Friday, 21 August 2015

Smart Storage and Space Saving Solutions for Bathrooms

I wanted our new bathroom to be clear and tidy.  My inspiration was the sleek hotel bathrooms we'd stayed at recently.  Having a place for everything means it's so much easier to keep tidy, with essential toiletries out of sight, yet we're much more organised and able to find everything in an instant.

However, I didn't want it to be too clinical.  I still wanted to be able to display my treasures.

Shelving


With no available surface areas in our refurbished bathroom, shelves were the obvious choice to be able to display trinkets and keep items to hand.

I struggled to find shelves the same colour wood as the units we'd build in, but thankfully found these high gloss coloured floating shelves in Homebase.  I opted for dark grey to match our colour scheme, but they're also available in a range of wood effects and colours from scarlet red to lime green.

Being floating shelves, they give smart, sleek and modern lines. I've displayed my collection of vintage bottles holding my bubble bath and salts. I've also added a fresh pot plant and a citrus lime cut-work lantern also from Homebase to tie in with my scheme.

Sliding Bath Storage Panel

About 15 years ago I said someone should invent one of these.  There's so much wasted space under your bath and for small bathrooms that's space you should be using.  I knew I should have patented it at the time because of course now someone makes them.


This two door sliding panel is made by Croydex and we purchased it from Plumbworld.  Each end is lockable making it the ideal place to keep your dangerous cleaning products and bleach out of reach from small hands - not to mention keeping your expensive bubble bath safe!


Now we have somewhere to hide away all those unsightly spare loo rolls, bottles of cleaning products and the everyday bubble bath and shampoo you don't necessarily want out on display to the world.  It's the best thing we've installed in our new bathroom and if you're looking for extra space I recommend you simply change your bath panel to one of these - you'd be amazed how much space there is under there.




Sink Vanity Units

We didn't like the look of some of the built in bathroom furniture - some of them looked more like kitchen units with worktops.  We finally settled on this hanging sink unit from IKEA, which has two generous drawers beneath.  Perfect for storing spare towels, as well as your everyday face-care.  It has a divider in the top drawer so you can have his-n-her space.



I've added these storage pots, also from IKEA and it's made my daily skin-care routine so much simpler.  I love having everything on hand but out of sight. There's also a good range of perspex drawer organisers for cosmetics and toiletries currently on sale at TK Maxx.

Tall Wall Cabinets


If space is at a premium, go upwards.  We selected this matching tall unit to go with our vanity.  Although fairly slimline, it's amazing how much extra storage it's afforded us.  I arranged the internal shelves to accommodate a laundry bin in the bottom, to keep all the dirty washing out of sight.  Our bathroom fitter installed our shaver socket inside the cupboard so we can keep all our electricals out of view when on charge.  Visitors don't need to see my epilator now do they?


Above, there's another five generous shelves which I've loaded with baskets and filled with our ridiculous amount of toiletries.  The plastic baskets make it easy to reach anything, and items don't lurk at the back never to be seen again.  Our old bathroom was so chaotic we could never find anything and it often meant buying more on the weekly shop just because I never knew if I was running out of shampoo or toothpaste.  When I unpacked all our boxes after the bathroom was finished, I discovered I had 11 cans of deodorant!  Now we can easily see what needs replenishing - although I suspect nothing will need to be bought for quite a while!



Mirrored Cabinets

Everyone has a mirror over the sink, so it may as well be a mirrored cabinet that you can use for storage.  This tall, slimline cabinet is also from IKEA, and now houses our toothbrushes, medicine, first aid items and various lotions and potions.  As it's so tall, it's perfect for keeping tablets and medicines out of kid's reach, but it's narrow enough to fit comfortably over the sink.



What are your top bathroom storage solutions?

Disclosure: Homebase provided me with a voucher for some finishing touches.



31 comments:

  1. Oh such great ideas, we are currently designing our new bathrooms so I found this post very helpful. Love the bath panel sliders x

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    1. It's such a great idea, I love being able to hide stuff away.

