Most real estate agents will tell you that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, but what if the home you just bought doesn’t have enough bathroom space to meet your needs? Or you need to sell a house with a cramped bathroom? There are ways to expand their storage capacity without adding square feet to your rooms or home. Here are 10 strategies for accomplishing this in your master and secondary baths.
1. Add in-wall storage
While medicine cabinets are falling out of favor in many master bathroom projects, their between-the-studs approach has given birth to a range of tall, sleek in-wall cabinets that can hold many of your items. Place one for each bathroom – or each user in a shared space – on an empty side wall.
2. Add u-drawers to vanity cabinets
Not all vanities are blessed with drawers, making it inconvenient to store many of your toiletry items inside. A u-drawer (or u shaped drawer) that wraps around the plumbing can serve this function in many cabinets.
3. Add above-shower storage
If your ceilings are high, this can be a useful strategy for holding items used less often, like warehouse store bath tissue or guestroom towels.
4. Add back-of-door storage to vanity cabinets
Another way to increase a cabinet’s potential is by adding a storage unit to the back of the door. This can hold toiletries, cleaning items or other necessities.
5. Add a rail organizer
These organizers are commonly used on kitchen backsplashes to hold meal preparation tools, but can work equally well on a tub wall, especially in a shared bathroom.
6. Swap hook or peg racks for towel bars
A towel bar holds one bath sheet in the same wall space that can accommodate three or four on hooks or pegs.
7. Add a towel rack
Another way to store towels in a small bathroom is with a hotel-style towel rack mounted high on a shower wall beyond the spray zone.
8. Replace a standard door with a barn door
This will free up floor space that would otherwise be required for a door swing, but you’ll need free wall space on the adjacent room or hallway to make this strategy work.
9. Add freestanding storage
If you have extra floor space, whether by changing your door or because the builder skimped on cabinetry, you can easily add a free-standing storage cabinet, ottoman or cart. If there isn’t a free wall, a floating or console vanity will typically accommodate storage baskets below.
10. Eliminate storage dead zones
Many bathroom vanities have false panels in front to accommodate sinks and toekick space at the bottom. False panels are easy to replace with tilt-out trays that can hold a toothbrush, floss and other small items. (These are also common kitchen organizers that work well in bathrooms.) Toekick drawer storage is harder to add after-the-fact, but can be a good option for especially tight spaces and hiding valuables (with touch latch to disguise its purpose).