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Tips for tiny bathhroom

Small bathrooms feel larger when you can see the floor and all four walls.
Small bathrooms feel larger when you can see the floor and all four walls.
Small bathrooms feel larger when you can see the floor and all four walls. Gallery: Tips for tiny bathhroom
Q: I can't figure out how to redo our little bath. Our house is from the 1950s, with one amazing original bath and a second bath added later. That one makes our room the master, but it's so cramped with a dingy tub, frosted glass doors, and an icky vanity. There's no way to make the room bigger, but how can we maximize the space? My husband thinks we should make a half-bath with two sinks, but then we would have to go down the hall to shower.

- Anne-Marie
A: While I love the idea of two sinks, turning a two-bath house into a one-and-a-half bath would be a huge mistake. You'd lose resale value, but more important, you'll be kicking yourself every time you have to walk down the hall to shower. I grew up in a little house with six people - we all had to draw straws for the shower!

Did you know you can fit a full bath into a room as big as a sheet of plywood? If you have a tub, I'm guessing your bathroom is bigger than that. You'll probably need to give up on two sinks, but you will be able to shower while your hubby is shaving.

Small bathrooms feel larger when you can see the floor and all four walls. Instead of another built-in tub, use a small freestanding one, or make a roomy shower in the same space. Use a shower curtain with a curved rod. In theory, glass doors make a bath look bigger, but only when they're clean and dry!

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  • Wall-mounted sinks make a bath look bigger, since they don't take up floor space. Place an armoire just outside the bath and a medicine cabinet over the sink for storage. Robe hooks for towels use less space than a bar.

    Good lighting is critical for any small room. Add a window or skylight if possible. Consider the small four-inch recessed downlights on the ceiling with shower trim for a neat appearance, one at each corner of the room and another light above the mirror or one on each side.

    Shiny finishes and light colors will keep your tiny bath looking airy and bright. Other than that, have fun with it, and send pictures.


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