It does not seem to matter how big our homes are, we'd like to have a bigger bathroom. Considering the amount of time we spend in them, you'd think that builders would budget more space to them. But I guess it's an easy place to trim space for other things.
Because of this, a lot of homeowners are faced with the same issue – how to get the most out of what bathroom space they have. Fortunately, because it's such a common issue, there are lots of solutions.
One effective solution is a wall-mounted sink.
You free up the floor space normally picked up by the vanity cabinet and the things you might normally store there can be moved elsewhere. Cleaners can go in the kitchen, personal items into a medicine cabinet, etc.
In most bathrooms, the space from chest height and up goes unused, but that does not need to be the case.
There are plenty of attractive styles of shelving that can hold your towels, shampoo, soap and other common bathroom items. If you have shorter members in the family, all you need is a collapsible stepping stool to help them reach the higher items. When the stool is collapsed, it still takes up a lot less space than a vanity would.
Of course, you can also extend this to the tub / shower. You can install a higher shelf to hold things like soap, shampoo, razors and other items you use in the shower. Again, a collapsible stool can be used but ensure that it has rubber non-slip feet in this case.
A wall-mounted sink would also mean you lose any counter space that you might have had with a vanity, of course. It is a tradeoff, but given that most people use the countertop either for decorative items or as a catch-all storage, it's really not that big of a loss.
If you do need a countertop, however, you could install a wall-mounted “counter” in the form of a shelf close by the sink. This gives you space for your most-needed items, without taking up any actual floor space. It can also be used to store things that might normally go inside a drawer in a vanity cabinet.
Yes, hanging a wall-mounted sink and countertop still uses space in the bathroom. But leaving the actual floor space open gives the room a much less cramped feeling, even if the actual usable space is not that much different.
Some other “tricks” that can help accomplish this include hanging a mirror or two, using the right colors and so on. Mirrors give the sense of a larger space by giving the illusion of more “room” behind them. Larger mirrors will be more effective this way.
You can even hang two mirrors across from one another to maximize this effect.
Brighter colors also contribute to the feel of a larger room and they are perfect for a bathroom. Dark colors, on the other hand, will make the room feel smaller.
If the design and placement of your bathroom allows it, a skylight can also make a vast difference. The natural light it allows in will really help make the room feel brighter and larger.
And of course, use your own creativity. Try different layouts as much as you can, placing things like floor standing shelves, plants and even towel racks in different spots to see what works best.