There is no shortage of bathroom vanity units out there, but many of these are not particularly attractive. Here we uncover our favourite bathroom vanity units with storage
Stylish basin vanity units with hidden and open storage
To get the most out of your bathroom basin, you need to put some sort of storage area underneath it. Before you start searching, think carefully what you want to use it for. Do you want it to conceal toilet rolls or personal toiletries and if so will it need to be able to take tall bottles? Do you want to be able to stack towels beneath it or do you want a mix of hidden and open storage?
The Milano Henley Traditional vanity unit, shown above from the Big Bathroom Shop and Best Heating, has a mix of hidden and display storage areas. Being able to see the wall behind the unit, even with those fluffy towels piled there, helps a bathroom that's on the small side feel more spacious. The drawer is useful too for hiding away those less attractive, but necessary items, such as toe-nail clippers and deodorant.
By having the basin sitting on top of the vanity counter top, instead of beneath it, you get more storage space under the vanity unit as well.
You also need to think about what space you need around the basin too. This unit comes with a choice of countertop basins, all give you some space around the sides for soap and toothbrushes.
Contemporary basin vanity unit on raised legs
The more floor space you can see in your bathroom, the larger it will feel. This Phillipe Starck-designed contemporary Cape Cod vanity unit from Duravit, shown above is raised up high on tall legs, but it still has a roomy hidden storage area beneath the table top and open shelving to each side for display pieces.
Wall-hung basin vanity units
A wall-hung basin vanity unit really optimises the feeling of spaciousness in a bathroom, because you can see the entire floor area beneath it. It makes it easier to clean the floor beneath it too.
This Milano Oxley Golden Oak wall-hung vanity unit is handleless. This will help your bathroom feel that little bit larger as well. Handles are only little, but every inch matters when you have a few of them jutting into a small space. This unit is also made from moisture-resistant engineered wood. Always opt for moisture-resistant materials in a bathroom, you don't want furniture warping in time.
Extra small basin vanity units
If your bathroom is really tiny, or if you're furnishing a little cloakroom, you will find that you can find extra small basin vanity units too. You can even get ones designed to fit snugly into a little corner. This NRG wall-hung vanity sink unit, shown above from Amazon, measures just 44cm wide, yet there is still room inside for a couple of toilet rolls and some toiletries. The handle can double up as a little towel rail too.
Basin vanity unit incorporating a child's step
Those of you who have young children will be constantly lifting them up to wash their hands or clean their teeth. Alternatively, you will be forever tripping over their mobile plastic step. If so, this Cooke & Lewis Kiddie Step Basin Vanity unit could come in very useful. It comes with an integrated pull-out step and a roomy storage cupboard too.
You don't need to sacrifice your dream of a stunning bathing space, just because you have a small bathroom. Check out these stylish small baths for small bathrooms
If you've always loved the glamour associated with a stand-alone slipper bath or traditional roll-top bath, but never thought you'd fit one in your tiny bathroom, think again. There are dozens of stylish smaller than standard baths out there, designed for smaller than average bathrooms. The Albion Bath Company's range of Tubby and Torre baths, for example, might be shorter than most baths, they start from 1,200mm, but they're extra deep, so you still get to soak yourself in a decent volume of steamy water, even if you're on the tall side.
Bath tap position
If possible, place your taps in the centre of your bath. Not only will this make your bathroom look a little more spacious and balanced, it also works better with a shower head and curtain combo too, as shown above.
And, if you have your taps positioned in the middle of the bath tub, it, also means that you can lie with your head either side of it, for a change of view from time to time or double bathing; the bathwater temperature should spread more evenly throughout the tub as well.
These wee Albion Bath Company bath tubs come in a range of finishes, from bang-on-trend metallic burnished finishes in gold, iron and bronze, to a host of Dulux Trade and Farrow & Ball colours.
Away from the bathroom, a cute and colourful compact tub could also look lovely placed at the foot of a bed .
Incorporate these tips into your bathroom design and you will really maximise space in a tiny bathroom
Raise your bath
The more floor space you can see in a room the larger it will feel. Opt for a bath that is raised up on feet, like the roll-top bath shown above. By giving a glimpse of the floor beneath your bath, you will make your bathroom feel that little bit more spacious. You can get raised baths in both modern and traditional styles and even ones that you can paint to your own specification, just like the gorgeous azure one above.
Opt for a wall-hung basin
By keeping your basin clear of the floor, again you will be able to see all the floor space underneath it and again help make a small bathroom feel bigger.
