Shannon Fricke goes in search of the latest fresh ideas for storing all of those bathroom necessities.
There are many affordable and innovative bathroom storage ideas available from
IKEA. The Racken trolley on castors is great with its many different compartments
for all your bits and pieces. The toilet roll container (holds up to eight rolls),
which is designed for hanging on a wall, is very handy for those people who don't
have a lot of floor space.
Think outside the square when it comes to storage, pieces that weren't intended
for a particular space add interest. When it comes to storing smaller items,
try using kitchen canisters in glass or stainless steel, metal buckets or boxes.
The office department is another great place to look but remember to make sure
your storage is moisture resistant; plastics are usually a safe bet. Pencil
containers make good toothbrush and toothpaste holders, an office bin can be
used as a toilet roll holder and a stationery trolley can even store towels
as well as some smaller odds and ends.
Bathroom furniture that encompasses freestanding storage and seating provides
a more flexible alternative to built-in units.
If you can afford to invest in something special and you appreciate good design
then you can't go past Space Furniture.
Your things will never look as stylish as when they're tucked away in a BuBu
stool. And they come in some great colours too. A green glass bookshelf can
also make a great bathroom storage unit. A Conibilli unit, which are available
in a variety of colours, can be used for storage and seating and just perfect
for toilet rolls.
Sydney Antique Centre
If contemporary style isn't quite your thing you may pick up an interesting
storage idea from an antique shop. And you never know what you might find! An
old wooden stepladder can be used as a display unit for showing off knickknacks
and hanging towels. Various old tins can make great cosmetic and knick-knack
storage. An original '70s plastic storage unit on wheels is not only a classic
but durable and very portable.
Things to consider
- To make the most of all the space available to you, consider placing shelving
units off the floor on the wall. Even the space above the door can be used
or a narrow shelf (about 15cm-30cm wide) around the room just below the ceiling,
will give you extra storage.
- Use hooks for items like hairdryers and towels.
- Floor space can be overlooked. For example, under vanities, extra towels
or product that is only used occasionally can be stored in baskets or nifty
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