Reno Notebook / By Jennifer Malise / March 20, 2017
5 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas That Go One Step Further
From bathroom shelves to vanities, these storage ideas will keep you organized
Believe it or not, bathrooms can be one of the most efficient spaces in your home. With only enough room for essentials, it’s far too easy to cross the line into crowded sink tops and cluttered shower ledges. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Planning your bathroom with key storage features can help maximize space and minimize clutter before it spirals out of control. The below ideas—from inventive built-ins to medicine cabinets—are not only space-saving, they add a splash of personality.
Karen and Kevin’s bathroom renovation on the Upper West Side, Manhattan
When this family moved into a one-bed, one-bath apartment, the bathroom was in desperate need of expanded storage. By swapping out an oversized tub for a standard soaker, the homeowners used the extra space earned for a larger sink vanity with a drawer and plenty of open storage underneath. The medicine cabinet features interior outlets, so wire-ridden appliances like electric toothbrushes can be tucked out of sight.
A bathroom renovation by Maria and Eric in Woodside, Queens
This bathroom started off small with overly ornate decorative details and minimal countertop real estate. The small footprint required a resourceful storage idea with a design goal of a simple and clean palette. The solution was a recessed wall unit behind the door, transforming this bathroom into a bright, uncluttered retreat.
Laura and Matthew’s Clinton Hill, Brooklyn bath renovation
Having a plan for where your daily essentials reside doesn’t need to be a quandary. Laura and Matthew’s simple solution was a double drawer vanity that was deep and plentiful. A two-mirrored medicine cabinet and a generous sink counter round out the ways they keep their space in orderly—eye-popping red—fashion.
Chris and Lia’s bathroom renovation in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Inspired to design a bathroom that exuded a sense of calm, the first thing on the list was to tackle clutter and create order. Chris and Lia mixed various methods to stash away everything they needed—a custom medicine cabinet, a wide sink vanity drawer, and baskets tucked underneath for easy access to everyday items like towels. The overall result delivers a bright and neatly organized space that provides an escape from daily city life.
Bathroom renovation (photos above and below) by Lauren and Ross in Chelsea, Manhattan
This bathroom began as a heavily tiled space with little consideration for storage and no vanity. After adding a medicine cabinet and two-drawer vanity, the homeowners went a step further installing an ample, in-wall cabinet opposite the sink. The bonus points of built-in cabinets: they blend in seamlessly and don’t protrude, which saves floor and air space, minimizing clutter. What’s better than storage hidden in plain sight?
By incorporating your bathroom storage into the planning stages of your renovation, your space can be efficient with a customized and streamlined look. Our bathroom renovation cost guide will help you pinpoint your budget range.
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