If you bought a house with a tiny bathroom, or if you are renting an apartment with a tiny bathroom, you know how frustrating it can get to sit on the toilet and bang your knees on the tub. However, it can also be very helpful to have your sink and medicine cabinet within arm's reach. If you do not have enough money for a total bathroom remodel (or your landlord will not allow it), then here are some tips and tricks for making the most of your tiny bathroom space.
Up, Up, and Away
If you have any space overhead at the top of the walls in your bathroom, you could install some shelving or some small cabinets. Both are very good for storing your hair care products and machines, extra towels, cosmetics, etc. With all of these things up above, you do not have to worry about how to store them down below. There is also less of a chance that items will fall into the sink or the toilet, too, when they are organized up high and not sitting around the tiny sink or on the back of your toilet.
The Classic Etagere
If your bathroom is anything at all like other people's bathrooms, there is still some blank wall space above the toilet. Rather than put decorative pictures or wall items there, consider placing an etagere. Many people use etageres behind their toilets for added storage space, especially when their medicine cabinets are too small to store their cosmetics and medicines.
If you live in an apartment, you can buy a free-standing etagere cabinet (with legs) that slips in, behind and around the toilet tank. They usually have cabinet drawers you can close to keep the contents safe, but you could also buy an "open" etagere that is just shelves. If you own your living space, you can install a cupboard-style etagere. The cupboard etagere is legless, and is installed on the wall above your toilet (like a cabinet).
Over-the-Door and Over-the-Showerhead Accessories
There are also several bathroom accessories you can purchase that help you save space and maximize the space you have when you have a tiny bathroom. These fit over the top of your bathroom door (e.g., door hooks for towels and robes) and over your shower head (e.g., soap, body wash and shampoo holders and dispensers). Because they do not require any major hardware for use, you can purchase and use them regardless of whether you own or rent your living space. For more information about bathroom remodeling, click here.