A small bathroom is an inconvenience, but you shouldn't let low-square footage get in the way of your bathroom use. There are tips and tricks you can use to ensure the square footage is merely a number.
A pedestal sink comprises of two parts: a vertical pedestal on top of which the lavatory (the part that collects water) sits. A pedestal sink makes sense since it's only the water and the basin — nothing else. The sink doesn't have a countertop or a storage area.
Hidden Toilet Tank
The toilet tank takes up valuable square footage if you have a small bathroom, but it doesn't have to be that way. Install a toilet with a hidden tank to free up space. For this toilet, the tank goes inside the wall behind the toilet.
You can't eliminate sinks from your bathrooms, but you can minimize its space used by installing a corner sink. Corner sinks are just that — they are sinks with shapes that allow for corner installation. Corner sinks save space because they make use of corners that typically remain unused in most bathrooms.
Counter Over Toilet
Most people don't use the vertical space above the toilets. However, you can't afford to leave the space unused if you have a small bathroom. You can use the space for things like storage cabinets or counters. Just make sure you leave adequate clearance for the tank for repair or service.
Swinging doors, for example bathroom or cabinet doors, all waste valuable space. You need to give them adequate clearance if you don't want to knock things over every time you open and close the doors. Replace such doors with sliding doors and use the space saved for other things.
A trough sink is a long sink that is made of the same material as the countertop or vanity. The seamless design minimizes space use. A long trough sink can even house two faucets. The unified installation uses less space than two separate faucets would have used.
Lastly, you can also save more space by installing recessed cabinets. The cabinet sits entirely within the wall, with only the framing outside. Recessed cabinets save even more space than cabinets with sliding doors.
Consult a professional plumber to help you with your plumbing. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that your bathroom is not that small, after all.