When, like me, you’re an apartment dweller, space usually comes at a premium. A lot of us end up sacrificing square footage for things like budget or living in a convenient location. Living in a small space doesn’t have to be the end of the world as far as style is concerned. Small spaces mean unique problems, especially for bathroom storage. You just need to set yourself a few rules and find the right pieces that fit your space, style, and function.
Currently, I live in four hundred square feet. It can be trying at times, and I’m finding ways to make it work. The bathroom, however, has been a challenge, particularly in the storage department. Full size cabinets and vanities just don’t leave enough room to maneuver but I still need somewhere to store the typical bathroom items. There are tons of products out there that can help you meet your needs without sacrificing your precious space and style.
But My Space Is So Tiny!
Maybe puzzle solving isn’t your forte, but that doesn’t mean you can’t tackle the problems posed by a small bathroom. You do not have to sacrifice your style simply because you live in an otherwise cramped space. To that end, there are some things that must be done when living in the micro realm that will make it much more manageable.
- Keep your design scheme together. It’s perfectly fine to be a bit eclectic but an overall cohesive look will go a long way in making your small space feel welcoming.
- Don’t clutter up the floor. Not only will it be easier to clean, it will go a long way to making your space feel larger.
- Wall mounted shelves are a great way to provide much-needed storage without taking up valuable floor space.
The Water Closet, Literally…
If you’ve ever lived in a tiny apartment before, then you know the bathroom can literally be the size of a closet. This is where the aspects of living in a small space can really come into play most effectively. All the above elements will help you to create both a functional and manageable space. First and foremost, the storage problem in a small bathroom must be addressed.
Bathroom sinks, while important, can take up a lot of real estate. Most small bathrooms tend to have either pedestal or wall mounted sinks. If yours has the latter then this provides a prime opportunity to use a freestanding cabinet. There are several designed to fit around the plumbing of wall mounted sinks. This is a great way to utilize the floor space under the sink that would otherwise be rendered useless.
Chances are, your bathroom has walls, or at least I really hope it does! Good news! There are a lot of shelving options out there. Wall mounted shelves can give you sorely needed storage without cluttering up your precious floor space. An open shelving concept using neatly folded linens and decorative storage baskets can go a long way in making your space feel larger than it is.
Whether your bathroom has a window or not, mirrors can help visually enlarge your space and can be combined with other storage options. A border-less, mirrored medicine cabinet can reflect light making for a brighter and more airy experience while providing some desperately needed storage at the same time. Mirrored or mirror-like surfaces can also use your available light to make things feel less cramped.
Contemporary Vs. Modern
Two of the most common design concepts used in small spaces are Modern and Contemporary. Many people tend to use these two terms interchangeably but technically they are two distinct styles. With that said, both share many aspects and work very well when mixed together.
In technical terms, the Modern design concept refers to design styles that were popular in the 1950s and 1960s. If you have ever spent a weekend watching TV produced in those years then the style will be very familiar to you. There was a certain blended family by the name of Brady I remember in particular that illustrates what Modern design is quite beautifully. What an entertaining bunch they were!
While Contemporary does have a lot in common stylistically with Modern, it typically adheres to a more muted color pallet, usually with pure accent colors. The time period covered by this style, as evidenced by its name, is the contemporary period, otherwise known as today. As a result, the contemporary style is in constant flux and, as with most design concepts, is mostly up to the tastes of the particular person while keeping some basic distinct elements.
Get With The Times!
Contemporary design is primarily a style that lives in the modern age from the latter part of the twentieth century and continuing into today. Despite the ever changing appetites of consumers that keep the contemporary style evolving, there are a few basic attributes that keep it, well, contemporary.
- Pieces tend to be minimalist with neutral, tone on tone colors accentuated by bold, pure accent colors.
- Clean lines, smooth surfaces, and slim silhouettes are common.
- Furniture pieces are usually made of light colored wood with smooth surfaces and no carvings or other decorative elements.
- Accents tend to be of frosted or clear glass, stainless steel, chrome or nickle finishes. When patterns are present they tend to be bold and geometric.
Wall Mounted Shelving
Floor space is always at a premium in small living environments. Wall mounted shelving is a perfect way to create needed storage and display space while keeping the floors cleared of clutter. Here are a few options that will help declutter your tiny bathroom.
Vdomus Tempered Glass Shelf With Towel Bar
MyGift Wall Mounted Pipe Toilet Paper Holder With Shelf
Open shelving is all fine and dandy, but there are some items that would be best left unseen, or at least obscured. Who wants to see a shelf of cleaning chemicals first thing when walking to the room? There are plenty of cabinet options that can be adapted well to a small space.
Wooden Modern Contemporary Over-The-Toilet Storage Cabinet
TUHome Urano Storage Cabinet
Ceiling height can be used to your advantage! Here is a cabinet that reaches up rather than out, freeing up already sparse space floor space and using often neglected overhead wall space. It’s sleek, contemporary design combines both closed and open storage to help make your bathroom feel larger.
A Small Bathroom Can Still Be Comfortable With The Right Storage Solutions
The tricky problem of a small bathroom doesn’t mean you have to give up on expressing your style. With the proper storage solutions you’ll find it easy to keep up with the clutter. Slim under sink cabinets, wall mounted shelving, and decorative storage baskets are a great way to start organizing and styling your space. All that’s left is to keep up with the clutter. Who knows, in the end you may find you enjoy the freedom of not having to keep a large bathroom clean!
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