Bathrooms may not be the most glamorous rooms in the house, but they are one of the most functional. And if they aren’t designed correctly, they are the most likely to breed frustration and annoyance in the household. You don’t think about them much when everything’s going right. But the second something goes wrong, they become the most hated room in the house.
Americans in the restroom
According to ABC News, “If you’re a typical American with a typical job and typical benefits, you’re spending as much time in the bathroom as you are on vacation—14 days. . . . At that rate, if you reach the ripe old age of 80, you will have spent nearly three full years in the bathroom.” So how can you make your bathroom more functional and plea`5sant to be in?
Bathroom storage ideas
Lack of storage is a big complaint of renters and owners of small houses. You need space for towels, toiletries, cleaners, toilet paper, etc. and it’s tough to fit that all in under a single sink. One way to maximize space in a small bathroom is to get a set of over-the-toilet shelves. Some are minimal—simply two shelves stacked on top of one another—and some have mirrors, shelves, closed doors, etc. They come in just about any style and DIY homeowners can always build their own with old, repurposed shelves.
Another way to add storage to a bathroom is by making use of empty wall space. Can you hang anoher towel rack? Hang more cabinets? Get a shower caddy to hang from the water faucet? Knock a little space into the sheetrock to make more cupboards? There’s always something you can do with wall space.
Bathroom time is more pleasant if you enjoy your surroundings, so look for ways to add color and personality to your bathroom. An accent wall adds visual interest, and it doesn’t have to just be a paint color. Think about adding wallpaper, tile, stone, wood, or even brick to make your bathroom more than a blank white canvas. Hang pictures with matching frames, add a shelf with interesting objects above the toilet, put a vase of flowers on the back of the toilet. Sometimes something unexpected is just what the room needs.
Another notoriously lacking aspect of a small bathroom is seating. If you have a tub/shower combo, you can add seating by creating a cedar bench along the back of it. It just takes a few cedar planks bolted together and stained to be waterproof.
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