3 Designer Hacks for Teensy Tiny Bathrooms! (2023)


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- Hey guys.

Welcome back.

Today's subject is a super biggie.

You guys have been asking all about what to do with like bathrooms? Just everything from how to design them, design hacks, how to's, trends, more.

So today, we're hitting all things bathrooms and stick to the end because I'm gonna give you my three top design tips for those teensy, tiny, little bathrooms., Now, I have lived in Europe, I've lived in New York and I know, how tiny those bathrooms are, and you gonna maximize them.

So that's.

What we're going to be talking about today., (upbeat, music), So, guys, here's, the deal about bathrooms.

They're, what I call design dense.


What does design dense mean?? Well, bathrooms are small spaces and there's a lot happening in them.

Think about this.

You've got multiple plumbing, fixtures and other things.


You've got sinks.

You've got toilets.

You've got bidets, tubs, showers, all kinds of specialty.

Drains, specialty, flooring., You've got tiles and things that are resistant to wet.

You've got ventilation issues.

You've got specialty and regular lighting.

You have massive mirror, issues.


The biggest thing of all, is you have huge storage, issues., So, we're, gonna hit all of that today.

So let's dive in and take a look at how we can make your bathrooms work for you and make them free in the process.

Now to maximize your bathrooms, performance, and that's.

Really what we're talking about here, is you need to absolutely think about it like any other small, space.

It's, like a ship.

You have to have every square inch usable and doing things for you.


A look at this bathroom.

They, literally have shelving stacked all the way up to the ceiling.

And it works and actually looks attractive, which is really nice.

So we're gonna think a lot vertically with our bathrooms and that's gonna all of a sudden change how much we can use them and make use of them.

So when I'm designing a bathroom, beyond location of the plumbing fixtures.

The first thing I'm thinking about is how do I maximize storage space in any situation? So when you're going vertically with your bathrooms, you need to plan everything out in advance.

You need to know exact measurements to the inch or centimeter.

You need to know exactly where you're gonna put shelving, clearances, et cetera, right?, A, really great option.

I like to use are kind of cute little racks that are above head, height.

There's, all that wasted space up there., So, let's, go ahead and use it.

Let me show you a couple of cute things., Like, I love.

This one that has the towel rack over the door.

It looks attractive as long as you fold your towels, right.


You know, it's way up using that dead space up there, which doesn't have any use otherwise.

I also like to build up ceiling, cabinets.

So for instance.

This one is higher up in the ceiling on this lovely, wood wall.

But you can go all the way up to the ceiling, like these shelves that hold either TP and some other baskets or this one that runs all the way across the toilet and small sink that has lovely little baskets right next to it.

Those are great solutions because that area up there.

No one comes near it and it's dead space.

And you can maximize it for storage.

So that's.

One thing to be sure and think of.

The other thing too that you want to consider is, how can you utilize the area above the toilet, basin? Because, a lot of times, if you've got a wall that goes in, or you've got a recess where that toilet is, ooh, you're, golden., You can throw in shelves up there, all the way to the ceiling, you can build in cabinets.

There's all kinds of ways you can do that.

There's, lots of different options.


Now, I, wanna show you a quick tip., (alert, beeps) Baskets are your buddies.

So guys, I've said, this before, but baskets are your buddies, especially in bathrooms.

Bathrooms have to store a lot of small items that need to be tucked away.

'cause they're, not really attractive.

Things like linens, small, toiletries, bath and shower, products, often medicines or first aid, supplies, grooming equipment like hairdryers, shavers, toothbrushes., Frequently, even makeup and other vanity table, supplies, toilet and bidets supplies and cleaning equipment.

Sometimes, even jewelry.

So much more.

Basket buddies help you stay organized.


Another fabulous thing that you really wanna maximize, and I, love them, and there's.

So many great ones out there.

Now are hooks.

Ooh, I'm a hook freak.

Oh, my gosh.

I'll, put them anywhere, and you can use them for so many different things.


So many different cool ones out there right? Now, we're gonna link a bunch of these down below.

I love.

This big quadruple one, or maybe they're just some singles.

You're, utilizing vertical space in a great way by maximizing your hook usage.

Now don't forget, as I mentioned the space next to and above your toilets and or bidets.


What I go over the loose base can be maximized with shelves, with cabinets, there's.

All kinds of things.

