Showering in small spaces

Huge walk-in wet room-style showers seem to be on everyone's wish list these days, but unfortunately we don't all have the luxury of space in our bathrooms.

Particularly in inner cities where small flats and apartments are common, bathrooms may not even be big enough to fit a standard-sized tub, and in some cases there isn't even a designated room in which to put a shower.

Take the tiny studio in London's West Kensington that's been making headlines recently, not just because of its square footage but because of the fact that it has a shower cubicle installed beneath a raised bed that's accessible by a wooden ladder.

It's on the rental market for £520 per month, which is pretty cheap for such a highly desirable part of the capital. But that's because aside from the bed and the shower, there is also a table, two dining chairs, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers and a kitchenette, all in the same cramped room.

There is no toilet, as this is shared with other tenants and are located elsewhere in the building.

Of course, this is an extreme example, but with so many people now living in cosy flats as opposed to spacious houses, there's a real need to be inventive when it comes to planning out the bathroom.

So what are the options? Well, fitting a shower above your bath is the most obvious way to save space if you don't have room for a cubicle as well. You can use a glass panel to create an enclosure, or you can even install some glass doors in front of the tub.

Alternatively, if your tub rarely gets used, why not use the space it would have taken up and have that large walk-in shower you've always wanted? Your shower space may be narrower, but you'll make up for it in length.

For a really small bathroom, a corner shower - or a quadrant shower as it's otherwise known - is a very clever way to maximise the space you do have.

When it comes to decor, choosing neutral, airy colours and using as much glass and mirrors as possible will create an illusion of space, and if you can, let in as much natural light as possible via the windows or skylights if you have any.

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