With sales of grooming products soaring (especially mens) fitting all your age defining skin serums, exfoliating lotions and bronzing creams into your bathroom can be challenging. Add to that piles of towels, bathroom cleaning products, laundry and jumbo packs of toilet roll; and your bathroom will feel less like a spa sanctuary and more like a clutter haven. Luckily there are lots of ways to wash away your storage woes in even the smallest of bathrooms….
1) Built in cabinets
Built in bathroom cupboards put your square footage to good use because they can be built to the exact specification of your bathroom, making the most of oddly shaped spaces. The size, shape, length, width and thickness can all be altered to fit. A recessed built in cabinet is the best choice for conserving precious floor space and any unused drywall space is an opportunity for this storage perk. Free standing bathroom cabinets are another option, and if you’re on a tight budget these are significantly cheaper. Medicine cabinets are often wall mounted alongside the mirror, but above the toilet is a good spot for maximising a small space. Whatever style of cabinet you go for today’s cabinets are masters of organisation, with more and more amenities like built in drawer dividers, cosmetic trays, appliance garages (that hide but keep hand things you use everyday like hair dryers and electronic toothbrushes) and even wardrobe-like spaces for hanging clothes and laying out ties.
2) Vanity Cabinet
A vanity cabinet is a great storage solution because it combines a wash basin and countertop with closed shelving below. It also gives a bathroom a more stylish look because it hides the sink plumbing. When choosing a vanity cupboard go for one with ample shelves and drawers so you can store lots of lotions and potions. This is especially the case if you have teenage girls.
3) Towel rails
Towel rails or ladders are the best way to keep towels off the floor. There are lots of stylish designs these days so if you want your rail to be a feature point then be bold and go for an unusual curved or spiral design. If stepping out of the bath into a warm and toasty fluffy towel sounds like your idea of heaven then go for a heated rail.
4) No space left behind
If you want a minimalist look why not build some storage into the bath itself. The hidden space in a tub surround can be a good place to store toilet rolls and cleaning products. The back of the bathroom door is an often overlooked place for storage potential. Hooks can easily be installed for hanging towels, wash cloths, shoe holders, dressing gowns etc. Small recessed niches alongside the shower are handy for keeping shampoos and shower gels, and they stop a wet footed dash across the bathroom to reach forgotten items. Even shower curtains these days can come with inbuilt storage pockets.
Ben writes about bathroom remodling and currently works for Speedy Services. He loves to redesign and renovate is home and is often found in the tool hire shop.