Bathroom Layouts That Work

In a small space like a bathroom, it's important to plan your layout carefully. Consider these tips for saving space and creating a functional room.

Photo By: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Photo By: Copyright 2006 David Young-Wolff

Create Consistency Between Rooms

If the bathroom is connected to a master bedroom, plan your design to create a smooth transition. Try tying in a color or texture so the two spaces flow together. This spa-like bathroom, which has virtually no walls, flows seamlessly into the bedroom thanks to the subtle color palette and serene feeling. Photo by Daniel Newcomb; design by Joseph Pubillones

Create Functional Areas in Layout

There is no exact prescription for the best bathroom layout — it all depends on how you use the space. This bathroom has a lot of open space in the middle of the room with functional areas along the perimeter, such as a sink and makeup area. Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Design

Utilize Space in Your Design

When considering the layout of your bathroom, take advantage of every square inch. This bathroom squeezes the shower, toilet and sink into a small area while still being a useful space. Image courtesy of Superior Homes

Add Enough Storage Space

Adequate storage space is essential to a functional bathroom. Think about how many people will be using the room, and include enough cabinets and shelves so each person can keep their belongings organized and clean. This room has cabinets under each vanity, plus a tall cabinet for extra storage.

Choose More Counter Space

While dual sinks are useful in a family bathroom, some homeowners are giving up the double sink in their master bathroom to gain more counter space. With only one sink, this vanity offers more space for other tasks. Photo courtesy of Kohler

Conceal the Toilet

The toilet can dictate the design of the bathroom, depending on where it is. But, although it’s the primary reason you go to the bathroom, you don’t want it to be the design focal point of the space. In this bathroom designed by Andreas Charalambous, the toilet compartment echoes the shape and style of the shower, but features a sandblasted door for privacy.

Save Space With a Shower-Tub Combo

The old standby for a full bathroom is a combination of a shower and tub, and this is still a functional, affordable option. It is traditional and will easily save space. This bathroom, designed by Erica Islas, features a bath-shower combo, which fits easily in this small space. The mosaic designs add a little flair, while the long mirror makes the space seem larger. Photo by Young-Wolff Photography

Use a Smaller Tub

Forget the supersized Jacuzzi. It hikes up your water bill and uses up your hot water. Instead, choose a deeper, smaller tub built for two, which will save space, money and heat. This tub can easily fit two people, while saving on the water bill. Photo courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

Embellish the Powder Room

When it comes to powder rooms, drama rules. Spice it up with a bold print, bright color palette or some glitz. In this powder room, the bright yellow walls add fun drama and the embellished mirror adds a little glamour. Photo by Louis Ferraro of Lifetiled, LLC. Design by Ackerman Interiors

Shop This Look