Cloakroom suites are increasingly being incorporated into new build properties, and an extra room with a toilet and basin comes in very handy, especially when there’s guests visiting, and for those who live in a busy household. The cloakroom will most likely be the smallest room in a home, and it probably gets used the most too, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t create a space that not only looks great, but is functional too. The LuxPad spoke to the cloakroom suite experts over at Big Bathroom Shop to get their advice on how to create a stylish yet functional space…
A cloakroom suite may seem like a challenge to design, but with some research and a little imagination, you’ll soon see how easy it is to transform this compact room into a space that oozes style.
Whether you’re updating an existing cloakroom or designing one from scratch, it’s essential to think about the look and feel that you want to achieve. It’s a good idea to gather inspiration by looking through home décor magazines or sites such as Pinterest, which can offer a wealth of ideas and really get the creative juices flowing. Making a note of what catches your eye and inspires you will help you to create a look you’ll love.
Space saving fittings for cloakroom suites
There’s actually a surprising amount of choice available when it comes to fittings that are suitable for your cloakroom. Wall mounted cloakroom basins are a popular option, as they create the illusion of more floor space, and come in modern and traditional designs to suit your interior. A corner sink is a good option too, and helps to make the best use of what could otherwise be wasted space. When it comes to toilets, look out for short projection designs, and even wall hung styles to make every inch count. For where space is seriously tight, you may want to consider opting for a 2-in-1 combination unit, which cleverly combines a basin and toilet into one unit.
Essential cloakroom storage
Cloakroom vanity units are ideal for small spaces as they feature compact dimensions and slimline designs to maximise space. Available in a range of sizes, styles and finishes, as well as floor standing and wall mounted designs, they provide a great way to keep toiletries or cleaning products neatly hidden away.
Cloakrooms are where shoes and coats typically get dumped, so make sure to include storage for these items too. Hooks and shoe racks are a good option for organising clutter. You could also make the most of wall space with shelving or a mirrored cabinet.
Create the illusion of space with mirrors
Positioning a mirror in the right place can help to solve an array of interior design dilemmas, and make the space feel bigger by bouncing the light around. Fitting a large mirror at the end of your cloakroom suite makes the room feel like it goes on forever. To make a statement and add impact, you could hang a large, decorative mirror. You could even fit a floor length mirror to draw the eye up, which can make your small cloakroom feel lighter and brighter. Large mirrors can be expensive, so if you’re on a budget, you could instead, choose small mirrors with the same colour frame and group them together for a nice feature.
Make a statement with wallpaper
Light colours are ideal for making small cloakroom suites feel more spacious, but if you want to add impact and really make a statement, go for bold, patterned wallpaper. Wallpaper can add a sense of fun or even drama, depending upon the design, and as you don’t need many rolls, it means you can afford to spend a bit more on a luxurious or opulent pattern.
Heating your cloakroom suite
It’s not just the style that needs to be taken into consideration, you will also need to ensure your cloakroom suite feels warm and welcoming during the colder months. Heated towel rails are a great option for small cloakroom suites, as they provide sufficient heat to warm a small space and keep towels toasty too. You may also want to consider electric underfloor heating for a touch of luxury.
Final points to consider…
- Don’t forget to factor in the space that’s needed to allow for the door to open.
- At least 80x140cm of space is required to fit a toilet and basin.
- Good lighting is important in small cloakroom suites, especially if there isn’t a window.
- Don’t forget to stamp your own style and add personality to give guests something to talk about when they visit.