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Corner Linen Cabinets - Creating Space Where You Need It Most
Corner Linen Cabinets
Using a corner linen cabinet in a small bathroom can be the key to giving you space you didn't even know you had. We've all got that one cabinet that doesn't seem to have enough room. It might be the kids bathroom, or a half bath somewhere on the other end of the house that has no real storage space. Or maybe your master bathroom is just not large enough to keep all the linens and towels you would like to store.
Here is a look at some options to help with your bathroom design and decor.
Types of Corner Cabinets
There are a some alternatives to linen cabinets to add space to your small bathroom. One common approach is an over the toilet cabinet that will straddle the toilet. But these are limited in the amount of room they can create since they have to leave room for the toilet and anything you want to put on top of the toilet.
A corner linen cabinet has the advantage that is gives storage from the floor on up. In addition, they are available in a wide range of styles that can make any sort of fashion statement you might like. One of the more popular choices for bathroom with limited space is a tall linen tower.
These cabinets come in colors your might expect. The most common are white linen cabinets, but black cabinets are popular as well. The traditional wood finishes like cherry, oak, walnut, and pine are available too.
The shelving is most commonly open, but there are variations on that was well. A set of drawers in the middle of the cabinet is very convenient, especially in a bathroom that has an open pedestal for the basin, which leaves no place to store those little things that are necessary for the bathroom. If you have just a small area to store your linens and you don't have a lot to store, you might consider using a small white bookcase as a substitute for a full sized linen cabinet.
For a more formal look, there are some cabinets that have doors so the shelf contents are not visible, while others have doors with glass so that you can quickly spot what you are looking for. One option gaining in popularity is the use of a small corner curio cabinet for storage of small items in larger bath.
Corner linen cabinets may be just the solution to your small bathroom storage needs.
Styles of Corner Cabinets
There are many styles of linen cabinets. These include french country, traditional country, and the ever popular modern styles. Look for them from manufactures like Craftsman, Kyoto, Hampton Bay, and Dexter to name a few. The Norwegian company, IKEA has taken this country by storm and is a very popular place to purchase functional storage cabinets.
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You can fill your cabinet with the necessary items you plan on storing but you may have enough room remaining to add some decorative or personal touches. Some ideas are: small books, a candle, a glass object, a picture frame, or a bowl with shells, sea glass or small soaps in it. Any or all of these will make a nice ensemble as part of your corner cabinet and will bring out your personality or the style you are trying to create.
You may want to keep a guest basket ready in your cabinet. Fill this basket with the trial size items a guest would use when staying at your home. Let them know ahead of time they can have carry on bags (for air travel). This idea can save money by alleviating a baggage fee for your guests. You are on your way to the ultimate host title!
Cabinets for Collectibles
We have limited storage space in our home so we have to use every bit of available wall space and exterior storage space. That means using cabinets to display our collectibles. We not only do this in the conventional spaces, but also in our bathrooms.
You can use a linen cabinet for this purpose. Especially if you repurpose the cabinet. Take the doors off and use it as a display for whatever you like. I like mixing it up a bit. Use the cabinet for it's original purpose but also put your decorative touch to it. For me this would include using glass bottles to give the room some color and style. You can also use silk flowers (although I prefer real flowers), a basket of soaps, potpourri, and other smelly good items. To make this idea my style, I would also have a few small books in the cabinet.
Having the doors off a linen cabinet, or having an open linen cabinet invites people to use the items freely and gives a decorators touch.
Although this photo isn't a linen cabinet, it does show how to beautifully display your collectibles. Whether in the bathroom or the corner of a stair landing as this one shows, your personality is displayed.
I thought it was interesting to research just how cabinets came into being because when you think about it, pioneers didn't have places to store items in their cabins. I also thought about a ship sailing across the ocean and how they DID have places to store their supplies.