Make The Most Of Your Tiny Cloakroom With These Simple Strategies

Cloakrooms are one of the most valuable additions that you can make to your home. Not only are they convenient for your family, but they’re also vital for your guests. People who attend your dinner parties can quickly use the bathroom and then get back to the action soon afterwards, without having to traipse upstairs.

Many people, however, can struggle to create a beautiful cloakroom. Most downstairs bathrooms are small - often no larger than a big closet. Fitting a toilet, sink, towel rail, and radiator into a small space like that can be a significant challenge. 

In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the strategies builders and decorators use to make the most of downstairs cloakrooms and ensure that they offer everything that they need to offer on the practicality front. 

Corner Toilets
Some cloakrooms are so small that it doesn’t make sense to align all of the elements of the room along the up-down, left-right axes. Often it’s just not possible to provide enough space for both a toilet, a sink, and room for the door to swing open. 

Instead of giving up on the space, however, there’s a third option: use a corner toilet. In some situations, corner toilets ride to the rescue, opening up space by neatly tucking the toilet (or sink) away in the corner, opening up room for additional features, like a towel warmer or more space to walk.

Outward-Opening Doors
Most cloakrooms have inward-opening doors to preserve the feeling of spaciousness in the hallway. These types of doors, however, are not a good idea in the context of small cloakrooms, as we discussed in the previous section. The last thing you want is for the door to open and for you to have to put one foot in the toilet to maneuver yourself into position. Outward-opening doors do away with this problem and provide you with plenty more space. 

Choose Smaller Fixtures
Choosing smaller fixtures is an excellent way to create the illusion of more space. Instead of ramming your classroom full of cabinets and vanities, choose slimline toilets are pedestal sinks that are flush to the wall. In addition, use slimline radiators instead of the more traditional Victorian variety that pop out from the wall. 

Use Short Projection Toilets

The cistern sits behind the bowl on most toilets, forcing the toilet itself to project a foot further into the room. If you have a particularly small cloakroom, this can create additional problems. 

Short projection toilets are a relatively new design that you often find in hotels and restaurants. Here, the cistern sits in the wall (or somewhere else), allowing you to place the toilet much closer to the wall than you could otherwise. 

If you can’t build into the wall, short projection toilets can still benefit you by hiding the cistern in, say, a cabinet, which you can then also use for a sink and all your storage. 

Small cloakrooms that work well are a rarity, but with the right approach, they are possible.


  1. Our cloakroom has an outward opening door. It's just big enough for a toilet, corner sink and small towel radiator. A small corner cupboard with a mirrored door finishes it off!

  2. Some fab tips here, our cloakroom is in the porch but it's very small, and just sits attached to the wall.

  3. Oooo la la - lots of inspiration Thankyou

  4. Good advice. We're a little luckier these days being able to choose corner loos and basins or short projection units but a little unluckier having such small homes.


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