When you're getting a bathroom renovated, it's a good time to consider how to add storage. This will ensure that your choices for added storage work well with the overall design of the space and also gives you the opportunity to create built-in storage areas while the walls are already being torn up. Note a few tricks and tips for adding storage during a bathroom renovation project.
Increase the size of insets in the shower area
Many bathroom and shower areas have insets, meaning shelves built into the walls. Ask your remodeler about the largest size you can have; inset shelves are typically built between the studs of the walls, so they may only be as wide as the gaps between those boards. However, there is nothing to say that you can't make the shelves taller with more than one ledge for shelving and then also add more insets to both the inside wall and the back of the tub! Be sure your contractor doesn't skimp on this space even if it means more work to cut and measure the drywall behind the tile and put the tile in place. Ensure you're maximising this wall space in the bath.
Shelves around the mirror
If your bathroom will include two sinks, choose two separate mirrors and have shelves installed between those mirrors rather than keeping the wall space empty. These shelves can be built into the wall as insets or may be a separate shelving unit bolted to the wall. If the space will have one sink, opt for a smaller mirror and then have shelves installed along both sides, or a ledge along the bottom. Even if these shelves are somewhat small or the ledge doesn't jut out very far, that space can be perfect for items you use in the bathroom; invest in small jars to hold cotton swabs, cotton balls, medicines, and the like. One a ledge, open jars can hold toothbrushes and toothpaste, combs, and other taller items.
Many bathrooms include a partition that separates the toilet from the rest of the bathroom; if this will be included in your bathroom renovation, don't let this space go to waste. Rather than covering this partition completely with drywall, have your contractor add inserts to create shelving on one side. This is a perfect spot for extra rolls of toilet tissue on the side facing the toilet, or if the shelving is best on the opposite side, you might store linens or use baskets or jars that hold supplies, as mentioned above.
Salutations! My name is Donna, and this is my remodelling blog. On this blog, I plan to write about everything, from hiring remodelling contractors, to doing the work yourself, to choosing the finishing touches to complement your project. My writing draws from my experience remodelling my first home, and I also plan to include some of the research I have done on this topic as well. I am a mum for four kids who are all grown, and my first grandchild is on the way soon. I love to knit, quilt and spin. I also love to read design magazines and spend time in nature. Thanks for reading.