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Making the most of a small space

Making the most of a small space

As most toilets are small, it's best to choose fittings which use space as economically as possible. The WC While most WC pans conform to a standard size, cisterns are made in different dimensions. The smallest, generally made of plastic with a top flushing action, is as little as 14mm deep. For a neater toilet, you might opt for the type of WC where the entire cistern is concealed behind a casing about 50mm deep.

Wall - hung WCs are another good idea, making a restricted floor area easier to clean. The basin ln a narrow room, a small cloakroom basin is perfectly adequate - some project no more than 150mm into the room with part of the bowl recessed into the wall. In a more generous space, a vanity basin inset into a surround or small storage cupboard is more useful.

Storage

Although not essential, making some provision for storage around the small shower could provide a helpful overspill from over - stretched rooms elsewhere in the home. In a standard cloakroom with the toilet at one end, the wall space around the WC might provide a good spot for a variety of shelves and cupboards. lf you are lucky enough to have a downstairs cloakroom it's well worth making provision for hanging coats and hats - either hooks on the wall or door or a traditional stand with a slot to hold umbrellas. A mirror either above the basin or full - length, perhaps on the back of the door, is a useful addition, especially when it helps to create an illusion of extra space.