Maximizing a Tiny Bathroom

Maximizing a Tiny Bathroom

Cramped but Cozy: Transforming Your Tiny Bathroom into a Spa-Like Oasis

I'll admit it - when I first moved into my cozy little fixer-upper, the bathroom was my least favorite room. It was so small, I could practically wash my hands while sitting on the toilet (not that I'd ever actually do that, of course). Pedestal sink, zero counter space, and a layout that felt more like a phone booth than a functional bathroom. But you know what they say - when life gives you a tiny bathroom, get creative!

Rethinking the Layout

The first step in maximizing my tiny bathroom was taking a long, hard look at the layout. That sunken tub may have been a unique design choice back in 1928, but it was quickly becoming the bane of my existence. And that awkwardly positioned doorway? Not doing me any favors either.

Taking a look at the "before" photos, I knew I had my work cut out for me. But with a little creative thinking and some strategic planning, I was determined to turn this cramped space into a spa-like oasis.

Vertical Storage Solutions

One of the biggest challenges with a tiny bathroom is finding enough storage space for all your essentials. Forget about having a vanity or linen closet - in a room this small, every square inch counts. That's where vertical storage solutions came in handy.

I started by mounting a set of wire baskets on the wall, perfect for corralling things like extra towels, washcloths, and my collection of bath bombs (a girl's gotta treat herself, right?). And instead of a bulky under-sink cabinet, I opted for a slim, wall-mounted vanity that gave me the storage I needed without taking up precious floor space.

As the experts at Better Homes & Gardens suggest, making the most of vertical space is key in a tiny bathroom. From hanging organizers in the shower to attaching magnetic strips for bobby pins and hair clips, there are so many creative ways to maximize that precious wall real estate.

Clever Shower Solutions

Speaking of the shower, that was another area that needed some serious attention. With a pedestal sink hogging up valuable floor space, I knew I couldn't afford a traditional shower enclosure. But that didn't mean I had to settle for a sad little trickle of water.

After reading up on MrSteam's recommendations, I decided to ditch the tub altogether and go for a sleek, barrier-free steam shower. Not only did this open up the room, but it also gave me access to all the luxurious, therapeutic benefits of a steam shower - in a space as small as 3x3 feet! Talk about maximizing every inch.

Lighting and Mirrors

Now, I know what you're thinking - with all these space-saving solutions, won't my tiny bathroom start to feel even tinier? Not if you do it right! Proper lighting and strategically placed mirrors can work wonders in making a small space feel larger than life.

I started by swapping out the dated light fixture for a series of recessed LED lights, which helped create the illusion of higher ceilings. And instead of a single vanity mirror, I hung a vertical oval mirror that stretches all the way up to the ceiling. The reflective surface not only makes the room feel more open, but it also floods the space with natural light.

As the MrSteam experts point out, mirrors are one of the easiest ways to make a cramped bathroom feel more expansive. From oversized mirrors to creative placements, the options are endless when it comes to using reflective surfaces to your advantage.

Maximizing Every Inch

At this point, you might be thinking, "Okay, so you've got the storage, the shower, and the lighting all figured out. But what about all that empty space between the sink and the toilet?" Well, my friends, that's where the real magic happens.

Remember those wire baskets I mentioned earlier? I ended up mounting a few of them right on the wall, creating the perfect spot to store my go-to toiletries and beauty products. And instead of letting that awkward space under the sink go to waste, I added a tiered organizer to keep my cleaning supplies neatly tucked away.

As the experts at Better Homes & Gardens suggest, making use of behind-the-door space and odd nooks and crannies is key in a tiny bathroom. From adhesive hooks for hair tools to magnetic strips for bobby pins, there are so many clever ways to maximize every square inch.

Bringing it all Together

So, there you have it - my journey from cramped and cluttered to spa-like and serene. Sure, it took a little creativity and elbow grease, but the end result is a tiny bathroom that feels just as luxurious as its larger counterparts.

And you know what the best part is? Now that I've got my bathroom figured out, I can shift my focus to the rest of the house. After all, iLiving Homes is waiting to help me tackle the next big renovation project. Who knows what magic we'll be able to work in the rest of my cozy little fixer-upper?

iLIVINGHOME logo white

Quality flooring is the key to a healthy home. That’s why we at i Living Home provide you with only the best.

Contact Info


Sign up for our newsletter to get access to exclusive offers and deals that won’t show up on our website! You’ll also receive tips on how to maintain your flooring for a lifetime of enjoyment!

Flooring Services 

Copyright © 2022. All rights reserved.