Sink and toilet inside a small, green, bathroom.

Working with restricted space doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the finish of your washroom…

Refurbishing washrooms of a smaller size requires careful planning and attention to detail. When space comes at a premium, we need to be smart about how we utilise the room, working to ensure we create a washroom that’s easy to use, without compromising on performance or longevity.

Small washrooms are something that a lot of businesses have to contend with, particularly when working with older buildings. Whether it’s a cafe or restaurant with limited toilet and hand washing facilities, or an open plan office working with compact toilet space, there are a number of options to help you make the most of what’s available to you.

Why wall hung options work best

One of the biggest advantages of wall hung sanitaryware is that it keeps the floor totally clear. This draws the eye to the edges of the rooms and gives the feeling of spaciousness. Having the floor totally clear without the base of toilets to go round also makes mopping and cleaning much easier too. But it’s not just wall hung toilets that can be used to your advantage here, wash basins of this design are also a strong move.

Use DUCT sets to create an integrated plumbing system

It might sound counterproductive to install a false wall or DUCT set, but a thin service void will not only keep your mains services and cisterns out of sight but work to create simplicity in the room. Half height DUCT sets are often used in washrooms where you’re tight on space, allowing you to contain the mains water and waste pipes behind panelling while delivering a subtle feeling of expansion above waist height.

Work to two edges of the room

Where space is limited, it’s important to resist the temptation to work from the edges of the room in. Instead, try to limit the wall surfaces used for sanitaryware. This tactic is best seen when following guidelines for disabled and ambulant disabled washrooms and cubicles. By utilising a back and side wall, users are left with a clear area to manoeuvre and transition.


Of course, one of the things that instantly comes to mind when dealing with tiny washrooms is storage space. Where will you keep those spare loo rolls, paper towels and hand soap? Yes, vanity units come in incredibly handy here, but it’s important to remember that these items can be stored elsewhere in the property. However, with clever custom design, it’s possible to create storage within DUCT sets. There’s also an option to go for a half-depth vanity unit with a semi-recessed washbasin. This allows you to create some storage while concealing the pipework and still maintaining the breadth of space in the room.

If you would like further advice on refurbishing small washrooms, or to take advantage of our 3D design, CAD drawing and specification service, please get in touch with one of the team on 01202 650901.