Smart Strategies for Small Bathrooms

Life with a small bathroom certainly has its challenges, but you don't have to go big to get a space that is both beautiful and functional. Whether you're starting from scratch or sprucing up an existing bathroom, here are some ideas to make the most of every square inch.Top Row:

1. We've all been there—the too-small shower with no space to put the shampoo, soap and all the other daily necessities. These hooks from Moen simply clip onto the shower rod, providing easy storage within arm's reach.

2. Products that do double duty are key in small spaces - this clever toilet paper and magazine holder combo is functional and a good conversation piece!

3. A handheld shower on an adjustable bar is a great solution for one-bathroom homes, where showers and dog-washing happen in the same place.

4. Need a little extra elbow room in the shower? Curved shower rods provide extra inches up high (where you need them) and this version from Moen has a double bar for towel storage.

5. A bathroom vanity on legs feels more like a free-standing piece of furniture, providing a bit more "visual breathing room" in a small space. And because a good first step in living small is paring down the amount of stuff that needs to be stored, you won't even miss the extra room.

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6. Good organization is critical in small bathrooms. Simply put - if you can't see it, you won't use it and eventually you'll throw it away.

7. Medicine cabinets may conjure up images of your grandparent's house, but they really do make a lot of sense and companies like Robern offer modern versions suited for how we live today. Everyday products are hidden but easily accessible - an important strategy since visual clutter can make a small room feel even smaller.

8. In addition to a curved shower rod, a small ledge in a shower can make moving around easier while also providing way more storage than those over-the-shower caddies.

9. Towel radiators are another double duty product for small spaces. Mounted to the wall, they save floor space, heat the room and dry your towels!

10 Finally, if you're working with very tight corners, consider a combination sink and toilet. In this model from Caroma, the water from washing your hands goes down the drain and into the toilet tank where it gets used the next time you flush!

(Images: 1. Moen, 2. Design Bu, 3. Lauren Zerbey, 4. Moen, 5. Apartment Therapy, 6. IKEA Fans, 7. Robern, 8. Lauren Zerbey, 9. Door Sixteen, 10. Ecohaus)

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