With the bathroom usually being the smallest room in the house, it is important to incorporate storage which doesn’t take up too much space and which uses those awkward underused areas which every bathroom will have.
We all have plenty of items which should be housed in the bathroom, but which are often placed in cupboards elsewhere in the house. This might include your towels and other bathroom linen, spare toiletries, cleaning products and spare toilet rolls. Think of the space you could add back into the rest of your house if you could move these items into their own storage in the bathroom.
There are a number of clever ideas for bathroom storage and you will find something which will fit even the smallest bathroom and the smallest budget.
By simply replacing your sink with a vanity unit you can create a huge amount of cupboard space. A vanity unit will house your basin and sometimes your toilet and will have cupboard space underneath. It will make your bathroom more streamlined and as a bonus will hide the pipework associated with bathroom suites.
From as little as £55 you could add a vanity unit with a single cupboard underneath. If you want to splash out a fitted unit with drawers and two or more cupboards would set you back around £200-£300. Obviously this includes the sink and worktop.
Most bathrooms will already have at least one small wall cabinet, however it is possible to find some which are much roomier and which give you more flexibility. For around £300 you could opt for a large three doored cabinet with a mirrored finish and above cabinet lights. This is the ultimate in luxury.
Cabinets have the added benefit of including mirrors in most cases, meaning that you do not have to use up precious wall space for this.
In much the same way as we have fitted kitchens these days, a fitted bathroom is a common sight. A fitted bathroom will have units which can be mixed and matched to created storage and surfaces suitable for the room. The cabinets can be full height, on the wall or base units and will have the dual functions of hiding the pipework of your fixtures while adding that all important storage space.
A fitted bathroom will allow you to express your personality and add much needed colour to an otherwise bland room. The cupboard doors can be purchased in all types of colours and materials allowing you to opt for a traditional look or a modern high gloss look.
If you like to have some of your bathroom items on display you may wish to save money by adding some open shelving or even a wash stand. The wash stand will house the basin and have open shelving beneath. While this may not add a huge amount of storage space it can be supplemented with wall shelving.
Open shelves are perfect for folded towels, attractive toiletries and decoration. They can be made out of wood or glass or even built into the walls and then tiled for a seamless look. If you have a wall depth which cannot be exposed, you may want to make alcoves which can be tiled or painted and used to store bathroom items. These will use up space which would otherwise be hidden behind plasterboard.
Don’t be afraid to step outside the box when it comes to bathroom storage. With a little imagination you can add storage in the most unlikely of spots. That space behind the sink and under the bath can become great hiding spots for the things you would rather not have on display and you will have more room in the rest of your house to accommodate even more new stuff!