Converting a Closet Into a Compact Full Bathroom

Recently a friend of ours was in the market to purchase a small home in the nearby hills of Echo Park, where smaller 1-2 bedrooms homes still exist and where square footage can run underneath the 1,000 square feet mark. He found himself wanting to convert an awkward walk-in closet space into a full bathroom near the bedroom, but discovered most big box retailers don't cater to the small space customer.

Dehlia's bathroom from 2009's Small Cool contest is a glowing example of an optimal, small space bathroom.

The truth is the domestic bathroom supply market is predominately aimed at suburban-sized homes and specifications; even most apartments feature full sized bathrooms. When one needs to convert a small space like a former closet into a super compact bathroom, you'll likely need to look over the pond to Europe or Asia for small bathroom options. Below are a variety of bathroom solutions that optimize space to the fullest while offering an aesthetic impression.

  1. Aston Matthews Ergo Corner Toilet: this toilet remind us of our teenage years at the high school danceā€¦stuck close, clinging to the walls.
  2. Aston Matthews Corner Basin: an ideal partner to the Ergo toilet, this corner sink is cute and compact, about $256 US.
  3. Ideal Standard Small + Wall Bidet: the wall mounted, twin-bongo shape dual toilet and bidet setup looks like something we'd find inside Matthew McConaughey home.
  4. Ideal Standard Small+ Wall Toilet: a split version of the dual bidet+toilet, available as both a floor and wall mount.
  5. Ideal Standard Space Saving Bath: an acrylic showertub, complete with seating area for a half-bath option (would make shaving legs easy for the ladies).
  6. SPAcer Fold Up Tub: Designer Dominik Chojnacki concept is part futuristic tub and throwback murphy bed design.
  7. Jersey S Round Corner Shower: sized at 34" x 34" x 76", this 2 piece corner shower packs in a lot of storage with its built-in 4 shelves, 2 soap dishes and 2 bottle holders.
  8. Bristol and Bath Carlton: the legs of this sink base hides a slide out storage system.
  9. Clearwater Heart Clawfoot Corner Bath: the aesthetics of a clawfoot, but in half the footprint.

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