Bathroom Storage Cabinets

Bathroom storage cabinets play an important role in your home, providing storage for toiletries, medicines and other bathroom necessities. Bathroom storage is valuable, not only because you can use all the storage that you can get, but also because it keeps the things that you need in the bathroom close at hand.

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Bathroom storage needs to accommodate such items as:

  • Toilet paper
  • Tissues
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Soaps
  • Shampoos and conditioners
  • Shower/bath gels
  • Cosmetics
  • Hair coloring
  • Hair dryer and curling appliances
  • Facial cleansers and moisturizers
  • Foot soaks
  • Hair brushes
  • Medicines
  • Razor or electric shaver
  • Shaving gel and aftershave lotion
  • Scrubbing brushes and loofahs
  • Skin creams and body lotions
  • Towels and facecloths
  • Bathroom cleaning supplies
  • Towels
  • Wash clothes
  • Sanitary supplies

A list this long presents an organizational challenge. All these things can create a great deal of clutter and make the bathroom look untidy and messy.

Kinds of Cabinets for Bathroom Storage

Different kinds of bathroom cabinets are available to suit your requirements. You can select from a range of wall-mounted cabinets, which are particualary useful if you are short of floor space. Wall-mounted cabinets are also easier to reach. However, they are smaller and offer less storage space than floor-standing units.

Freestanding cabinets for bathroom storage have a fair bit of space. You can use them even to store your bath towels, hand towels and facecloths. More space also means that you can also keep magazines and other reading material handy. Usually, floor-standing models are tall and slim, to fit into limited space.

If you have more room, you might put in a chest of drawers, or a dressing table and seating, along with a mirror, to double as a vanity.

Bathroom Storage Cabinet Materials

Because the bathroom is a wet and humid place, plastic and acrylic cabinets — waterproof, easy to keep clean and durable — are a good idea for smaller bathrooms. If you have a large bathroom with dedicated shower and bath areas, you might consider cabinets made of good quality wood. Particleboard with veneer is a cheaper option, but it may not last as long as acrylic or wood.

Another option is glass cabinets, which, because glass is heavy, are usually smaller. Clear glass fittings with frosted or tinted doors will give your bathroom a classy, trendy look.

Use Storage Cabinets to Enhance Your Bathroom Décor

Cabinets for bathroom storage in different colors and designs can add to the décor of your bathroom, transforming a room from utilitarian and plain to stylish and appealing.

If you prefer white or neutral cabinets, consider painting or tiling your bathroom walls in a contrasting color. If your bathroom is large enough, you might even consider a feature wall.

Don’t be misled into thinking that a small bathroom has to mean a lack of storage space. Even in a small bathroom, you can still put in cabinets.

  • Cabinets below and above the sink can make the most use of space, and some cabinet designs can be built around the toilet.
  • Mirrored cabinets above the sink will maximize space and minimize clutter, providing a place for your essential toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving gear and the like.
  • Another small cabinet near the shower can hold shampoos, shower gels, conditioners and other bathing necessities. If you can’t find something to fit, consider having it custom built.
  • For that awkward unused corner space, you can find triangular wall-mounted cabinets. If your bathroom is small, corner space can make a big difference.

Whether you look upon your bathroom as a simple convenience or a personal retreat where you can luxuriate in comfort and privacy, your bathroom storage cabinets can help set the right tone for one of the most used rooms in the house.

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