Under-mounted twin sinks were a sleek choice for this modern master bath, but the lack of cabinetry cut down on storage space. Oversized bins do the trick instead, with plenty of room for fluffy towels.
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Make up for a nonexistent linen closet with a strategic configuration. The mirrored medicine cabinet in a New York apartment measures two feet deep to fit towels. Shelves inside are staggered around the pipes, while a custom vanity hides laundry bins.
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Big families know that twin sinks come in handy. Just imagine using this workhorse right before bedtime. The large trough sink in a boys' bathroom can accommodate three kids at once, with step stools to match.
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If you need a big tub (it's the only way you can unwind) then make sure you're saving space elsewhere. Here, designer Amanda Reilly incorporated built-in shelves into the wall behind the bathtub for towels and products.
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In a Lake Martin, Alabama, lake house bathroom designed by Bill Ingram, an oval-shaped sink looks softer — more like a bowl — and gives you more counter space than a square.
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In an Atlanta family home, the downstairs bathroom had virtually no walls to hang a mirror from. No problem: Just hang your mirror in front of the window, which creates privacy with a purpose.
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It's the best way to save surface space. "I love this washstand, because I can hang wet towels without having to have towel bars everywhere," designer Barry Dixon says of the bathroom in a Washington, D.C. row house.
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A small table with an open base doesn't close off space in the master bathroom of designer Thom Filicia's upstate New York lake house.
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We love the intricate details of elaborate tiled floors, but (as designer Barrie Benson knows) it's important to keep the rest of the tiny space simple, so the room doesn't become overwhelmed with patterns and color.
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Instead of a double sink vanity, this long design could save you serious space, as proven here in designer Lynn Butler Beling's Southampton, New York home. "This and the countertop are all one piece and it's long enough that we can get ready at the same time," she says.
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Towel racks above the tub are both convenient (no more tip-toeing around when you're soaking wet!) and save on wall space in a Park Avenue apartment designed by Christina Murphy.
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In a Vermont cottage designed by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber, the cedar bathroom's mirror over the tub creates the illusion of a larger space. And the navy blue claw-foot tub is just straight up glamorous.
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You could add a bulky shower caddy, but little cubbies look so much cuter. In Justina Blakeney's "Jungalow," a trio of alcoves keep soaps and sponges within arm's reach.
In a New York City bathroom, designer Alla Akimova ran zig-zag tile straight into the shower stall. "It makes the room feel larger," she says. "If I had changed materials, it would have interrupted the space."
We're not advocating for cutting corners, just curving them. By making the edge of your vanity softer and rounded, like designer Frank Hodge did here, you'll gain back space and you're less likely to bang into the edge when you're in a rush (win-win!).
A small but efficient master bath in a Los Angeles modern house designed by Pamela Shamshiri is packed with storage.
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Sure, most people opt for a foggy glass or dark curtain to block the shower from view. But designer Amy Meier opted for glass doors, which makes the shower suddenly feel like livable square footage again.
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Not only are these savvy shapes better for taller people (we had to), but designers Phoebe and James Howard also know that since these Restoration Hardware mirrors appear to stretch upwards, they make ceilings feel taller and bathrooms feel bigger.
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This curtain chosen by designer Christos Prevezanos looks more like a drape than your average plastic shower curtain — which not only makes the room feel more sophisticated, but it also makes the shower feel like more than just space reserved for later use — it feels like a bonus room!
Natural light is too important for cramped spaces to block with a dingy shower curtain. Instead, opt for clear glass doors (and a trusty lock on your door).
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If your bathroom doesn't have a built-in vanity, opt for a savvy ledge right above the sink. This will hold all your daily essentials (toothpaste, soap) but won't take up as much floor space as a big piece of furniture.
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Chrome shower accessories, like the door handle, knobs and even drain (!) add decorative elements to the bathroom, which allows the room design as a whole to feel clean and open (but not overwhelming).
Sometimes that giant storage unit is just not worth the bulk. Here, a vintage table with open shelving feels slimmer and adds an airiness to the space.
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It turns out mirrors are useful for more than just touching up your makeup: Light bounces off the reflective surfaces and helps make rooms appear bigger. So even if you can only fit in a mini mirror (like the one on the hanging shelf in this bathroom) it makes a big difference.
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Instead of a door on a hinge that, when open, takes up space in your small room, opt for a door on a rail that stays parallel with the wall at all times.
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