Ideas for making space in the smallest room
Having to store all the toiletries of your household tidily can sometimes be a tricky task in a smaller bathroom. In most cases, with everybody choosing to have their own products, a bathroom can easily be overrun by bottles of shower gel, toothbrushes and towels. Not only that, it can be hard to balance the fact that while a lot of your items need to be easily accessible, you’d still like them kept out of the way. Without the correct storage, your bathroom can quickly become cluttered and untidy.
Happily though, there are lots of options for making the most of storage space in your bathroom – and you can make a massive difference within a couple of hours.
Here are our quick fixes to help you organise your bathroom and give everything its place. All of our suggestions are easy to do, won’t break the bank and don’t need for you to be a DIY whizz. Let’s get stuck in and clear the decks.
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Our top tips
1. Get hooked
Add hooks, rails or rings to the back of your door or furniture units and you can hide all sorts: dressing gowns, pyjamas and even some of your toiletries if you use a hanging wash bag. Self-adhesive Command hooks can be added to the inside of cabinets to hold your wash cloths or make up bags. Or if you’re feeling creative, we’ll show you how to make your own hook rail – another great option for bathrobes and towels.
2. Add shelving
Getting a bit creative with your shelving options can lead to a really creative storage solution. Got a wall-mounted basin? Think about adding floating shelves beneath it or next to it. And if you want storage space that isn’t immediately visible, try putting shelving above the door – guests will only see if they’re looking up and out of the bathroom. Shelves are a very flexible option for your bathroom.
3. Choose a mirrored cabinet
As well as making the smallest room in your home look bigger, your bathroom mirrors can also offer valuable storage space. Choose a mirrored cabinet instead of normal mirror and hide medicines, make up and more inside. Alongside the traditional single door models, double door cabinets like the Romano from Cooke & Lewis are great for those with that bit more wall space. Make use of any free worktop space with a dressing table mirror with built in drawers.
4. Make the most of your walls
So often in bathrooms we don’t think to use the free wall space – make the most of it by attaching as many things to this as you can. Soap dishes and dispensers can be hung above the sink and below the mirror, as can toothbrush holders and tumblers. The Stick ‘N’ Lock range of wire baskets is really easy to install and doesn’t require any tools: place near your shower or bath for instant access to your most used toiletries.
5. Double up
For the smaller bathroom, two-in-one items are a great choice. Think a toilet roll holder that’s also a toilet brush, such as this sleek stainless steel one from Cooke & Lewis. Or how about shelving that has a towel rail built underneath it? Double towel rails can be a good solution when a bathroom has to be shared by several people.
6. Pick pretty storage
If you have to have items stored on your bathroom’s shelves or surfaces, choose containers or baskets that are attractive and they’ll just add to the look. Glass jars are so stylish that you can even put everyday items like cotton wool or buds in there, and it will still look good out in the open. And if you choose Kilner jars, they can be stacked on top of each other, so you can group several together.
7. Find freestanding furniture
If you’ve got the floor space, adding extra furniture can also help solve storage issues. It doesn’t even have to be bathroom furniture: adding a small freestanding bookcase is an easy solution. Try options that tuck underneath your exiting sink, like the Nicolina under basin unit. And if you like rustic styling, why not check out our article on making box cubbies - finish your completed cubby with a waterproof varnish to protect it from moisture.