12 Design Tips To Make A Small Bathroom Better

Charmean Neithart, Houzz Contributor

If you have a super small bathroom, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle.

Among the challenges: configuring the toilet and sink to code, allowing enough clearance for a shower and, of course, where to put the towels and t.p. Despite the challenges, in most cases it’s still better to squeeze in an extra bathroom where one is desperately needed, even if it must be small. If you plan on going this route, here are 12 tips for designing that picture-perfect small bathroom.

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1. Install a corner sink. Sometimes even a pedestal sink can disrupt the only available traffic lane in a bathroom.

In this case placing a corner sink across from the toilet works better than a sink across from the shower. The opening and closing of the shower door usually creates an awkward walk-around condition.

2. Use a shower curtain. A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length.

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3. Float the vanity. Besides just visually helping the bathroom appear bigger, mounting a vanity above the floor frees up a little space for small items.

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4. Round the vanity. Tight spaces can make sharp corners hip hazards. If the corners of a vanity would get in the way, opt for a rounded style. Yes, a round vanity can work in a square space. No more bruised hips!

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5. Extend the counter over the toilet. This banjo-style arrangement can be done with stone or a wood slab. The extended counter creates just enough space for a few needed items. Toilet placement is not affected, and the look is minimalist and clean.

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6. Use a large-scale pattern. A large-scale pattern, like this wide stripe, can trick the eye into seeing expanded space. The square footage might stay the same, but the bathroom will feel bigger.

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7. Skip the shower door. If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that’s just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30- by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.

8. Expand the mirror. In the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity can enable two people to use it at once. In less-than-ideal space conditions, every inch helps.

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9. Mount the towel bar on a door. When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential.

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10 Best Digital and Smart Bathroom Scales 2021

Best Digital Bathroom Scales to Easily Track Your Weight Loss Goals

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Using a digital scale can be a great way to monitor weight change over time and help you keep track of fitness and health goals. Some scales can be more reliable and useful than others, so it’s definitely worth investing in a scale that’s been proven to be dependable and offers great bonus features.

Your bathroom scale can now offer more than just a simple weigh in: In addition to simply providing your weight, some of our top smart scale picks can also measure body mass index, body fat percentage, metabolic rate, and even bone and muscle mass. Several of our best digital bathroom scales also link up to smartphone apps that help you manage your weight loss goals.

But when buying a new bathroom scale, it’s important to keep in mind that the number on the scale can change on a daily basis, due to a variety of factors. One weigh-in should not make or break your fitness and health journey. Instead, the best way to make your scale work for you is to use it regularly and consistently, in order to track your weight and accurately measure it against your own ebbs and flows. Owning a scale that gives you more intel offers a more well-rounded approach to your goals. (Just remember to always take readings on a flat, even surface to get the best measurements!)

So go ahead and upgrade your bathroom scale with one of these top digital picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute:

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Best Overall Bathroom Scale

Nokia Body+ Digital Scale

Withings
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$99.00

This scale connects with your phone to track weight, BMI, total body fat, water percentage, and bone and muscle mass. While not all features (i.e. weather) seem critical, it includes loads of insights, making it a perfect fit for someone looking to keep track of their weight loss. It can monitor up to eight different profiles, so it’s great for a full household.

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Best Value Bathroom Scale

Digital Body Weight Bathroom Scale

Etekcity
amazon.com

$19.99

This straightforward scale is easy to use right out of the box; it includes batteries and even a tape measure. The LCD display is easy to read against the blue backlight, and you simply get started by stepping on the tempered glass for a weight reading. Easily switch between kg and lbs with a button on the back of the scale. 

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Best Smart Bathroom Scale

BC533 Glass Innerscan Body Composition Monitor Scale

Tanita
amazon.com

$115.38

This scale measures it all: weight, body fat, body water, bone mass, and muscle mass. It even gives you an estimate of how many calories you should eat in a day to maintain your current weight, as well as displays your metabolic and visceral fat rating. There’s a guest mode for visitors and an athlete mode for work-out enthusiasts (or families with several sports players).

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Best Sleek Bathroom Scale

7506 Digital Scale

Taylor Precision Products

$39.99

Ideal for anyone who

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