Shower Enclosures for the Smaller Bathroom Space

I think one of the hardest things to do is design a smaller bathroom. In a year where everyone is designing spa-inspired and luxury bathrooms, those stuck with compact bathrooms have to decide how to make the space work for them.

In a smaller bathroom environment you have to be so careful where you place your bathroom products and it’s essential you ensure that there are no products that obstruct other products. For example, if you choose a pivot or hinged shower door for a smaller bathroom, these doors could swing open and bang into your vanity or even toilet. If this happens the entry may be obstructed, this could leave you trying to squeeze into a small opening when getting in and out of your shower.

This is why when choosing shower enclosures in a small bathroom space, you should choose those that don’t swing open and there are a number of options available.

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosures are one of the top choices when finding a shower door that doesn’t swing open. It helps you maximise your floor space in smaller bathrooms and they are modern and stylish in design.

Sliding Shower Enclosures

Sliding Door Shower Enclosures

The sliding door shower enclosure slides on a rail located at the top and bottom of the shower, they are easy for everyone in the family to use and reduce the risk of water leaking onto your floor while showering.

Bi-Fold Door Shower Enclosures

The bi-fold door shower enclosures are also a top choice. These shower doors also work on rail system like the sliding door shower enclosures except that they fold up, just like a concertina file.

Bi-fold shower door

Bi-fold Shower Door

The doors fold in towards the shower rather than out, so they don’t compromise your floor space. These shower enclosures are also sleek and stylish and blend in beautifully with any bathroom design.

Walk In Shower Enclosures

The walk in shower enclosures are a modern choice and unlike the sliding door shower enclosures, these do not have any doors but rather an opening with a lip that ensures water doesn’t leak out while showering.

walk in shower enclosures

Walk in shower enclosures

Whichever you choose, whether it’s the sliding door shower enclosures, bi-fold or walk in option, you can maximise your floor space and ensure that your smaller bathroom layout works for you.

Top Tips When Designing Small Bathrooms

Small bathrooms are very common these days, it seems homes are being built on a smaller scale and that means small family bathrooms, small en-suites and tiny cloakrooms.

When faced with a small bathroom you may feel that there is no way you can turn this small space into your dream bathroom, but there is no reason that small bathrooms cannot be spa-inspired luxury spaces.

There are a few bathroom products you can use to turn your small bathrooms into dream spaces, careful measurement is key, so be sure to work off a clear bathroom layout so you know exactly how much space you have to work with.

Here are a few tips to help you.

Quadrant Shower

Once you have all your measurements in place you can start looking at quadrant showers for smaller bathrooms. The quadrant shower trays and enclosures fit beautifully into the corner of the bathroom, available in square or rectangular with a gentle and stylish curve in the front.

The advantage to the quadrant design is that the enclosures come with sliding shower doors, this means you don’t compromise any floor space and don’t have to worry that your shower door will swing open and bang into another bathroom item, even worse not be able to open completely at all, limiting your shower opening for getting in and out of the shower.

Vanity Units

Bathroom vanity units with basins are the perfect addition to small bathrooms, they not only offer valuable storage space which is essential to reduce clutter in the bathroom but they incorporate a basin, which again saves on valuable floor space. Vanity units come in a range of sizes from floor standing to wall mounted, so it’s easy to find the right sized unit to meet your bathroom size requirements.

vanity unit and toilet set

Back to Wall Toilets

Another space saving option for smaller bathrooms is the back to wall toilets. These toilets have the toilet cistern hidden in the wall which means only the toilet bowl takes up space in your bathroom, you’d be amazed how much space you can save by choosing these modern toilets for the small bathroom space.

Light and Bright

When working with small bathrooms always try and keep the area as light and bright as possible, a large window for natural light and plenty of white will make the space feel much bigger than it is.

Compact Bathroom Tips

I think we’ve all ended up in the situation where we have had to design a small or compact bathroom space. It’s not an easy task when you’re trying to place a toilet, basin and shower into a small space.

Long and rectangular bathrooms that are galley style can be one of the hardest to design, but with the right bathroom products, colour and plenty of light, you can turn this small bathroom into a stylish space.

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Small Bathroom

Your Shower

The first step in the process is to determine if a shower is the right choice for you. In many smaller bathrooms, a bath is not an ideal choice and will take up way too much of your floor space.

Quadrant shower trays are a top choice for compact bathrooms, these shower trays can be fitted into the corner of the bathroom maximising your floor space. The great thing about these shower trays is the gentle curve that they offer, you can base your entire design around this stylish tray.

Another option is a wet room, though there are many people that will choose quadrant shower trays over a wet room design due to convenience and practicality.

Your Basin

Even in the smallest of bathrooms you want some form of storage, without it your bathroom will become cluttered and messy. Keeping in with your quadrant shower trays you can choose a vanity unit that includes a basin, this way you are maximising your space and making the most of what space you have available.

Vanities are essential for any bathroom, but I feel they are more important in a smaller bathroom area. It only takes a few items to be left out for a small space to look messy and cluttered.

Your Toilet

Toilets come in a choice of designs. Now if you have chosen quadrant shower trays then you want a toilet that is oval or round, back to wall toilets are exceptionally popular and ideal for the smaller bathroom space. These toilets have the cistern hidden behind the wall, this means only the toilet bowl and pedestal are in the room, saving you plenty of space when you need it most.

Light and Bright

When designing a compact bathroom you will concentrate on maximising the space you have available, but another very important aspect is the colour you choose. You want an abundance of natural light, using large windows wherever possible and combine that with white walls and floor and your bathroom will feel spacious, airy and bright.

Top Floor Standing Vanity Units For the Smaller Bathroom

Every bathroom needs some storage space whether you want to store your towels or bathroom products, either way these floor standing vanity units can help you reduce the clutter that we all struggle with in our bathrooms.

The advantage is that floor standing vanity units are available in a selection of sizes, so finding the right one to place in your smaller bathroom is much easier than you may have thought. Another advantage is that all these vanity units come with a basin, making it much easier on you for installation and reducing the amount of time you would have to spend searching for the perfect basin to fit your unit.

vanity unit

Floor Standing Vanity Unit and Basin

Here are my personal top favourites:

Cube White Base Unit and Basin

The cubed floor standing vanity unit is a stylish design in gloss white, this is a compact design with a basin that fits in perfectly with the single door cupboard design. If you want to add some texture to your bathroom, these floor standing vanity units are also available in marango and black.

White Gloss Vanity Unit with Basin

These floor standing vanity units are a rectangular design and ooze elegance and style. They are finished in a gloss white which complements any bathroom and have a cupboard with a handy drawer. These are also available in light oak if you want to add some colour to your bathroom.

Euro 45 White Base Unit and Basin

This floor standing vanity unit is very compact and the perfect choice for cloak rooms or an en-suite bathroom. They have a cupboard to store all your bathroom items and a basin that fits into the unit perfectly. Also available in marango and black so you don’t have to go with white if you want to add a splash of colour.

White Gloss Bathroom Vanity with Basin

This floor standing vanity unit is slightly bigger than the others but still will work well in a smaller space. This unit has a double door storage area and is finished in white gloss to add light and bright to your bathroom. These are also available in light oak should you prefer.

I always suggest that you measure the space you have available before purchasing any floor standing vanity units. Bear in mind that you don’t need to leave space for your basin because these units all incorporate the basin keeping the design fresh and modern.