If your bathroom feels cramped, there are ways to make it larger so that it feels less like standing in a closet while you get ready each morning. Even minor remodeling tips can go a long way to help make a cramped bathroom more functional for you and your family.

Remove the Tub

Most bathrooms have a bathtub that doubles as a shower. However, bathtubs take up a lot of room and aren’t really necessary when space is at a premium.

You can get rid of the bathtub and move the shower into a corner. Placing the shower in a corner instead of keeping a large and unnecessary bathtub will free up a portion of a wall. A rounded or curved shower in the corner will feel more spacious than a square or rectangular shower.

Add More Storage

You can put vertical shelving in for more storage. A perfect space for new shelving is the wall where you removed the bathtub. The area above the toilet is also often an unused space where shelving can go in. If you’re going to retile the shower area, build a recessed area into the wall for shampoo and soap.

Change the Doors

In most bathrooms, the door opens inward. There is usually a lot of wasted space behind the door. If possible, you can reverse the door and have it open outward. However, the main reason a bathroom door opens inward is safety. It means that the person inside the bathroom has access to the hinges, and opening the door can’t be blocked by something outside the door.

However, you have other options besides reversing the door. You could install a pocket door instead to maintain safety and free up space behind the bathroom door. A pocket door slides to open or close on tracks or rails. When opened, a pocket door can go on the outside of the wall or in a space within the wall, which is where the phrase pocket door comes from.

Increase the Lighting

Brighter lights won’t make the bathroom any larger, but it will feel larger. If the bathroom is in the interior of the home without a window, consider adding a skylight. You can add new track lighting or just put brighter LED light bulbs in the existing lights.

Bathroom Renovations

Remodeling your bathroom can be simple or more complex. Unless you’re skilled at plumbing and carpentry, you should probably use a professional for most of your bathroom renovations.

An experienced remodeling company can give you some ideas to help make your bathroom less cramped and more functional. A renovated bathroom will not only give you more room but will update your bathroom fixtures, take care of any plumbing problems, and increase the value of your home.

Remodeling your bathroom can make it more spacious and functional for the entire family. Consider these and other ideas when you’re adding usable space to your cramped bathroom.

By Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing.

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