A while ago I did a couple of posts on tips for small space living in living rooms and bedrooms. Today I’m going to continue with 5 small space living tips: bathrooms. Most of these tips are about storage because, let’s face it, we all need space to store all of our necessities…towels, makeup, toiletries, and storage is always at a premium in small bathrooms.
If you’ve been following me for a while then you know that our house, that we moved into in June 2013, has been an experiment in small space living for us. We have just under 1200 square feet of living space with 1 bathroom and, I know that many people are living with less, but for us, it has taken some time to figure out what works and what doesn’t in such a small space.
1. Storage in Unused Spaces
Storage space is so important when living with a small bathroom so you need to find and use it wherever you can. Jordan from The 2 Seasons built a shelf to fit over the door to store towels. It looks great and it uses up the empty space over the door.
2. Utilizing the Storage Space In Your Vanity
I have a small vanity in my bathroom where a lot of my toiletries are stored. I would love to add a shelf but, because of the water pipes, I wasn’t able to put one in to utilize the space. Instead I found a way to use the open space near the water pipes to store my toilet paper (which would have taken up a lot of real estate if it had to be stored on the floor of the vanity).
3. Hanging Basket Storage
Carmel from Our Fifth House came up with a clever and pretty way to add extra storage. Using baskets is always a great storage solution but when you can hang them on a wall and out-of-the-way, it’s a huge bonus for a small bathroom. Not only do they look great but you can store towels in them, toilet paper, a hair dryer…so many possibilities.
4. Shelves for Storage and Decorating
Everyone wants their space to look good, even those of us with small bathrooms. Melissa from 320 Sycamore hung shelves on an unused wall for storage as well as a display area for some pretty decor. Using baskets to hold supplies is not only helpful but it also adds warmth and texture to a room that can sometimes look sterile.
5. Light Paint Colors
One thing I have learned is that when your bathroom is really small, like ours, you want it to be light and bright. Our bathroom had dark wood trim, a dark(ish) vanity, dark slate tile and a dull paint color on the walls. The slate is staying, for now, but painting the vanity, trim and walls made a huge difference, making it feel bigger.
These are my 5 tips but now I turn it over to you…Do you have a small bathroom? Any tips can you give for living with a small bathroom? I always love to hear what you think. 😉
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