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Storage solutions for bathrooms of all shapes and sizes

No matter how big or small your bathroom is, you will always crave more storage – there are just never enough places for the towels, face cloths, toiletries and kids toys to be neatly stored away is there?

Most people rely on their bathroom to be multi functional and multi-personality; moving seamlessly from heavy practical use during the day, a fun kids bathroom in the evening, to relaxing spa-like serenity at night. Having enough of the right storage will allow you to do all of these things, and more.

It can be difficult to know where to begin when looking for the right storage for your needs. Bathrooms are notoriously awkward spaces with baths, sinks and toilets occupying much of the available wall space, which is why you need to think outside of the box, being clever with the type of storage you buy and where you place it.

Here are a few hints and tips to help you choose some smart and stylish storage solutions, regardless of the size of your bathroom:

Use Open Shelves

My bathroom with floating shelves above with baskets to keep things uncluttered, and small baskets on the wall found at the dollar store.

My bathroom with floating shelves above with baskets to keep things uncluttered, and small baskets on the wall found at the dollar store.

Floating shelves offer a great, inexpensive way to increase your bathroom storage space. Keep them looking stylish and uncluttered by adding some of the following items:

  • A row of scented candles looks beautiful and creates ambient lighting when you need to relax.
  • Baskets filled with soap, face cloths and other toiletries.
  • Use matching baskets for a cohesive look.
  • Pretty glass containers for soap, sponges, cotton balls and bath salts.
  • Towels in two or three complementary colours, which should be rolled before adding to the shelf

Build a narrow storage tower

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If space is a little tight in your bathroom and you’re struggling to find suitable storage solutions that fit, then consider building your own, or look around for some narrow bathroom cabinets. Spaces next to sinks or bathtubs can be ideal areas for a simple storage cupboard filled with lots of narrow shelves, which are perfect for hiding away all your bathroom paraphernalia.

Utilise the space under your sink and bath

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You’d be amazed how much unused space there is behind your bath panel – remove that dated plastic panel and fit a couple of simple wooden pull out drawers instead. These will provide you with a great place to store all the kids bath toys.  Under sink shelving is also great for any bathroom where space is a premium, and is a handy area to store shampoo, bubble bath and other toiletries you need quickly to hand.

Create bathroom ‘zones’

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For those lucky enough to enjoy a large bathroom, consider separating the room into different zones, using room dividers or false walls to separate the areas. You could have a dressing area complete with dressing table and mirror, or a changing area for younger children with a baby changing table and storage drawers.

Stack up storage boxes or baskets

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Matching storage boxes or baskets in a range of different sizes look cute and quirky stacked neatly up against a wall in your bathroom. They provide useful storage, and can be easily changed if you decide to change the look of the room.

Remember the door

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The back of your bathroom door is an ideal place to add hanging rails or narrow shelves, which are fabulous for storing personal items or magazines for when you’re going to be in there for a while!

Storage Bench

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A lidded storage bench is another great ‘removable’ storage solution, perfect for rented houses or anyone who likes to update their look quickly and easily. A bench is great to sit on to get changed after bathing, and the box underneath could be used for laundry, dressing gowns or large towels.

This article was written by freelance writer and mother of three, Kathryn Thompson.  Follow her on Twitter: @katht35
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