Achieving a Beautiful and Functional Bathroom

Say goodbye to toiletries lining the bath edge, overcrowded vanities, and clothes ‘hung’ on the floor with these great ideas that will turn your bathroom into a beautifully functional and clutter-free space.

Smart Storage

Your bathroom should be a clean, calm and uncluttered space. It is the place where you prepare yourself for the day and where you get ready to call it a night. While the majority of bathrooms have a vanity, the more storage you can include, the better – and this is doubly true for those who have pedestal basins rather than vanities. Make the most of the space with these easy storage tips, which will make your bathroom super-organised and functional, while keeping the look fuss-free and stylish.

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Recessed Wall Cabinets

Increase the storage for toiletries and medicines in your bathroom without obstructing the flow of the room with a recessed bathroom cabinet. These are harder to install in an existing room but something to consider if you’re designing a brand new bathroom. A recessed cabinet sits inside the wall cavity and generally has mirrored doors which open up. All your small bathroom items, such as shavers, toothbrushes and toothpaste etc, can be kept off the vanity top, making for a clutter-free and tidy space.

Wall and Cabinent

 Open and Closed Shelving

If your bathroom lacks storage space, consider adding a freestanding or wall-hanging cabinet or shelves. This way you can keep everything you need right at your fingertips – but off your vanity top. If you opt for open shelving, you’ll need to keep the items on display tidily arranged; they look even better if they are colour-coordinated.

A wall-hanging shelf or cabinet is a great way to make use of vertical wall space – often under utilised in a bathroom – and free up the floor. A clear expanse of floor is soothing to the eye and makes the room feel organised.

If you prefer to have things hidden from sight, there are plenty of closed shelving options on the market.

Recessed Wall Cabinets



1. Vigo wide shelves in white, $99.95, from Mocka. 2. Leather strap shelf, $129, from Shut The Front Door. 3. Medium button shelf, $545, from Bauhaus.


While canisters may be more associated with kitchens, they are also great for storing all your bathroom bits and bobs such as cotton buds and balls, make-up pads, nail polish and make-up brushes, to name just a few. Place on your vanity or on a handy shelf.



Canisters, $8 tall, $6 short, from Kmart.

Wall Baskets

Baskets Adding storage to a bathroom needn’t mean going for built-in. Grab a couple of wire baskets and hang them on your wall. If you’re not storing anything too heavy in them, you should be able to support them with just a couple of nails or screws. A group of them on a wall will also add a decorative element in your bathroom. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best!

Wall Baskets

Door Towel Hangers

If you are not keen on putting holes in your tiled walls but need multiple hooks for hanging towels and robes, then door-hanging hooks are a great storage choice. They normally come in an eight-hook option which simply hooks over the top of the door – no hammer required!

Door Towel Hanger


Over-the-door towel rack, $17, from Kmart.

 Towel Ladders

If your bathroom doesn’t have a heated towel rail, re-purposing an old ladder or purchasing a towel ladder might be the perfect alternative. As ladders are slim and tall, they are great for fitting into a corner or a narrow space behind a bath or next to the shower. If the ladder is stood at enough of an angle, each towel will be able to dry in its own space.

Towel Ladder


Decorative ladder, $29, from Kmart.


Baskets can really prove to be your best friend in the bathroom. Positioning a stylish basket beside the bathtub puts the towels just where you need them and adds a visual element to the room. Baskets are also great for storing toilet rolls, spare towels and kids’ bath toys.


Article by Vanessa Nouwens. Homer/
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