Are you a space-challenged bathroom owner? The smallest full bathroom allowed is 5′ x 8′; that’s a mere 40 square feet! I know the struggle of trying to fit everything in a tight space without feeling like you’re in a game of Tetris. But fear not because I got you! Check out these 12 space-saving hacks to help you make the most of your pint-sized bathroom.

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1. Pocket Doors: A Tiny Bathroom's BFF

Swap out the space hog swinging door for a sleek pocket door that slides right into the wall. It’s a game-changer for creating more room to breathe. I am a big fan and have several in my own home.

photo of pocket door

2. Double-Duty Furniture

Invest in multi-functional pieces like a vanity with drawers. If you must use a sink with a cabinet below, use an undersink organization kit. They not only look chic but also provide hidden storage galore.

navy vanity with drawers and white vanity with doors
white vanity with doors and an undersink kit

3. Ditch the Tub for a Stand-Up Shower

A standing shower takes up the same space as a tub-shower combo, but it looks and feels roomier. Plus, it gives your bathroom a modern, open feel – win-win!

4. Embrace the Power of Transparency

Consider a glass shower enclosure or a clear shower curtain. They allow the eye to travel uninterrupted, making your bathroom seem larger than it actually is.

a shower with white subway tile and clear glass doors

5. A Seat that Won't Take Up Space

A fold-down bench in the shower. It’s there when you need it and disappears when you don’t. This space-saving solution adds functionality without sacrificing room to move around.

Teak fold down shower bench

6. Hidden Cistern Toilets: Streamlined Space and Style

Embrace the future of bathroom design with a toilet featuring a concealed cistern. Tucking the cistern away behind the wall reclaims precious floor space, giving your bathroom a clean, uncluttered aesthetic.

a photo of an open wall showing built-in cistern and a photo of a finished wall showing toilet without a cistern because it's in the wall

7. Reflections of Space Plus Added Style

A mirrored medicine cabinet above the sink serves a necessary function while adding additional storage. It also works magic, stylishly creating the illusion of a more spacious room.

3 diferent mirrored medicine cabinets - 1 rectangle in old brass, 1 arched in silver, 1 with ogee cutouts at top in brass

8. Elevated Elegance, Maximized Space

Upgrade your bathroom’s style and functionality with a wall-mounted faucet. By freeing up counter space, this chic addition looks elegant and provides a more open feel to your vanity area.

faucet mounted on wall

9. Storage that Blends Seamlessly

Integrate recessed shelving or a niche between the studs – a practical design for storage that doesn’t sacrifice floor space. These clever additions allow you to discreetly stow away toiletries, keeping your bathroom both functional and stylish.

tall shelf unit made to fit between the wall studs

10. Go Vertical

When floor space is scarce, think up! Install shelves above the toilet. An excellent spot for backup tp and decorative containers holding Q-tips, cotton rounds, and other small essentials. You’ll be amazed at how much you can stow away without cluttering up the joint.

2 shelves above the toilet with pretty toiletries

11. Get Hooked on Hooks

Hooks are like the unsung heroes of small bathrooms. Stick ’em on the back of the door or the wall, and suddenly, you’ve got a spot for towels, robes, and even the elusive loofah.

hooks on wall with blue towel and loofah

12. Master the Art of Minimalism

Keep it clutter-free. The less stuff you have on display, the more open and inviting your bathroom will feel. Plus, it’s a breeze to clean—bonus!

With these ingenious space-saving hacks, your small bathroom will go from cramped to cozy without compromising style or functionality. No more bathroom Tetris—just effortless flow in your newly optimized space! Happy hacking!

Keep Dancing, Darlene