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Create a bathroom that looks stylish and feels spacious – whatever its size.
If you want your bathroom to be a spa-style retreat, you need to keep pampering accessories on hand but out of sight. It’s easy to achieve this with clever furniture choices, even if your space is limited. Get started with these smart ideas.
Start with storage
Store everyday toiletries in an over-basin cabinet. A recessed cabinet is the sleekest option as it sits flush to the wall (use a stud finder to identify the position of any wall studs); an easier-to-install option is a wall-mounted cabinet. If your space is small, check measurements carefully to ensure the cabinet doesn’t protrude too much.
If you have a particularly small bathroom, a clever corner cabinet teamed with a corner basin or vanity unit will make excellent use of space. Find affordable options at www.bathstore.com and www.screwfix.com.
Shop around: some bathroom cabinets come with additional features to make your morning routine easier. These include shaver sockets, adjustable shelves, LED lighting and demister pads for a steam-free mirror. Most cabinets feature a mirror – essential for checking one’s appearance and bouncing light around the room to make it feel more spacious.
Wall-mounting a tall cabinet is an excellent way to increase storage without taking up precious floor space. Its slender design won’t dominate the bathroom either. In fact, it’ll draw the eye upwards, creating the appearance of height.
On the move
If your storage needs are likely to change, freestanding furniture is a good choice. Simply rearrange or replace it as necessary. If your preference is for an eclectic aesthetic, source furniture from different suppliers to make sure your bathroom doesn’t feel sterile or bland.
Add interest to a functional bathroom by displaying your favourite candles and perfumes. Either wall-mount an open shelving unit so you don’t have to compromise on floor space, or focus on flexibility with a freestanding unit than can be moved around. Can’t find one to suit? Consider repurposing a vintage armoire.
Best of both
Strike a compromise between open and closed storage with a cabinet that incorporates both. Roca’s Gap Column unit is an excellent example. By leaving the centre section open, Roca has created an attractive design detail that allows for favourite lotions and potions to be on display. Other bathroom essentials can be hidden behind closed doors to create a clutter-free space.
The virtues of a vanity
Comprising a basin and generous cupboard or drawer space underneath, a vanity unit is a simple storage solution. If your bathroom is on the small side, make the most of available space with either a wall-mounted vanity or a triangular-shaped unit slotted into an unused corner.