11 small downstairs bathroom ideas to transform the way you use your home

compact bath in small bathroom
(Image credit: The Albion Bath Co)

In order for small downstairs bathroom ideas to work well, they need to be carefully planned out to ensure they are useful spaces that perform on a practical level and really add something to the way in which you can use your home. 

Good bathroom design is all about working with the space you have in order to make the most of it — and taking into account its positioning within the layout of your home is key.

portrait of Homebuilding & Renovating editor Claire Lloyd
Claire Lloyd

Claire is Editor in Chief of Homebuilding & Renovating website and magazine. She became Editor of Homebuilding & Renovating in 2016 and has been a member of the team for 15 years. An experienced homes journalist, her work has also appeared in titles such as Real Homes and Period Living.

She has a particular interest in green homes and sustainability, and interior design is a passion too; she has undertaken qualifications in this area. 

After finishing a major renovation of a period cottage, she is now onto her next project: overhauling a 1930s property in the Shropshire countryside. 

James Roberts
James Roberts

James Roberts is director at Sanctuary Bathrooms. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.