10 en suite bathroom ideas

10 ways to make the best use of limited space, light and storage

By Paula Woods | 24 February 2022

Creating an en suite bathroom isn’t the simple project many believe. As a smaller space it is immediately assumed as an easier project to get on with, but that isn’t always the case. From layout to doorway positioning and amount of daylight, there are many factors to consider. Here, we examine some of the most important elements when designing or remodelling your en suite bathroom and share examples which could help you make an informed choice…

1. Play with scale

Prevent a tiny room looking bland and boxy by using colour and pattern. This update on a monochrome scheme balances navy and white in a 60:40 ratio so that neither dominates the space. The below cloakroom was designed by Katie Malik. Pictured below: Elm Mini basin, West One Bathrooms. Senza loo, Lusso. Vintage Mono floor tiles, 200x200mm, and Heritage wall tiles, 75x150mm, Techtile London. Old Navy paint, Benjamin Moore.

Navy en-suite bathroom with white tiles and white sanitaryware

Photo: Katie Portway

2. Privacy matters

Consider what can be seen from the bedroom when planning the layout for an en suite. If possible, avoid placing the loo or bath facing the doorway, otherwise use an opaque glass screen or build a half-height partition wall. Scheme by Pippa Patton Design. Pictured below: Mozzano bath, L1,645xW741xD502mm, Victoria + Albert Baths.

En suite bathroom with sloping ceiling and freestanding tub with wooden features

Photo: Pippa Patton Design +

3. Room rethink

The minimum space needed for a cloakroom with a loo and basin is 700mm by 1,300mm, and this is with a sliding or outward-opening door. Under-stair cupboards with sufficient headroom and pantries are candidates for conversion. Pictured below: Duravit Vero handbasin, W450xD350xH160mm, Samuel Heath Landmark Pure mixer in urban brass, CP Hart.

Blue tiled bathroom with white square basin and exposed brass pipes and taps

Photo: C.P Hart

4. Take a new angle

A compact corner basin is a useful option in a small room because it won’t project far into the space. Most designs have a single tap hole or none at all, in which case you’ll need to install wall-mounted fittings. Pictured below: Cloakroom with marble corner basin and wooden peg storage, Kitesgrove

Corner basin in marble on grey wall of en suite bathroom

Photo: Kitesgrove

5. New moves

Partition off a big bedroom by building a stud wall to create a shower enclosure. Building Regulations will apply in any home that requires new drainage and ventilation. SPictured below: ynchronicity right-hand alcove enclosure in brushed brass, L1,600xW800mm, with anti-slip tray, integrated 800mm vanity unit, Onyx Dust vanity top and Natural Halifax Oak drawers, from Roman.