Overview: Living in a tiny house means taking extra care to make sure rooms such as the bathroom are functional, refreshing, and easy to navigate
When living in a small house, the bathroom is the main subject of questions. A lot goes into building a bathroom in a tiny house, but the end results are worth the effort. After all, who doesn’t want a cute bathroom tucked into the corner of your small space?
Before building your tiny house bathroom, consider 3 things:
1. What do you want your bathroom to accomplish?
2. How do you want your bathroom to function?
3. What additional necessities are you interested in having?
A lot can be considered when brainstorming what the bathroom absolutely needs vs. what you want it to have. No one likes to use a bathroom that’s cluttered with unnecessary items (shoes stuffed beneath the sink with toiletries… no thanks). Even if they are of great necessity, sometimes keeping only the bare minimum works to your advantage.
So, how can you make your tiny bathroom both functional and aesthetically pleasing to the eyes? Let’s take a look at some real-life examples of tiny living folks who understood the assignment.
1. Give Your Tiny House Bathroom a Walk-in Shower:
Just because your space is small doesn’t mean you can’t have certain luxuries. This small house is equipped with a gorgeously tiled shower.
Here’s some food for thought when laying the foundation of your tiny house bathroom:
“Consider other amenities when making space for a walk-in shower in a small bathroom. Dressed with a simple glass door, this walk-in shower provides a solid wall for showcasing a double vanity. A narrow glass panel on the wall adjacent to the door helps carry light from nearby windows into the shower’s interior, while a cutout on the door allows steam to escape.”
Focusing on the glass door design, tiny homes are particularly susceptible to looking small and cluttered (for obvious reasons). So anything that’s transparent or reflective could do wonders for a small space. This is because such materials give the illusion of a more open space. We’ll talk more about the “reflective” part later in this blog.
Opt for a glass shower door instead of a traditional curtain. If you do decide to go with a curtain, consider a transparent one.
For more small bathroom ideas, including awesome walk-in showers, check out this website.
2. Add Colorful, Multi-functional Storage Options:
Who says tiny house bathrooms need to be white. While white is known for opening up or brightening the space, they’re no hard and fast rules stating that tiny homes have to be white in order to look more spacious. A combination of complementary colors or objects could play a huge role in making your small bathroom feel not-so-small.
For small areas, it’s nice to have an accent or pattern in the room to avoid a space that’s too plain.
One of the coolest ways to maximize your tiny space is by utilizing the corners. Create the impression of a large margin by keeping it airy and embellished with light furniture.
3. Consider Unique Bathroom Sinks and Faucets:
If you decide to create a separate sink for your tiny house bathroom, there are great low-profile options out there in the market that are also inexpensive and narrow and so as to not take up too much space (Amazon has perfect space-saving solutions).
Pro-tip: Skip the separate bathroom sink altogether! This might sound crazy, but with such a small space, you could consider using the kitchen sink for all your hand-washing needs.
Another alternative is to use a combined toilet-sink where faucets sit atop the toilet for you to wash your hands — talk about a space-saving “hack.” It might sound strange at first, but this is a practice that isn’t uncommon in certain areas of the world. Plus, this alternative gives more room for other storage, including laundry or even a tiny house tub!
Check out some of our favorite reliable washbasins that are also affordable here.
4. To Bathe, or Not to Bathe?
One of the most challenging parts of designing a tiny house bathroom is choosing between a shower, bathtub, both, and tiles.
A standard-sized shower is usually too big for a tiny house. As for bathtubs, they are more challenging than the showers due to their size, and most tiny house owners forgo the idea of a bathtub altogether.
However, if you’re insistent on the full spa experience in your tiny home, there are tiny tubs for small house bathrooms!
Browse designs specifically meant to fit into deep corners. If you’re an expert or a DIYer, you can also opt to make one for yourself that fits your specific space.
Pro-tip: Small tubs are especially helpful for parents with small children for baths instead of showers. But you can also consider getting a foldable bath for young children. It might not be the cheapest option out there, but a foldable bath has the huge advantage of being stored away once it’s finished, creating more space.
Check out this foldable bath on Amazon.
5: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall…
Reflective items such as mirrors are a small-space dwellers best friend! This is especially true for the bathroom, which is often the smallest room in any living space.
Dress your bathroom mirrors of all shapes and sizes (no, it doesn’t have to look cluttered). Remember that mirrors are meant to enhance a space, not detract from it (we found this mirror too beautiful to resist).
You could even add a medicine cabinet that doubles-up as storage. Take a look at some awesome mirror ideas that are perfect for a tiny bathroom!
The bathroom can sometimes be an after-thought when people plan their tiny home — often pushed to the backburner as just another functional area where you spend an hour in the morning getting cleaned and ready. However, the bathroom area is more important than just spending time there.
A neat, well-furnished bathroom can make you feel clean, organized, and relaxed when decorated appropriately. So if you’re planning on living in a tiny home, or maybe you already are and are looking for ideas, consider the points in this blog.
Remember, we do plumbing (even for tiny homes). Reach out to us for any questions. We’ll be happy to help… happy tiny living!