What Is a Quarter Bath?

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Published April 14, 2023
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When you’re shopping for a home, you’ll want to pay attention to not only the number of bathrooms but also the type of bathrooms. Different bathroom types offer different features that affect their size and how they can be used. The smallest type of bathroom is a quarter bath.

Quarter Bath Defined

A quarter bath is a bathroom that has only one feature in it — typically a toilet. Quarter baths are less common due to their limitations.

“A quarter bath does not offer much convenience or luxury, but it can be useful in some situations,” says Artem Kropovinsky, an interior designer in New York City. “A typical quarter bath measures between 12 and 16 square feet.”

Elements of a quarter bath

Quarter baths usually just have a toilet. However, some quarter baths have just a shower or sink.

Uses for a quarter bath

Quarter baths only have one designated purpose, depending on the feature included. An outdoor shower can be used to rinse off before and after going into the pool. A sink by the washer and dryer can be used to help you do laundry. And a toilet can be used for … well, you know.

Pros and Cons of Buying a Home With a Quarter Bath

Here’s a look at some of the benefits and drawbacks to a quarter bath.

Pros of quarter baths

Some of the advantages of quarter baths include:

  • They can be a clever way to utilize a very small space in your home.
  • Quarter baths can complement other areas in your home, like a pool, garden, or laundry room.

Cons of quarter baths

Quarter baths come with some clear downsides, including:

  • Their features are extremely limited.
  • If you just have a toilet in your quarter bath, there’s no accompanying sink in the same room.


Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about quarter baths.


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