Not all of us are lucky enough to have spacious bathrooms, but that shouldn’t mean we have to suffer from a lack of storage space. If you’re someone who cares about the aesthetics of your bathroom (and why wouldn’t you?) then read on to learn more about how to make the most of your space with small bathroom storage ideas.
The last thing you want is products lining the windowsills, sink, bath and – worst of all – the edge of the shower cubicle, as it looks untidy and can leave unpleasant residue that requires constant cleaning. The good news is that just a little inventiveness can boost the storage space in your small bathroom in no time and even enhance the look of your room. Stylish and practical? What’s not to like?
Shelving above the sink
If there’s a wide enough gap between your sink and your bathroom mirror, you could add a shallow shelf to hold toothbrushes, soap or anything else you may need to keep close by. It’s convenient, neat and keeps your sink clear. An alternative is replacing your bathroom mirror with a mirrored cabinet, which will offer a lot more storage space.
Ladders and towel racks
A common problem in small bathrooms can be where to hang towels so that they don’t look untidy. Our solution? Buy a wooden ladder, paint it your desired colour and prop it against a spare wall. You can then hang towels on each rung. Laddered bookcases are also very effective and can be used to store all sorts of things, from toiletries and candles to magazines and diffusers. If you don’t have enough space to prop a ladder, you can either put towel rails on the back of the door or install a rail under the sink to hang hand towels.
Storage below the sink
The space underneath some sinks can be awkwardly shaped and tricky to work around. If you have a bit of a budget to work with, you could get a custom-made unit to incorporate the sink, with a cupboard below it for storage. Use baskets or boxes to store smaller items and keep them tidy to save you rooting around for the nail scissors or a new deodorant. If you don’t have the budget or space for anything that lavish, you could simply install some small shelves that fit neatly beneath the sink.
If you’re stuck for space around your sink, spice racks can provide a handy solution. Mount them on the wall to keep all your toiletries and products tidy but still within easy reach. If you’re putting a few up, make sure to leave enough space between them for taller products such as hair spray.
This is an often-overlooked spot, but a lot of bathrooms will have a couple of feet between the top of the door frame and the ceiling, which is prime storage space. Take advantage of this space by putting up a shelf and using it for items that you don’t need regular access to, such as spare towels or extra toilet paper. If you have things you need to put up there that you don’t really want on display, invest in some nice bathroom storage baskets or boxes to hide those bits and bobs from view.
If you stand back and look at your bathroom, you may notice narrow spaces that are currently going unused, particularly in the corners of the room. Add a fitted corner unit to optimise this otherwise unused space, and if you have it, make the most of vertical space with an extra-tall unit. Go for a mirrored option for the added benefit of bouncing light around the room, making the space appear bigger than it really is.
Swap your shower curtain for a glass shower screen
Though not a storage solution, per se, replacing your shower curtain with a glass bath-shower screen will declutter your small bathroom and make it feel instantly bigger and brighter.
Replace your bath with a shower enclosure
Again, this isn’t a storage solution exactly, and it’s more of a long-term solution, but replacing your bath with a shower enclosure is certainly a bathroom space saver, especially when paired with a particularly streamlined shower like the new Mira Minimal shower. Baths take up significantly more space than a shower, so if you’re prepared to make the swap, you’ll benefit from additional floor space and more room for storage.
Create a wet room
If you’re prepared to undertake a full bathroom makeover, consider transforming your small bathroom into a wet room. The main benefit here is that they eliminate the need for bulky fixtures and fittings, saving plenty of space and creating extra room for storage. Add a sleek divider panel and you’re good to go.
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