Personalized Bathroom Storage Ideas
Because of the growing trend in master baths to create the ultimate bath experience, designers are outfitting modern washrooms with several freestanding and fitted lavatory furniture pieces. Consequently, instead of restricting their décor to a single unique vanity centrepiece, fitted bathroom furniture offers the creative home renovator plenty of storage space while at the same time offering the individual the ability to create a more personalize contemporary grooming space.
The fitted storage units are available in a range of finishes to suit your bath’s unique decor. And the best part about fitted furniture is that the individual units can be joined and used in combination with each other to create as much storage as desired.
Washroom furniture suites are increasingly popular in modern homes. Easy to clean and care for, coordinated and harmonious, and providing an enormous amount of storage space, fitted bath cabinets look great and can help to simplify life a little.
Our top ten tips for choosing, installing, and designing around powder room furniture are….
Getting the Best Fit
1. Before you do anything else – before you even begin window shopping – measure your available space. Make a note of all pertinent measurements and have it with you at all times. You never know when you might come across the perfect vanity unit when you’re not strictly ‘bathroom shopping’, and you don’t want to end up re-designing your lavatory layout just to incorporate an uninformed impulse buy.
2. When you come to design your layout, remember that it’s not just a case of squeezing in all the bathroom furniture and sanitaryware you want. You also have to be able to use the space – which means sensibly sized gaps between your fittings and a common sense layout that won’t have you dashing from one side of the restroom to the other as you get ready for work in the morning. Many interior designers recommend at least a 60cm gap in front of your toilet and basin, and 70cm alongside your bath.
3. Think about buying items that have a dual purpose, such as vanity units which combine surface space and below basin storage, and medicine cabinets which combine a mirrored front with interior storage and open shelving. If you can source items that will give you a solution to more than one of your washroom requirements, you’re well on your way to a value for money bath ing space – no matter how much money you actually spend.
4. Lavatory furniture is great for provision of storage – but there are different kinds of storage space available and you need the storage space in your bathing facility to work for you. So think about how you use your grooming space, what kinds of items you keep and how frequently you need access to them.
Fitting a bath with too much hard to reach storage when you’re naturally inclined toward open shelving, or adding cupboards suitable for bulky items when you really need some easy access space for a selection of neatly ordered smaller items, is a sure way of setting yourself up to fail.
Space Saving Strategies
5. If you’re really short of space and there just isn’t going to be room for all the cupboards you need, think about bespoke solutions. Specially designed cabinets that can fit a quirky corner and sliding bath panels which provide access to some neat, below bath shelves are not shop bought solutions, but they can help to make your bathroom work for you. Set your imagination free and see what you can come up with!
6. So far, we’ve talked about the storage space bathroom furniture can give you. Now it’s time to think about taking a little exterior space back. If you’re concerned about your powder room feeling or looking cramped, wall hung furniture could be the ideal solution to your worries. Avoid the space stealing effect of floor standing furniture by fitting exclusively wall hung items, keeping your floor space clear and visible.
When it comes to getting your new stylish cabinets installed, two factors are key:
7. If you’re hiring a contractor rather than attempting a DIY job, remember that you are ultimately responsible for the finished look of your room. Choose a reliable fitter – check his or her credentials, ask for references, and choose the best person, not just the cheapest.
Set out in writing exactly what you want doing, and how much you expect to pay; if you expect the work to be delivered to a fixed budget regardless of circumstances that may arise as work begins, say so. Include reference to things you’ve agreed to do before work begins – a contract of work should be beneficial to both parties.
Assembled vs Flat Packed
8. Check whether your new vanity or cabinets will be delivered flat packed or ready assembled. This is especially important if your remodeler will arrive for work on the same day that your items are delivered: if your fitter isn’t contracted to assemble the furniture, you’ll be wasting their time (and therefore your money) as they wait for you to build up the furniture for them to fit.
Restroom furniture isn’t fitted in isolation, so if you want your new purchases to be seen to their best effect, think about the rest of your room.
9. In a small bathing space, use light and mirrors to your advantage. Light coloured walls, light reflective tiles and mirrors can all make a room seem more spacious than it is.
10. In a larger washroom, you have more scope to add some drama with dark decor. A sultry bathroom look incorporating deep blue tones and dark wooden furniture can add glamor, while rich chocolate and bronze tones add instant warmth to a scheme.