Small Bathroom Design Ideas


Bathrooms are often one of the smallest rooms in the home so planning and designing a new bathroom can be tricky! Check out this post for some small bathroom design ideas and 7 tips on making a small bathroom space appear bigger.


The average UK bathroom isn’t much bigger than 2 king-sized mattresses (roughly 2500 x 2500mm). That’s not very big in the first place but think for a moment what you also have to squeeze into that space! Typically, we need a bath and/or shower, a toilet, basin, some storage and a mirror.

Here at Chiltern Bathrooms we have many years of experience in designing bathrooms, ensuites and cloakrooms in all manner of small spaces.

We can give you some inspiration and advice to make the whole design process easier. We can also suggest bathroom furniture and fittings that can help maximise your space without compromising on style or function.

Contact us for a free, no obligation home consultation.

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips to bear in mind when it comes to planning your small but beautiful bathroom space!


Here are 7 tips on how to make the most of your space and some easy small bathroom design ideas.

1. Stick with the essentials

If space is tight, take a moment at the start of your planning process to work out exactly what you need (and what you don’t need) in that room. Do you need a separate bath, or would just a shower do? Or maybe you could compromise and have a hand-held shower and riser kit in the bath so you can shower in the bath?

You’ll also need a toilet and basin. What about storage? Could you store anything elsewhere in the house rather than in the bathroom – just something to think about if you need to save space somehow.

Think about whether you really need that floor-standing pot plant? Even though it might look nice, is it taking up valuable space?

Make a list of items you MUST have in that room and add things in, ONLY if you have space.

2. Make the most of existing space

This is where you can really benefit from expert knowledge!

If you have a sloping roof, awkward boxing, the room is full of strange angles or is an unusual shape then making the most of all the available space is going to be key, particularly if it’s a small room to begin with.

At Chiltern Bathrooms we can help you utilise as much space as possible. Benefiting from our expertise and being able to move things around in our CAD programme, you’ll be able to see how clever design can help you make the most of the available space.

3. Choose slimline or space-saving furniture

Nowadays there’s a growing selection of space-saving sanitary ware, furniture and fittings to choose from. We can suggest compact, slimline or space-saving products that will maximise your small bathroom space but without compromising on style, functionality or quality.

Choosing space-saving toilets, baths, furniture and so on will help give you a few extra centimetres to free up some space and prevent your small bathroom, cloakroom or ensuite having that ‘crowded in’ feeling where you’ve got too much furniture in too small a room.

Many of our suppliers offer space-saving bathroom furniture, fittings and sanitary ware so do get in touch for some advice.

4. Use your vertical space

If floor space is limited, why not go upwards? Use shelving, mirror cabinets, vertical towel rails and other fittings to make use of your wall space rather than floor space.

This is a fantastic practical solution for those of us who need to create storage space but don’t have the floor space to accommodate it!

5. Think about floor and wall coverings

Think about what kind of effect you want to create on your floor and walls.

Often times, it’s about creating the optical illusion of space instead of being able to magically create more space.

Larger tiles often seem to make an area look bigger than small tiles where the grout lines divide the room up even more.

Consider extending the tiles up the walls instead of just on the floor. This makes the floor and wall surfaces blend together rather than breaking the walls and floor into separate faces.

You can even extend the floor tiles up the side of the bath instead of using a more traditional bath panel.

6. Consider colour and pattern

Darker, bolder colours tend to leap out at us or make a small room appear darker and smaller.

Patterns can be busy on the eye.

Much of how your finished bathroom will look is up to you, but consider whether your small bathroom space can take a lot of colour and pattern or whether less fussy detail and paler colours (particularly on big flat surfaces such as walls and floors) will make the space appear more open, airy and bigger.

Paler colours such as white also tend to reflect the light so you can make the most of any natural light available.

If colour is your thing, could you add pops of accent colour instead in the form of bathroom accessories such as towels and mats for example?

7. Lighting and mirrors

Choose your lighting so that it suits a range of requirements. This could be for bathing or showering, applying make-up, or even just using the toilet in the middle of the night.

Here at Chiltern Bathrooms we can advise you on the different types of lighting available for your bathroom and how this can help make your bathroom space appear bigger.

Mirrors, of course, help to reflect light and give the illusion of more space so they’re an easy way of tricking your mind into thinking the bathroom is bigger than it is!


It can be difficult planning your new bathroom, ensuite or wetroom but when the space is small, it’s even more tricky!

With some clever design and expert product knowledge, we can help make the process so much easier.

We can help you save space, create a room that what works for you, without blowing the budget or sacrificing on functionality or style.

Get in touch with us now for a free, no obligation home consultation or give us a call on 01494 728882.

Small bathroom design ideas