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Tips For Maximizing The Space In A Small, Oddly Shaped Bathroom

Small bathrooms pose enough of an obstacle during remodeling projects. But if that bathroom is also laid out in an odd shape that's nowhere close to a square or rectangle, your planning process can become even harder. But there are a few design tricks you can use to maximize the space while embracing your quirky layout.

Geometric Shower Enclosure

Skip the bathtub and start searching for geometric shower enclosures. These enclosures can back up into a corner, but rather than taking up a full square or rectangle, the enclosure juts out ahead of it in a space-saving geometric figure such as a hexagon. You will still have plenty of standing and showering room, without using up a lot of the wall or general floor area.

If you want to help the room look even bigger, opt for frameless clear glass shower enclosures. Pair this style with backing tile that matches your bathroom walls and the shower won't create a break in the visual elements of the room.

Corner Pedestal Sink

Opting for a pedestal sink will cost you some below-sink storage. But the style allows you to stick the sink into a corner where it will remain largely out of the way. You can even corner mount a medicine cabinet above the sink to make up for the storage cut. And using the corner sink will also open up more space along the walls, which can allow you to purchase larger vanities or shelving units.

Build Up and Around

If you have little by way of floor space but plenty of walls, then you can get crafty with your storage solutions. Install a series of cabinets higher up on the walls -- but low enough to easily reach what's inside. You can then use tall, floor-standing storage units beneath those upper cabinets. This will also give you plenty of room for your toilet and sink as the cabinets can simply mount above these appliances.

Position Mirrors for Illusion

If your bathroom is much shorter than it is long, or vice versa, you can use strategically placed mirrors to make the room look larger. First, position mirrors on the short side of the room to give the illusion of depth. You can then hang a mirror or two directly parallel to those mirrors on the opposite side of the room. This creates a reflection loop that makes it harder for the eye to see where each wall actually ends.