Most of us love the idea of an ensuite bathroom. In addition to being practical, they can also boost the value (and saleability) of your home. They can save lots of time and arguments for a growing family – especially with teenagers in the mix! And they’re a great addition to any guest bedroom. So why don’t more of us take the plunge? Interestingly, one of the biggest obstacles to installing an ensuite isn’t cost, but space. Many people are put off the idea if they don’t have much room to start with. But where ensuites are concerned, small can definitely be beautiful! Read on to discover how to make the most of every single available square metre with our small ensuite bathroom ideas.
Look for options like our Bauhaus Pier Short Projection Wall Hung WC. Designed specifically for smaller bathrooms and ensuites, its projection is just 430mm. It’s sleek, chic and compact – and even incorporates a high function flush. Our Britton Stadium Rimless Wall Hung WC & Soft Close Seat is another winner. Its contemporary lines will complement any small ensuite bathroom. And its rimless design is easy to clean and maintain too (a big bonus when space is tight!).
And so to showers. A hinged shower enclosure might seem like the obvious option, but don’t dismiss the idea of a wet room. They don’t need a shower tray or bulky shower enclosure with awkward-to-open doors. In fact, this could be the perfect solution for a small ensuite bathroom. Wet rooms are also a practical option for anyone with reduced mobility who would struggle to navigate a traditional small ensuite.
Lastly, if you find you’re struggling to shoehorn in a basin, it might be time to get creative with your corners. Corner basins are a brilliant option for a cloakroom or small ensuite bathroom. They are compact, space-efficient and help to create a clean, uncluttered look.
Everything has to work hard to earn its place in a small ensuite bathroom – and your furniture is no exception. This is where cloakroom units can really come into their own. Site your basin on top of a vanity unit, to create additional storage without compromising on style or space. Vanity units can be wall mounted, floor standing or built-in. Today’s modern vanity versions are available in a variety of different colours and finishes. We’re big fans of our on-trend slate grey version from Roper Rhodes for a small ensuite bathroom.
Combination vanity units are also worth exploring. As the name suggests, these combine a number of different elements, such as a toilet unit, basin and vanity.
A vanity is not the only storage option in a small ensuite. Don’t let your walls go to waste! Measure carefully and experiment with layouts. If you have the room (and the projection allows), include a wall-mounted unit. Small spaces don’t mean you have to skimp on style. Our Tavistock Impact storage unit is both practical and sophisticated. It also has reversible doors for left or right hand opening.
Radiator/heated towel rail combos are another way to save space while doubling up on function. And these days there are lots of shapes and sizes available, to fit into the smallest of spaces. A stunning option for a classically-styled ensuite is our Zehnder Charleston Bar Traditional Radiator. This incorporates an eye-catching multi-column design complete with chrome towel rail. It’s even available in a number of different heights.
One other way to introduce extra storage in a small ensuite is with recessed shelves. This options works especially well within a shower enclosure. Why not check out our sister company Sanctuary Bathrooms’ Pinterest social channel for some great inspiration and ideas?
Don’t let lighting be an afterthought. It’s an important component of any bathroom design – but it’s vital to get it right when space is tight. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if your ensuite is tiny, don’t overlight it. You want to see clearly, of course, but avoid the ‘searchlight’ effect.
LED spotlights, which sit flush within the walls and/or ceiling, are a sensible choice for a small ensuite. Save the hanging light or statement chandelier for the main family bathroom.
Make the most of your mirror options too. Mirrors can work miracles when you’re trying to make a small space look bigger. And like furniture, they can multitask too. Choose an illuminated option, or even a wall-mounted mirror cabinet, for maximum impact.
It might seem obvious, but it’s still worth mentioning windows. If you have the option to install one, or increase the size of an existing one, do it! It will provide more natural light, which always makes a small space seem bigger. It will increase the ventilation too, to help keep humidity levels under control.
Last but by no means least, choose your colour scheme carefully. Dark shades and busy patterns can easily overwhelm a small ensuite, so embrace your inner minimalist. Think light and bright; plain and pared back. It’s hard to go wrong with tones of white, cream and beige.
Shape and texture and important too, so bear this in mind when selecting your ensuite tiles. Don’t choose anything too small or busy! Larger, plain tiles, with fewer grouting lines, can seriously increase the sensation of space.
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