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6 Bathroom Storage Mistakes to Avoid

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A bathroom without great storage can become the bane of a homeowner’s existence. Having easily accessible designated spaces for linens, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and more can be the difference between a bathroom you love and a daily struggle.

Bathroom storage solutions are multi-purpose, aiming to maximize functionality while simultaneously capturing your design appeal. Knowing what mistakes to avoid is the first step in creating modern bathroom storage that you will love for a lifetime.

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6 Bathroom Storage Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re designing a new home or remodeling an existing bathroom, be aware of these common mistakes:

1. Poor Planning

Consider every possible item you might want to store in your bathroom, including what your current space is lacking. One way to do this is by taking an inventory of everything you currently store (or would like to store) in the bathroom. Take visual inventory by moving everything out of its current space.

Understanding what you want to store also allows you to determine the right balance of open and closed storage. For example, you can display colorful linens and other decorative items in open vanity storage while stashing mundane ones.

2. Inefficient Use of Space

Bathrooms of any size need to accommodate storage, but smaller bathrooms are particularly challenging. Think about how you currently use your space. What do you find effective? What would enhance your day-to-day use of the space? Some ideas include built-in cabinets or shelving, storage integrated into mirrors, and so on. Remember that blank walls are opportunities for floating shelves, cubes, or open or closed cabinets. Eye-level storage is also easier to access for your most frequently used items.

3. Limited Storage Options

Modern bathroom storage encompasses more than conventional vanities and mirror cabinets. The most cutting-edge design solutions can provide what you need. This might include drawers with inner drawers for the ultimate organization or cubes custom-sized for the items you plan to store.

Strike a happy medium between open and closed storage with an open side shelf. Remember that bathroom storage is meant to add visual appeal to your space and suit your aesthetic and lifestyle needs! For example, the Kros storage collection plays with striking angles that catch the eye and complement your bathroom decor.



4. The Wrong Vanity

Deciding which vanity is best for you depends on your lifestyle and the layout of your space. Do you need two separate sinks and the storage of a double vanity? Do you need a personalized design to accommodate your specific storage needs? With any bathroom design, spacing and proportions are important elements to balance. Attempting to squeeze in a vanity that is too large for a space can cramp the room and disrupt the dynamics. In a small bathroom, a better idea might be to utilize a slim wall storage unit.

5. Improperly Sized Furnishings

Large vanities and storage solutions can overwhelm a small space and make it feel even more constricted. On the other hand, large bathrooms with minimal or undersized furnishings might feel cold and sterile. Finding the right balance between storage needs, room size, layout, and flow is key to a savvy bathroom design. For smaller spaces, consider floating cabinets that provide ample storage and make the room feel more open.

6. Inattention to Detail

In bathrooms, a lot of small storage is beneficial. Toothbrush holders, soap dispensers, and other small containers can help you stay organized and tidy. Mirror storage also helps hide the small essentials. Carefully consider how to handle all of these seemingly small details to ensure a clutter-free space.

How Hastings Can Help

Working with an experienced designer is critical if you want to get bathroom storage solutions right the first time. A designer will help you choose the most suitable vanity, cabinets, shelving, and more, ensuring both aesthetics and functionality.

Hastings provides flexible design solutions with high-end products from curated designers and providers. Plus, Hastings can offer creative ideas and possibilities for your space, such as combining open and closed storage designs. No matter your space needs and aesthetic preferences, we will design a unique bathroom that helps you stay organized in style.

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