This is a beautiful little one with two little wood, shelves, that's, great., If, you're renting.

And you don't wanna build something in, there's, a number of different vendors that do over the toilet kind of ladders that give you some storage space that you can put basket buddies.


These are beautiful.

The one with the chrome finish, which is great.


If you are building in, look at this fabulous one that has the wall-mounted toilet with the built-in cabinet above with a little bit of low light, ooh, that's, very sexy.


You can just put a big cabinet recess in between two studs with shelves above it and store all kinds of stuff in there.

So there's, great options for this, as long as you make sure you're maximizing it., Now, the key there.

Is, if you're going to do open shelves, you wanna make sure that they look organized, and at least a little attractive., So again, the baskets, but also maybe think about a little plant or something that maybe can kind of work.

Well in dark spaces.


You wanna do a foul one in there, that's, really fine.


If you wanna do a live one, be sure and check out my video on plants that survive in low light conditions and love moisture.

And for those of you all who have pedestal sinks or small wall, mounted sinks, don't, worry.

Look at the way you can maximize some of this.

There's, even some little built-in cabinets that you can do, or if you're renting again, you can actually buy shelves that have the dent in the center, but it still gives you the opportunity to place folded towels and maybe some cosmetics or vanity products, right there above it.

Look at this beautiful one with the baskets.

These are great and we'll link to some of these down below so that you can maximize that as well.

Now tip.

Number two is to maximize your lighting in a bathroom.


This one is so important.

Bathrooms need to be places that you can really see well.


You wanna be able to see if something is dirty.

But you also wanna be able to see if you look normal, because what you look like in that bathroom mirror, may not be what you look like in the world.

And that can be a problem.


Wanna make sure that you're looking healthy.

And you definitely wanna make sure that if you making up your face or doing your hair in the bathroom, you wanna make sure your lighting is good.

So that you don't end up walking out into the world, looking a little crazy.


Take a look at these three spaces.


Do you notice? Now,? The overall lighting palette should be bright.

You want to be able to see dirt in this room.


Sure your ceiling lights are as bright as you can get it.

Don't worry.

You can always put them on dimmers, but you can see from all three of these rooms.

There are different approaches to lighting, but they're all well lit, and they have face lighting, ceiling, light, and even under-counter lighting, which is really another element that you wanna.

Consider that we'll talk about.


We've all seen these dark powder rooms, before.

Those are lovely.

But you don't want to be doing that for your main bathroom., So, leave the sexy lighting for the powder room and make sure that your bathroom is as well lit as possible.


Not only do you wanna include the ceiling lighting.

But you also wanna make sure that you have face lighting, directly on you.


Consider things like strips that go on either side of a mirror.

You can hang a pendant.

It doesn't matter.

As long as that light gets down to an area that's close to where your face is, you're going to get be getting direct light onto it, which will give you the best opportunity for understanding really what it is to you're seeing.

Now, the last element of lighting that you don't.

Wanna forget about is the option of under-counter or strip lighting.

Oh, I love.

These two images.

This, one where the mirror is actually back lit on a darker wall, that's, really important.


Then there's, also one that has a cabinet that has the lighting underneath it, which is great.

The reason, I always include strip lighting or low level, LED lighting, which, of course, you can dim.

These days, is because you can turn those on if you switch them separately.

So they act like a nightlight at night, because if you need to get into the bathroom in the dark, and you have that just little dim glow at the bottom, you at least know where you're going, which is super, super helpful., So it's, very important to see if you can consider that., And, don't worry, again.

If you're renting, these things come battery, powered.


You can add one to below a cabinet and just make sure you take it when you leave.

Ooh, and one more thing about face or wall lighting for bathrooms.

If you are using your bathroom for a vanity, you wanna make sure that that light sits at about 3000 kelvins, which is kind of close to daylight.


If you wanna learn more about lighting, be sure and go to my lighting video, which will explain kelvins and all the rest of that, right? Here., Now, hey, guys, I have a bone to pick with a couple of you.

I've been looking and there's.

Some of you that are watching and not subscribing.

What is that? What's going on?, Come, on., You, gotta hit that subscribe button, ring that bell, like and comment, and I'll be so appreciative.


My third tip for maximizing a tiny bathroom is to make sure that you use a neutral color, palette., Ooh, what do I mean by that? Let's, take a look at a couple of bathrooms here.

