Home Renovation: Get the skinny on small spaces
(NC) -- While your dream bath may be a sprawling space, the reality is that the typical bathroom is 100 square feet or less. But, a large bathroom footprint isn't always the answer to a better bath. Focusing on quality products can create a luxurious look, even in a small space.
Free-up Floor and Counter Space
You may not be able to create more space, but there are many ways to create the illusion of more space. Adding a pedestal sink or a furniture-style vanity with legs gives an increased line of sight, making the space appear larger. Similarly, clutter takes up valuable space. One way to free up extra room on the countertop is with a single-handle or wall-mount faucet. Doors can also make a room feel constrained. Rather than a traditional swing or hinged door, opt for pocket doors; which frees up approximately ten square feet of floor space.
Focus on Fabulous Fixtures
We all need storage in the bath, but don't limit yourself to the horizontal surfaces. Make the most of your vertical space by adding bath accessories, as well.
Adding a hotel shelf, which combines a towel bar with a shelf, offers an excellent storage spot for towels. A wall-mount hair dryer holder, a pivoting wall-mount makeup mirror, a curved shower rod and robe hooks are all excellent hotel-inspired accessory options.
Dominate with Dual-Function
Dual-function products are perfect for smaller baths because they offer added benefits without taking up more space. Update your current toilet paper holder, towel bar and in-shower shelves with newer versions that integrate a grab bar. Moen® Home Care® offers stylish grab bar designs featuring a paper holder, a towel bar and two shelf designs; all in a variety of finishes to help you update these bathroom basics while adding storage, safety and style.
Swap Soaking for a Sensational Shower
Since we tend to shower more than soak, creating one sensational showering space, and possibly eliminating the tub, is a wise use of surface area. For an easy upgrade, swap your current showerhead with a new, high-quality model. Or, for a more luxurious remodel, install a vertical spa complete with components like body sprays and a hand shower on a single wall to surround yourself in blissful exhilaration.
And, no matter how large or small your shower, there's always room to add seating, which increases safety and ease while shaving and washing. The fold-down teak seat from Moen Home Care is a great option since it features a unique wall-mount design that folds down for a comfortable and secure shower seat to avoid slips and falls. When not in use, it folds up to a thin, compact profile.
It's All Smoke (and Light) and Mirrors
There are more benefits to mirrors in a bathroom other than a place to check your hair and makeup. They can actually make a room appear twice as large as the actual size. In addition to your vanity mirror, consider hanging a full-length mirror on a door. Similarly, bringing in more light will open up the space and make your bathroom come to life. A skylight is a unique addition, since it utilizes the often unused ceiling space. Lighting fixtures are also an ideal way to brighten the space, but don't settle for boring basics. Try more stylish options, like sconces, which can add a more designer, upscale feel. Moen offers a variety of lighting fixtures available in one-, two-, three- and four-light configurations to fit your space constraints and will perfectly match your faucets and accessories in style and finish.
Remember to shop for quality over quantity when updating your bath, and soon you'll enjoy the serenity of a stylish and organized space.