A major shortcoming of the most bathroom is insufficient storage space. With the increasing number of appliances now being used in the bathroom, room assumes an even more important role in the average home.
How much bathroom storage you need depends on the amount of storage available in other rooms. If your hall closet is adequate for storing lines, and cleaning supplies are stored in a central cleaning closet, then a medicine cabinet and perhaps clothes hamper, or bin may meet your needs in a minimal sense.
However, it is better to look at storage from the standpoint of what items should be kept in the bathroom for most efficient use. Storage space can be divided into degrees of access. Some items need to be stored close at hand for ready accessibility, while others are used less frequently. Some things need to be secured against searching by small children.
Items stored for open access are those that are used almost daily, such as towels, soaps, and toiletries. More limited access can be provided for sickroom supplies and sanitary supplies. Medicines and drugs must be kept out of reach of small children.
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Convenient storage should be provided for electric shavers, hair dryers, and other appliances used in the bathroom. In any planning for remodeling or addition of a bath, thought should be given to providing a sufficient number of electrical outlets for convenient use of such appliances.
Ready – to – install units
If you are going to remodel a bathroom, it is possible to consider some built-in storage space. But there are several possibilities for adding cabinets and closets in the bathroom without remodeling and without interfering with the available area. Replace old cabinets with modern units designed to hang on a wall or fit between the studs.
Cabinets need be only 0 to 10 inches thick to hold linens and cleaning supplies. If they are installed between the studs, they will project into the room only 4 to 6 inches.
The space beneath the wash basin can be enclosed in a free-standing cabinet which can serve as a storage bin, or shelving can be added to the interior of the enclosure. Remember to leave some working room in case the plumbing needs repair.
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Many storage aids are available commercially, and most are quite easy to install. One such item is a towel ladder which reaches from floor to ceiling or vanity to ceiling and can have as many rungs as you like.
Another space-scene is a pole shelf. Placed against a wall to take advantage of free space, for instance above the toilet, these units have interchangeable and adjustable shelves. Also available are such storage accessories as a two roll paper holder that fits into a 10 5/8 by 5 1/8 – inch wall opening, a facial tissue dispenser which can be attached to the wall; and a toothbrush, tumbler, and soap rack that revolves into a wall recess.
If you have small children, the bottom drawer of a vanity cabinet can be fitted with a solid top and used a retractable step for reaching the wash bowl.