Tackling narrow bathroom layouts

It’s often the quirky features that make our homes unique and grab our attention when house buying. However charming at first glance, non-conventional layouts and awkward spaces can be a real challenge when it’s time to update.


Small bathrooms are one thing, but narrow bathrooms are quite another. How do you transform corridor-like spaces into useable bathrooms? We’re glad you asked. Here are a few suggestions to help with your design headache.


Narrowly contained

If your bathroom is long and thin, take inspiration from design solutions often applied to narrow kitchens. Consider whether a galley or one-wall design could work in the space available. By concentrating all of the fixtures and fittings on just one wall you can provide easy access and create the illusion of space. If height’s on your side, why not think about overhead storage too?


This streamlined and clutter-free design successfully distracts from the bathroom’s narrow attributes by utilising modular furniture with counter top sinks and a boxed in bath.


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Beautifully proportioned

If a one-wall design is impossible or feels too cramped, utilise the narrow end of the bathroom to feature either the toilet or the shower. To fully maximise the space available without skimping on functionality, choose smaller or narrower fixtures and fittings to enable this.


Narrow counter top sinks that sit on shelves or in slim modular furniture and compact or space saving wall hung toilets with small wall projections can all save you space without compromising on design or the practicalities.

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Bite the bullet

When width is definitely not on your side, transforming your bathroom into a wetroom may be the best solution. Opt for a wall hung toilet with a boxed in cistern that can be utilised to house the sink. Not only does this provide an essential counter top, but it also creates a beautiful streamlined design.  What once seemed like a tiny bathroom can suddenly feel like a generous shower area instead.


Wetroom installation kits, suitable for ground and upper floors, are widely available. Find out all you need to know about wetrooms on our dedicated website here.



Outside the box design

If your bathroom is too small or too narrow to include a bath, could there be another suitable space in your home that’s just begging to be utilised for such a thing?


This unique design, by architect Andreas Heierle, breathes new light into an in an old Bucharest apartment building. Not your conventional layout by any means, but the open bathroom design successfully incorporates a bath and shower with a view. Food for thought, if nothing else.


Andreas Heierle

Andreas Heierle


You’ll find plenty more design tips and solutions for small, narrow and large bathrooms on our blog.