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Guide to Designing a Narrow Bathroom

Guide to Designing a Narrow Bathroom

Guide to Designing a Narrow Bathroom

Narrow rooms do not have to be limited in terms of design. Instead, we can think of them as a challenge and an opportunity to create a unique space, especially when it comes to bathrooms. 

If creativity is not your strong suit, our Letta London professionals will help you with the renovation process. We have prepared an in-depth guide that will help you design a narrow bathroom and utilise the space the best way you can.

If you are ready to declutter your bathroom and create an oasis, keep reading. Take into consideration all the useful tips and tricks to make sure you get the most out of your space.

Illusion of Space

If you’ve been wondering how to create an illusion of space in a narrow bathroom, we’ve got some tips for you. Firstly, you should know that it is all about the decor. Think about implementing lighter shades, like white and beige, that will help the room feel less claustrophobic. Naturally, you can add a splash of colour with lighter pinks, blues, yellows, and similar.

Not only do lighter shades create a visually larger bathroom by inviting more light in, but they also provide a fresh and clean feeling. The combination of light colours can also create an optical illusion, so the room will seem bigger than it actually is.

Also, think in terms of pale or lighter colours for the tiles. For example, glossy light tiles usually make the room appear brighter. That happens because the gloss acts as a reflective surface, and the light entering the room usually just bounces off them. Similarly, neutral tile shades will make the room feel warmer. So, if you want to make your bathroom look bigger and cosier, steer clear of darker colours.

Layout Is the Key

When thinking of the layout, a few different options come to mind. 

First of all, you should consider where to put the largest item in the bathroom — shower or bath. Whichever fixture you select, the best place for it would be the shortest wall in the room. If that short wall is long enough to fit this fixture, that should be your go-to combination. 

In many cases, homeowners decide to place their shower or bath at the end of their narrow bathroom to create more space in-between. Such placement is great, as it leaves enough room for manoeuvring around.

Letta London experts advise placing all fixtures alongside one wall, as placing fixtures all over the room may appear cluttered and busy. To open up the space even more, we suggest installing both the basin and the toilet on the same wall. Ideally, pick the longest wall in the room for these two fixtures. That would leave room for foot traffic and create a lot of free space on the opposite wall, making the room appear bigger.

Slimline Fittings

Not surprisingly, slimline fittings are the best option when it comes to narrow bathrooms. Slimline basins will fit perfectly into a narrow room due to their clean lines and classic design. They will not create a claustrophobic effect because they represent an excellent space-saving solution. Don’t worry, though — you will still have enough room to wash up, as these basins are not much smaller than typical.

If you want to opt for a maximum space-saving solution, you can purchase a slimline set consisting of a toilet, basin, and a fitted cabinet. These fittings are very compact but still offer plenty of storage space. The toilet cistern can be hidden, making it a perfect streamlined addition to your bathroom.


If used properly, a mirror can help your narrow bathroom appear bigger. One of the most useful tricks that we recommend to all of our clients is placing a large mirror in a small bathroom. This helps create a larger visual space, as mirrors reflect light around the room. It also helps the room feel brighter and airier. 

Another great tip is placing mirrors opposite each other. This is best utilised in rooms without windows since the bathroom will feel less restraine.

We also recommend hanging a larger centrepiece mirror that will make a bold statement. Not only will it provide an excellent focal point, but it will also illuminate the room. This is a great way of preventing the unwanted corridor effect.

Avoid Cluttering 

Something that will definitely make your narrow bathroom look even smaller is clutter. Tons of toiletries, cosmetics, and other things laid out on all available surfaces will make the space feel confined and claustrophobic. 

A good storage solution is a medicine cabinet or some kind of fitted furniture. For instance, mirrored cabinets are the best option, as there is no such thing as too many mirrors in a narrow bathroom.

However, adding too much furniture, shelves, and wall-mounted fixtures will make the space feel crowded. It is crucial to find a balance that will work for both you and the bathroom.

A good idea for the bath area is to add shower baskets to keep your products in place without overcrowding the room. A shower niche is also a good option if you want to save on space. Similarly, try to find a place for each product, like toothbrushes, soaps, and similar, as your bathroom will look more organised this way.

Shower Door

As we have already mentioned, placing a shower at the end wall or against the shortest wall in the room is the best way to utilise the space. But what kind of shower should you select? Since there are a lot of options, we want to narrow it down to two choices.

The first one is a traditional square shower with a glass door, which will create an illusion of a larger room. You should stay away from curtains, as they will not do you any favours when decorating a narrow bathroom. 

Another option is choosing to go without a door. A walk-in shower is a perfect option for a narrow bathroom if there is enough space to accommodate one. It is a bit more adventurous choice, but you can be sure it will open up your space.

Make Every Piece of Furniture Count

Whether it is a mirror, stool, wall-mounted toilet, or just a towel bar — make it count. 

Every piece of furniture in your bathroom has the potential to create an illusion of a larger space. Therefore, make sure to use compact pieces, as they will help you open up your room both visually and functionally. If executed well, this tactic will certainly make your narrow bathroom look more airy and spacious.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this guide has helped you organise your narrow bathroom a bit better. If you still have some questions or inquiries, we will be more than happy to help. Contact the Letta London staff online through our official website, or stop by our showroom in North London. Our expert employees are always ready to recommend products that are best suited for your space, so make sure to ask them about their professional opinion.