Downstairs bathrooms: 4 design tips for compact spaces

Design a stylish and functional downstairs bathroom by following our top tips.

By Rebecca Parker | 12 August 2020

Whether creating an extra WC for the family or a powder room for guests, these practical tips will help you create a bathroom that functions perfectly and looks amazing.

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Make the most out of the smallest room in the house by turning into a stylish and functional downstairs bathroom. Follow these design tips and tricks to kickstart your renovation journey.

Make a plan

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Whether you’re building a new home from scratch, giving a redundant under-the-stairs cupboard a much-needed overhaul or ripping out a dated cloakroom suite and starting again, there are ways to make this small space practical and stylish.

Identify exactly what you want the space to achieve. ‘Is it primarily for your family or will guests use it, too?’ asks architect Richard Gill at Paul Archer Design. ‘A room next to the utility/boot area where children, adults and dogs come in from outdoors will need to be very different to a cloakroom off the main entrance hall.’