A Bathroom That Opens Into The Kitchen: Awkward?

If you live in an old building or a rental, you'll understand where we're coming from: our last apartment's bathroom opened up directly into the kitchen, as did our apartment before that. In fact, we grew up in a home where the toilet room (just the toilet.. the sink and bathtub were separate) was basically in the dining room, a few feet away from the table...and our guests eating dinner. For anyone entertaining or on a date, this can be veeeerrrrry awkward. So how to help ease their discomfort?

It's a fact of life for many urban dwellers, unfortunately, so you have to make the best of it. We can tend to put up with the inconvenience, but we feel more for our guests. So here are a few things that help curb the awkward sounds and...er...smells that threaten to make their way into the kitchen:

  • Make sure there's a working fan that can be turned on when the light is switched on. This helps to ease people's discomfort.
  • Make sure all-natural scented candles are lit.
  • Hide a small stereo in a cupboard and play some music. (How very spa-like.)

But perhaps most of all, don't draw attention to it! If your space is really small and your guest needs to use the bathroom, make up some excuse and leave the kitchen for awhile so that they don't feel crowded.

What about you? Has this been an issue for you? Or is it simply no big deal? Come on, come on... don't be shy!

(Image: Lisa's Bright, Rich Rental)