Your wall will need to be strong enough to support the basin and you will need to conceal the pipework within the wall, which may necessitate building your wall out slightly, but overall you will still find the whole space feels more airy.
Opt for a unit with storage underneath too, like the unit above, and then you can keep most of your clutter hidden away. Less visible mess will enhance the feeling of space too.
Lift the toilet off the floor too
You can get wall-hung toilets as well and again by showing more floor area you make a small bathroom feel bigger than it is. Plus, all this raised sanitaryware makes the floor easier to keep clean too.
You will need to conceal the plumbing in the wall again, but what you lose in inches by moving the walls slightly in, you gain in visible floor area and spatial optical illusions.
Combine mirrors with storage
In a small bathroom you don't have much room for storage, so you need to incorporate it where you can. Look for a bathroom vanity unit that doubles up as a mirror. Not only will it hold storage, it will also reflect your space back at you, helping to maximise space in a tiny bathroom and bounce light around, so that it will feel brighter too.
In the basin vanity unit and mirror combo above, there is a mix of hidden and open storage. Display areas are great for attractive items, concealed areas are required for those less attractive toiletries.
Bring in reflective surfaces
Bring in reflective surfaces. Just like mirrors, all reflective surfaces, be that the surface of your bath, like the copper tub shown above, or your taps or glossy tiles will reflect your room back at you, making it feel deeper and more spacious. They will also make your bathroom feel brighter too.
Combine baths with showers
If you've no room for a separate bath and shower, you may not need to sacrifice either. Opt for a combi shower bath that allows you to have a quick shower before work and a more relaxing bath at the weekend. You can also get smaller than standard baths, if you don't have room for a full-size tub.
Read on to discover more fantastic shower baths for small bathrooms
Go for single-mixer taps
Selecting, a single-mixer tap to fill your bath or basin, not only gives you more room on your basin top and around your bath, it also means less visual clutter in your bathroom, which again serves to make a small bathroom feel bigger and the whole space feels clearer and cleaner.
Choose large and light floor and wall tiles
While tiny patterned and colourful tiles are cute, large scale light-coloured floor and wall tiles are what really maximise space in a tiny bathroom. They are also cheaper to install, as there is less fiddly grouting to do.
Get your radiators multi-tasking
Choose a radiator that doubles up as a heated towel rail, so that it dries and stores your towels too. Select one with a built-in shelf, such as the Billy's Home Heated Towel Rail, Towel Warmer and Drying Rack, as shown above from Amazon, and you can store fresh towels on it too.
Here we uncover the best shower baths for small bathrooms, do your homework and you can find the perfect bath shower combo for your compact bathroom
You might have a small bathroom, but that doesn't mean that you have to choose between a bath or a shower. There is a time and a place for a shower - first thing in the morning when you're rushing to get ready for work and school. There is a time and a place for a bath – a lazy weekend morning, when you can pamper yourself and have an indulgent soak in the tub.
Your lack of floor area needn't mean that you have to sacrifice either of these fantastic experiences. A bath incorporating a shower is your answer to both these needs. Here we highlight the best shower baths for small bathrooms.
There are two types of shower bath, both of which look great in the right setting. There is the type where the screen is almost invisible and there is the type where the screen becomes a feature of the bathroom.
Above, the striking Crittall-frame style shower screen from Victorian Plumbing, makes a window feature out of the shower screen and subtly mirrors the tiles behind.
An invisible shower screen
Here, the shower screen is almost invisible, so as not to detract from the period features of the bath and the marble patterned tiles behind. An almost imperceptible shower screen is ideal when you want your bathroom to have a spa-like feel and for the shower element to fade into the background.
If you really want your shower screen to be inconspicuous, look for one like the one above from Waters Baths of Ashbourne. It folds back on itself and can be neatly tucked away.
Stylish shower curtains
There are hundreds of stylish shower curtains on the market. You can get stylish shower curtains that fade into the background and those that are a work of art in themselves. There are comedy ones, colourful ones, glittery ones and even personalised ones. They look particularly lovely when combined with a roll top or rounded tub.
The Artscope shower curtain, shown above from Amazon, is mildew resistant and as mould can be a problem on shower curtains, particularly in a poorly ventilated bathroom, this is a useful feature.
Remember to always make sure that the curtain is placed inside the tub when the shower is in use. Forget to do this and you end up with a puddle on your bathroom floor or, worse still, a minor flood in the room below.
