Makingthe best use of space in any property is a challenge, but an extratoilet or shower room can be an extremely convenient addition forguests, children, housemates and lodgers alike. It is surprising whatcan be achieved within a tiny toilet, a loft gap, broom cupboard,under-stair cupboard or that room filled floor to ceiling withmiscellaneous junk that is homesick for a rubbish skip. There areplenty of compact, wall-mounted, modern showers available thatwould suit a streamlined small bathroom design, just have a searchthrough the pages on ebay.After all is said and done, who wants a shower or bathroom withoutthe space to pull off a Mick Jagger impression in the mirror?
It is sometimeshard to see how a tiny space can be transformed into somethingworthwhile but if you know your options and ensure they are wellworked you will be successful. A stylish if compact and bijoux new bathroom could be waiting somewhere in your home. Some key areasto focus on, according to Channel4sroom advice,are lighting, your selection of utilities and furniture, maximisingstorage space and the optimisation of your floor space.
Wheredo I start?
Goodsources of natural light can lift the mood of a small space instantlyand make it feel twice as big. Installing a skylight where applicableor leaving any small windows uncovered may do the trick. If you areconcerned about your neighbours seeing you uncovered then frostedglass panels should keep out the prying eyes while ensuring incominglight.
Choosingfurniture you are particularly proud of will draw away attention froma cell-sized wash space. Large mirrors, big glamorous floor tiles, afreestanding chic bathtub or a deep pedestal sink (as opposed to avanity) can make a small, embarrassing space feel purposeful andstylish. Small bathtubs and bright paint colours will also make theroom feel lighter and more roomy.
Amore radical stance is taken by Freshome.comwho even suggest turning a teeny space into a wet room. Fewerboundaries means the whole room becomes an all-functional Europeanstyle wash closet. Wall-mounted taps may allow you the key inches tofit in a modest bathtub.
Thehonest answer is that you may not have to choose. Compact baths areavailable as slim as 120cm in length. In turn you could also opt fora shower bath combination rather than sacrificing one for the other.These days it does not have to mean sacrificing a powerful showerpressure either. The times of shivering under a slow trickle havegone. Wall-mounted shower heads can be purchased and evenself-installed for a reasonable price.
Usingthermostatic mixer anti-scolding technology for a steady temperature,a fixed rain-shower head, a flexible shower head with hose andusually coming with a ten-year guarantee, it is still an appealingset up whether you are standing in your bath or on slanted tiles.
Convertingthat unused cupboard into a small bathroom with a few of thesecompact design innovations may mean losing a place to hide when thein-laws drop in for a visit, but it may also make all the differencenot having to queue for a shower in the morning.