One of the best ways to increase storage space in a bathroom that's too small for additional carts or storage cabinets is to create recessed storage areas.
(PRWEB) September 22, 2012
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There are a few things that can really make or break a small bathroom when it comes to storage space. HomeThangs introduced a guide to smart storage solutions for a small bathroom, uncovering the little details that, if left unchecked, can turn into the chronic irritants, to help the homeowners take their small bathroom from merely livable to absolutely lovable.
1. The Drawers
The number one piece of advice for anyone getting ready to remodel a small bathroom is not to forget about drawers. With so many compact bathroom vanities out there designed to accommodate smaller spaces, it can be all too easy to narrow the search solely by the width and depth of the vanity. Many even opt to forsake the bathroom vanity entirely, and choose a pedestal vanity instead. While pedestal vanities are a cute, stylish choice for a small bathroom, and it's certainly nice to choose a vanity on style alone, but a bathroom without drawers is always going to have at least one nagging irritation. Especially if the counter is too small for things like hair brushes, razors, or even a tube of toothpaste, it is easy to get pretty sick pretty fast of only having an under the sink cabinet - or no immediately reachable storage space at all. The remedy is simple: a compact vanity that has at least one drawer one doesn't have to bend down to reach, like, for example, the Madrid Vanity from Design Element.
2. Seriously, Drawers
A further note about the drawers - there's a simple reason that most smaller vanities don't come with a top pull out drawer, and it's name is plumbing. But even remedying the problem with a wall mount faucet and recessed plumbing doesn't fix the baseline problem that most pre-made vanities are designed to accommodate piping. So when eyeballing potential vanities, one has to be aware that just because it has a drawer plate on the upper edge doesn't mean there's a functioning drawer inside - it's often just a decorative plate. That said, many vanities, like the Console Vanity from Bellaterra, for example, have upper drawers designed on the interior to accommodate the plumbing while still offering that much-needed drawer space.
While it's been said a thousand times that the best way to make the most of a small bathroom is to utilize the wall space, the solution of shelving goes for more than just wall hangings. The aforementioned unsectioned cabinet space in the bottom of most vanities is mostly a space wasted. Even if using the bathroom vanity to stow large bottles of cleaning products, chances are there's still plenty of space between the tops of all those bottles and the bottommost point of the plumbing. Vanities like this Calantha Vanity from Vigo Industries add simple, sometimes staggered shelving to the inside of their cabinets, which makes a world of difference when it comes to sorting items. Even just that little bit of extra organization can make a huge difference, and save one from having to dig through cluttered shampoo bottles and rolls of TP just to find the hair dryer in the morning.
4. If there’s a Space, it’s got to be used
Bathroom vanities aren't always the most efficient form of bathroom storage, because they are limited by height and by their plumbing, so instead of getting a vanity that's bigger than it needs to be, it is better to get a storage cabinet. Storage cabinets are much more flexible - can be as narrow or wide, as short or tall as needed, from skinny floor-to-ceiling pillars to cute wall cabinets, like the Jordan Wall Cabinet from Decolav, for example, that can be mounted over the toilet. Storage units like this afford a lot more private storage, and many of them are also designed to take up as little floor space as possible, and the ones that mount directly to the wall won't be constantly getting in the way. Storage cabinets that combine functionality work best for small bathrooms - say, pairing a cabinet with a towel rack, or deep drawers with open display shelves - to get all the storage needs covered in a single unit.
5. If there isn’t enough Space, Make Some
While adding square footage is a tall order for any remodel, enhancing the space in other ways is much simpler. One of the best ways to increase storage space in a bathroom that's too small for additional carts or storage cabinets is to create recessed storage areas. All that has to be done is find the studs in a wall and remove a portion of the drywall in between them, and build the storage directly into the inside of the wall. These can be small or as large as a whole section of the wall, they make an excellent way to add convenient, reachable storage without taking up any floor space at all.
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