These are both beautiful, very different bathrooms.

But they have this overall lovely, light color palette to them.


They've popped in some colors here and there.

But the overall tonal value of the walls is true and light.

And that's, what's, really super important to understand.

You do not wanna build out a tiny bathroom, make it overall pink, make up in it and walk out into the world.

You're going to look like a crazy, lady.


The key there is making sure that the overall palette, near your face stays as neutral as possible.

Now I can hear it now from you guys.

I, don't want my bathroom to be white., Well, listen.

The reality of it is there's plenty of ways to add pops of color into the bathrooms.


The second thing that's important to note, is, I'm talking about your main bathroom.

The one that you do everything in every day.

This is the one we're talking about., You got a guest bathroom.

And you want to paint it.


Fine, go ahead, no problems.


The one that you use every day has got to stay neutral or your face is gonna pay the price.


Let me show you a couple of ways that you can actually add some color to that main bathroom of yours and have some fun with it.

Here's, a beautiful one that stayed over all white.

But they threw a fabulous floor in there with that star pattern.

That's, fantastic.

Now, if you're renting, and you don't have the ability to redo the floor into something colorful.

Add some great rugs.

Look at this one with this gorgeous, Turkish, runner, that's, fantastic., Or, you can pop in some color with linens and your countertop items and accessories.

That's always great., I love.

This one that's got the yellow inside the drawers.

It's like a little surprise party when you open the drawer.

And then they echoed it with a little yellow, linen., That's, fantastic., Or.

If you're doing some vertical open storage, like we talked about earlier, you'll, wanna consider maybe doing the shelves in a color.

This is a nice one with the natural wood, with a little bit of a brass railing.

And then they put a cute little plant on one edge., That's, fantastic., So, there's tons of ways to add little pops of color in that don't shift the overall palette.

So that you're in the danger zone, when you leave the bathroom.

That's, the key.

So guys.

If you found this video helpful, you will not believe how much information is packed into the "Ultimate Tile, Guide" video, which is where you can click right here and go to next.

Ooh, it'll, give you tons of info and I will see you guys next week., (upbeat, music).


What is the smallest bathroom with a shower? ›

A bathroom with a shower is generally considered to be a ¾ bath, as it only has a sink, a shower and a toilet. The size of your shower will vary, but the smallest bathroom that typically can support this will be anywhere between 26-30 square feet.

How do you get the best out of a small bathroom? ›

How do you maximise space in a small bathroom?
  1. Find the smallest bath, shower and toilet to fit the space.
  2. Keep clutter free with storage spaces.
  3. Ensure your tiles fit the room size.
  4. Use the correct colours and lighting.
  5. Don't forgo luxury touches!
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What is the smallest size for a 3 4 bath? ›

In terms of size, a three-quarter bath can be very small—as little as six feet by six feet—or it can be larger and more luxurious, depending on the space you have to work with.

What color makes a small bathroom look bigger? ›

What is the best paint color for a small bathroom? According to basic design principles, light colors such as white, crème, pastel blue, gray or yellow will visually expand a room, while dark colors such as a deep red, green or brown, will make a room feel smaller.

What makes a small bathroom look bigger? ›

The more light you can reflect, the bigger your bathroom will look. Instead of just hanging a small bathroom mirror above the sink, consider mirroring a whole wall, or at least a large portion of it. This acts like a window in bringing a lot more light into the room and creating the illusion of a much bigger room.

Can you have a doorless shower in a small bathroom? ›

Just because your bathroom is tiny doesn't mean you can't add a doorless shower. In fact, it can help you pack a lot of function and style into the minimal square footage.

What is a bathroom with only a shower and toilet called? ›

What is a quarter bath? These are most commonly found in older, smaller homes, usually in the basement, especially an unfinished, and consist of just a toilet or shower stall. Sometimes, they aren't even partitioned off into their own separate room.

What is a bathroom called with only a shower? ›

These types of bathrooms do exist, and they are referred to as quarter-bathrooms. These quarter-bathrooms are quite rare simply due to the fact that they contain only one of the 4 main elements of a bathroom. The most commonly seen are those that contain a shower and are typically found at beaches or pools.

