How to Maximize Space in a Small Bathroom

February 14, 2023

Bathrooms are one of those places in a home that never quite seems to have enough storage and space. If a small bathroom is necessary in your custom home design, there are ways to maximize space anyway. Here’s how to maximize space in a small bathroom:

1. Add Shelving

Having a proper amount of shelving can drastically improve storage space, plus it helps eliminate wasted space. Use the shelves to store extra towels, bathroom supplies, and other accessories.

Either choose shelving that matches your bathroom’s decor, or go for something that contrasts for a fun focal point. Shelving is one of the most common bathroom storage solutions and the most useful because it is so versatile.

2. Use Baskets

Using baskets is one of the kitchen organization tips you can use to help organize other areas of your home. Baskets go a long way in helping keep everything organized in a bathroom. Keeping everything organized is essential if you have a small bathroom. Use baskets on shelves to keep items stowed away and out of the way.

Being able to organize better helps maximize space in a small bathroom. If you have cabinets, use baskets here to also keep supplies organized. Not only will this help keep your bathroom clutter-free, but it will also maximize your cabinetry space.

3. Mix Functional and Decorative Storage

Storage doesn’t have to be boring. There are mini storage pieces that are just as decorative as they are useful. Pick out some fun baskets to keep on open shelving or on your counter to hold bathroom supplies.

Wire baskets with a fun geometrical pattern are a great option for holding supplies like hand towels or toilet paper. This functions as decor and storage.

4. Ask for Built-In Storage

When designing a custom home, you get to add features that work for you. So even if your bathroom is small, you can ask for built-in storage to maximize the space. Built-in shelving and storage are one of the most popular custom home design ideas.

Consider adding a built-in nook above the toilet. This will give storage space for toilet paper and other bathroom necessities. Or, if space allows, ask for a closet in your bathroom with built-in shelving. A bathroom closet is a great way to incorporate more storage into your home and keep supplies out of sight.

5. Add a Ladder Shelf

Having a ladder shelf in your bathroom is a great way to maximize space in a small bathroom. Not only are they a decorative statement, but they are also functional. Vertical storage helps keep your bathroom feeling spacious while still offering storage options.

6. Install a Wall-to-Wall Vanity

While vanities might seem like they take up a lot of space, and they can, they also offer a lot of storage space. The size, style, and storage of a bathroom vanity are some questions to ask when planning bathrooms for your custom home.

Even in a small bathroom, a wall-to-wall vanity is an option that not only offers storage space underneath but will also offer a lot of counter space. Use the space underneath the vanity to store items such as extra towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.

You can use baskets or plastic storage bins to help keep things even more organized. Take advantage of your counter space by using smaller baskets to hold other items, such as hand lotion, soaps, hand towels, and other bathroom necessities.

7. Pick the Right Door

It might not be an obvious part of your bathroom design, but being selective in your door is essential to maximizing space in a small bathroom. If your door swings into the room, this can block space and may even bump up against fixtures.

Opt for a pocket door or a barn door on a rail as these take up minimal space in the bathroom. If that’s not an option, be sure your door swings outward to eliminate any bumps and wasted space.

These are just a few of the ways to maximize space in a small bathroom. It is possible to have a small bathroom that still feels spacious. If you’re ready to make your dream home a reality, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090!