Creative Ways to Maximize Space in Your Bathroom

(ARA) – Have you ever met anyone with too much space in their bathroom? Whether you’re remodeling, updating or just need to make the most of the square footage you’ve got, there are creative ways to maximize the space in your bathroom to keep clutter in its place and create a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere.

Keep Counters Clear
If you can keep your countertops free of clutter, your bathroom will feel larger. Bins and shelving will help store as many supplies as possible. Neatly organized baskets in under-sink cabinets are also a good alternative. Invest in a larger and deeper medicine cabinet for storage space that will be out of sight.

Utilize Awkward Spaces
Many bathrooms, particularly in older homes, have awkward spaces that remain unused because people simply can’t figure out what to do with the nooks and crannies. Measure your space carefully and search secondhand shops or garage sales for dressers or armoires that fit. A coat of complementary paint can make your new furniture look custom and provide loads of extra space for anything you need to store.

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, or even just installing a new tub or shower, think about installing a ProSpec niche ( Video instructions for installation are available on YouTube. Lightweight and waterproof, the unique in-wall design of niches allows them to be tiled with the same tile as the surrounding wall, making an attractive and functional nook. Niches are also easily installed in laundry rooms and kitchens.

Kim Graybill recently built a home in Weddington, N.C., and found niches the best way to save space in her bathrooms. “Since I dislike clutter, ProSpec niches were the perfect solution in all three of the bathrooms with showers,” she says. “No longer do we have to share shower space with unsightly wire shampoo and soap hangers hanging from the shower head. Niches are a small-cost item that affords a ‘big bang’ impression.”

Decorate to Scale
Make sure the scale of your bathroom decorations fits the size of your bathroom. If you have a small space, large pictures or mirrors will not only be out of proportion, but will also eat away your square footage. Light colors of paint and a simple, pleated window shade make the room feel larger and keep clutter to a minimum. Adding a skylight can also flood the bathroom with natural light and make the room feel huge.

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