Whether you are designing a master bathroom, a family bathroom, or a hallway powder room, chances are that one of your top concerns is storage. The sheer numbers of towels, washcloths, toilet paper rolls, shampoo and other products that jostle for space in most households call for some attention when building or remodeling a bathroom. The good news is that with some forethought and creative planning, even a small bathroom can go big on storage.
Today’s master bathroom designs are often patterned after spas. To keep a calm and collected bathroom that is visually pleasing, you’ll want both open and closed storage areas. Open storage—like floating shelves, pigeon holes, wine-rack type cubbies, and cabinets with glass doors—offers attractive display space for luxurious towels, perfume atomizers, jars of decorative soap, or natural elements like plants or fresh flowers. Tall cabinets, base or wall cabinets, deep drawers, and appliance garages provide abundant closed storage for bulky items and extra supplies, while spice drawers and drawer dividers neatly corral smaller items like combs, face cream, razors, and nail polish.
When designing the layout of your master bathroom, take time to think about where you will use the items being stored. For example, put your towel storage in arm’s reach of the tub or shower. Install a hinged stainless utensil tray at the front of the sink to store a curling or flat iron right where you use it. Add a divided knee drawer to the front of a dressing table to organize makeup and jewelry. And if you have room, include a base cabinet with pull-out ironing board for last minute touch-ups as you dress.
A family bathroom is one of the hardest-working rooms in a home, and the right storage options can turn it into a powerhouse. A mirrored medicine cabinet controls prescriptions, toothbrushes, and each child’s mouthwash. Drawer organizers keep hair accessories, nail clippers, cotton balls, and bath toys easy to find and grab. Top-hinge wall cabinets keep cleaning supplies or other potentially hazardous items out of kids’ reach. Base cabinets with pull-out trays eliminate wasted space and fumbling for items at the backs of cabinets, and a pull-out wastebasket and pull-out clothes hamper make for easy in-out access on garbage day and laundry day.
A hallway powder room or guest bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, as well as one that visitors are likely to see—which means it has to stay clean and organized. A base vanity pull-out pantry maximizes storage for cleaning supplies, handsoap, and toilet paper. A wall cabinet installed above the commode requires minimum real estate but creates storage for extra guest towels. And a pair of floating shelves flanking the mirror opens up a bit of space to display a few personal treasures.
No matter the size of the space or the number of people using it, an organized bathroom is more attractive, easier to use, and easier to keep clean.