Ten Easy Ways to Increase Your Bathroom Storage Space - dummies

Ten Easy Ways to Increase Your Bathroom Storage Space

By Gene Hamilton, Katie Hamilton

For being one of the smallest rooms in the house, a bathroom is expected to have a whole lot of stuff. It’s no wonder storage is always at a premium. Consider using these ideas to help declutter and take advantage of every inch of space you have.

  • Install a corner cabinet: Use corner cabinets for storing toiletries and linens. You can find new ones at unfinished furniture stores and discount department stores and used ones at antique stores and architectural salvage suppliers. The installation is easy; just attach the cabinet to wall studs and finish the floor with molding, if needed.

  • Use ready-made storage units: Bathroom storage units are available in many shapes, sizes, and materials. You’ll find them made of plastic, wicker, chrome, brass, wood, and veneers in several wood finishes. These units are installed as a free-standing piece of furniture, but many require some assembly.

  • Build cubbyhole shelves: You can use the empty space between wall studs as a cubbyhole for shelves. The depth of the shelves depends on what’s behind the wall. For example, the space will be shallow, about 3-1/2 inches deep, for a standard wall. Walls with plumbing are usually deeper, up to 6 inches thick. If the other side of the wall is in a closet and you’re willing to give up some of this space, you can build a deeper storage area that goes completely through the wall.

  • Use towels as design features: The addition of a small wicker chair with a stack of fluffy towels gives even the most modest bathroom an elegant look. Or instead of a wicker chair, how about a small wrought-iron table or footstool? Choose a small piece of furniture you can tuck in a corner, where it’s out of the way.

  • Install pegs: Add a row of Shaker pegs on the wall in a family bathroom to create space for towels for everyone in the house.

  • Customizing the vanity interior: Plastic-coated wire shelving components — designed to fit inside cabinets — come in a variety of styles and sizes, so no matter how small or large your bathroom vanity is, one is sure to fit your space.

  • Add with a coat tree: A coat tree provides plenty of room to store towels, bathrobes, and clothes that find their way into the bathroom. Wood and metal ones are available for as little as $25 at discount stores.

  • Put in metal shelves: For about $20, you can buy a metal utility shelf and put it to good use in a bathroom. Play off its bare-bones industrial look and add inexpensive plastic dishwashing tubs as drawers to store toiletries and supplies. It may not be pretty, but it’s clean, basic storage at a bargain price.

  • Store backups elsewhere: Just because it’s toilet paper doesn’t mean you have to store a jumbo 12-pack in the bathroom. Keep a few rolls handy in the bathroom, but find somewhere outside the bathroom to stow most of your supply. The same is true for extra towels, bath mats, and holiday linens that you use only once a year.

  • Corral the kid’s stuff: Rubber duckies, bath sponges, and toys for kids’ bath time can take up a lot of space. Keep them in tow in a mesh laundry bag that you can hang from a hook, or stash them in a colorful storage bin.