Not all of us are lucky enough to have spacious bathrooms, but that shouldn’t stop us keeping our favourite products on hand. 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.
The last thing you want is products lining the window sills, sink, bath and – worst of all – around the edge of the shower cubicle, as it looks untidy and can leave unpleasant scummy outlines of the shampoo and shower gel bottles on your surfaces. The good news is that just a little inventiveness can boost your storage space in no time and even enhance the look of your bathroom. Stylish and practical? What’s not to like?
If you stand back and look at your bathroom, you may notice narrow spaces that are currently going unused, particularly either side of the toilet or beside your sink. Plenty of homewares retailers stock narrow bookcases that are ideal for adapting to your bathroom. Slot them into these gaps and use them to hold toiletries.
Over 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 hand-wash and 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.
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.
Over the door
This is an oft-overlooked spot for storage. A lot of bathrooms will have a couple of feet between the top of the door frame and the ceiling. 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, you could buy some nice bathroom storage baskets or boxes to hide them from view.
A common problem in bathrooms can be where to hang towels so that they don’t look untidy. 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.
Under the sink
Sinks are an integral part of a bathroom, but pedestal sinks are awkwardly shaped and tricky to work around. If you’ve 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. If you have smaller items to go in it, use baskets or boxes to keep them tidy and 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 can buy ready-made bathroom storage cabinets and shelves that are designed to fit around the pedestal.
This is a little more ambitious but can look really smart when done well. A false wall at the end of your bath can create space for recessed glass bathroom shelves in an alcove to accommodate all your bath and shower products, keeping them off the edge of the bath.
If you need more advice, try our other tips for a small bathroom.