Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

Tips for Tiny Bathrooms

Sarah Coffey
Nov 18, 2009

Dehlia's bathroom from our Small Cool 2009 contest is one of our favorite examples of small space put to good use. At just 4 x 6 feet, it's a lesson in quality over quantity, and it (and other bathrooms from the archives) offer tips for making the most of a closet-sized space.


  • A cutaway niche in the shower eliminates the need for a cumbersome shower caddy.
  • Small wall-mounted or pedestal sinks free up floor space.
  • Like any small space, bathrooms benefit from editing.
  • Invest in details that you love, like lux towels or a great soap dispenser.
  • Tile is an opportunity to set the tone of your bathroom with great color and texture.
  • If you're renovating, be willing to sacrifice size (like a big tub) for quality (like a well-designed shower).
  • If you rent, use details like paint, lighting, and textiles to improve your space.

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Dehlia's Cool, Calm and Collected
Amy's Vintage Modern Nest

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