Hidden Spaces in Your Small Bathroom

Creating space in your small bathroom means looking in unexpected places and making bold choices.

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Blue Tiled Bathroom Wall

Steal Space From a Neighboring Room

A nearby closet or laundry room can be the source of the space you need to build a new bath or make an existing one more comfortable. "My client wanted a second bathroom for her tiny beach bungalow but was limited by a tight budget," Barnard says. "We moved the washer and dryer to the kitchen and took over the laundry room to arrange this spa-inspired bath."

Out of view in this bathroom photo is another smart choice that creates a roomy feel: the vanity is mounted to the wall, leaving 16 inches of empty space between the bottom of the cabinet and the floor. Not only does it create the illusion of more square footage, but leaving at least nine inches of clearance makes the bathroom wheelchair-accessible.

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