Connie's Corner

Tips from Waypoint's award-winning designer
July 4, 2011

Bathroom Storage Ideas from Waypoint Living Spaces

It seems no home has enough storage, so when it comes to the bathroom, it can be extra hard to find ways to organize the smallest room in the home. Here are some handy ideas to make the most of the space you have.

A tiered cutler divider used for makeup storage

The increased popularity of taller vanities…the same height as kitchen cabinets opens up a lot of possibilities. In many cases, the vanity cabinets have to be 24” deep (instead of the more standard 21” depth) to take advantage of these crossover storage features but who doesn’t want more counter depth? The only caution is to be sure that the countertop fabricator is aware of this deeper dimension. Above a tiered cutler divider, typically used in a kitchen, organizes makeup. If  you’re a woman, you have to love this idea!

Waypoint Valet Cabinet shown in 650S, Maple Linen

One of my pet peeves is the lack of storage in the separate rooms for a toilet popular in new construction. These rooms are often a slim 3’ by 5’ so there isn’t much space to work with. The idea of providing a room within a room is great and I love the idea of additional privacy. BUT where are you going to store extra toilet tissue, cleaning supplies and other necessities? About the only available space is over the toilet…that is unless there is a window there and believe me I have see that more than once.

The only trick is that the cabinet should not exceed 9” in depth so it isn’t a head-banger. The Valet Cabinet with a decorative open shelf is one idea. Sometimes a reduce depth wall cabinet can span from wall to wall for a bit more storage. Frankly this idea can work over most toilets but are essential for separate toilet compartments.

Waypoint cabinetry shown with an inverted frame in style 610D, Maple Coffee

In a small bathroom, I like an inverted frame cabinet for a vanity. The bottom drawer is valuable storage that would be lost in a more conventional configuration. The only cautionary note is that plumbing has to come through the wall instead of the floor.

A vanity with stacked storage on a platform made from the same material as the countertop

I love to stack wall cabinets to the counter in a bathroom. It’s a great look a holds lots of necessities.

Waypoint Living Spaces's style 410S

Like most things, there is a little trick to do this successfully. Here it is all about building up the cabinets on a base made from countertop material. That way any splashed water or spilled mouthwash will pool at the platform and not at the beautiful wood of the cabinetry.

A  small cabinet tucked in a niche provides storage and counter surface. Shown in Waypoint's 420T in Maple Spice

Sometimes even a simple wall cabinet, built on a base and tucked into a niche can be a lifesaver when it comes to bathroom storage. Increase the depth of the cabinet if there is room.

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July week everyone!

Connie Edwards CKD, CBD, Waypoint Living Spaces