pleasant place to be.