Guess what – I’m suffering from a chronic case of ‘SBS’, in fact the whole family are. Ooh, sounds bad, I hear you say. What is it?
SBS, otherwise known as Small Bathroom Syndrome, is an affliction that affects over half the UK population and can cause people to suffer long term frustration and irritability.
This condition, if left untreated, can lead to uncomfortable, cramped conditions for the sufferer on a daily basis. Although it cannot be cured completely without drastic action (an extension or house move usually) the symptoms can be alleviated by careful planning and the application of some modern, space-saving bathroom fixtures and fittings.
Phew, that’s a relief – I must tell the rest of the family that there is hope for us!
Especially as we may have a chance to win a whole bathroom makeover courtesy of Big Bathroom Shop and Tile Mountain who have teamed up to offer this amazing prize in their blogger competition, as well as some fantastic runner-up prizes, too.
When I gave our bathroom a mini-makeover last year, it was only intended to be a temporary solution until we could replace the whole thing.
It certainly helped to smarten it up a bit, but the time has come to make a lasting change. The vanity unit that I painted with chalk paint has scuffed and the shower above the dated corner bath is steadily dying; we can only use one setting now and I fear it will pack up completely at any minute. If anyone turns on a tap or flushes the loo while someone is in it, they may as well get out and get dried there and then, because the prospect of any warm water coming through again in the next fifteen minutes is remote to say the least.
Not only are we in need of new bathroom furniture and a replacement shower, I feel we owe our small space a more imaginative solution. A corner bath and a large vanity unit in a space the size of a postage stamp was not ideal planning. I know we can do much better next time and I’m excited to try and create a ‘tardis’ effect in our compact bathroom.
In fact, it is vital if the room is going to work for our family of five. With three sons, aged 13, 9 and 7 growing like weeds, their communal teeth brushing in the evening is like watching sardines jostle for a position in a tiny tin. Of course, families change and grow and so too do our needs and requirements. That corner bath, which seemed like a good idea ten years ago – and was, while we just had two little ones who could be bathed together – is clearly now taking up far too much precious floor space.
So layout and our choice of bathroom furniture, fittings and finishing touches are all key and I know that if we get it right, we can make our little bathroom look more spacious and amazing than ever, whilst also working much harder for us. Having looked at the Big Bathroom Shop, a suite like the Milano Piasa Quadrant Shower Suite or Shower Bath Suite would be a contender, with its clean and unfussy style. I also like the Nectar Square Shower Bath Suite for its contemporary design, the square lines are quite masculine which appeals to us. The Milano Drake Shower Suite is also a winner as it is modern and space saving.
In terms of tiles for that all important finishing touch, from the huge range at Tile Mountain I would love some on-trend metro tiles for a modern/vintage feel. But the Sandalo wood effect tiles are also quite intriguing as I’m a fan of wood in the home and think those tiles could give the bathroom a cosy feel and a more Scandinavian look. If we opted for a chic, boutique hotel style though, the Royal tile has a very upmarket feel.
You can see some of my favourite styles and designs over on Pinterest:
I’m up for the challenge – but I also need your help here, readers! Although we’re certain we want a sleek, streamlined and minimal bathroom next time, we’re less sure whether to leave out a bath altogether in favour of a more space-saving shower enclosure?
Estate agents would probably try to dissuade us from this idea, as most house buyers will want a bath in their bathroom. But we don’t plan to move any time soon and a shower is much quicker and more environmentally friendly for our medium-sized family. Maybe a shower/bath combo would give us the best of both worlds, a bit like the one below in our current holiday acommodation, but of course it uses more space.
So I’m throwing it open to debate here – I’d love you to respond with your thoughts in the comments below and vote for ‘Bath or No Bath’. Should we be lucky enough to win this amazing competition, that key element of the design could be decided by YOU!
Thanks for your input and to Big Bathroom Shop and Tile Mountain too for offering such a great prize.