How to Design a Small Guest Toilet

Having a tiny guest toilet doesn't mean that it cannot be both stylish and functional.

Most guest toilets are small with some even tinier than you can ever imagine. From toilets built under the stairs to those built in close proximity to the home's entrance, these rooms which are a necessity in residential homes and apartments need special attention if they are small.

The state of your guest toilet is a reflection of who you are, yes, guests may judge you wrongly if your visitor's loo is dank, dark, and nondescript. Its state may also be an indication of what to expect of the other bathrooms in your home.

So, how do you style a tiny guest bathroom?

There are numerous ways to maximize space in your small bathroom and make it look adorable and stylish. With a little creativity and the right tricks, you can certainly achieve this.

Make the Bathroom Appear Larger

Because it's a small room, you must first find ways to make it appear larger. You can achieve this with mirrors. The mirror effect can be achieved with either silver (or gold) mirror glass tiles or mirror sheets, and if you have a tight budget, you can opt for peel and stick 'mirror' tiles.

Choose Small Scale Fixtures 

What type of fixtures works best for the interiors of tiny powder rooms? Smaller sized WC (compact toilet) and a small vanity unit. A compact toilet is not only best for small toilets, but it is also water efficient too. Installing a corner sink is a good trick and so is a floating vanity. This frees up floor space and creates a visual feel of extra space. Never consider a sink with a pedestal for a tiny toilet.

Choose Compact Furniture

As there is barely room to fit in toilet furniture, install a ledge made from wood or stone (marble) above the WC.  The ledge creates provides enough space for some needed items including decorative toilet accessories and a small bowl of potpourri or bottles of scented oils and a diffuser. Alternatively, you can hang over-the-toilet open storage to hold extra toilet paper, extra hand towels, tiny pots of cacti or other small plants, etc...


Don't feel you need to use small-scale patterns in your tiny guest toilet. In small spaces large-scale patterns can trick the eye into seeing expanded space so even as the floor area remains the same, the bathroom will appear and feel bigger. Remember as mentioned earlier, expand the space with a mirror finish. Even in the tightest spaces, having a mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the vanity area works best for tiny spaces. And if you'd rather paint the walls, use a vibrant colour that will make the room a visually pleasing space.

 Toilet Fittings

Use a wall-mounted faucet. It will not encroach on a tiny sink/vanity.  When you mount a faucet on the wall, it allows for a narrower sink or vanity which in turn frees up space in the whole room. You can try a wall-mounted faucet in traditional design as this style works all the time. Because of wall space constraints, mounting a towel bar on the door will keep a hand towel in close reach. Toilet roll holders can be free-standing or mounted close to the compact toilet bowl.

Further Reading:
Bathrooms of the Future
How to Create Zones Within a Room