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This story shows you how to make your small, cramped bathroom more convenient, elegant and easy to clean. These projects make the typical 6 x 8 ft. bathroom feel larger and more comfortable. We'll walk you through the steps for getting more natural light in your shower, replacing your dingy old bathtub with a spacious shower, and installing a toilet and sink that simplify cleaning. So stop dealing with an outdated bathroom and get to work!


The special-order fixtures, fittings, shower pan, tile and glass block panel can take weeks to get in hand, so do the necessary legwork and ordering well in advance. Before gutting the bathroom, check to make sure that there are shutoffs for all the fixtures or a master shutoff for the entire bathroom. If not, buy ball valve shutoffs sized to fit your pipes. Then turn off the main water supply line where it comes into the house from outside, cut the pipes feeding the bathroom and install the new shutoffs right away (see Photo 7).


In a small space like a bathroom, every detail matters: The right wall color, tilework or lighting can transform a dull, dated bathroom into a bright, stylish retreat. See how HGTV’s top designers revamped these petite baths.


Let's say you're remodeling your home. And you dream of a giant, spacious bathroom like this, but that's not going to happen because all of those bathrooms are bigger than your entire house. Sometimes, you've just got to work with the space that you've got. Fortunately, we've got plenty of ideas for your small bathroom that will save space — and still look beautiful.


Before: Awkward Use of Space The bulky, dark vanity was a visual sore spot in this bathroom. The floor plan allowed for only a small sliver of space for the vanity. New cabinetry would have provided a fresh look, but it wouldn't get rid of the bathroom's cramped feel. Reconfiguring the floor plan to accommodate a larger unit would have significantly added to the cost.


Before: Cramped and Creaky The salmon-color ceramic tile and matching sink and toilet weren't this bathroom's only problems. The wall-mount sink also lacked the storage space needed in this small room. Not sure where to start? Get the Bathroom Planning Guide and get tips from the pros, estimates on materials costs, and more!


Our bathroom design is the perfect solution for the old, heavily used, small bathroom that you can never quite get clean enough. We not only pulled a few rabbits out of the hat to produce features that make the room easy to clean but also used smoke and mirrors to make it appear much larger.


In this article, we'll show you how to tear out an old bathroom and put in a new one, including details on: Installing a preassembled glass block window. You can have a window in your shower that will stand up to water. Replacing a bathtub with a spacious shower. A one-piece shower pan is a simple, leak-proof solution to the mistake-prone chore of traditional shower pan construction. Installing a state-of-the-art residential wall-hung toilet and sink. Having fewer dirt-catching corners and edges simplifies floor cleaning. Making a small (6 x 8-ft.) bathroom feel larger.


In this small bathroom designed by Jordan Iverson, a floating vanity takes up less visual space without compromising style. A pocket door, instead of a standard swinging door, lends privacy to the bathroom while freeing up floor space.


These are some really great tips for anyone looking into remodeling or rejuvenating their bathroom. I have had the hardest time finding good storage options for my small downstairs bathroom, but that standing shelf unit actually looks really nice, I may have to try to find one like it. Thanks so much for writing, I’ll be referring back to this as I move along with my design.


The bulky, dark vanity was a visual sore spot in this bathroom. The floor plan allowed for only a small sliver of space for the vanity. New cabinetry would have provided a fresh look, but it wouldn't get rid of the bathroom's cramped feel. Reconfiguring the floor plan to accommodate a larger unit would have significantly added to the cost.


Every design element in a small bathroom should have a purpose and be functional in some way or another to create a space-saving sanctuary. Before you dive in, if you are looking for space-saving furniture ideas, be sure to check out our top products for small bathrooms.


After: Contemporary Classic A sleek, storage-rich vanity sets the tone in the reorganized bathroom. An off-center sink allows space for setting grooming tools, and pretty tile and interesting details make this a room to remember. See the full bathroom here!


Before: Trouble with Tile This bathroom was a rescue mission. Half of the green tiles were in good shape so, to keep on budget, they were removed, sorted, and then reinstalled to give the bathroom a beautiful new look without waste. Remodel like a pro with these tips!


Before: Outdated and Out of Style This bathroom was grimy, outdated, and plain. Almost zero storage space left rolls of toilet paper stored in plain sight. Between the simple bulb light, the white shower curtain, and the standard tile walls, this bathroom was anything but stylish.


Before: Bland Home Office This upper-level office off a master bedroom needed an update, and the homeowners needed a bathroom. Where there once was a makeshift office, now there is a peaceful master bath, complete with a roomy shower and a built-in tub. Get tips from professionals, common floor plans, and other must-have information in our Bathroom Planning Guide.


After: Stunning New Bath Plumbing and color turn this former office area into a calm, soothing bathroom. A white soaking tub is nestled under the slanted ceiling to maximize space throughout the rest of the room. A simple, open vanity provides easy access to storage and prevents the dark espresso color from weighing down the space. A glass top and vessel sink add contemporary flair to the new bathroom.


After: A Glamorous Retreat Chic grass-cloth wallpaper, the starting point for this makeover, lightened up the room significantly. After, the rest of the room followed suit. The solution to the vanity dilemma was to install an open unit, which keeps the room feeling spacious. Calacatta gold marble was the splurge in this $6,600 makeover; it keeps with the bathroom's sophisticated aura. The black-vein stone stretches across the floor and partially up the wall behind the vanity for a cohesive look. Shop bathroom vanities now!


Instead of a curb and a typical shower door, try a frameless glass door and a curbless shower, like in this bathroom from VT Wonen. Not having walls around the shower will save a little bit of space, but the big gain will be visual — the shower will seem to disappear, making the bathroom appear much larger.


Before: Old and Outdated This cramped 5x8-foot bathroom was desperate for a redo. For starters, the old cast-iron tub and tile were original to the house, built in 1928. The no-frills space also featured a porcelain finish that was worn and gray, a peeling fake frosted-glass window, and almost no storage. Get quotes for a bathroom remodel from professionals in your area.


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A bathroom remodel is a big project. If you can only work weekends, your bathroom will be out of commission for two months or more. You'll need all your expertise as an experienced do-it-yourselfer because you'll have to tackle electrical, plumbing, tiling, drywalling, taping and even exterior siding. In this article, we'll deal mostly with the nuts and bolts of ripping out existing plumbing and replacing it correctly with new, easily installed PVC piping.


Turn off the main water supply to the house, and in a convenient location, cut the hot and cold water supply pipes for the bathroom. Also cut out and remove all the existing water lines and fittings in the bathroom. Finally, cut out and remove the vent section leading to the sink and the main stack 5 in. below the vent tee. Stuff rags into open drain lines to keep sewer gas out of the house.


Inexpensive shelves from a home center transform the wall above the toilet to provide a storage spot for bathroom essentials. Throughout the bathroom, a simple light-and-dark scheme helps the space appear larger, and the same scheme was applied to the vignette above the toilet. The dark tones on the shelves, picture frames, and art contrast with the white towels, photo mats, and bud vase.


Stylish Storage Inexpensive shelves from a home center transform the wall above the toilet to provide a storage spot for bathroom essentials. Throughout the bathroom, a simple light-and-dark scheme helps the space appear larger, and the same scheme was applied to the vignette above the toilet. The dark tones on the shelves, picture frames, and art contrast with the white towels, photo mats, and bud vase.