a Mirror in the Bathroom

+ Nine Other Tips for Opening Up A Small Space

by John Linden (john@mirrorcoop.com)

Photo above Stormy Antiqued Mirror in Tiled Bathroom by MirrorCoop


10 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom Bigger

We all dream of having an enormous bathroom—a jacuzzi-style tub, full-length mirrors and a shower the size of your bedroom. In reality, though, most of us are dealing with small, cramped rooms that have barely enough space. 

Fortunately, there are a number of things you can do to make the most out of what you have. You don’t need to knock down the bathroom walls and renovate your home to give yourself some extra room, either.

These ten tips will help you to open up your bathroom a bit more and give you some more space until you’re able to afford one with a swimming pool sized tub. As a bonus, each suggestion has a link to the best place to find these products or a photo where someone has accomplished the idea in a really effective way. 

Pedestal Sinks are Your Friend

If you have the option to put a pedestal sink in, do it. Without a clunky cabinet underneath your sink, you’ll have room to put wastebaskets, toiletry storage and other organizing tools. Cleaning underneath a pedestal sink is also a lot easier, which always helps to make the room feel bigger.

At MirrorCoop, we always use www.vintagetub.com for pedestal and other sinks. The website is very reliable and easy to work with. 

Sliding Doors are Space-Efficient

Swinging doors are nice to have when you’ve got the space, but we’re trying to think minimally. Sliding doors tuck right into the wall, making it easy for you to maximize the wall space right up to the edge of the doorjamb.

My best tip here is just talk to your cabinet company about using these doors. For the intrepid DIYer, check out this article by Sawdust Girl that walks you through how to install sliding bi-passing doors yourself. 

Take the Cabinet Doors Off

If you’ve got cabinets in your bathroom, consider taking the doors off of them. This will essentially turn your cabinets (aka “clutterboxes”) into shelves that can be organized and decorated in such a way that transforms your room.

Here is an example from a Modern kitchen, but you get the idea

Stay Organized!

Speaking of organization, it’s crucial to keep your stuff in order when you have a small bathroom. Utilize mason jars, decorative containers and shelving to store your makeup, towels and bath products. Try your best to make sure everything returns to its home once you’re done using it (we know…it’s difficult).

If you do nothing else from this article, check out Marie Kondo's excellent Tidying Up

Get Creative with Shelving

If you have no extra closet space in your home, which can be used to store towels and other bathroom goods, you’ll need to put some shelving in. Use a standing or hanging shelf behind your toilet to organize your stuff.

Don’t overlook any potential shelf space, either. Have a 6” section of wall next to your sink? Cut down some repurposed wood and mount the piece to the wall with brackets! these could be the perfect space for lotion bottles, cups of toothbrushes or extra bars of soap.

Here is a cool HGTV article about creative shelving for small spaces

Utilize Mirrors

Okay, now we’re getting scientific. If you aren’t aware, mirrors can actually make your eye believe that the room is bigger than it is. By reflecting the space around it, a mirror can cause the person in the room to perceive the space as 50-percent larger.

If you can put some reflective tiles in your bathroom, definitely do it. They may be a pain to clean (ew..smudges) but they’ll make your small bathroom feel much bigger.

Check out the mirrors we have available right now for inspiration

Keep Things Vertical

Vertical lines also play tricks on the eye. When our eyes encounter vertical lines, they can’t help but move up and down. They create the illusion that the ceiling is much higher than it really is, making the bathroom look a lot more spacious.

Consider hanging a vertically-striped shower curtain or window shades. You’ll be surprised at how it transforms your bathroom.

Not to get too philosophical, but here is the theory behind this idea

Let the Light In

Not everyone has a window in their bathroom (sorry, apartment folks). However, if you do have a window, let as much light in as possible. Thin, lightly-colored shades will allow you to maintain privacy while still allowing the natural light to fill the space.

Use Blindsgalore -- the best customer service, product quality is pretty good, and they are very easy to work with. 

White, White, White

If you’re trying to create space in a room that lacks it, white is the color to use. White paint, fabrics and tiles can produce the illusion of space. It’s also a great color because it matches everything, so any decorations you bring in will fit right in.

Keep it Clear

If you can afford them, glass surfaces are a helpful way to open up any room. Most big-box hardware stores sell glass shelving in a variety of different sizes. Whereas solid-colored surfaces stop your eye from moving, glass creates a sense of depth by allowing your eye to pass through them.

Again, the more glass you have, the more often you’ll find yourself cleaning. It’s one way to turn a tiny bathroom into a huge one (or one that feels huge, at least).

Ordering glass shelving online can be tricky, so I suggest googling "glass shelves" near me and you should find a few local stores who can get this done for you. 

A Mirror in The Bathroom

Since this is MirrorCoop, we have to at least mention the how we have put mirrors in bathrooms all over the US. If you are unfamiliar with our brand, check out www.mirrorcoop.com/about-us for the full story.

For available pieces, check out our homepage. Otherwise, drop me a line below and we can discuss your options for custom color, size, and frame. 

I'm john@mirrorcoop.com. Never hesitate to reach out. 

All My Best

- John