The bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, despite the fact that it is used everyday, by everyone. Extending a bathroom, while something that many of us would love to do, is a costly and time-consuming process.
Choosing the right storage solutions for your bathroom can free up surfaces and give you the space you desire, making the room appear larger. We caught up with the experts at Better Bathrooms, who gave us their top tips on optimising storage:
Assess what you need
Think about what you need to store. Lots of towels? Lots of bottles? Do you need to separate a few people’s personal items to avoid confusion? Are there any items that can actually be stored elsewhere? Ensuring that your storage solution suits your particular circumstances is essential. A generic bathroom cabinet or cupboard may not suffice.
Use what you have
Work with the shape of your bathroom. If you’ve got high ceilings then add tall cabinets, over door storage or high shelves. If, however, all your space is at floor level (maybe you have a large window that takes up precious wall space), then try a vanity unit below the basin and build some storage into the side of the bath.
Make storage a priority
You will be able to use the space you’ve got more effectively if you can make a plan for the entire space at the outset, rather than adding storage around an existing bathroom suite. If installing a new bathroom, design your storage solution at the same time as fitting your bathroom suite, if possible. Many bathroom suites are designed with storage in mind and you will be able to choose cabinets, shelves and baskets in complementary styles.
Planning and convenience
Keep convenience at the forefront. It’s all very well having one massive cupboard for all your storage needs, but if you can never find the thing you want it’s going to be frustrating in the long-run. Design your storage around the way you use your belongings. A shelf in the shower for your bottles makes more sense than keeping them in a corner cabinet across the room. However, that corner cabinet is perfect for tucking medicines out of the reach of your kids, and if you put a mirror on the front you can use it to do your make up in too.
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