Bathroom ideas


This home is outdated and looking to do various improvements. As you can see this bathroom is old, the standing shower is now a linen closet, the water heater is very much visible and so forth. Need some ideas, should i leave shower as linen closet? would it be better to completely get rid of tub and install and standing shower? how can i hide that hideous water heater?

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  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 03, 2021

    You could put a freestanding screen (the kind people use for changing behind) to hide the water heater while still allowing access and air flow.

    As for linen closet, that would be a choice based on your needs.

    Replacing the vanity and mirror & painting a lighter color will go a long way in updating.

  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Aug 03, 2021

    It looks like you have a separate tub and shower going on here? It would definitely make more sense space wise to either combine them with a tub / shower combo or take them both out completely and put in a new standing shower - which is probably what I would do considering the size of the bathroom. Then you could also have a linen closet besides.

    The vanity itself seems small for the space but it looks like its in good shape, you could just replace its top. Besides that paint will go a long way here. The floors can be painted as well as the walls.

    I personally would built a closet around that water heater with a door on it and even storage inside of it. If that's not an option a screen or curtain would help a lot!

  • Em Em on Aug 03, 2021

    I would go for removing tub if you have another in the house. If not keep it. Paint the top of the wall with paint made for damp areas and tile the bottom half and leave it a shower. Put the linens on a shelf next to the water heater. Build a 3 sided panel you can slide in front of the water heater and pull out when you need to access hopefully once every 10 years. Change out the medicine cabinet for a large mirror and add cabinet doors or at least a skirt to cover the contents.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 03, 2021

    Enclose the hot water heater with a frame and walls of your choice-drywall, screened with pretty fabric to match the shower curtain. Maybe a stand-alone cabinet next to the hot-water heater for your linens.

    The vanity looks in good shape, a tension rod with a small curtain would hide the supplies under it.

    Yes, the vanity top needs a change with either paint, the faucet looks ok, consider fancying it up.

    The mirror needs to go, pick one that will complement your decor.

    You could get free estimates from a contractor on how else to restructure you bathroom. They can be pretty creative.

  • The form of the space should follow the function, meaning how do you use this bathroom. If you take baths, don't remove the tub; if you take more showers, remove the tub although if you own this home, know that you should have a minimum of one tub for resale purposes. If storage in here is key, make sure you keep the storage and make it functional.

    Be careful about buidling an enclosure around a hot water tank as it needs space around it and venting.

    Try searching online for images of bathrooms that you like and have aspects to them that fit your particular needs, whittle the images down, and you'll find you have your design guide.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 03, 2021

    Hello. Here’s an economical idea- link to help hide your hot water heater. Hope this helps

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 03, 2021

    I am dealing with on old master bathroom right now.

    I have a garden tub which I hate and have only used perhaps 6 times in the last 20 years.

    Storage is lacking here. Plan to remove the garden tub and have a larger shower installed. Should be at least twice the size of what I have.

    Where the shower was I plan on adding storage shelves for towels and what not.

    Go with is most practical for YOU.

    I probably did this backwards but found a funny shower curtain and planned my colors around that.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 03, 2021

    I would get free estimates to see what contractors say can be done then you would have a better idea what you want to do and what you can afford, etc.

  • Dee Dee on Aug 03, 2021

    Close off the water heater with some sort of portable frame. You need to ventilate the water heater and be able to service it if necessary. Paint your bathroom a bright cheery color. I would get a contractor, to take out the shower that you are using for storage and put in a real linen closet. Have the contractor put in a nice freestanding shower with glass doors. You can purchase the doors at HD for approx $150. Good luck with this project.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 04, 2021

    Hi! It really depends on your budget, who is doing the work and if you have another bathroom to use while updating this one. The cheapest and easiest update is paint. A lighter color would really help this room. Peel and stick tile is a low cost alternative and easy to do. Or any solid floor in good shape can usually be painted. As to the bigger question- the shower isn't ideal as storage, so I would consider removing it and adding either a new tub/shower combination or a glass wall shower using the existing plumbing to keep costs down, if it all works. I would put a closet type enclosure for the hot water heater with a louvered door or doors to aid air circulation. Check local codes, too. An exhaust fan will help control the humidity in the bathroom, too. If it's in the budget, a larger vanity would help your storage issues as well as a freestanding or built in storage for your towels. I have a baker's rack in my bathroom which gives me plenty of storage, plus I have bins on the lower shelf for more hidden storage. But, start with what you can afford now, and make a plan to continue the process to what you ultimately want. Good luck!

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 04, 2021


    My idea would be to get some prices to re- fit your bathroom as you would like it. Ask all the relevant questions, compare the costs and the time scale and then decide what to do. Best wishes

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Aug 04, 2021

    I would get rid of the tub and have just a nice new stand up shower. Replace the vanity and sink. Build drywall walls around the hot water tank with a large door on one side to access or to be able to replace it should it ever need to be replaced. Paint the walls a bright fresh neutral color.

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 21, 2021

    I'd get rid of the dated sink/countertop combo and put doors back on the cabinet. Does your budget include spending on a mirrored cabinet above sink for storage? And an updated lighting fixture? See nothing wrong with the floor. Try to do a tub/shower combo. Good suggestions for hiding the heater. Paint the walls a lighter colour. Jazz up with a splash of colour. Maybe some art work above the toilet. I double face tape an attractive pot with artificial greenery for the top of the toilet.