Clever bathroom storage solutions will help you to create your very own relaxing spa in even the smallest of rooms.
1. On display
Imagine your bathroom is like one in a smart hotel and dispose of anything that doesn’t fit with the image. Use beautiful jars and lovely boxes to keep small items tidy. Glass apothecary jars are great for storing cotton buds and soaps.
2. Less is more
A bathroom can be decluttered in a day and, says Rachel Papworth of Green and Tidy, the priority should be to remove everything that doesn’t belong there. She also advises ‘limiting the number of potions and lotions you have on display to one of each type.’
3. Beautiful boxes
You may want to have cleaning materials such as shower spray and antibacterial wipes close to hand, but they can look messy. If you don’t have anywhere to store them out of sight, invest in wicker, porcelain or leather boxes so they don’t ruin the spa-like feel of the room.
4. Exploit every inch
Make the most of those awkward spaces. Use the wall above the loo for shelving and think about building storage under the basin and bath. Even a small space at the end of the bath can be converted into a useful cupboard.
5. On the wall
Use the walls for towel storage. A sleek heated towel rail helps towels dry quickly and keeps them off the floor. Similarly, a ladder-style rack allows for more towels to hang and dry while using less floor space. Use open shelving for spare towels so they’re to hand and easy to find.
6. Double up
If you’re redecorating your bathroom, consider reorganising the layout to make it easier to have more than one person using the bathroom. Chic twin mirror cabinets above twin basins mean you can apply your make-up while your partner’s shaving or children are brushing their teeth.
7. Inset shelves
Can you use the space behind a wall? As plumbing usually lives behind stud partition walls, your bathroom may conceal an untapped storage resource. ‘Put in some recessed shelves for soap and shampoo in the shower, and more nearby for towels,’ says interior designer Georgina Gibson of Georgina Gibson Interior Design. Also use the stud wall above the basin to recess a shaving cabinet, and the space next to the loo for brushes and spare loo rolls.