Choosing Fixtures for a Smaller Bath

small-bathWhile many homeowners lament the “less than grandiose” size of their bathroom, the money saved renovating a smaller bath can be reinvested into purchasing the fixtures and finishes of your dreams.

But before you go hog wild on the most expensive faucets, showerheads and extras, it’s important to understand that not all fixtures work in a smaller bath.

Splurge on the good stuff – but get the “right” good stuff to suit the space you’ll be beautifying.

Start with the Sink

The most efficient way to find the perfect faucet is to start with the model sink and follow accordingly.

Ultra-compact bathrooms call for a wall-hung or pedestal sink or single-width vanity, but allow some wiggle room here if your room is small but not tiny.

How Many Levers Do You Really Need?

An antique-style dual-handled tap can create the gorgeous centerpiece you crave – but when square feet are at a premium every inch of extra room counts.

Stick with a single handle faucet to maximize functionality without crowding the countertop.

A great example of an ideal sink faucet is the new Composed line by Kohler. Simple, modern and sleek, Composed fixtures install into a single hole and come in different heights to fit under-mounted or vessel style basins.


The same theory applies for bathtub taps. Less space = fewer handles!

Part of the overall theory isn’t that additional levers literally take up valuable space but that a simpler design creates the feeling of less clutter and more open area.

Keep it Modern

Many designers follow the guideline that the smaller the space the more contemporary the design.

Smooth lines and simple forms exemplify a minimalist lifestyle. Keep it modern and your space will look the part.

Polished or Brushed?

With an endless array of options it’s easy to fall prey to paralysis by analysis when selecting a finish for your faucet.

Because smaller bathrooms are easier to keep clean, the added maintenance of cleaning polished fixtures becomes less of an issue. However, if the room is going to be used by children, a brushed finish will hide fingerprints and require less upkeep.

Break Out the Tape Measure

Not all towel bars are created equal. The standard length of a towel bar is nearly two feet and they only get longer from there. Instead of bars that add storage space the “long” way, install a shorter double-towel bar or one with adjustable swing-arms.

Pro Tip: There’s an old plumbing adage that says, “Measure twice, order once!” and it rings double-true in tight spaces. Know exactly how much space you have to work with and eliminate guesswork when it comes to buying fixtures.


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