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Help me plan my teeny tiny bathroom

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HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 13:21:37

Ok, so our 3 bed house has the world's smallest bathroom. So small in fact that the door can't fully open and opens onto the bath. We would like to keep a bath though.

Also, I am super keen not to take any space out of the back bedroom and get our tiny bathroom to work. Not many layout options unfortunately as it's a slightly odd shape.

So one solution is a folding door, BUT I HATE those bi fold doors on bathrooms with a passion. Sliding door not an option. Was contemplating knocking out the door frame and installing a slightly narrower door as literally every inch counts.

Is this a bad idea???

Scribblegirl Mon 18-Dec-17 13:25:05

What size/shape is it? Is there scope to put a smaller/shorter bath along the opposite wall? We looked into a small bath when we were sorting our small bathroom too.

Also I imagine that you've thought of this, but is there no scope to re-hang the door so it opens into the hall?

HeyRoly Mon 18-Dec-17 13:26:33

You can get space saving baths. We have one in our (also tiny for a three bed house) bathroom that is narrower at one end than the other. Could something like that work?

Orchardgreen Mon 18-Dec-17 13:27:25

Turn the door so it opens outwards?

Mcullumswoman Mon 18-Dec-17 13:31:53

I am in a similar situation and have decided on installing a japanese soaking tub instead of a full bath, its smaller in length but deeper and has a ledge to sit on which is also ideal as I have mobility issues getting up off the flat bath floor. They are similar looking to the bath with a door but no door as there is no way im sitting waiting for it to fill and empty. The one I'm going for is 915mm long and 740mm wide, might be worth a look

whiskyowl Mon 18-Dec-17 13:31:55

Wall hang everything so the floor looks as big as possible. Put in underfloor heating to save radiator space. Use small, space-saving ceramicware and baths and white shiny tiles to bounce light around. Put two mirrors on opposite walls to increase light.

OldGuard Mon 18-Dec-17 13:38:26

Can you give us the dimensions of each wall and door please ? Diagram ?

Watto1 Mon 18-Dec-17 13:41:15

My sister's bathroom is similar to how yours sounds. The door splits down the middle so it opens like a double wardrobe. It works well but the bathroom is now known as Narnia!

JoJoSM2 Mon 18-Dec-17 13:41:58

Making the door narrower depends on the current width - it might not be an option if it's narrow already. You could also try moving the entire door frame a few inches or see if it's possible to reconfigure the bathroom slightly.

RandomMess Mon 18-Dec-17 15:04:33

Floor plan definitely required!

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:10:08

Thank you everyone for the speedy replies. Apologies, I had a playgroup inbetween. So design drawings not my strong point but hopefully this will give you a very rough idea of current layout...

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:11:44

So the square on the left is a very small sink. We have a small toilet under the window next to the bath.

Unfortunately, we can't open the door the other way as it would open onto the stairs confused

RandomMess Mon 18-Dec-17 15:16:23

Narrower door that opens onto the wall next to the bath would help.

A bath that narrows at one end or is short would make it feel more spacious.

Get a compact loo.

minipie Mon 18-Dec-17 15:17:17

Can't you rehang the door so the hinges are on the other side - door still opens inwards but against the wall rather than into the middle of the room. It would still bang into the bath but would at least give easier access to the loo and sink
Agree about looking into moving the door rightwards if there is any space there, even an inch or two might make the difference

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:18:27

Scribblegirl and HeyRoly, I was thinking of possibly moving the bath to under the window (space saving naturally!) and hoping that a very compact toilet and sink on the back wall would allow the door to open...

It might be a bit tight though (hence the narrow door question). The door is a standard size (c. 80cms).

Mcullumswoman I was thinking about a Japanese bath - they look great. Just not sure with the kids.

whiskyowl great ideas, thank you

Watto1 what do you think of your sister's door? I'm just not that keen on them. They seem less solid and private somehow.

RandomMess Mon 18-Dec-17 15:19:38

Short bath under the window, corner toilet far end opposite current door?

Graph paper and cut out shapes! Look at corner baths and corner toilets/sinks

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:22:08

Randomness that might be an option but suspect it might look a bit odd from the stairs? Do you think?

Literally no space to steal from the side of the door. It really is the world's smallest bathroom! Lucky us wink

CremeFresh Mon 18-Dec-17 15:23:17

I would move the bath to the 174 wall and put a corner loo and sink in

missperegrinespeculiar Mon 18-Dec-17 15:23:34

What we did is we got a door made to measure that has two sides and opens in the middle, like a cupboard if you know what I mean, it makes it a lot easier!

hevonbu Mon 18-Dec-17 15:28:07

I had an almost as terrible bathroom once. I'd install a shower and a compact washing machine (narrow, top-loading washer). What about a double door? It could have two unequal door blades, made to fit in precisely.

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:30:16

CremeFresh Random Mess thank you - that is what I was thinking but having roughly measured it, the door may still bang against the corner loo!

That's why I thought I could maybe narrow the door by 10cms but wondered if that would be really obvious...

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 15:33:14

And my pic was rubbish as the door actually opens the other way. Sorry!

I really want to avoid a bi fold door of any description. Just a personal preference thing really. Thanks everyone for your very helpful comments.

I need inspiration!

Scribblegirl Mon 18-Dec-17 15:51:16

Assuming that's in cm? How about:

- Short bath (140cm or so) with showerhead at the 87cm wall running along the 170cm wall
- Narrow loo (30cm or so) also running along the 170cm wall after toilet
- Sink opposite loo at junction of 160cm and 110cm walls

Could be tight but doable? Either way I'd rehang the door so it swings to the right rather than the left, but that's just me, I hate doors that don't open you into the main part of the room.

Scribblegirl Mon 18-Dec-17 15:51:40

Ignore last sentence, missed your update smile

HeyPesto55 Mon 18-Dec-17 16:03:34

Scribblegirl you might have a goer! I hadn't thought about using the gap after the bath to squeeze the toilet in... I had assumed a bit of storage might be a good idea.

Though can you find toilets that narrow???

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