Decorating Decoded – Your Best Bathroom

How to stylishly get the most out of your bathroom storage

by Tabitha Dietrich – May 23, 2018

Today’s topic is one that I’m hoping will help a lot of you out there as it is a challenge that many face, particularly if you have a period home. We will be tackling the problem of storage in a small bathroom.

Now, if not having enough storage is driving you up the wall, guess what, that is the solution to your problem. When you can’t spread out, you have no choice but to go up. So today I’m going to share some creative, but still attractive, ways to get more storage space out of your walls and other nooks and crannies in your bathroom.

First up is the medicine cabinet. While some may think they are outdated and have been replaced by the decorative mirror, they are still a great option because they do double duty which is a necessity in any small space. Perhaps they just need to be renamed since few people actually keep medicine in them anymore. They are still the best place to stash necessities like cosmetics, shaving gear and essentials for dental hygiene. They can be surface mounted or recessed, which may require some construction, but there are a lot of good-looking options out there, so shop around.

Adding shelving to empty wall space is another good storage solution. It is easily accessible and can also be very decorative when pretty bins, baskets or containers are used to corral essentials. You can put them just about everywhere. Try one over the door or window and don’t forget all that open wall space over the toilet! Narrow shelves mounted on the wall by your sink provide handy access to everyday necessities like cosmetics or toothbrushes. Spice racks are great to use for this.

Another under-utilized area in your bathroom is the back of the door. Use over the door hooks to hang shower caddies to hold extra shampoo and lotion bottles or mount multiple towel bars there to save wall space. If they are not used for towels, then hang some beautiful baskets from them to store hair dryers or curling irons. A series of hooks takes the same wall space as a towel bar, but let’s you hang more towels.

Next, let’s tackle that open space under the sink and get more storage capabilities there. Stackable bins and pull-out shelves are wonderful for helping you store lots of miscellaneous items. Why not try a small lazy susan to increase accessibility? The inside of your cabinet doors can also be used for storage to hang hairdryers or install spice racks to hold smaller items like nail polish. A magnetic strip is a unique way to hold nail clippers and tweezers so they don’t get lost. If your vanity has drawers, cutlery trays or any compartmented tray can organize anything from hair pins to cotton swabs.

But what if you don’t have a vanity cabinet? Many period homes have pedestal or wall mounted sinks that barely have room to sit a Dixie cup on. What then? Never fear, solutions exist for you as well. There are cabinets and metal shelving racks made specifically for pedestal sinks. You could also slip some petite plant stands, furniture pieces or baskets on the floor beside the pedestal to boost your storage capabilities. These same solutions can also be used for wall mounted sinks. Wire or wooden shelves and small cabinets can all slip under the sink which will also hide the exposed pipes – Bonus! I love the narrow, free-standing cabinets on either side of this sink. Notice how the mirror is hung in front of the window. This solves the privacy issue while still letting in light and doesn’t take up wall space. A brilliant solution for multiple issues.

I certainly hope these tips have helped you come up with solutions for some of your storage issues!

Idea/Concept: Tabitha Dietrich
Videography: Kaitlyn Callahan
Video Editing: Andrew Moore
Writing: Tabitha Dietrich
Anchor: Tabitha Dietrich

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