7 Great Ideas for Tiny Bathrooms

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Julia Green via My Domaine

You've found the house or apartment of your dreams ... except for the bathroom. It's tiny.

Like, so tiny that it's basically a closet with an awkwardly-fitting toilet and barely enough space to wash your hands.

Should you give up your dream home just because of a small bathroom? Definitely not. With a few thoughtful modifications and improvements, tiny bathrooms can be functional and even practical. You don't need a ton of space if you only need to shower, pee, and wash your hands. 

So, faced with a small bathroom but not sure if you can handle it? Here are some ideas to make it better and maybe convince you that tiny bathrooms aren't so bad after all.

  • 01 of 07

    Get a Toilet-Sink Combo

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    Coming all the way from Japan where space is at a big premium, the toilet-sink combo is an amazing space and water-saver

    You can buy a full toilet-sink combo and replace the toilet you already have, or change the cover of your toilet with something like the Sink Positive, which you can easily install by yourself.

    Save space and save water all in one. This means you don't have to waste any wall area on a pedestal sink or a small vanity, and can actually have more space to sit and stretch your legs.

  • 02 of 07

    Make It a Wet Room

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    What if you could pee and shower in the same space? Or, pee while you shower, while sitting on the toilet?

    Well, if you transform your tiny bathroom into a wet room that includes your toilet within the showering space, you totally can.

    Depending on how the current bathroom is set up, you might have to tile it up for water use, add a drain in the floor and a little ledge to keep water out of the rest of your home, but overall this isn't too difficult to manage. 

    Here's an affordable handheld shower head, in case you need one of those as well.

  • 03 of 07

    Use Height to Your Advantage

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    A tiny bathroom still comes with walls—so use height to your advantage by storing items high up instead of close to the floor.

    Put common, often-used items within reach, and stuff you use more rarely higher up, on shelves. If you're worried about hitting your head on hard bins, you can always hang soft mesh, plastic and fabric organizers for the things you use the most.

    Different-sized pockets will hold on to most items, including your hair dryer! And you don't need to hang it on the door either—hammer a nail in the wall and put your organizer somewhere practical for you.

  • 04 of 07

    Switch to a Narrow Sink

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    You don't need a ton of space to wash your hands—sometimes just a little area is enough.

    If you absolutely want a sink that's separate from, say, the toilet (see above), you can opt for a narrow sink instead of a full-sized one. 

    For more floor space, you can purchase a floating sink with a small cabinet space underneath to hide the pipes. Otherwise, a traditional but narrow-sized sink will do the trick, as long as you get the narrow vanity to go with it.

    Narrow sinks give you all the functionality you need for simple tasks like washing your hands or brushing your teeth, without taking all the space of a traditional sink.

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  • 05 of 07

    Find a Tiny Tub That Fits

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    Although you need some space for a tub, you certainly don't need a palatial bathroom to fit one in. With the right process, you can find a tub that'll fit into your bathroom, and nice spa tubs at that.

    If you have a weirdly shaped bathroom, like in an attic or under an eave, you can place the tub under it to save space. All you need is to bend a little when you get it, but otherwise, it means making the best use of the space you have! 

  • 06 of 07

    Install a Tankless Toilet

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    In a tiny bathroom, every inch counts. So if you find yourself severely lacking space, even the few inches that come with a tankless (or hidden tank) toilet can make all the difference.

    Removing the tank factor from your toilet makes your toilet sleeker, less noticeable, and definitely less prominent. Whether you chose a tankless model or one whose tank is hidden in the wall, you'll have a few more inches for your legs when you sit, and extra space for whatever else you need to do in the bathroom.

    Remember that tankless toilets still need access to plumbing, so you can't just change its position in the bathroom easily. Sometimes installing a tankless toilet comes with some extra expenses, but if you really want that extra space, it might be worth it!

  • 07 of 07

    Put It in the Corner

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    Take full advantage of the space in your tiny bathroom by using the corners. One thing you can do is install a wall-hung or pedestal corner sink to save space on either side of the walls for things like towels, a toilet and maybe a tiny tub.

    If you'd rather have a larger sink and aren't interested in the narrow sink option (see above), then maybe the corner sink is for you. They're practical, you get a full-sized basin, and you save tons of space.

    Of course, this is also dependent on where and how your plumbing is installed. If in doubt, consult a professional plumber to see if you can move a few pipes so you can install your new sink where you want it.

Tiny Doesn't Mean Impractical

Tiny bathrooms can be just as functional and practical as the larger version. If you follow even just one or two of these ideas, you'll find yourself with extra space, and your bathroom won't feel so cramped.

Tiny bathrooms also teach you how to keep your toiletries to a minimum—do you really need that extra hair straightener, or does the old one work just fine? You'll make smarter and more deliberate decisions if you don't have a ton of extra space to store less useful items.