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Ttbb Tue 17-Oct-17 23:31:26

It is literally the size of two ba tubs next to one another. No wondows.

Cakescakescakes Tue 17-Oct-17 23:34:45

A really big mirror to create the illusion of light. And really good extraction to avoid damp etc in such a small room especially if no window.

JoJoSM2 Wed 18-Oct-17 07:20:03

I would class such a room as a walk-in wardrobe/closet and use for storage.

50ShadesOfEarlGrey Wed 18-Oct-17 07:24:01

I think we need more info. Sketch with sizes would be good. Also is it only bathroom? Future plans (extension?) etc. Are you refurbing property with view to selling on, what is your target market? Home for children should always try to get a bath in, rather than just a shower.

JoJoSM2 Wed 18-Oct-17 08:16:08

OMG! I can’t read... If it’s a bathroom, make sure your ventilation is great, use lots of mirrors, reflective tiles and have wall hung washbasin and loo. That will create the illusion of more light and space.

5rivers7hills Wed 18-Oct-17 08:19:49

Yup yup wall hung basin and toilet.
Probably do a wall hung basin with a couple of drawers vanity unit thing.

Yup yup to mirrors. Have the wall behind the bath a big mirror.

graceyg Wed 18-Oct-17 08:26:22

lol what if this is the only bathroom...silly comment.

graceyg Wed 18-Oct-17 08:27:15

My above comment was a reply to 'JoJoSM2 Wed 18-Oct-17 07:20:03
I would class such a room as a walk-in wardrobe/closet and use for storage.'

Tiddlywinks63 Wed 18-Oct-17 08:29:04

Mine's the same size op, albeit with a window (separate toilet).
I have white tiles/walls, dark grey floor, big mirror above basin (which is set into a vanity unit) and second mirror on opposite wall.
Don't have mirrors on wall alongside the bath because awful to keep clean; have big tiles which give impression that the room is bigger than it is.

oreosoreosoreos Wed 18-Oct-17 08:33:53

Have you looked on Pinterest? It’s my go to for house inspiration!

Also, I’d agree with the mirrors but a cheaper way to do it might be to use a piece of mirrored glass straight on to the wall, then tile around it - you see it quite often in hotels And it works really well, we did it in our last house.

Once you start looking at actual pieces to go in there (like the toilet and shower), get some masking tape and mark it up (inside or outside), so you can see how much room you’ll physically have between things (works well for me as I find it difficult to visualise separate pieces just on paper).

Wall hanging things (like the toilet and sink) so you can see the floor underneath will make the room feel bigger. Also, you can get very slim line hidden cisterns for toilets - again, because you can tile the hidden bit and it blends in, it often makes it feel much bigger.

If you are able to then underfloor heating could save you the space that a radiator takes up. If not, then you can get some small, slimline heated towels rails which would probably be fine for heating such a small space, and may take up less room than a tad.

oreosoreosoreos Wed 18-Oct-17 08:34:45

Sorry, that turned into a bit of an essay! I was on a roll!

Ttbb Wed 18-Oct-17 15:04:14

Thanks everyone for the comments-some v useful, others very funny (walk in wadrobe made me lol because I think the same (not British) but it is only bathroom in actual fact). We are refurbishing with intention of living for a bit then selling/renting out once mortgage is paid off so not too long. We have two small children but we're thinking of doing without a bath (both shower regularly and go swimming weekly anyway). Not planning on any more children for at least ten years. Do you really think k we need a bath? I don't fit in standard baths anyway and what's the point if your legs are cold? Any thoughts on the tall free standing type baths-would this look really weird?

allegretto Wed 18-Oct-17 15:05:36

I would just put a shower.

Thishatisnotmine Wed 18-Oct-17 15:08:08

That sounds the size of our previous bathroom. Big mirror and a tall Ikea CD storage thing. Stores lots for very little space. The upside of a small bathroom is that they are lovely and warm in winter.

Neolara Wed 18-Oct-17 15:08:33

We just redid our bathrooms. They are small but work very well. Agree with wall hung loo and sink with vanity unit underneath. We got rid of the bath as we all shower but we will stay here forever so it's not particularly important what others think. From MN, I know some people won't view houses without baths.

RatRolyPoly Wed 18-Oct-17 15:09:03

Our bathroom's not much bigger and we put in a short bath - 1400mm as opposed to 1700mm - primarily for kids' baths. Turns out I LOVE IT, and I totally wasn't into baths before. Plus it's no more difficult to get into than a shower cubicle and can at least be used as a bath, so more versatile in my view than just a shower.

RatRolyPoly Wed 18-Oct-17 15:11:24

Oh yeah, and we put up a huge wall cabinet, but prior to the re-furb we had additional storage on the back of the door, so that's always an option.

We also went for a high cistern toilet (period property, high ceilings) which gave us an extra 10cm space compared a standard toilet. Plus it looks a bit fancy (to me, anyway).

Pansiesandredrosesandmarigolds Wed 18-Oct-17 15:11:58

Shelf above door

GreenTulips Wed 18-Oct-17 15:12:51

You can buy mirrors that look like windows and have a natural light behind them to give the illusion of day light

Use bigger tiles in one colour

Look for oversized shower trays that can be a shallow bath

Otherwise a decent multi jet shower

Thishatisnotmine Wed 18-Oct-17 15:14:28

www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/storage-furniture/bookcases/gnedby-shelving-unit-birch-veneer-art-90277145/ one like this. We lived in our old house 8 years and it showed no signs of not liking rhe damp

Ttbb Wed 18-Oct-17 16:42:03

Excellent tips. Thank you. Will put more thought into window mirror definitely. Thing is that I really hate stepping into a bath tub to take a shower-don't know why, I guess I'm just used to them being desperate-how much do think it will effect value if there is no bath?

I'd say if it's a "family" house and you're doing it with a view to selling in the short to medium term then either keep a bath, or go for a layout where a bath could easily be added when you come to sell. For a lot of folk with children no bath is a big deal.

Can you do a diagram with floor sizes? I've had a couple of tiny bathrooms over the years (smallest was about 1.5m by 1.2 I think)

Redglitter Wed 18-Oct-17 17:43:15

My bathroom is 6,5ft x 4.11 it's tiny but it works

Bath is along the length under the window. The loo is bèside the shower end of the bath and the sink opposite it. There's a large mirror above the sink and a vanity unit under it. There's even space for a toilet roll holder and very narrow set of 4 drawers between the sink and the bath. Towel rails on the door and the wall behind the door.

It's certainly compact. I can sit on the loo and wash my hair or brush my teeth depending what direction I sit 😊

It's all beautifully tiled and absolutely does the job. In time I'd like to get rid of the bath and replace it with a shower. The bath is just a waste of space

lettuceWrap Wed 18-Oct-17 17:51:46

Keep the bath! If it's the only bathroom, replacing the bath with a shower will put a lot of people off when it comes to selling.

Redglitter Wed 18-Oct-17 18:09:09

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