Bathrooms are the one room in the house where we seem to be stuck with traditional storage options, such as mirrored bathroom cabinets. After all, we need mirrors in bathrooms and we need somewhere to put lotions, potions and towels so traditional options can make sense. That’s no reason for you to have a boring bathroom, though – we take a look at some more unusual options that offer the wow factor.
Nomad rail in oak, Skagerak
Leaning ladder-style rails are great in bathrooms, as the open design and narrow profile mean they don’t take up too much room, either visually or actually. This one comes with four hooks, and you can also add shelves separately. £299, available from Cloudberry Living.
Wirework wall storage unit, The Farthing
Perfect for adding an urban edge to contemporary bathrooms is this wirework metal shelf unit, with a wire frame basket and eight hook. The finish is hand distressed finish with a visible weld detail, and the unit costs £112.50 from The Farthing.
Bathrooms can sometimes be funny shapes, and that means your only option might be a wall cabinet. Choosing an unusual shape, size or finish can make all the difference between a necessity and a focal point, though.
Harmony oak tall bathroom storage unit, Aquariss
Designed to add a contemporary note, this tall unit, measuring 1500mm high by 400mm wide is ideal for smaller spaces. Was £159.97 now £146.97, available from Bathroom Takeaway.
If you have space, using a piece of furniture that isn’t usually associated with bathrooms can work really well. You can pick up old chests of drawers at auction houses and charity furniture shops for a few pounds, and customise them to fit in with your decor.
If you’re painting, use a water-resistant paint that’s suitable for bathroom use. If you’re leaving the furniture in its natural state, you might want to consider a good coat of wax or clear varnish to protect it from the steamy environment. Chests of drawers provide ample storage for towels and toiletries, and the top makes a nice display area for plants and scented candles. Hang the mirror from the wall above, or put it on top of the chest propped against the wall.
Engioi storage trolley, Car-Met
We love this stylish yet practical wheeled trolley made of steel and solid ash. It will hold towels and toiletries comfortably, with the added advantage that you can move it around the bathroom and position it by the side of the bath when you’re in there – you never know when you need somewhere for a glass of wine! Available in a choice of three colours, it costs £481 from Lime Lace.
Mobel oak unit, Wooden Furniture Store
Although designed as a CD storage unit, this tall, thin chest of drawers would work brilliantly in a bathroom. If you’re the queen of collecting nail polishes and lipsticks, you can itemise them all in separate drawers and they’ll be ready to hand. Otherwise, you could allocate each family member one or two drawers for their separate bits and pieces. Was £360, now £329, available from Wooden Furniture Store.
Three drawer bench crate with cushion, Sue Ryder
It’s always useful to have some kind of seat in a bathroom, and this storage crate is a great budget option. There are drawers for towels and various other bits and pieces, and the crate comes complete with a padded cushion on the seat. £59.99, available from Sue Ryder.
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