As we increasingly move to towns and cities, more and more of us are living in smaller and smaller areas.
An extreme example of this came back in September 2014 when a 7ft-wide house went on sale in Harringay for £235,000 and was then followed a few days later by the ‘smallest house in the world’ going on the market in Islington for £275,000.
While these tiny houses are obviously not the norm, it highlights the fact that people are prepared to sacrifice space if they are in the right location. One of the areas in the home that suffers most is the bathroom, with the average bathroom now measuring a mere 1.8m by 1.8m.
However, bathrooms are arguably the most important room in the house and, while people are willing to sacrifice space, they are usually less happy to sacrifice style and functionality. This presents a huge challenge for plumbers and installers who have limited space to work with and customers who expect the area to be maximised to the highest standards. For these reasons, it’s important that bathroom installers are aware of products and tricks of the trade that make the most of bathrooms with limited space.
Making the most of wall space can help to make a small bathroom look bigger and there is a wide variety of bathroom furniture available to make this possible. Wall-hung basins and toilets that use specialist frames give the impression of extra square-footage and are also very easy to install. It’s also very common for toilet cisterns to be hidden, which not only saves space, but gives a stylish and streamlined appearance to the bathroom.
Bathroom furniture with ‘short projections’ (i.e. they don’t stick out far from the wall) have become increasingly popular as an inventive way to save space. Having short projection cupboards saves space and also hides clutter such as shampoo bottles, bleaches and other toiletry products. Smooth, clean, uncluttered services will help to make even the smallest of bathrooms or ensuites look bigger.
Additionally, choosing vanity units that are mirrored and have a light-coloured finish will help to give the illusion of space. Dark finishes always makes a room feel more ‘closed in’ so they are not recommended for small rooms. Mirrors and light colours will reflect light, giving a bright and open feel, especially important if it’s a windowless room providing no natural light.
If installers keep themselves updated with small bathroom fashions, they will be able to offer homeowners fantastic advice and customer service when it comes to designing the smallest but most important room in a house. Not only will customers end up with a fantastic bathroom, but it will reflect well on our knowledgeable and cutting-edge industry.
Article by Benjamin Clarke