Bathroom Storage Ideas

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips

Small bathrooms can become cramped especially if multiple people and families use them. Bathroom storage is a great way to create a tidier room and can even make it look bigger than it actually is. Using all of the available space is essential for a clutter free bathroom.

Here are some of the best bathroom storage solutions:

Bathroom Cabinets

Bathroom cabinets are a great way of storing your essentials such as shaving accessories, tooth brushes and tooth paste, and usually feature a mirror which cuts down on the wall space needed. Cabinets are available in a range of designs and sizes and purchasing an illuminated bathroom cabinet can also add more light to the room.

Bathroom Storage Towers

Bathrooms in the UK are notoriously small, so when looking for storage ideas it is better to think tall rather than wide. Storage towers make use of the vertical space in the bathroom and can be used to store various items such as clean towels and toiletries.

Build your own storage

Building your own storage is easy and cheap, and can be customised depending on the layout of the room. Install a storage bath panel or build your own under basin storage unit, there are no limits to what can be created.

Fitting shelves in your Aqata shower is also a good storage option and there are many different shapes and sizes to choose from.

Getting inspiration from magazines or online is a great way to come up with something special for your bathroom, and identifying your needs as a whole and getting rid of any non-essential items is key to creating a clutter free bathroom.

Improving your storage

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips

It is said that you can never have too much storage space, and one room which is often neglected in this regard is the bathroom.  You might try to cram everything into a tiny cabinet above the sink, but there are better alternatives available.  Bathrooms often have limited space, but carefully-planned use of cupboards can help the room look tidy and stylish.  Whether you need a few cabinets to hold toiletries and make-up or want to store enough towels for a large family, UK Bathrooms will be able to accommodate all of your needs.

Clever use of space below the sink and bath, and above the toilet, can provide storage possibilities as well as transforming the look of these units.  Having a removable bath panel allows cleaning materials to be concealed but also close at hand.  Rails can be placed under sinks, leaving towels within easy reach.  A variation on the traditional vanity unit incorporates the toilet, giving a streamlined finish and easy access to toilet rolls when required.  Storage units can be free-standing or integrated, and floor- or wall-mounted.

Storage cabinets do not have to be white or blend in with the suite, unless this is your preference.  Wood or MDF cabinets are popular and, with the different colours available, can create quite an impact.  For a futuristic look try stainless steel; matching door handles and worktops can enhance this look.  Having a laundry basket removes any excuses for leaving dirty clothes or towels lying on the floor.

How to install bathroom cabinets

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips

A bathroom cabinet is an essential piece of bathroom furniture.  They are great for storing bathroom essentials, such as hygiene products as well as cleaning products.  This article offers some great advice and tips on how to install bathroom cabinets. 

Firstly, if your cabinets are not already assembled, you should put them together according to the manufacturer’s instructions, although leave out the drawers and leave off any doors.

Prepare the wall to which you are attaching the cabinet.  Make sure it is clean, smooth and level.  Upper cabinets should be fastened using wall studs.  This is especially important if you are planning on putting heavier items into the cabinet.  You should screw the cabinet to the wall or studs through the cabinet’s support rail that runs along the back.  Use at least three screws for each cabinet and these should penetrate the wall by at least 3.8cm.

Once you have finished attaching your bathroom cabinets to the walls, you can now replace drawers and doors.  You are now ready to use your new piece of bathroom furniture.

How to Install a Bathroom Cabinet

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips

Not everyone wants to pay a handyman to come in and install a new bathroom cabinet, so here is a way that people can do it for themselves.  This short guide is aimed at installing a bathroom cabinet designed to be set into the wall.

You should start by making marks on the wall where the cabinet will hang.  You should then locate the bracing beams in the wall, also known as studs. 

Locate the stud in the area and then make square holes four inches wide on either side of it with a keyhole saw. The saw should not go too far into the wall.  Look around the holes for obstructions.  If there are any wires around, the job cannot go forward without an electrician.  

The cabinet should then be held against the wall and a precise outline of it drawn.  The cabinet must be hung level, so it is important to use a spirit level to check.  Having completed this step, you can then cut along the pencil markings, clearing debris as you go. 

The screws on the stud must be removed at this point.  A hacksaw blade will do the job.  The wall stud itself must then be cut out with the use of a handsaw. 

