7 Tips For a Small Ensuite Renovation
October 27, 2017

For most of us, we are all trying to create more space in our homes. The reality is our bathrooms have an overflowing drawer of make-up, deodorants, razors, spare toothpaste and toilet roll, and those sample size amenities we take from hotels, with the thought that they’ll be useful for the gym or our next holiday (but never actually use!)

7 Tips For Small Ensuites

1. Light Light Light

If the room doesn’t have the luxury of an external window, the implementation of a simple skylight can bask the space in natural light, without taking up precious wall space.

  • Clear shower screens (as opposed to opaque) give the illusion extra space and light. (Below is a bathroom renovation example from Duncraig, Western Australia) The screen is Frameless Wall To Wall.
  • A fully frameless shower screen doesn’t create any visual barriers at all and can work brilliantly in a small bathroom.
  • Make use of natural light, don’t block windows with heavy blinds.
  • Consider a skylight. A skylight will solve problems if the room is oriented away from the sun.




2. Sliding Doors

Sliding doors can be a great addition to a small room as they allow for that extra bit of space – every bit helps! You can get doors the slide into the wall but this can really blow out your costings for small bathroom if not built in that style from the start of the home construction. We have done many ensuite renovations in Perth where when you open the door to get into the room you literally open it into the shower door.

sliding door

3. Floating Vanity

A vanity that connects only to the wall makes a bathroom instantly appear larger and creates the option for storage underneath. The bathroom renovation below in Maylands, Western Australia has a very tight space between the entrance of the shower screen and the vanity so by making it wall hung it creates a much bigger feel to the floor. (The also used the space for a scale in case you were wondering)



4. Open Wet Room

Why not make it a wet room. Wet rooms with no shower screen are exactly how they sound. Without the use of a shower screen, you can really open up a and uses the all-out wet room approach to make the room feel bigger. These style of bathrooms take a lot of patience to water.

wet room

wet room

5. Utilise the Space Above the Toilet

Many people don’t consider the top of the toilet as an additional storage space. There’s an opportunity to create an instant shelf by extending the counter above the toilet or if you have the wall space implement shelving like this Thornlie blue bathroom (we didn’t paint it) below.


6. Large tiles

Large tiles make the room feel larger it’s as easy as that. Long lines apposed to small busy lines create a wide wide feel to what can be a small bathroom. Below is a bathroom renovation in Willetton that uses a tile called Carbara Bianco which, on a side note, never gets dirty.

  • Larger tiles in your bathroom create a sense of space, you’ll need fewer tiles to cover your space, which means less grouting and lines breaking things up visually.
  • You can also add space by showing off as much of the floor as possible with wall hung vanities




7. Mirrors, Mirrors, Mirrors

Even in the tightest of spaces, mirrors have a magical effect in making them appear bigger. If you can do a long mirror it will create height in the room but also the mirror cabinet is great for keeping items off the vanity to create space. This Ensuite Renovation we completed in Perth below had a custom made mirror cabinet installed from ceiling to vanity height to maximise storage space.



Small bathrooms can be annoying plain and simple. A lot of our bathrooms in Perth have small Ensuites and our clients are often frustrated trying to make this space that you can’t even swing a cat in the bathroom of their dreams. The way I always look at it is aim to de-clutter, whether its the mirror cabinet to get items off the benchtop or making a shower floor hobless you want to create a minimalist bathroom at all times.

It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at info@ontheballbathrooms.com.au

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