World’s smallest bathroom

Posted on Thu, 4 Nov 2010 by KiM

Here is an email we received from a reader named Mari: “I have the world’s smallest bathroom. I tried a couple of things, but nothing’s seem to work in it. The worst thing it’s not its small size, but how the things are put together. I even had an architect to take a look, but there was no way to change the things out of their original place. The bathroom is 83cm x 2.40m. The shower is 80x80cm. I was wondering if you can get me some ideas.” I honestly don’t know what to say about this because it really is T. I. N. Y. My advice is blow out a wall but I’m guessing that ain’t gonna happen. An architect friend of Mari’s said that it would be possible to blow out the wall on the left, but when it was time to do it, it was discovered that that was some kind of building regulation against it. So if you guys have any ideas for Mari, fire away! (P.S. I did a “small bathroom” reader request a couple months back but I’m not sure that post would even help in this case).

nat says:

hey Marie,
like many I'd remove the vanity…or change it.
If you have to keep it, mirror or paint it white/a bright fun colour…and push the sink back so it's flush with the wall.
If you can remove it:
create a narrower floating single drawer/ two with a mirrored surface / light colour
+ sink flush to the wall & integrated into the new vanity
I would also use a mirrored surface behind/above the toilet and if you dont want to re-tile
then if you can paint tiles a white or a brighter shade.
I would also add some type of shelving – along the line of the bottom of the mirror towards the toilet Molger is a cheap option and you can paint it http://www.ikea.co.il/?catid={1E364773-5DE7-4F32-B677-42BB228FE29D}&details_type=1&itemid={EF47C586-4C30-41A2-AB18-9FFFBB791C5A}
if you cant find glass. I'd probably make two shelves on top of each other so you have more storage…
rather than using the window as a shelf…I would also add a plant / plants to the window instead

I also agree with whoever recommended adding a glass shelf or something into shower
– there are rounded triangular ones that can fit into a corner to hold necessities

finally you can also add a towel rail horizontal to the shower door (kind of like what you have on an oven)

overall I think removing the big vanity & making narrower sink + single drawer &+ more shelving solutions
+ changing the colour of the tiles to something brighter/more reflective (with paint or retiling)
& extending mirrored surfaces will feel bigger & better (I wish the window wasn't there, I'd put a huge mirror over the toilet)
and I really recommend adding something living – green plant life – to the window sill
good luck!!!

Mid Mod Tom says:

Same idea: Nix the cabinet and get a pedestal sink

Mid Mod Tom says:

Oh, and if you can, remove the door and install a pocket door. Doors are often the last thing people think of when trying to create the illusion of more space

Jessica says:

We have a tiny bathroom as well, though it's bigger than yours! I would definitely nix the pedestal sink idea. Sure it's pretty, but it doesn't allow for storage and in a small bathroom that's a big requirement. We're taking out our pedestal sink and replacing with a Lillangen sink from IKEA (http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/categories/series/15288/). They're only 16 inches/41 cm deep and come in three different lengths. They have a lot of storage for such a small space and will free up a lot of space.

For additional help, try a mirror over the toilet. That should visually open the space a bit.

Good luck!

lala says:

Wow! That is little! Mine is tiny, as well : 3 ft., 8" by 7 feet. I am in the process of redoing it, and hope my blog can help you out!

Rachel says:

Pedestal sink and shelving for storage. The cabinet takes up way too much space and a pedestal would immediately make things seem larger. Moving the storage up onto storage instead of on the floor in a cabinet woud open up floor space and give you more room. I also like the idea of a folding or even sliding door if it's possible.

Sfdoddsy says:

I think it is simple, and some of the above comments have hinted atnit.

But I would remove all the unecessary items and make the entire space a wetroom., with the shower head on the ceiling. As long as you can store towels immediately outside ( sliding door) that's all you need.

Treat the space as a giant shower (with loo) rather than a small bathroom.

Remember, the average shower stall is 900×900.

Sander says:

If you're going to replace the tiles on the wall… put them horizontal. No busy patterns, plain white will give you the most spacious feel… keep colors to a minimum… just white and a little gray/black for contrast. Then add a bit of color (just one) with your towels, accessories, etc.
Hanging toilet also helps, and is easier to clean under.
Make door opening outward, instead of inward.
And get rid of all the bottles, etc. Just keep the bare minimum… preferably all in one color.

lane says:

i would add a towel/product storage cabinet that fits over the toilet its a great way to add storage using wall space that doesnt usually get used

Guillermo says:

I have seen much smaller bathrooms here in Finland where you shower almost sitting on the toilet seat and they work very well and are very functional

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