The cabinet door should be removed for easy handling, and the cabinet held up to the hole that has been made for it.  Any tight spots can be fixed with a utility knife. 

A section of 2×4 should be used for blocking, and held into place with adhesive as well as screws.  The cabinet can then be attached to the wall.  You should ensure that any wall plugs or screws used to affix the cabinet are strong enough to keep it up.  Many bathroom cabinets even come with affixing kits containing the proper elements.

The Role of Bathroom Cabinets Bathroom Design

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips, Home Improvements

For many homeowners bathroom cabinets may be an afterthought in the overall design process.  However, as a central feature of any bathroom, cabinets really need to be carefully chosen close to the start of the project as they often make a statement of their own, and picking the wrong piece at the end of the task can throw off the balance of the look.

Bathroom cabinets come in a range of styles and designs.  Homeowners looking to install a new cabinet as part of a bathroom refit will want to consider in the first instance where they wish this piece of furniture to be placed.  Bathroom cabinets are available in wall mounted designs with mirrored fronts for use above a sink, in corner designs for space saving bathroom storage and even in bespoke styles designed to fit around the pedestal of a sink unit for a more understated approach to the issue.

Finishes for bathroom cabinets vary from natural, stained or painted wood to glass in a mirrored, smoked or transparent finish; there are even fabric-on-frame designs for those looking for a country feel on a tighter budget.

More daring households may want to look for eye catching bathroom cabinets in innovative designs such as a hanging design or art inspired piece that can become a real conversation piece when guests pay a visit to the smallest room in a home.

When selecting bathroom cabinets, keep in mind the function they will serve – does there need to be space for toiletries?  Medications?  Check that the shelves are the right fit for the function.

Through the Looking Glass

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, Mirrors

Mirrors are an essential element, and are available in different patterns, sizes and styles. They are an inexpensive way to smarten up the bathroom. As a point of interest, a mirror can increase the sense of space in a bathroom. The refractory principles of a mirror make them highly suitable for reflections of light and dark, creating a dimension of spaciousness to an otherwise murky corner of the room.

The décor of your bathroom may lend itself to an illuminated mirror, a semi-framed or a frameless mirror. The self-illuminating mirror is multi-functional. It offers a extra dimension to personal grooming, as it lights up the face and adds a soft ambient light for trekking to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Self-illuminating mirrors are not only a modern concept, but are also versatile in style, as they are in every conceivable design mode on the market.

Semi-framed mirrors can provide extra space, as they put a reflective façade on a storage or linen cabinet door. Usually framed in tile or wood, they come in a variety of styles to enhance your décor.

Frameless mirrors are created with a wavy or bevelled edge that pulls the eye towards the mirror and adds a delicate style, deepening the perception of space to a small room.

Bathroom mirrors can also be used in a tile format suitable for a shower suite, from floor-to-ceiling blocks that create a diffused reflection rather than a straight-on mirror image. It creates a wonderful space that is light, airy and seemingly endless. A mirror is a timeless, classy finish to any room, and bathrooms are no exception.

A Perfect Fit – The Corner Stall Shower

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, Shower Enclosures

If you are in the market for a quality shower enclosure, you may have to look no further than a corner shower stall. In fact, it is a smart choice for a small bathroom, because they leave additional space for a bathroom vanity unit or storage accessory. As they are installed in the corner, this shower enclosure only requires two walls for its installation.

Corner stall shower enclosures are available in a wide variety and come with glass doors that have been etched, pebbled or set with wavy blocks for added privacy. The shower enclosures also come frameless, with very trendy right now look, or framed in materials like chrome, steel and aluminium for an updated look.

The corner stall shower enclosure gives a cosy look to a modern bathroom and can be installed as a home renovation project. However, you will need to purchase the shower pan, flooring and door. If you choose to build it from parts, you have the ability to add design features such as seating, shower trays, and other shower accessories such as built-in nooks or ledges designed to hold shampoos, soaps and the like. Another choice is the custom kit, which is a prefabricated piece that needs only the right place for installation. It comes as one solid piece, and the biggest issue will be ensuring proper drainage.

