There are few things more frustrating than an overly-cluttered small bathroom. When you just don’t have much space for storage, there’s not much you can do to make the room feel spacious and comfortable.
Homeowners with small spaces may look at large, luxurious bathrooms and feel a bit envious. Even if you don’t want a full-blown luxury bathroom with a massive his-and-hers vanity, we could all use a bit more storage space.
With the right approach to bathroom remodel design, even small bathrooms can offer you plenty of comfort. You just need to make the most of your storage options.
7 Storage Tips to Free Up Small Bathroom Space
Storage is the key to turning a cluttered, frustrating bathroom into a space you love. And a bathroom remodel gives you the perfect opportunity to improve both usability and comfort.
As you work with your bathroom remodeling contractor, keep these 7 tips in mind to increase your storage space:
- Add a Creative Towel Rack: Towels and other linens take up a lot of space. If you only have a small closet, things may feel cluttered when you pack it with multiple bath towels. Consider adding a decorative rack to your bathroom that will allow you to roll up stored towels rather than throwing them in a closet.
- Stack Shelves: Adding shelves to your bathroom may seem pretty obvious. But many homeowners don’t think to stack them on a larger wall. You probably don’t have the space to install shelves side-by-side, but stacking shelves gives you more space to place either decorations or necessities.
- Dual Purpose Mirrors: From above-the-sink mirrors to full-length options, it’s important to take advantage of dual purpose fixtures. Many mirrors can conceal a set of shelves, giving you a spacious medicine cabinet for small bathroom necessities.
- Sliding Drawers: Small bathrooms usually have small vanities. And that means you’ll have a slightly awkward under-the-sink space (especially when plumbing is concealed in the vanity). Sliding drawers can fill the free space under your sink and provide some extra storage space.
- Take Advantage of Height: All too often, storage solutions are limited to shelving and counter space within arm’s reach. But your available space extends all the way to the ceiling. Consider adding shelving up high on the walls for storing items that you don’t need access to all the time.
- Magnetic Strips: There are plenty of small, metal bathroom items from storage containers to make-up brushes that can get scattered across your countertop. Adding magnetic strips within reach can free up space and keep all those metal tools organized.
- Take Advantage of Cabinet Doors: Closets and cabinets are used for shelf space. However, with the right maneuvering and organizing, you can add baskets and simple storage solutions to the doors, too. Toothbrushes, blow dryers, brushes, extra soap, lotion, and so much more can be kept out of sight on the back of a closet or cabinet door.
Not All Storage Solutions Are DIY
In many cases, a few Google searches will give homeowners some ideas for hacking storage space in a small bathroom.
These options are usually after-the-fact additions to a cluttered space. But when you’re working with a full service remodeler for a full bathroom remodel, storage becomes an integral part of the design process.
If you’ve always been frustrated by a lack of storage, consider looking for a long term solution like updating your bathroom with the help of a full service remodeler.