How do you make a small bathroom look less cluttered? ›

Tips for a clutter free bathroom. Bathrooms tend to look less busy and cleaner if you stick to a couple of neutral tones. Think lots of bright white mixed with wood or alternatively, monochromes look chic too. Try and buy towels and accessories in the same tones to keep the look consistent.

What is a Jack and Jill bathroom? ›

With Jack and Jill bathroom suites, space is shared, or at least that's the idea behind it. A Jack and Jill Bathroom is a bathroom that has two doors and is usually accessible from two bedrooms. It's supposed to help cut down on the problems that most families face when it comes to the bathroom; who uses it first?

What's a 1 2 bathroom? ›

A full bathroom is a bathroom that includes a shower, a bathtub, a sink, and a toilet. A half bathroom only contains a sink and a toilet. If you have a large family or a larger house, a full bath is ideal as it has both a shower and a bathtub and can accommodate multiple users.

Is a 3x3 shower too small? ›

In general, a shower should measure at least 36 square inches. However, if your bath space is especially petite, 30 square inches is the absolute minimum space requirement for a shower. To determine the minimum shower size you'll need, step inside a few showers at a plumbing showroom or home improvement store.

What is a timeless color for a bathroom? ›

Gray and Off-White

You can't go wrong if you select one of these neutral colors for the bathroom. Light gray and off-white are close enough to sanitary pure white that they make the space look clean while giving it a subtly more interesting look.

What flooring makes a bathroom look bigger? ›

Finally, our advice is to use a horizontal floor tile pattern to widen your floor space. Horizontal floor tiles are successful in making the room look less cramped, and making your small bathroom appear that much larger.

What color should a vanity be in a small bathroom? ›

Classic White. "Lighter colors reflect light easily, which gives the room a bigger appearance," says Piercy. Unsurprisingly, a classic white paint is the perfect choice when it comes to creating the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

Is it better to use small or large tiles in a small bathroom? ›

A small bathroom can actually benefit from a large tile. With fewer grout lines the walls and floor are less cluttered and the room visually expands.

What Colour tiles are best for small bathrooms? ›

White tiles are still the most popular tile color choice, especially for small bathrooms. A light tile color will make your tiny bathroom feel bigger and brighter. Especially when you have little to no natural light coming into your bathroom, then a white tile will be a classic and right choice.

What kind of shower curtain is best for a small bathroom? ›

Small bathrooms tend to feel dark and cramped, and a solid wall of fabric doesn't help. So we say opt for this waffle weave and mesh shower curtain.

How do I keep water in my doorless shower? ›

Install a Shower Splash Guard

Splash guards are small, triangular-shaped rubber fins that are placed along the corners where the shower wall meets the floor. They're typically glued in place or attached with self-adhesive strips and can stop water from leaking out the corners of the shower.

What is the smallest shower allowed by code? ›

While the maximum size of a shower is not mandated, bathroom code dictates that your shower floor has a minimum size of 30 square inches.

What is the minimum size for a bathroom with a walk-in shower? ›

36" x 36"

What is a peekaboo bathroom? ›

Being able to look through someone's bathroom wall and see them in the shower, that means something else. A growing number of hotels have been featuring “peek-a-boo bathrooms” — bathrooms that are separated from the rest of the room by a transparent partition or, in some cases, nothing at all.

What is a bathroom called without a toilet? ›

A powder room is also known as a half bath or guest bath. It only has two of the four main components that a bathroom should have, typically a toilet and a sink.

What is it called when the toilet and shower is in a separate room? ›

A quarter-bathroom is a small room that contains either a toilet or a shower stall. Quarter bathrooms are often called utility toilets or utility showers. Quarter bathrooms are not common.

What is the minimum space required for a small bathroom? ›

As a general rule, the minimum bathroom size is 15 square feet for a powder room that only has a toilet and a sink. If you also want to include a shower, a tub or a combination of the two, you will need to look at allowing 30 to 36 square feet.

What is the minimum space between shower and toilet? ›


Clearance: At least 24" of space is needed in front of a shower or tub entry. Leave at least 15" of space between the shower and toilet or other obstacle.

How do you tile a small bathroom to make it look bigger? ›

Using larger floor tiles is a great way to trick the eye and make a room look bigger than it actually is. Larger tiles used throughout the bathroom look a lot less 'busy' than with smaller tiles, which therefore make the room appear larger; the lack of grout lines also makes the whole space appear more expansive.

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