Cloakroom Ideas: The Benefits of an Extra Bathroom Space!

New build homes now feature cloakroom suites as standard and have become a commodity people expect to find when buying a new home. With an extensive selection of cloakroom toilets and basins available you will be surprised at how easy it is to achieve an additional bathroom space in your own home. So why are extra bathroom spaces so popular and how can you fit one in your own home? Read our blog for an insight into the cloakroom ideas and designs on offer.

Cloakroom Ideas

Adding an extra bathroom space to your home is very beneficial especially on the ground floor. The downstairs loo will be the bathroom that your guest’s use meaning you don’t need to allow them access to your own personal bathroom space. Additionally, it is also handy if any guests visiting have young children or members of the family with limited mobility as they won’t have to use the stairs to access the toilet. Furthermore, for families it also provides an extra bathroom space to accommodate the busy morning rush!

Cloakroom suite with a wall hung basin

Adding a small toilet space to your home can also add instant value – some reports claim it can add up to 5% on the value of your property. This added value will be a larger sum of money than the costs of work ensuring profit from your innovation. It is particularly useful to have a budget in mind when you plan a renovation. Subsequently, this will ensure that you don’t eat into the extra value you are adding. We can offer you a vast range of space saving toilets at extremely competitive prices. Consequently, ensuring your project costs you as little as possible.

Downstairs Toilet Ideas

What is even better about attempting to create a cloakroom space is that often you can construct this area by utilising previously wasted space within your home. In general you only need around 3 feet x 5 feet of space to make your cloakroom suite a workable space. The most popular area for people to choose is under the stairs which lends itself well to a downstairs toilet. Here it is ideally positioned for guest access because it is off the main entrance area in your home.

Under stairs toilet

There are many other viable options to add cloakroom suites in the home if you already use beneath the stairs for storage or it is inaccessible. Often homes with utility spaces can be divided up further. There is such a good selection of slim line washer dryers and other appliances that a re-jig in this area will mean you can access the necessary space. We also sell a handy toilet with built in sink. This is the ultimate space saving solution as you only require the space to fit a single item in!

A cupboard space in older properties that may have been an old pantry area is also ideal. If you decide to add on a conservatory or other type of extension downstairs it is worth considering incorporating a cloakroom toilet space into your plans.

A corner basin and corner toilet installed in a tight space.

If you don’t have the space downstairs, then look into airing cupboards on your landing. You can consider using part of a walk in closet or fitted wardrobe space which can be accessed from the landing area. Failing that consider taking some space from the largest bedroom or a guest room to allow you to fit in this valuable cloakroom toilet. With such a range of possible cloakroom ideas you can make that additional bathroom space happen.

Small toilet installed in a cloakroom

To maximize the space in your cloakroom there are a variety of space saving toilet designs. Stylish corner toilets are popular for cloakroom suites as they sit neatly into the corner of the room. These are ideal for compact and awkward bathroom spaces. They are also perfect for en suite bathrooms which may have a slightly unorthodox layout.  Cloakroom toilets also include short projection toilet designs which protrude into the space a minimum amount. The Moods Micro Space Close Coupled Short Projection Toilet is a good example of this neat design of toilet. Its simplistic style would make it an ideal cloakroom toilet for modern homes. It also features the water efficient dual flushing mechanism.mechanism.

Lifestylr image of a back to wall toilet

Cloakroom Designs

Other popular designs for cloakroom toilets include back to wall and wall hung versions.  The Elation Brearton Back To Wall Toilet will create a minimalist look as the cistern is hidden from view. The compact geometric design is bang on trend for contemporary bathrooms ensuring this toilet is a popular choice for cloakroom suites.

Lifestyle photograph of a wall hung toilet

Choose a wall hung design for your cloakroom toilet to ensure your space will appear as large as possible. The fact the toilet is wall hung means that there is floor space visible beneath the toilet. This helps to create the illusion of more space in the room. The Vitra S20 Short Projection Wall Hung Toilet is a contemporary version of a wall hung design. This design will help you fit a cloakroom into the smallest of spaces in your home.