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  2. Oh Liz, your bathroom looks amazing. I love the idea of the sliding bath panel to hide away the cleaning products. IKEA storage options are fabulous, we used a few in our bathroom too

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    1. Thank you! Once I've made the blind, I'll show the whole room :0)

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  3. Oh, I love, love, love storage!! Massive crush- it can actually change your life! And what sort of genius socery is UNDER BATH STORAGE? Magic. Love the look of it all, that green shelf is fab xx

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    1. I'm so glad you said that. I was thinking I was weird that it had changed my life, but it totally has!

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  4. I Iove the shelves and the under the bath storage I do need these! x

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  5. Absolutely stunning! And what a genius idea the sliding bath panel is. I really love your shelves and your treasures displayed.
    I have no clever storage ideas, only to get rid of as much stuff as possible, solves the storage issue, lol ;)

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    1. I'm kicking myself for not getting down the patent office! The Old Man always tells me I missed out on that one.

      Decluttering is good - I've just got 11 cans of deodorant to use up first. I think we have more toiletries than Boots the Chemist!

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  6. OMG I need that bath side! I am off to look at it and this it would be perfect for our bathroom. Yours looks really swish

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  7. Your bathroom looks amazing! I really like the sliding bath panel. I've been looking for one of these but we have a curved bath so there isn't one for us. It is a great idea for storing those dangerous chemicals, as you say. Lovely room.

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  8. Very pretty jars you have used for storage and I love your hidden bath panel secret! Your bathroom looks really lovely and actually better than a hotel bathroom as it is more personal x (Sorry about the deleted comment - I realised a spelling error after I hit 'Publish'!!)

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  9. I need to implement some of these for my daughter as she has so many toiletries and bits and bobs in the bathroom that her stuff is everywhere!

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  10. I love love storage space right now and the bathroom panel and that tall cupboard both look so good! I never realised there would so much space behind that bath panel :)

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  11. I need that bath panel - what a fabulous idea!

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  12. Ok I now have bathroom envy!!!!
    I love the idea of a sliding bath panel and those storage baskets are just what I'm looking for!

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  13. I have proper bathroom envy! Mine is in dire need of a makeover and we have little storage too x

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  14. Brilliant ideas, I love your bathroom. Our family bathroom is not very big and we have very little storage so I really need to get it sorted.

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  15. The bathroom looks lovely Liz and I am bowled away by the under bath storage thing. That is on my list of things for our new bathroom in a year or two.

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  16. Your new bathroom looks gorgeous! The under bath storage is GENIUS!!!!!!!

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  17. I love the idea of sliding doors in the bath. This would solve a lot of our storage problems

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  18. some great tips here love these under bath storage what a great idea! looks like a hotel bathroom

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  19. Oh my gosh what an amazing bathroom. I love the lockable bath panels too!

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  20. These are great ideas for organizing all toiletries in the bathroom to be on-hand while hidden from guests. Installing fixtures with and without doors will let you achieve these results. You should work with the space you have whether it is space under a bathtub or ceilings that enable you to install tall, closed fixtures to increase storage and privacy.

    Essie Reed @ Valley Home Improvement

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  21. Those shelving units are completely minimalistic, and they go great with the pain colour on the walls. But I think the best part about your bathroom is the sliding panels on the tub. I’ve never seen anything like that, and it would be a huge benefit. My wife and I are going crazy with all the bath toys scattered all over the floor!

    Wilfred Andrews @ LB Plumbing and Heating

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  22. You bathroom looks amazing. I wish I was as creative as you for our bathroom, which is smaller than yours. I wish we had the money to redo everything. I might have to steal some of your ideas. Our closet needs the biggest clean up. No matter what I do, it is just too cluttered and I can never find anything.

    German Zollinger @ Total Clean Equip

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  24. That bath panel would be great but I have a horrible feeling it's made of MDF which is about as water resistant as Weetabix. Please tell me I'm wrong!

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  25. That bath panel would be great but I have a horrible feeling it's made of MDF which is about as water resistant as Weetabix. Please tell me I'm wrong!

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