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Problem: You've run out of room, but not out of stuff.
Solution: The bathroom door is full of unused storage space. Paint the door with magnetic paint to create an attractive surface on which to hang towel hooks and metal disks. Install removable bins and towel bars to store extra towels, shampoo, and soap.
Problem: You have only a sliver of extra floor space.
Solution: Choose small-scale case goods -- such as the eight-drawer roller cart near the vanity here -- for maximum flexibility. Taller pieces offer more cubic inches of storage in limited square footage than shorter ones.
Problem: Bathroom space is tight.
Solution: Make use of corner space with a tall pot rack. Fill bowls with bathroom supplies and stacks of rolled bath towels for an attractive and functional display.
Solution: Steal space wherever you can. The partial wall separating the toilet makes a perfect target. This wall doubles as a medicine cabinet with adjustable glass shelves and a childproof lock. The ledge also serves double duty as a shelf for toiletries stored in small decorative containers.
Problem: There is no place to put your everyday essentials.
Solution: Avoid clutter by placing toiletries in nested baskets. Group supplies in each basket for a specific task, person, or time of day. For a more out-of-sight solution, wall-mount small boxes. Purchase fabricated boxes from discount stores, or make your own.
Problem: There is no space to store bath essentials.
Solution: Put the space around the tub to work. Tilt-out bins with recessed panel doors store towels, bubble bath, bath salts, shampoo, and conditioner. These products stay hidden until it's time to relax.
Solution: If you have the space, a freestanding cabinet is your best stand-in for a closet. Look for unfinished cabinetry at home centers, or snag a great piece at a yard sale. Consider cabinets intended for other purposes, such as this repainted pie safe.
Problem: Your shelving doesn't match your needs.
Solution: Remove that past-its-prime plastic shelving system and replace it with wood or rubber-coated wire systems. Or take matters into your own hands and build new shelves with 1x12 painted pine boards as shown here.
Problem: You lack versatile space.
Solution: Keep all those hardworking bath essentials hidden yet handy in this cottage-style wall unit. Use display space for colorful and attractive items and stow away the more homely basics.
Problem: You find only the same old storage options at all the discount stores and home centers.
Solution: There are many different ways to store your bathroom stuff if you think creatively. Here, a wood desktop organizer from an office-supply store, painted pale blue to match the walls, tops a freestanding linen cabinet.
Problem: Your bath is dark and uninviting.
Problem: Your bathroom is boring.
Solution: Here, chrome and clear storage accessories brighten the bathroom. For a fast dash of flash, top a dark countertop with a piece of hammered-aluminum sheet metal, available at home centers. Cut the metal to the size you need, then use flat-nose pliers to fold under 1/2 inch of the metal sheet on all exposed edges.
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