Aug 13 , 2015
Adding Bathroom Storage
There’s one thing that nearly every bathroom never seems to have enough of – storage. As the bathroom evolves into a place where people do more than ever before, from getting ready for work to relaxing at the end of a long day, the amount of things kept in there continues to grow as well. This also means that the amount of storage needed in the bathroom needs to increase. So while a small linen closet or a vanity cabinet used to be all that was needed in most bathrooms, today you may want to consider some extra storage to help hold everything you need.
Types of Storage
There are a lot of ways that you can add storage to a bathroom. Some types of storage are designed to hide things away, while others can hold things right out in the open as part of the bathroom design. Whatever type you choose, be sure that you give thought to how you use the items each day to make sure that they remain accessible to you.
Cabinets are one of the most frequently used types of storage in the bathroom. But cabinets go far beyond the vanity or sink base cabinet you may be currently using. Depending on the amount of space that you have in the room, you can also include:
- Linen towers
- Over-the-john cabinets
- Free-standing drawer banks
- Apothecary cabinets
- Medicine chests
- Wheeled carts
- Countertop cabinets
Most cabinetry designed for use in the bathroom today not only is meant to hold things, but hold them in a way that helps keep the room organized and efficient. This may mean linen towers or vanity cabinets that have built-in laundry hampers or tilt out ironing boards. Or it may mean a medicine cabinet that includes a magnifying mirror, outlet, and refrigerated storage box on the interior.
Because cabinets can be wall or floor mounted, even small bathroom can usually include one or two extra storage options designed to help organize – and hide – the things you use each day.
Shelving is another great option for bathrooms, particularly for frequently used items that need to be kept out in the open, as well as for more decorative items like candles that you don’t necessarily want to lock up each day.
Like cabinets, you have a lot of options for shelving, including:
- Hotel shelves for holding stacks of towels
- Towel warmers with built-in shelves to help keep towels warm and increase drying time
- Open cabinets or partially open cabinets that have visible shelving for additional storage
- Glass shelves to mount just above the sink to hold toiletries as you use them and increase sink space
- Decorative and floating shelves to hold bath salts, candles, and plants
Shelving works particularly well in small spaces, because you can install them on nearly any wall, and you also have the option of stacking shelves one on top of another. You can also combine a shelf with something else, like robe hooks or towel rails to increase their efficiency.
Don’t discount your bathroom accessories as a way to gain some additional storage in the bathroom. Every towel rail, robe hook, or tissue stand that you add to the bathroom becomes another place you can organize and store something. The key is to invest in bathroom accessories that will really enhance the room’s use.
For example, if you have a large family that uses a lot of towels each day, investing in a large towel warmer that includes robe hooks gives you the opportunity to store – and dry – multiple towels all at once, and every towel can be within easy reach of the shower. Making use of your bathroom accessories for storage purposes can also help you declutter and streamline the bathroom’s use at the same time.
Optimize Your Bathroom Storage
The best part about bathroom storage is that it can be added to any existing bathroom, no matter what its configuration, size, or style. There are a lot of ways that you can customize the storage in your bathroom to fit your needs, so consider adding some additional storage to your bathroom to help make the most of the space.
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