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How to Make Smaller Bathrooms Feel Larger

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This is the decade of right-sizing to smaller bathrooms.

The economic reset triggered by the excesses of the last decade is forcing our society to rethink its definition of “enough.” One area under enormous scrutiny is housing and how smaller bathrooms fit.

How much space does it really take to house the average American family of 2.61 people?  When thinking about a safe bathroom for seniors, the question is how to make existing spaces feel large enough to accommodate equipment such as walkers, wheelchairs, and rails.

smaller bathroomsOur definition of “enough space” is changing, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The year 2008 saw the first annual decrease in average new-home size since 1994. During the intervening 15 years, the average rose by 21 percent – from 2,050 square feet in 1994 to a peak of 2,507 square feet in 2007 – before slipping to 2,392 square feet in 2008. The 2008 decrease in home size was also the largest annual drop since 1980.

Similarly, remodelers report a falloff in the number of consumers asking for bigger kitchens and more opulent baths. Not surprisingly, the aftermarket is also witnessing more homeowners seeking to create more efficient spaces with more storage, less waste and more flexibility.

Style still in demand

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As builders downsize the American dream home, consumers are saying that compromises on space do not automatically mean giving up conveniences. Currently, 60 percent of new homes have three or more bathrooms, and while the size of each may not be as expansive as in years past, that is no reason to compromise on style.

In fact, the trends shaping society today – smaller, smarter living spaces, value and efficiency over conspicuous consumption and the need for a greener lifestyle with a smaller environmental footprint – are having a profound impact on bath-product manufacturers. These trends are also making the job of creating more stylish statements in a smaller bathroom easier than ever.

“Our emphasis is on products scaled to the new space reality,” says Gray Uhl, director of design for American Standard Brands. “We look very carefully at bathroom fixture scale to design collections that fit the footprint of today’s homes.”

Maximum efficiency has become a critical driver, according to Uhl. “A good example is creating more counter deck space on pedestal lavatories, or more storage space in vanities even with a smaller footprint, such as our Brook Console Table with side drawers that open up. While this trend to efficiency cuts across all styles, it tends to require fixtures, faucets and furniture that take simpler forms and shapes.”

Try a little planning

Whether your preference is traditional, contemporary or the in-between transitional, creating stylish smaller bathrooms that work is simple, with a little planning. Here are two important areas to consider in your planning:

  • Storage: Vanities that offer ample storage space within a smaller footprint can hide hair dryers, towels, bath products and cleaning supplies, creating an uncluttered look to make a space seem larger. Vessel sinks that sit atop a vanity add a dramatic touch to a bath, while maximizing cabinet space and creating deck storage space. If a pedestal lavatory fits your floor plan better, look for models with generous deck space. Don’t forget a toilet with a flat tank top: The top of the toilet tank is valuable bathroom real estate.
  • Lifestyle: As we try to do more in the same number of hours, bathroom rituals necessarily change. Shifting from a bathtub to a shower fits our lifestyle and integrates better into the smaller overall footprint of today’s bath. Multiple showerheads and body sprays provide the same relaxation as soaking in a tub, but in far less time and with significantly less cleanup. Most modern showers also use substantially less water, which appeals to growing ecological awareness – another benefit of having smaller bathrooms.

— Article Courtesy of ARAcontent

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How to Make Smaller Bathrooms Feel Larger
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How to Make Smaller Bathrooms Feel Larger
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Smaller bathrooms can feel larger with a few smart decorating tips.
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Terry August 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

I am glad I found this article, My wife and I are planning on remodeling our bathroom for this very reason to make our very small bathroom look bigger. We had debated on a bathtub/shower but now I think I am leaning towards the shower, especially if I can get one with multiple jets. My wife and I are also getting up there in age, and a taking a shower is a lot easier than climbing in and out of bathtub. Thank you for the post.

Cassie August 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Making a space in a bathroom is not easy, especially when your a little older like myself. I have slimmed down some of the accessories in my bathroom and can’t tell you have beneficial it has been beside having a lot of room. I feel less cramped and less stressed than I was before. Thank you for the post, it was really nice to have such useful information like this.

Roger August 21, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Just got back from IKEA where making small rooms seem bigger is what they do best. If you want any suggestions on how to make rooms in your home that are small seem much larger I recommend making your way to IKEA if you have one close, if not their website is a great resource as well.

Sandra August 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

What is so liberating about making smaller rooms appear larger is that you get to get rid of the clutter that sometimes takes over these spaces. We recently made our spare bedroom into a study area and where amazed of how much stuff we had accumulated over the years and jammed into that room. Now we have room to stretch out our legs and guests are amazed of how big the room is.

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