Small Toilet in a cloakroom suiteThe majority of owners of more modern, spacious homes are opting to install a cloakroom suite downstairs. This is done for a number of reasons. First of all, estate agents claim that buyers often ask which houses have a downstairs toilet, and this is in fact one of the most asked questions from buyers before looking at houses. It is therefore assumed that having a cloakroom bathroom suite installed adds between ÂŁ5,000 and ÂŁ15,000 to the overall value of your property. Even if you are not planning on selling up and moving on any time soon, a cloakroom bathroom is an excellent addition. Not only does it provide you with an extra space to save you venturing to the main bathroom time and time again, it also offers a toilet for any guests that visit, making your home much more functional.

So if you are planning to invest in a compact cloakroom suite here are a few things you might want to consider to make the best of your small bathroom spaces.

What Space Saving Solutions are Available for Cloakroom Suites?

Moods Micro Space Corner Toilet
The cloakroom suite should be well kept and organised, maintaining a minimalist style so that it looks as spacious as possible. This can be achieved in a number of ways. First of all, choosing your fixtures carefully is an important task. Bathroom manufacturers are now producing a number of specially designed smaller ceramics for smaller bathroom spaces. This may be a wall hung or back to wall toilet, or maybe a cloakroom, wall hung basin. Bathroom furniture can also come especially designed for smaller bathroom suites and cloakroom bathrooms too. Read on to find what designs of cloakroom suite items are available to maximize the space in your cloakroom suite.

Cloakroom Toilets

Cloakroom Toilet
A wide range of different cloakroom toilets are now available to fit your smaller bathrooms all of which tend to be quite minimalist in style. From contemporary wall hung toilets which give the illusion of more space to back to wall toilets which hide the unsightly pipe work to fit seamlessly into your bathroom. The clever design of our small toilets ensure that these standard toilets are made to the smallest possible dimensions therefore demanding the least amount of space in your cloakroom.

Cloakroom Basins

Cloakroom Basin
Much like the cloakroom toilets the varied range of cloakroom basins available ensures that there is a design to best optimize the space in any cloakroom. Again wall hung designs help to create the illusion of more space due to the floor space being visible beneath the basin. The semi-pedestal basins also offer this effect as well as corner basins which can be useful in awkward cloakroom spaces. Some of the basins feature integrated towel rails which is ideal for bathrooms to be used by your guests. You will also find cloakroom basins with the classic full pedestal design yet they are built to the smallest possible dimensions making them slim line in style.

Cloakroom Vanity Units

Cloakroom Vanity
What better way to maximize the space in your cloakroom than an integrated basin and storage unit? The beautiful range of small cloakroom vanity units available ensures there is a design to suit any bathroom shape or decor. From gloss white finishes to reflect the natural light to designer walnut finishes which create a focal point in your cloakroom there is something to suite every taste. These vanity units are available in either slim line floor standing versions or contemporary wall hung versions. Vanity units are a popular addition to cloakroom bathrooms as they offer storage space to keep the downstairs toilet organised as well as providing a surface for your bathroom basin to be placed upon.

Compact Cloakroom Furniture

Bathroo, Furniture Set
For the ultimate in space saving opt for bathroom furniture to create a seamless look in your bathroom. These sets combine an integrated toilet, basin and vanity unit all in one which can be fitted onto one wall of your cloakroom and are becoming more popular for modern cloakrooms and are available in a wide variety of finishes from white to dark wood. Choosing a lighter coloured finish will be more suited to compact cloakroom spaces as the natural light will reflect off them giving the appearance of more space. These furniture sets are also being used in main bathroom spaces where people wish to create more room for a larger bath or shower enclosure.

As you can see modern design is really helping you to create a cloakroom that is functional and stylish yet doesn’t feel at all cramped. Smaller bathrooms can still be luxurious and designer as you will find when you view our fantastic range here at Bella Bathrooms.

Finally, feel free to comment below or tweet us @bellabathrooms with your own cloakroom ideas or renovation projects to help inspire others!