Bathrooms increase the value of a home. They can do wonders to your modern interiors. A well-designed bathroom will not only look fresh or stylish but it will improve the quality of life and home appeal. Small narrow bathroom renovations are less expensive but are more challenging to design than bigger bathrooms. A small narrow bathroom ranges from 18 square feet to 50 or 60 square feet. One of the best narrow bathroom ideas is to use decent quality free standing tubs to save space. If you or your family does not take many baths, then you don’t need to include a bathtub; use that extra space for a large storage cabinet or a double vanity instead. Here are some creative design tips and ideas to help you design your narrow bathrooms.

1. Choose small bathroom vanity

Bathroom vanities are one of the fastest, easiest and more satisfying bathroom makeovers you can take on. When comparing to other cabinets, you will see how easy they are. Even small bathroom vanities can be designed in a modern way and change the look and feel of the whole bathroom. Here are some vanities for your inspiration.

2. Install a mirrored, recessed cabinet:

Another huge bathroom space saver is a mirrored recessed cabinet. It looks like a cool flat mirror but it has a hidden storage that can be around 5 inches deep. These types of cabinets come in various widths and heights and can act as a great storage space. Below are some good examples of a mirrored recessed cabinets, one with a sliding door and the other installed in the corner of the bathroom wall.

3. Scale elements appropriately:

Most of the time, small size tiles work well with narrow bathrooms. Just pay some attention to the wall or main floor and make sure what size tiles can be installed there. For a modern look, installing rectangular tiles will give a good look to your bathrooms and will also make your bathroom look bigger in terms of height. Using glass tiles is another good option where the tiles should be 4×6 or similar to this size which could also create a nice depth to your bathroom walls and can extend the size of the room when used in calmer shades.

4. Choose the right type of door for the bathrooms:

If you are planning to build a small narrow bathroom, make sure the door of your bathroom does not open in front of the toilets. Two best options are to have it open outwards away from the wall of the bathroom or to have it as a sliding door.

Read more: Bathroom Design Faux-Pas (And How To Avoid Them)

5. Highlight any texture over color:

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Bring on some interesting textures, not colors and add any unique elements in the bathroom like a piece of art or any interesting shaped mirror. These unique elements can change your bathrooms from boring and small to cool and modern.


Top 5 Creative Narrow Bathroom Ideas and Design Tips was last modified: May 17th, 2022 by Kate Riley
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Barbera Peters
Barbera Peters

It was great that you talked about adding texture to the bathroom and not colors since it creates a unique element. My sister and I recently got my bathroom redone and I am trying to decide how to decorate it. I love your idea about texture so I will have to consider the unique decor pieces that I can find to bring texture with or without color to make it cool and modern.

Mark Finch
Mark Finch

Thank you for sharing your ideas on bathroom design. I am currently planning to remodel my bathroom. I don’t have a lot of space, so I really like how you talked about installing a recessed cabinet. I think it’s a brilliant idea. I’m sure a professional will have no problems installing it.

Kyle Wayne
Kyle Wayne

I really like your tips about choosing small bathroom vanity. My sister is looking to do some remolding and is looking for bathroom products. I’ll be sure to talk to her about how small vanity can add an awesome look and free up space.

Emma Clemantine
Emma Clemantine

Hey, best utilization of place you have done in your design. Designs are so stunning, I like it. After looking to your designs it is giving the feel of full freshness. Nice ideas for transforming bathrooms. Thanks for sharing your creativity.


Hey Kate, Thanks for sharing such informative article , I just loved the stainless steel storage above wash basin it just fit perfectly .

Derry Mackay
Derry Mackay

Congrats on terrific bathroom ideas. My bathroom is not so large. So, this post really useful for me. This is the best site I’ve seen! Seriously thank you for all this awesomeness! you have no idea how much hope you gave me !!

I set a lot of this advices on my bathroom. I am the middle son, bearly I have bathroom. I totally approve this post.