10_Ideas_for_Small_BathroomsHistoric homes in the Pittsburgh area are full of charm and character.

They also have a few quirks. It is not uncommon for older homes in Southwestern Pennsylvania to come equipped with only one full bathroom, and that bathroom is typically quite small.  If more than one person lives in the house, a small bathroom can quickly feel cramped.

If you love your older home but struggle to love your small bathroom, here are ten ideas to help you maximize the space.

One: Rethink Your Sink

If you’ve got a full vanity, a pedestal sink can instantly open up some space in a small bathroom. You can also consider installing a corner sink which will open up the room and give you more space to move and provides storage space in the vanity area.

Two: Ditch the Sliding Shower Door

A shower curtain that moves back and forth can help you save considerable space in a tiny bathroom, or a sliding glass door can be replaced with a single glass panel. If no one in the family takes baths, consider converting a tub and shower combo into a new, modern shower stall which can free up several square feet of space.

Three: Add Counter Space over the Toilet

Stone slabs can be used to create an eye-catching yet functional feature. The toilet doesn’t need to be moved - the counter can be built over top of it, and the result is a clean, minimalist look that provides usable counter space.

Four: Play with Lighting

If you simply cannot add or subtract many features from the room, strategically placed, ambient lighting can instantly create the illusion of a bigger space.

Five: Go Bright White

White tile or white marble from floor to ceiling creates a clean and modern look. It also opens up the room. White is a great reflector of natural light, and instantly makes a small bathroom feel larger.

Six: Move Your Faucet

Wall-mounted faucets allow you to use a narrow sink or vanity, instantly freeing up square footage in a small bathroom.

Seven: Move Your Toilet

A wall-mounted commode can also free up much-needed space in a tiny bathroom. And they make great conversation pieces!

Eight: Need More Storage? Look up!

Floor-to-ceiling cabinets can instantly add premium storage space for towels, toiletries and other supplies, and they don’t take up too much floor space.

Nine: Play with Tone and Texture

Many people think small bathrooms must utilize minimalist design. However, rich tones and textures and nontraditional materials create a focal point that commands attention and distracts from the size of the room.

Ten: Get the Towels off the Walls

Are your towel racks on your walls? Move them to a door to instantly open up the feel of the room or free up wall space for shelves or cabinets.

These are just a few ideas for homeowners with small bathrooms.  There are an infinite number of ways that you can play with function and design to help maximize space in your own tiny bath. If you’re looking for ideas on how to overhaul your small bathroom, the team at Legacy Remodeling in Pittsburgh is here to help.  Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss the ways we can help you fall in love with your tiny space with a bathroom remodeling project.