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18 Ways to Upgrade a Tiny Bathroom

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It’s like a law of the universe: every apartment, no matter how perfect, must have at least one fatal flaw, and it’s usually the bathroom. There’s just something about the small, tile-covered space that invites landlords and contractors to conspire against you, whether through questionably colored tile or a toilet at an odd angle to the wall.

If you rent your space, investing in a remodel may be off-limits. Something you can control, however, is how you decorate the space. From minimalist toothbrushes to wallpaper that transforms any wall to marble, there are plenty of touches that can help turn your cramped bathroom into a spa-like experience. Scroll through for 19 ideas that will work no matter your DIY prowess or price point.

If you like plants:

Assorted Air Plants

Air plants grow without being submerged in soil, and they thrive in steamy environments. Line a few up on your windowsill when you shower for easy plant care.

Potted 6” Faux Aloe Plant

If keeping plants alive really isn’t your thing, try this incredibly realistic aloe bud.

If you’re looking to upgrade the little things:

Toothbrush Set

Because you didn’t know you needed minimalist toothbrushes until now.

Porcelain Cup

If you give a mouse some sleek toothbrushes, he’ll need a streamlined cup to go with.

Balade Sauvage Liquid Hand Soap

We see your $60 candle and raise you $60 hand soap.

Golden Glass Bath Collection

Does everything in your bathroom need to be gilded? No. Does it hurt? Also, no.

If you want to feel like you remodeled without actually remodeling:

Casing Paper Carrara Marble Wallpaper

Peel-n-stick wallpaper takes a little work to apply, but it’s still easier than shelling out for floor-to-ceiling marble tile.

Peel-and-Stick Subway Tile

If your bathroom already features subway tile in some spots, this peel-and-stick option is probably easier than petitioning your landlord to finish the job.

HOMFA Bathroom Wall Cabinet

Chances are, the medicine cabinet in your bathroom when you moved in could use an upgrade. Double doors and an exposed shelf make organizing easy.

3-Door Mirror Cabinet

For the most mirror square footage, try a medicine cabinet with end-to-end panels.

Acrylic Floating Shelves

Clear shelving serves as a handy storage solution without cluttering up an already-small space.

Bridgette Towel Hook

If your 2019 resolution was to drill more holes, these shiny towel rods are a good place to start.

For a less invasive upgrade:

Yamazaki Tower Bathroom Storage Cart

A slim cart helps keep extra shampoo bottles from crowding the window sill.

Glacier Bay Over-the-Showerhead Caddy

Make reaching for the shaving cream mid-shower that much easier.

Kelly Standing Toilet Paper Holder

Making the most of a small bathroom means maximizing the aesthetics of every piece you add to the space — including your toilet paper.

Acrylic Jewelry and Cosmetic Storage Boxes

Clear construction and multiple stacking options mean you’ll never misplace your 25 identical-but-totally-different red lipsticks again.

If you can’t remember the last time you bought new towels:

Soft Cotton Machine Washable Extra Large Bath Towel

You can’t go wrong with a beach-sized towel for your bathroom.

Ultra-Absorbent White Terry Bath Towels

A four-pack of white towels is like the bathroom equivalent to a new set of white Hanes tees.

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18 Easy Ways to Upgrade a Tiny Bathroom