Of all the rooms in your home, your bathroom is the one in which your family spends the most time. Having a bathroom that works well for your family is crucial, and one of the most important elements of the bathroom is storage. If you’re planning a bathroom remodel, don’t forget that functionality should be at the heart of every bathroom remodeling project, and make sure to prioritize your bathroom storage. Here are some tips for how to do that effectively.
- Know your options for bathroom cabinetry. The first decision you’ll need to make is whether you want stock, semi-custom, or custom cabinets. Stock is the quickest, easiest, least expensive option, but doesn’t allow for personalization. The semi-custom option lets you choose from finishes and finishing techniques, as well as adding personal touches like legs and feet or different types of hardware, and while it’s more expensive than stock, it’s not as pricey as custom. If you can afford them, custom cabinets are an excellent choice, because you have virtually endless options for personalization. However, they will take longer to build than other types of cabinetry. The next factor you’ll need to consider is the style of cabinetry you prefer. Traditional cabinetry offers the feeling of classic elegance, while cabinets in the transitional style balance contemporary chic with traditional sophistication. Contemporary style cabinets are edgier, with a sleek geometric look and simple hardware, or even no handles at all. (We only offer custom cabinetry, might not want to talk about how expensive of an option this is.)
- Use a dresser as a vanity. There are dresser-style vanities on the market, but you can also repurpose an old dresser to create an extremely functional vanity. All those drawers are perfect for storing all the things you need in a bathroom, and being able to close doors under the sink allows you to hide things you don’t wish to have in plain view. Want a wealth of space? Use more than one dresser, creating wall to wall vanities.
- Install unexpected shelving. How about floor to ceiling built-in shelving? Combine open shelves and closed cabinets for visual interest and practicality. You can display your more attractive bathroom items and hide the rest behind closed doors. A ladder shelf or over-the-toilet shelving unit can be extremely practical and add vertical space, and to make further use of your vertical space, consider a shelf above the door. Wall-mounted shelves, painted in your accent colors, can add a chic look while providing extra storage space.
- Get creative with baskets. Large floor baskets can hold towels or laundry, smaller baskets can tuck into shelves to hold a wealth of items, and a basket stashed under the sink can create convenient storage for cleaning supplies. Hang baskets from the ceiling, or use a towel bar and s hooks to create a rack for baskets. If you’re concerned about placing baskets on the floor, mount them on the wall; they’re very versatile. One benefit of baskets is that you can buy them to match your style and fit perfectly into the allotted space.
- Make the most of shower caddies. Some of the most ingenious bathroom storage ideas come from the unconventional use of a shower caddy. Hang the from the ceiling to provide extra storage, or use them to handle overflow from your vanity. Shower caddies don’t need to be the traditional over-the-shower variety; there are plenty on the market today designed to provide shelf storage.
- Put in some extra towel storage. Rods and hooks in your bathroom can reduce the amount of space you need to store folded towels. You can also hang robes, bath poufs, and even storage baskets from towel hooks, and by thinking creatively you may find even more ways to use them.
- Consider standalone storage. Bookshelves can be repurposed as bathroom storage, used to hold baskets, towels, and more. Another genius idea that doesn’t take any floor space is a wall-mounted or over-the door storage mirror. Often used to conceal jewelry, this kind of mirror is great for storing medicines, toiletries, as well. An easily portable storage unit is the humble utility cart. It’s perfect for a bathroom because it can be used for storage when needed and rolled somewhere else when it’s not.
When you’re looking for bathroom or kitchen remodeling in Arizona, trust the team at Re-Bath & Kitchens®. Having served homeowners in the area since 1978, our remodeling contractors have the home design expertise needed to provide a wide range of kitchen and bathroom remodeling services. Our service is exceptional, and we deliver innovative, high-performance products in our four showrooms in Maricopa County and Northern Arizona. Visit one of our spacious showrooms, call us at 480-359-1778, or contact us through our website for more information.