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Stylish Storage Ideas For Small Bathrooms
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I have always liked the thought of having a spacious bathroom, one big enough to have a wicker armchair, lots of plants and a big antique chest of drawers to store towels, toiletries and anything else I might decide to keep in the bathroom. I’ve always liked the thought of it, but I’ve never had it.
Oh how often I’ve read on magazine covers, titles such as, “Fantastic ideas to de-clutter your small bathroom!” Or “Brilliant design solutions for small bathrooms!” And then, when I open the magazine it turns out I could fit our entire living room into the bathrooms on display, and our entire bathroom into the bath.
And readers in the States – if you think your bathroom is tiny you haven’t been to the UK! With 60,000,000 of us crammed into an area of a little over 94,000 square miles, there simply wouldn’t be enough space for everyone to have the bathroom of my dreams.
Another reason why UK bathrooms tend to be small is because in most houses built prior to the 20th century the bathroom is an afterthought. Although a flushing toilet was originally designed in the 16th century, it wasn’t until 1852 that the world’s first modern public conveniences, complete with flushing toilets, opened in London. Even as recently as the 1980s many small apartments in Aberdeen in Scotland had no bathrooms or toilets inside. Instead toilets were either on a stairwell landing or outside in the back yard! (I know this because, as students, several of my friends lived in those apartments.)
Compared to those conditions, a small bathroom is a luxury, so I’ve learned to make the best of what we’ve got. Besides, why would I need a wicker armchair in the bathroom anyway?
The smallest room?
Stylish storage ideas for bathrooms that really are small
Unlike those magazine articles mentioned above, this hub is full of storage ideas that will work in bathrooms that really are small. Well, they may not work in a bathroom quite as small as the Hong Kong bathroom shown opposite, but that’s largely because everything would get very wet! Apart from that photo, all the photos in this article are from our own bathroom, so the ideas are tried and tested.
Here are my suggestions for storage solutions in a small bathroom:
Think tall and thin.
Make use of every available space. (Check out the photo of the Hong Kong bathroom for how to take this to extreme!)
Imaginative storage items for a small bathroom
The photograph at the top right of this article shows a long thin cabinet we use for storing face-cloths and toiletries and other sundries. It fits into a tiny space between our bath and window, and it cost very little to buy. It is a CD cabinet, made of unvarnished wood, which we painted. We bought it about 13 years ago in Ikea, and it has travelled with us through 2 house moves and survived repainting. The photograph to the right shows the interior of the cabinet. It had plenty of shelves, which makes smaller items easy to find. To fit in taller bottles we simply removed a shelf.
Keep Small Fingers Away From Danger
Because our children were little when we bought this cabinet we fitted a hook fastening at the top. Although this cabinet is very stable, if you bought a similar one that was less stable, you could use a bracket to fasten it to a wall so avoiding small children pulling it over.
Use walls to store bathroom toys
While you want to keep children out of some places, it’s good to have their toys easily accessible. However parents need to be able to relax in the bath without being poked in the ribs by a rubber duck. The perfect solution is a net bag fastened to the wall by suction cups. You could make your own, but most are inexpensive and last well.
A beautiful bamboo bath caddy. This expands to fit your bath.
This bath caddy is big enough to store your kids toys and toiletries.
Store toys or toiletries in a bath caddy
A bath caddy sits across the bath. While plastic caddies soon tend to look worn, bamboo has recently become a popular alternative and looks smart and clean. A bath caddy is handy for the soap and your face cloth. Some are large enough to store toys. Often caddies are extendable so you can vary the size to fit your bath.
Choose multi-functional furniture
Some bathroom accessories manufacturers have done the thinking tall and thin for us, so make the most of that. This photograph is of a laundry hamper beneath a set of shelves that stores our towels. It even has enough space for my husband’s bath-time reading material, and a rail to hold his towel.
Another alternative is a storage unit that fits over the toilet. Be sure to keep the lid down if you go for this option, or you may soon not need any storage at all!
Save space with a storage unit over the toilet. The doors on this one mean nothing will fall into the toilet, and your toiletries stay neat and dust-free
This tower is similar to our one, and the tilting laundry hamper makes it even better. All your laundry is tucked away and yet easily accessed.
Even Small Bathrooms Can Be Beautiful.