Small bathrooms are big business for installers

Small bathrooms are big business

Space-saving in bathrooms has become big business as homeowners look to maximise the space available to them in bathrooms which in modern housebuilding terms are getting smaller. Gemma Cornes, Product Manager at Twyford, gives an insight into the multitude of products available to installers to make the most of this space-saving trend.


Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the second most important and busiest room in the house leading some homeowners to look at adding a small en-suite for extra flexibility. At the same time, there is a growing trend for multi-generational households, with students returning home, youngsters staying on while they save for deposits and older parents being cared for. This marked social change, with all of these other factors, is putting pressure on the bathroom, with ever more being asked of it.


You may think this poses a headache for installers, feeling you have to squeeze in a toilet, basin, shower or bath plus all-important storage, but this isn’t true anymore. Manufacturers are now on the case and constantly developing products that make small spaces work extra hard to deliver real everyday user-friendliness, without forcing the home-owner to compromise on style, quality or enjoyment.


Short projection toilets and washbasins maintain all the functionality of standard models without eating into the bathroom floor space. Oblong shaped washbasins with a shorter forward projection and combined with a vanity unit are a good option because they are space conscious. A wider washbasin offers a proper basin size, while features such as an integrated shelf also provide somewhere for soap and toothbrushes to be easily at hand. Inset towel rails on the side of a vanity unit provide a neat place for a hand towel to be stored away.


The space above the washbasin also offers up some options for installers and a mirror cabinet is a great choice. It combines valuable storage, which doesn’t impinge on the bathroom space because of its narrow projection, with the sleek lines of the mirror reflecting the light to make a bathroom look bigger. Mirror cabinets with fold-down doors which double up as extra shelves are especially popular because they keep everyday toiletries at eye level for easy access.


You can put the dead space in a corner to good use by installing an offset quadrant-shaped shower tray and enclosure because the sliding doors don’t encroach on to the precious bathroom floor area, or fit a corner washbasin and vanity unit to add more useful storage into the mix.


It’s worth considering ceramics and furniture that are wall-hung. This is becoming much more commonplace and as more buildings are being designed with the plumbing to accommodate wall-hung ceramics. They are an excellent choice for compact bathrooms because they offer a more minimalist appearance and floating effect, meaning they are not taking up much space. The associated pipes and cistern for a wall-hung toilet are all hidden, making for the tidy and streamlined look homeowners like. Of course, as well as the illusion of space, a wall-hung suite also means the floor is much easier to clean, which is always a bonus for the homeowner.


You can also make the most of vertical space by fitting tall units in a bathroom or en-suite as an ideal solution for organising storage to give an un-cluttered look. Even better, if space allows, fitting two side by side works really well as they can be used by different family members, whether ‘his and hers’ or ‘adults and kids’.


Really, the key to successfully installing a compact bathroom is to factor in the considerations of all of its users, whilst maximising the space available to meet their needs. There is so much choice out there now that the job has certainly become easier.

Twyford’s e200 range saves space with no compromise on style
 

As many new house builds have a reducing family bathroom footprint, and to respond to the growing popularity of en-suites, Twyford’s e200 space-saving range of ceramics and furniture is packed with smart design and clever features to bring bigger-bathroom benefits to compact spaces.

A 320mm corner handrinse basin and 500mm corner washbasin make the best use of corner spaces and short projection, offset washbasins provide a useful shelf feature to free up valuable space. A square design, compact, wall-hung toilet also maximises space and features Twyford’s Flushwise™ water-saving technology.


Fashionable furniture is available in high gloss white and grey and the 500mm and 650mm furniture units come with an integrated side towel rail and door handles can also be used as hanging space. Twyford’s unique Total Install™ wall bracket system is available as an optional upgrade on e200 and all Energy ceramics come with the assurance of a 25 year Twyford guarantee.


e200 is part of the Energy Collection from Twyford, which also includes the super-value e100 (round) & (square), the fashion-forward e500 (round) & (square) ranges of sanitaryware and furniture, plus two shower enclosure ranges, es200 and es400.