Narrow Bathroom Layouts

Get all the info you'll need on narrow bathroom layouts, so you can maximize the space in your bathroom.

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A cramped floor plan and outdated finishes prompted the remodel of this small master bathroom. Relocating the toilet to the rear wall and adding a wall-mounted sink maximizes the space. The glass mosaic tile feature wall adds movement and draws attention to the high ceilings and skylight.

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're configuring a bathroom in a small space, you'll want to peruse a range of narrow bathroom layouts for ideas on how to maximize the efficiency and comfort of your bathroom.

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Master Bathroom

Often designed to set a relaxing mood, the master bathroom is a full bath that adjoins to the master bedroom. In this master bath, designer Bruce Rosenblum used principles of feng shui to create fluidity throughout the space. He also incorporated natural elements, such as beach glass tile, to give the room a relaxing feel.

Photo By: Designer, Bruce Rosenblum

Contemporary Master Bathroom

Glass tiles, dark-stained wood and engineered-stone counters made to resemble concrete give this master bath a contemporary look and a spa-like feel. Design by Gail Drury in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Full Bathroom

High-traffic spaces that often accommodate the whole family, full baths feature a tub, shower and ample storage. This clean and bright full bath is equipped with a large vanity that offers plenty of space to keep toiletries, plus open shelving above the tub to stow towels. Design by Gail Drury

From: Drury Design

Efficient Full Bathroom Layout

A shower/tub combo is a great space-saving feature for a full bathroom. This bathroom's shower and tub are enclosed with a frameless glass panel, making the space feel larger. The mirrored medicine cabinets provide extra storage space, while oversized lime-green glass tiles add pizzazz to the room. Design by Celia Berliner

Three-Quarter Bathroom

A three-quarter bath covers the basics: a toilet, sink and shower. Custom sconces and oversized crown molding add character to this three-quarter bath. Glass shower doors make the space feel open. Photo by Mayer and Bowden Photography. Design by Kenneth Brown

Photo By: Designer, Kenneth Brown

Three-Quarter Bathroom With Marble Tile

Floor-to-ceiling marble tile adds a touch of luxury to this three-quarter bath, while the frameless shower makes the space feel larger. The room also features a custom-designed vanity with tiled backsplash. Design by Shane Inman

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Powder Room

Powder rooms may be small, but they can still make a big impact. The graphic wallpaper in this powder room adds dimension without overwhelming the space. Design by Jennifer Jones in San Francisco, Calif.

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Jones

Mediterranean-Style Powder Room

This powder room has a Mediterranean feel and is visually appealing with different textures and vibrant colors. Design by Bonnie Sachs

Photo By: Designer, Bonnie Sachs

Since the area itself isn't going to expand, you may want to first consider a few design elements that can create the illusion of greater space. Try adding mirrors to the opposite ends of the room to open it up visually. If possible, make sure to add as much window space as possible, to make the room feel less cramped.

Next, build up, not out. By installing a punched-tin or otherwise ornate ceiling design, you won't sacrifice any space, but you will draw the eye up instead of allowing guests to focus on the constrained space.

To further expand the space visually, consider light colors like white or light yellow. Darker colors will shrink the space, so you'll probably want to steer clear of that side of the spectrum.

If you can, try to keep visual flow going by using glass where it makes sense. For example, if you have a choice between a solid, enclosed shower and a more open glass design in a narrow bathroom, the glass design will definitely contribute to a more spacious feel.

Lastly, to open up your design even more, go big and bold with the centerpiece mirror in a narrow bathroom. Combined with other reflective surfaces, this style touch will do wonders to open up the space.

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