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Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Mar 27, 2023 7:07 PM
       Small Bathroom (by small potatoes [NY]) Mar 27, 2023 7:52 PM
       Small Bathroom (by Deanna [TX]) Mar 27, 2023 7:52 PM
       Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Mar 27, 2023 8:27 PM
       Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Mar 27, 2023 8:32 PM
       Small Bathroom (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 27, 2023 9:23 PM
       Small Bathroom (by Libi [NY]) Mar 28, 2023 12:03 AM
       Small Bathroom (by Robert J [CA]) Mar 28, 2023 1:27 AM
       Small Bathroom (by Sparky [PA]) Mar 28, 2023 7:30 AM
       Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Mar 28, 2023 8:18 AM
       Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Mar 28, 2023 8:23 AM
       Small Bathroom (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Mar 28, 2023 8:45 AM
       Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Mar 28, 2023 9:57 AM
       Small Bathroom (by don [PA]) Mar 28, 2023 12:41 PM
       Small Bathroom (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Mar 30, 2023 11:14 AM

Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 7:07 PM

Somewhat off topic,

How small can I make a 3 piece bathroom (shower, commode, and sink)?

We need to add another bathroom and do not have a lot of space.

This is for our lake house. We run out of bathrooms when all the kids and grandkids show up.

I was thinking about a 3 x 8 or 10 area. I could also do a 5 x 6 area.

The small bathroom would be for parents. There is a large bathroom for grandkids to take baths.


Small Bathroom (by small potatoes [NY]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 7:52 PM

in the 4 br I'm converting to 3 br w/ proper bath, the old bathroom was 5x5. You opened the door to a wall mounted sink on the left wall, tub took up the whole back wall and the toilet was on the right wall, very tight. At my cabin we're on a well and old septic so all visitors get the water saving protocol, you are not at home! --67.240.xx.xx

Small Bathroom (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 7:52 PM

With my old WWII houses, some of the bathrooms are abnormally small and narrow, especially when you start getting into jack-and-jill-type bathrooms with doors to two different bedrooms, plus another door to the hot water heater, plus another door to the linen cupboard-- disrupting the available layout and preventing me from using it in the optimal way.

The biggest thing I noticed was regarding the toilet. How far out does it jut? Round vs elongated? How does that affect its usage (men vs women, adults vs supersized adults, etc)? What's across from the toilet? (ie, a tub? a sink? a blank wall? a door?)

The second biggest obstacle is usually a window, back from the days when it was the primary ventilation for that room. Is it smack in the middle of where the tub/shower goes? If so, are you going to tile around it? Board it up and put a surround over it? How will it look from the outside when you're done? (Hint: never hang miniblinds up, because they'll eventually warp and droop... and there's no way to get to them to fix them.)

A third obstacle often involves the placement of the toilet paper holder. :) Is it going to get wet from the shower? Do you not want to drill holes into your vanity? Is it too far away for convenience? I actually like those little over-the-tank toilet paper holders for my awkward bathrooms that don't have an obvious place for it to go.

A fourth obstacle others talk about, but I haven't paid much attention to, involves how many different walls have water coming out of them. In theory, it's cheaper/easier if all your water is coming out of a single wall--- but sometimes you get to the point where what makes sense vs what's cheapest/easiest aren't always the same thing. However, I do try to avoid my waterlines on exterior walls as much as possible because of cold weather/freezing.

There are a lot of good ideas if you do a GIS for "small bathroom layout." But which of those ideas you're able to implement is going to depend a lot on the specifics of the space you're using to build a new half-bath.

Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 8:27 PM

We just installed a new bathroom in our home because our family is growing too. It is in an old closet which was 24" deep - finished bathroom ended up being 36" x 9.5' and that's about as small as it can get and still be to code. Even if you are not having it inspected, having stuff to code makes it easier if you ever get caught...

So you need 15 inches on each side of a toilet and 24 inches in front of the toilet. DH put in a 10" toilet off the wall which gave us 2" in the front. Makes a difference as we only use elongated toilets - small round short ones are just too small for today's Americans.

We used a tiny IKEA type sink, hung on the wall. It's 8 or 9" by 12". Enough to wash your hands and brush your teeth. Sunk the medicine chest into the wall to save space for your face ;)

We used a sliding pocket door to save floor space and the sink is opposite the open door but there is still enough floor space if you close it.

The shower is 36x36 and that determined the width of the bathroom - there is a 32x32 shower so we could have saved 4" but DH hates them - just too small and confining. Like showering in a phone booth he says.

Shelving for towels and such is over the toilet.

Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 8:32 PM

For what it's worth, the bathroom actually does not feel tiny at all and it doesn't feel as if it cut off too much space in the bedroom where it was added. Maybe because that closet was there so we were used to at least 2 feet of space already being used - taking another foot of depth wasn't a big deal in the bedroom, but adding a foot was a big deal in the bathroom.

Small Bathroom (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 27, 2023 9:23 PM

Install a shower then install a Ikea sink which does not take a lot of space then can install toilet.

Small Bathroom (by Libi [NY]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 12:03 AM

To save the space I was using a wall mounted toilet. Tank is inside the wall.

Also you can look for a wall mount radiator/towel warmer.

Can be electric or water. This will save a floor space too.

Small Bathroom (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 1:27 AM

The smallest 3 piece bathroom I've made for my rentals were only 3 x 7

Small Bathroom (by Sparky [PA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 7:30 AM

How about a wetroom bath using in-wall toilet carrier with either wall-mounted or floor-mounted toilet and small wall hung sink.

Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 8:18 AM

Robert J,

What fixtures did you use and how did you lay it out to get a 3 x 7 bathroom?


Small Bathroom (by MMIT [VA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 8:23 AM


Is the 36 x 9.5 big enough for parents to deal with the little grandkids?

I have looked at some of the IKEA sinks. Are they big enough to use? There is no counter space.


Small Bathroom (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 8:45 AM

In EU countries bathrooms and kitchens are small compared to North America. In house wanted to install a double sink where length was reduced even bathroom is large where bought a cabinet double sink assembly. Everything at Ikea is measured in centimeters where converted to imperial where sink cabinet assembles can be wall mounted without legs. The advantage of a wall mounted cabenet is water does not rot bottom. It is common in the EU to have front load washing machine in bathroom where some bathrooms have hook ups for front load washing machines which are much smaller then the standard size front washing machine in North America. Having a vanity is where can store things.

Small Bathroom (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 9:57 AM

MMIT, DH installed a wooden shelf next to the sink that can hold toothbrushes, etc. Takes up much less space than a vanity.

I wouldn't take five people in the bathroom, but a parent and child can fit, sure.

Small Bathroom (by don [PA]) Posted on: Mar 28, 2023 12:41 PM

Put an outdoor shower in.

Small Bathroom (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Mar 30, 2023 11:14 AM

I routinely put in an extra half bath on the ranch style houses I pick up. The spare room is in the garage between the back wall and the door to the kitchen. The bonus in this plan? Kitchen already has water and drains so I am not moving them that far and jack hammering a garage concrete slab is better than a basement

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