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In the UK we have the smallest average room size for domestic property of any European country. So, for those of us not blessed with giant bathrooms, here are a few handy tips for making the most of your available space. After all, the bathroom is where we prepare to face the world each morning, so we all need space in which to work.
Now bathroom furniture may not be something that immediately springs to mind when trying to maximise limited space, however, this is all about making intelligent use of what space you have. Storage units built around, or incorporating your furnishings can make use of floor space that usually goes unused. For example, a vanity unit installed beneath a sink can cover up pipe work, making the room appear more streamlined and modern, whilst transforming some dead space into a handy cubby-hole.
Optical illusions can be your friend, as well. A large mirrored cabinet will not only create the impression that the room is much larger and lighter, but will provide easy-access storage to your everyday toiletries. Many wall-mounted bathroom mirrors are now also available with shelving built around the perimeter, which allows the mirror to be mounted flush to the wall, whilst still creating space for your essentials.
If you still have a full bath, why not upgrade to a shower enclosure? This will make available approximately half of the floor space occupied by a bath, and there are myriad styles and finishes available to suit any décor style you choose. A secondary benefit to bear in mind is that showers do use significantly less water than baths, which will prove to be a money-saver. Quadrant showers can be fitted into the corner of a room and bi-fold doors fold away as you enter and exit the shower, both of will help keep the main area of the bathroom unobstructed.
Wall-mounted accessories can also be a real help. If, for example, you choose to mount a soap-dish and toothbrush holder above your sink, then you can easily swap in a smaller basin, thereby freeing up some space for very little work.
Seek to combine your furnishings wherever possible. A heated towel rack combines a radiator and a place to hang your used towels to dry. This efficient, space-saving option is easy to install and will lend your bathroom an instantly modern, designer ambience.
A tall, narrow storage unit can be a gift to those among us with smaller bathrooms. A very small footprint will leave as much floor space as possible, whilst the height of some units means you really can fit a lot inside them. A great option for storing fresh towels, toiletries, or few little design flourishes if you’re feeling creative!
So there are a few bathroom furniture suggestions to get your ideas flowing, but remember; a coat of paint and some new grouting is a cost-effective and easy way to get your space-saving renovation under way.
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