How to Remodel a Small Bathroom

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Bathrooms are often the target of home remodeling projects. Remodeling a small bathroom presents many challenges for the average homeowner. Making the best use of the available space is key to a successful small bathroom remodel. A functional layout and clean design creates a space that is relaxing and gives you a good return on the investment when you sell your home.



Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Grid paper
  • Pencil
  • Vanity
  • Shower stall
  • Flooring
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Window treatments
  • Light fixtures
  • Shelves
  • Wall decor
    • 1

      Set your bathroom remodeling budget. Determine how you plan to pay for the project and how much you can afford. Keep this budget in mind as you plan the bathroom remodel.

    • 2

      Choose the bathroom design theme or decorating style. Keep the style in mind as you select the decorating elements of the room.

    • 3

      Measure the bathroom to see exactly how much space is available. Make a quick sketch of the room using the measurements as a guide. Mark all of the plumbing outlets and electrical outlets.

    • 4

      Assess the current layout of the bathroom. Determine if it has a good flow considering the limited amount of space available. Consider rearranging the bathroom components if the current layout isn't functional. The arrangement of a small bathroom is key to maximizing the space.

    • 5

      Install a small vanity or pedestal sink with a small footprint. This cuts down on the amount of floor space consumed by the vanity.

    • 6

      Consider replacing a large tub with a shower stall. This takes up less space in an already small bathroom.

    • 7

      Choose light colors for the small bathroom, including the walls and flooring. A light color gives a room a larger feeling. Soothing colors are often used in bathrooms. A light sea green or blue works well to create an open, relaxing feel in a small bathroom.

    • 8

      Assess the lighting in the bathroom. Add more lighting to make the room feel larger. Maximize the amount of natural light in the room with light window treatments.

    • 9

      Hang shelves on the walls to store bathroom items. This eliminates the need for a large linen closet or cupboard that will take up the limited floor space. Another option is a shelf that goes over the toilet to take advantage of the wasted wall space.

    • 10

      Add the finishing touches such as towel bars and wall decor.


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