Bathrooms are often the smallest spaces in a property, but these ideas from real spaces pack in plenty of functionality per square metre.
No matter what the budget for your build or renovation, there's often only so far you can stretch your space. One of the room's that often suffers for lack of room? The bathroom - in fact, the average size in the UK is the same as a King Size bed.
However, our designers and architects are well versed in getting the most of a compact space, as these real life examples of space-efficient bathrooms goes to show.
Image: Juliet Murphy
This clever design, in the home of architect James Beazer of Urban Mesh, manages to squeeze a bath, shower and vanity into a compact area with an unusual but effective layout.
Zoned wet rooms
Image: The Watermark Collection
Created by interior designer Katie McCrum, this bathroom zones the bath and shower behind a partial Crittal style screen. Not only is this efficient with space as the shower is fit snugly next to the freestanding bath, but the partial wall gives another area to install two vanity basins. Take a tour of this ensuite design in full.
Slanted roof storage
Image: Domus Group
This bathroom design makes use of the lost space under a slanted roof to create built-in storage, as well as a recess for keeping clutter at bay.
The large format tiles from Domus, which have minimal grout joints, may seem counterintuitive, but the grout joints required for small tiles can add to the visual clutter in a space, which can make it feel even smaller.
For most people, a round bath may seem like a bit of a novelty, but when you're not working with the right proportions for a standard bath, they can be an effective way to keep your bathing options open. This design from West One Bathrooms also goes to show that they can be incredibly stylish.
Walk through showers
Image: Tim Crocker
Where an enclosed shower would have created a physical divide in this small bathroom by Tsuruta Architects, a single pane of glazing helps the space feel open, while also remaining practical when showering.
Under the eaves
Images: Nicholas Worley
A loft conversion is the perfect space for a new bathroom or ensuite, but it will likely provide a space that needs to work around a slanted roof. This clever design, from Holland Harvey Architects and fitted with products from West One Bathrooms, ensures that there's always enough headroom in spaces you need to stand, placing the toilet and towel rail at the point with the lowest height.
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