As homeowners sometimes we despair of having enough storage space in a small bathroom. Our counters are cluttered with accessories and items like razors and toothbrushes. The towels often end up on the back of the lavatory or on the floor. There are a few secrets and tips to creating storage space in a small bathroom and we are happy to share those with you. Storage is always at a premium in a small space, but nowhere is that more true than in the bathroom. There are so many little odds and ends — makeup, razors, hairbrushes, toilet paper — that you just have to have, but where in the world do you put all that stuff? If the clutter in your bathroom is getting a little out of control, it might be time to check out these 10 ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a small bathroom.
Cabinets and Shelves
If you have a small space with a simple mirror above the sink, you can install a good-sized cabinet between the wall studs, which will provide you with some extra storage space for your personal items. You could also use a mirror with a shelf or two attached which will give you some space for those toiletries and necessary items.
Above the Toilet
Remember that every space is a usable one if you just have the right storage. Above the toilet is the perfect area to install a cabinet or shelves. If your toilet has some space on either side, you can purchase cabinets or build shelves that go all the way up to the ceiling. These shelves will give you space for baskets that you can keep toiletries and personal items in. The shelves also allow you display some decorative touches such as candles or flowers.
Sink Cabinets Instead Of Pedestal Sinks
We all love a pedestal sink but the practicality of them soon wears away the pleasure when there is no place to store extra towels or toiletries. A pedestal sink can look great in a large bathroom but allows no storage in a smaller room. There is such a range of sink cabinets these days and most come with a minimum of space that can store items such as toiletries, bathroom cleaners and extras needed in the power room.
Alternative Storage Ideas
When you are wandering through the home store next time check out the spice racks for bathroom storage. They come in a multitude of materials from country style wood to modern stainless steel and they are perfect for makeup, toiletries and small items, hang them on a side wall near your bathroom mirror and you don’t have to go digging in the baskets every time you need something. Use a basket to store your toilet paper and forgo the usual on the wall holder – who ever remembers in your family to re-load the thing anyways?
What about an over the door hanger that folds out? Perfect for holding extra towels or robes these fold out racks come in very useful. If there is limited room for towels add your towel racks to the back of the bathroom door, most doors will hold at least three towel racks. Don’t forget over the door, sometimes the space is perfect for a simple shelf for items that aren’t used often. If you can’t squeeze in a cabinet with drawers make sure any shelving you have will hold a good size basket and choose baskets with lids this way your personal items are kept dust free and the baskets look great on the shelves.
When space is at a premium in a small bathroom it pays to think carefully before you change or redecorate to ensure you can create imaginative storage places. Obviously, it helps to have, as much storage as possible but sometimes thinking beyond the usual bathroom fixtures will give you a greater array of choices. Check out kitchen supply stores, specialty storage places or come and see us there is always a solution to a small bathroom.
Contact iRemodel at 416-825-2542 to get storage ideas for your small bathroom renovation.