Top Design Ideas for Compact Bathrooms

Smaller bathrooms really are a challenge when renovating the bathroom. These days bathrooms appear to be getting smaller and family bathrooms are compact spaces. But with the right vision you can turn a compact bathroom into a luxury inspired space.

Quadrant shower trays are probably the best bathroom product you can acquire for a smaller bathroom. These shower trays are designed for a corner position and come in square or rectangular designs with a stylish curved front offering elegant and style to the bathroom space. The best feature is that the quadrant shower trays help you maximise your floor space.

Another advantage to the quadrant shower trays is the enclosures that have been designed to fit these trays have sliding doors, so you don’t have to worry about the door swinging open and banging into any of your other bathroom products.

quadrant shower trays

Quadrant Shower Trays

Reducing the clutter in the bathroom is as important as the shower tray you choose. There is nothing worse than a small bathroom filled with towels, toiletries and other bathroom items. A vanity unit combined with the quadrant shower trays are just simple ways to make the most of your bathroom space while reducing the clutter and giving everything its own storage space.

The toilet you choose will also impact the space which is why back to wall toilets are such a top choices these days in smaller bathroom designs. These toilets, like the quadrant shower trays, are designed to maximise the floor space you have available.

The back to wall toilets have the cistern hidden in the wall and the toilet bowl is mounted directly to the wall. This can save considerable space when working with a small bathroom.

Now you have the quadrant shower tray, vanity and toilet, you need to ensure your bathroom is light and bright. The lighter the bathroom the more spacious it will feel. If your bathroom doesn’t have an abundance of natural light choose mirrors with lights to add that additional lighting.

Lightly coloured walls, white quadrant shower trays and plenty of light are the recipe to success when designing a smaller bathroom space.

Top Tips When Choosing a Toilet

Now you may not think your toilet is important when designing your bathroom this Easter, but the toilet you choose can impact your entire bathroom space, which is why toilet design is so important.

Toilets come in a range of shapes and styles, you can choose square or oval toilets depending on your overall bathroom design. Then there are even toilets that help you maximise the space you have available, the back to wall toilets.

If you’re shopping around this Easter for a new toilet for your bathroom, you may want to take a look at the back to wall toilets and see how they can help you make the most of the bathroom space you have available.

Phoenix Emma WC

Phoenix Emma Toilet


The first consideration when choosing any toilet whether you choose a toilet that has the cistern attached to the bowl or you’re looking at back to wall toilets is the shape. The shape of your toilet is important because it should blend in with the rest of your bathroom design.

If you have designed your bathroom with straight edges and a minimalist look, then you’ll want a square toilet to compliment the space. The same applies if you have chosen bathroom products that are curved, round or oblong, a round or oblong toilet will work best.


When designing a smaller bathroom the back to wall toilets are the best choice helping you maximise that floor space. If you aren’t sure what back to wall toilets are, they are toilets where the cistern is hidden behind the wall so you only have the bowl in the bathroom, this can save you a tremendous amount of space, especially when working with a very small area.

Round toilets also work really well in the smaller bathroom setting while large bathrooms can benefit from either the traditional design of toilet or the back to wall toilets, it’s really down to you. If you have chosen modern with a large roll top bath, counter top basins and a lot of chrome and glass, then the back to wall toilets will blend in beautifully, enhancing the space and carrying out that “wow” factor that you are looking to achieve.

Whichever toilet you choose, whether it includes the cistern or is the back to wall design, all you have to do when making your selection is imagine how it will look in your finished bathroom design.

Stylish Toilet Options

A toilet has been an essential item in any bathroom for centuries and there are so many different varieties when you think about. There are toilets that are made from a hole in the ground, then there are those with a flush mechanism, such as the toilets we have in our bathrooms today, chemical toilets and portable options.

Of course while I could probably write about toilets throughout the centuries and the different options available, you’re not going to be mounting a hole in the ground in your new bathroom design. You want a toilet that is modern in design, stylish and that will blend in with your overall bathroom style.

modern toilets

Nanno Toilet

Basic Toilets

I’m using the term “basic toilets” for those toilets we all know and recognise, those with a cistern attached to the back and a flushing mechanism. These days there are a variety of fantastic designs available from the oval choices that we all know so well to the stylish square designs.

When looking at toilets you’ll want to take your overall bathroom design into consideration. If you have chosen bathroom items with gentle curves or rounded shapes then choosing the Emma, Forma, Pensato or Dale design will ensure that your toilet blends in perfectly.

If you are designing a modern bathroom with plenty of straight edges and square designs, then you want your toilet to carry on that design throughout the space such as the Qube, MacQ, Nanno and Lisa designs.

Back to Wall Toilets

Another option is the back to wall toilet, these are a great choice for compact bathrooms and ultra modern bathrooms where you are going for that minimalist design. Back to wall toilets also use the cistern and flushing mechanism that we know today, but it’s been done in a highly sophisticated way.

Basically your toilet bowl and pedestal are mounted directly on the wall, this gives you more space in your bathroom and leaves the space looking stylish and elegant. It’s what is happening behind the wall that counts.

Behind the wall you’ll have a mounting block that will secure the toilets to the wall and then your cistern is also mounted, hidden from sight. Your flushing mechanism can be mounted on the wall behind the toilet allowing you to push a button and your toilet will flush with ease.

These toilets are firm favourites in the more modern bathroom designs, available in a choice of shapes and helping you complement your bathroom space with ease.