However, the method is secondary. The fact that you have chosen a corner stall shower enclosure for your bathroom demonstrates you are not only design conscious but budget savvy too. Corner stall shower enclosures can be a very economical choice.

Important Considerations before Installing Bathroom Cabinets

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, DIY Tips, Small Bathrooms

Bathroom cabinets and bathroom furniture go a long way in establishing the look and function of your washroom.  Homeowners looking to save time and money on the job often undertake the task themselves.  Here are some important factors to keep in mind if you are planning a do-it-yourself bathroom cabinet installation.

Plan to have plumbing and wiring done first if necessary, then cabinets.  Flooring should be put in after the bathroom cabinets have been installed.

The first bathroom cabinet you install must be level and plumb in every direction.  All the other bathroom furniture will be aligned to this first cabinet, so a flush placement is crucial. If you plan to install a corner cabinet, place this piece first. There’s a greater chance that you’ll run out of room for each unit if you work from the outside of the room inward. Mount cabinets on smooth, clean walls.  Locate wall studs to help secure top cabinets, especially if these will be used to store heavy items. 

As installation progresses, you may need to compensate for uneven flooring or wall surfaces.  Small pieces of wood are very useful for this function; simply tap them into place to fill gaps beneath and behind cabinets.  For serious defects you may need to use a scribe rail, a longer piece of wood that can be custom moulded to fit the wall. Always be sure to screw cabinets securely into the mounting wall. Screws should penetrate wall studs by at least three centimetres.

Taking the time to install bathroom furniture properly will ensure safety and serviceability.

Remodelling a Small Bathroom

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, DIY Tips, Shower Enclosures, Showers, Small Bathroom Design

The first thing to consider when remodelling a small bathroom is the fact that you are bound to have all kinds of things cluttering up your bathroom, and because it is so small, you need to provide bathroom storage so that everything is neatly out of sight but can still be found easily and quickly.

Whether you are intending to do any work yourself, or you want to get an expert to do the job for you, drawing a plan of what you had in mind will help you to visualize it. Have a look at magazines, catalogues and other places where there are pictures of bathroom layouts and designs and note down any fittings that you particularly like. Then you will have some idea of what you want when you put it all together. You may change your mind on some items, such as bath, taps, or even basin shape but that is all part of the design process.

Fitting a sliding door will save space in a small bathroom and a shelving unit built around the sink or the installation of a vanity unit will save lots of space and provide storage. Many people get rid of their bath, which takes up so much space in a bathroom, and fit a shower cubicle with a curved or sliding door and a compact shower units like the Grohe Euphoria Shower System. This is a good idea for saving space but you need to be sure that you will not decide later that you should have kept your bath.

Think about what you have in your small bathroom and get rid of anything that is not really essential and store it somewhere else. You may be surprised at how much more space there seems to be by doing this one simple thing.

Choosing the right bathroom furniture

Author: dpinning  //  Category: Bathroom Cabinets, Bathrooms, DIY Tips

Everyone who embarks on a bathroom redesign project will encounter challenges with regards to fitting furniture into their room. Obviously smaller bathrooms have limited space but storage is still required. Bathroom furniture may have to be restricted to wall-hung toiletries/medicine cabinets. As with any larger room, bathrooms with more free floor space can accommodate bigger furniture. This means that larger bathroom projects have a wider range of choices available from free-standing cupboards to fitted bathroom units.

If you are kitting out a small cloakroom bathroom or en-suite toilet then you should consider low level furniture which will create a sleeker, less cluttered aesthetic. Many suppliers also stock space saving furniture specifically designed to fit in the more bijou bathroom. Heritage and Shades are two brands who currently stock a wide range of smaller bathroom furniture. Also if you are determined to introduce free standing furniture into a small room, you may consider a rotating cabinet which disguises your products to the back with a mirror to the front. It is also important to consider the colour of the furniture in a small bathroom. Lighter coloured furniture will create the illusion of space.

Fitted display units or storage units are another consideration. You can achieve a minimalistic aesthetic by having all of your toiletries stored out of sight. You can still add your own personal touches to the room with candles and luxury toiletries.

Free standing bathroom units for larger bathrooms come in such a wide variety of designs that you can really express your creativity and put your own stamp on the bathroom…be it with colours or mirrors or glass or wood. You may even want to mix and match to create a truly unique look.