When people describe their bathroom as tiny – what they mean is it has little-to-no storage space. After all, most toilets, sinks and showers take up about the same amount of space.A tiny bathroom has the bathroom basics, but probably little in the way of shelves, drawers, hampers, closets, towel rods or floor space.So where are you supposed to hang your wet towel, store your clean towels, toss your dirty towels?
If there is no medicine cabinet and no cabinet beneath the sink, where do you put your shaving crème, razor, first aid supplies, curling iron, flat iron and steam iron?Where do you store extra rolls of toilet paper so you’re not left in the lurch?The answer is clever bathroom organizers that fit in unused nooks and crannies, hang over the bathroom door, attach to the shower stall wall or slide in underneath the sink.
Over the toilet
An often-overlooked space is the vertical wall space above the toilet. Shelving that is built around the toilet and tank and then rises along the wall can almost make up for the lack of a linen closet in the bathroom.One of the biggest wooden shelving systems starts with a base storage étagère that fits over all standard toilets. Resting on top of the base are two storage towers, one of which has a toilet paper dispenser and the other a tissues dispenser. Between the top two towers are open shelves.
Each tower door swings open revealing more storage space. The base étagère is 34 inches wide by 38 inches high and 7 inches deep. The top storage étagère is the same width and depth, but just 26½ inches high. There is also a matching space-saving vanity unit that slides next to the sink, taking up just 8 inches along the wall.From one of the biggest to one of the simplest organizers, the basic toilet tank table is a white wooden table, 27½-inches wide that goes over and around the toilet tank.
The 9-inch-deep table top gives you room to store extra paper products and toiletries that you use often. You could use the space to set out something attractive like a dish of soaps and guest towels, but when space is at a premium, practicality will most likely win over design.For something in between the largest and the simplest units, try the Glacier Spacesaver. The frosted tubular steel shelves fit over the toilet bowl and tank. Use its clear, tempered glass shelves for extra storage space. At 24 inches wide by 63½ inches high by 10 ¾ inches deep, it is a modern looking piece that helps give you the space you need.
In the shower
If your shower stall lacks any built-in shelves or nooks to hold shampoo, soaps and conditioners, you need to find a rack system that meets your needs and keeps your products off the shower floor. Start with something simple like the expandable five-tier corner shower organizer. It has five adjustable shelves attached to a tension rod. The spring-loaded rod adjusts from 43 inches to 98 inches.
Because the shelves can be moved, you can create the space to hold your tallest bottles.
Equally simple is the Sure-Loc jumbo corner basket. The chrome-plated basket sets up in a corner of the shower stall. You adhere it to the wall using industrial-strength rubber suction cups. The 6¾-inch deep basket can hold razors, shaving cream, loofahs and other bath products.The chrome-finished convertible shower caddy hangs two different ways, depending on the set up of your shower.
On one end is a loop that you can used to hang the caddy over the shower nozzle. It has two adjustable shelves to hold your products and two hooks on the bottom where you can leave your washcloth to dry. Flip this caddy over, and the two hooks are now at the top and can be used to hang the caddy to the curtain rod or the frame of shower stall. Flip over the adjustable shelves and you are ready to go.
If your bathroom lacks towel bars, there are stand-alone racks, like the hollow tube Metro Towel Rack to meet your need. Because it is a hollow tube, the frame is lightweight and sturdy. Its three chromed bars let you hang that many bath towels, and the lone wire shelf at the bottom can be used to store even more. It measures just over 24 inches wide by 29½ inches tall by 11½ inches deep.
A host of space-saving dispensers are available to squirt out everything from vitamins to toothpaste to shampoo. They will keep you from having to have so many bottles out in your bathroom, but they also make you smile at the ingenuity of their design.