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Space Saving Solutions for Your Small Bathroom

By Michaela Strathman

Bathroom - Lauren Powell-Smothers via flickrGuest post by Elena Meadowcroft
Image courtesy of Lauren Powell-Smothers via flickr.

The bathroom is one of the rooms in your home that tends to get cluttered no matter how hard you try to keep things organized. Many older homes don’t even have what we traditionally call a master bath – instead, you are greeted with a modest tub, toilet and vanity setup cramped into a small, often linear space. Not exactly a spa oasis, is it? If your home’s bathroom is on the tight end and you are struggling to come up with sufficient storage space, there are a few things you can do to help the situation

You have a few options when it comes to making your small bathroom more user-friendly.

Option one is the priciest one and involves shifting a few walls to make a bathroom bigger while making some other room (usually a closet) smaller. You will need permits, budget and possibly some help from bathroom remodeling professionals.

Option two is to leave the walls where they are, but make a few adjustments in design or layout to make your bathroom visually bigger and provide ample storage space for all your needs. Your small bathroom has potential – you just need to see it!

Niches are your best friends
When there’s barely enough space for two people to brush their teeth, overhead cabinets and shelves might not be the best storage solutions. Whenever possible, construct built-in niches or shelf units between the wall studs to house frequently used items, such as towels, toilet paper or hair and body care products in your shower.

Consider a vessel sink
Have you ever seen a vessel sink? It not only adds beauty and elegance to your bathroom, but also gives you more storage room. Because vessel sink sits on top of the vanity, it doesn’t take up the drawer space underneath, which makes your bathroom vanity more usable.

Keep the design simple

  • Avoid dark colors and busy patterns. Your best color solution for a small bathroom is a 2-color or a 3-color combo with white or off-white as a primary color and a brighter color serving as an accent.
  • Mirrored surfaces and good lighting can do wonders for a small, window-less bathroom. Place mirrors strategically to visually brighten up and enlarge the space.
  • Aim for an open concept, which means making sure your shower, toilet, closet and other areas don’t look like they are separated. You can achieve this by using frameless shower doors or keeping shower curtains open when not in use.
  • Get creative
    Niches are neat and useful, but there are many other storage possibilities you might want to explore.

  • The space underneath your tub can be made accessible and used for storage of extra towels or cleaning supplies.
  • A storage bench or a seat is another idea if you have room for it.
  • Use wall wainscoting to make sliding panels that hide secret storage compartments.
  • If you have a pedestal sink, use a sink skirt to hide your most needed items underneath.
  • Install an over-the-toilet étagère to use that awkward wall space.
  • Keep it organized
    One of the biggest challenges with small bathrooms is keeping them free of clutter. This is difficult, because there are so many things we keep in our bathrooms from towels and hair dryers to skin care products and medicine. If you want your bathroom to look its best (and its largest), remember these space-saving rules:

  • Only essential daily-use items make it to the surface (your counter space). We are talking about hand soap, tissues, toothbrushes and similar things. This means it’s time to put away that jar of cotton balls no one ever uses.
  • Everything that’s been taken out of the depth of the cabinet has to find its way back – including that hair dryer you left in the sink.
  • Make a habit of always shutting cabinet doors to hide their contents from view. If the doors don’t properly shut, a few magnets can do the trick.
  • If you don’t already have them, get cabinet organizers that will fit inside your vanity and help maximize the use of cabinet space.
  • Use these tips to find more storage options in your small bathroom or get even more out of your large master bath.

    Elena Meadowcroft is a professional content writer who works with and blogs for businesses like Maryland Re-Bath, bathroom remodeling contractors, to help bring their knowledge to the interested readers.

    Posted October 23, 2013, filed in Organizing Small Spaces



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