Shaped shower baths
If you like a roomy showering area and your floor space allows, look at a P-shaped or L-shaped shower bath that bulges out at the shower end. This Abacus P-shaped shower bath with glass shower screen bulges to the right, but you can also get left-handed versions and more angled baths in an L-shape.
Whichever shower bath combo you opt for, if your budget affords it, go for the full shower experience, with a separate power shower head that doesn't just run off your bath taps.
Thousands of plastic soap and shower gel dispensers and shampoo bottles are thrown in the bin every day, and many of these are not even recyclable.
While giving up flying is too big of a sacrifice for most of us going about our day-to-day lives, there are some easy and cheap changes we can make that will help to reduce our carbon footprints a little bit. And if everyone does a little bit, we will start to see results.
So, next time you run out of shower products, make your home a little greener by switching to shampoo bars and bars of soap. They take up less room in your bathroom caddy too, which is another space-saving bonus! These are the best shampoo bars I've tested to date:
I have tried quite a few shampoo bars. Some have left a soapy residue in my hair or irritated my scalp. The best shampoo bars I've found are the Faith in Nature shampoo bars. They lather up really well, leave no residue, is kind to the scalp and have a lovely soft scent – as well as Lavender and Geranium, there is also a Coconut and Shea Butter offering – plus it's 100% natural origin and is free from SLS and parabens.
They last a good few weeks too and, at just under £6, are pretty good value and to top it all off, there is no bottle to throw away at the end. They are the best shampoo bars I've tried so far.
As well as shampoo bars, go back to buying good old-fashioned bars of soap as well, pop them by the sinks in the kitchen, bathroom and cloakroom and use them instead of shower gel in the shower and bubble bath in the bath tub. I haven't tested any, but you can also get hair conditioner bars too, so you can make your bathroom shelf completely plastic free. More environmental brownie points for you.
If you've no space for a basin within a vanity unit or a standalone basin with plenty of room up top for toothbrush holder, soap and beaker, wall-hung accessories are what you need. Keep your toothpaste and brushes in a beaker fixed to the wall.
Install a small shelf for any additional toiletries that you use regularly. One that doubles up as a towel rail is particularly useful.
If you love the spa-like feel of a freestanding tub-shape bath, but don't think that you have the space for one, think again. The Ebb hybrid bath has a straight-ended corner that allows you to back it right up to a wall, and a curved boat-shaped front end that will give your bathroom that boutique hotel appeal that you've always craved. It allows you to subtly incorporate a shower into the bath too.
The Ebb bath also has a deep shelf along its rear side for storing and displaying attractive toiletries. Every inch of storage space is invaluable in a small bathroom.
As they reflect their surroundings, mirrors naturally make a room look and feel bigger. These square mirrored floating shelves, make an attractive display area for pretty bathroom bits and double up as drawers too, providing valuable hidden storage. They can be stacked side by side as shown above, or vertically.
They are also available in triangular format for corner spaces. If you can, try to conceal all your bathroom clutter, as the neater a room looks, the more spacious it will feel too.
These units could also work in bedrooms, hallways and the lounge.
Find out how you can also use mirrors to make your garden grown here
So, your bathroom might be tiny, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to choose a shower over a bath. The standard bath is around 1700mm long, but many manufacturers make more compact tubs. Check them out, you might just find one that will fit into your space.
You can even get roll-top and slipper baths in mini-me versions. And remember if you can raise the tub off the floor on legs you will make your room feel larger. The downside of this is there is more floor to clean and it's not easy to get a mop under there.
Whilst free-standing baths are beautiful and have an air of glamour about them, built-in baths sometimes work better in particularly compact spaces. You can tuck them right into the corners, combine them with a shower enclosure and tile them so that they blend into the background and, consequently, make the room feel more spacious.
Read on to find out how levitating your sanitaryware can lengthen your bathroom here
A small bathroom can be an enjoyable place to spend time in, providing it is cleverly designed to ensure that it doesn't feel overcrowded. One way to achieve this is to opt for sanitaryware that you can see underneath. And, as this traditional roll-top bath shows, your look doesn't have to be modern.
The further your eye can see beneath the sink, the toilet and even the bath, the bigger the room will appear. And vanity units can also be taken off the ground, there is no need to sacrifice storage in order to keep the floor space clear.
You can apply the same principles to taps too. By cantilevering the taps from the wall, instead of rising them from a side of the basin or bath, you further reduce the visual clutter in the room and add to the illusion of space.
Read on here to find out how furniture with legs can make your other rooms grow
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