As less people are moving home there is now a larger trend for splitting up large bedrooms to create an extra bathroom or en-suite and by planning this well you can fit one into the smallest of spaces. By creating another bathroom you can add extra value to your home and help to free up a family bathroom, especially on busy mornings.
Creating an en-suite does not require a massive amount of room to be able to install a toilet, basin and shower enclosure. The most difficult part of planning an en-suite is deciding where to position everything and what to include in the room. Depending on how much space is available it may be a good idea to just install a basin and toilet rather than squeeze in a really small shower enclosure. It is important to make sure there is enough room around each item to make getting ready as simple as possible. As the main trend is now for smaller bathrooms there are now more bathroom products than ever, which have been specially designed with smaller proportions to fit in compact spaces and help you to achieve more space in the bathroom.
For an en-suite it is a good idea to look at space saving items such as wall-hung toilets with shorter projections. With a wall-hung toilet the cistern is concealed in the wall and the pan itself hangs on the wall which maximizes the amount of floor space and makes cleaning so much easier too. A back to wall toilet is also a good space saver and provides a clean, minimal look, again the cistern is boxed into the wall and the pan sits on the floor.
Choosing a compact basin so you can fit in a slighter larger shower enclosure is a good option. Compact wall-hung basins will make a big difference and help to create a sense of space. If your en-suite has an awkward shape it may be a good idea to install a corner basin or toilet.
Quadrant shower enclosures are an ideal choice for an en-suite as they provide the maximum amount of floor space, make sure you opt for one with sliding doors so no extra room is required to allow for the door to open. A shower enclosure with a bi-fold door is also a good option, as the door folds back on itself it helps to maximize the available space.
Make sure you have a good amount of storage space in your en-suite, items such as a corner cabinet or a wall-hung vanity cabinet with a basin is a good idea and will provide you with somewhere to store any toiletries which will help to create a neat finish. Finishing touches such as a large mirror and lighting will complete the look of your en-suite and make sure you always choose minimal fittings to make the room appear light and spacious.