5 Tips for Remodeling a Tiny Apartment Bathroom
If you are faced with the daunting task of remodeling the bathroom in your miniscule apartment, you have a lot of work ahead of you. Most people believe that remodeling your apartment bathroom is easy. All you need is a good toilet, sink, and a shower curtain – right? However, most small bathrooms are harder to remodel than larger bathrooms. Not only do you have to take the small space into consideration, you also have to make aesthetic choices that make it feel like you aren’t showering in solitary confinement. Moreover, you also have to think about your deposit too – you can’t make any choices that require heavy construction. Here are 5 tips for remodeling a tiny apartment bathroom.
- Small shelves. When it comes to storing your toiletries, and anything else you keep in the bathroom, you want to make sure that units don’t take up too much space. Many shelves and cabinets are just too big for small apartment bathrooms – forget about medicine cabinets that aren’t recessed. If this is the case you are going to need to get creative. You can find great, affordable options at thrift stores or even at garage sales. All you really need is a small, freestanding cabinet or shelf.
- Use a mold resistant paint. Typically, small apartment bathrooms are magnets for mold. Chances are that there is only a sliver of a window – a sliver to ventilate the clouds of hot steam emanating from your shower. Over time, you will start to notice your walls turning a splotchy, pale green and black color – this is mold. First you need to sand the walls to remove it and then repaint using a special, moisture resistant primer – after that you can paint any color you like.
- Re-caulk and add details to the tiles. Chances are that you can’t really retile your bathroom without the approval of your landlord first. However, you can make the preexisting tiles much more aesthetically pleasing. First, you can re-caulk between all the tiles to fill in the gaps or the areas that have been eaten away by moisture, mold, and soap scum. If you want to add another attractive element, you could use little decals to make it look like you have brand new tiles. Even by placing a few fleurs-de-lis’ on a few random tiles you can really bring the tile work back to life again.
- Get a new toilet. There are many small, freestanding toilets that not only fit in your tiny apartment bathroom, but look great too. For instance, Saniflo has some amazing options for small bathrooms that have small tanks and don’t require intensive installation – they are also pretty too. If that’s not in the budget, just replacing your toilet seat – so that it is coordinated with the rest of the bathroom – can make a huge difference.
- Mirror, mirror on the wall. If you want to make your tiny bathroom look bigger than it actually is, just install a few mirrors on each of the walls – it will really appear to be much larger; it might also feel that way too. Mirrors are also a great aesthetic touch that can really bring a small space to life.