Who doesn't need more storage space in their bathroom? These clever tips will help you take advantage of every square inch so you can keep all of your bathroom supplies tidy, well organized, and close at hand.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2011
If you keep your toothbrushes in the medicine cabinet
stacked on a shelf, they probably fall out when
you open the door. If you cut notches in the cabinet
shelves, you'll solve this annoying nuisance. Use a
rotary tool along with a woodcutting bit and sanding
Keep your razor from falling into the tub with this
simple holder. Cut a 3-in. length of 1-in. PVC pipe
with a handsaw. Cut two 1/8-in.-wide notches in the
pipe. Strap the pipe to your wire shower caddy with
two plastic tie straps hooked in the notches. Drop
the razor into the pipe; the blade will catch on the
edges of the pipe, keeping the razor off the floor.
Most toothbrush holders aren't big enough for electric toothbrushes.
They end up falling out of the holder or taking up too
much room on the vanity. Here's a clever storage
idea: Make a holder for them using
large grip-type clips. Mount the clips on
your medicine chest or on
a piece of wood that you
can hang on the wall. The
clips work great to keep
your toothbrushes secure!
Use the kind of large grip-type clips you normally
use for brooms or garden tools,
(available at hardware stores
and home centers for $3.50
Tired of the clutter of shampoo and conditioner
bottles along the rim of your tub? This tempered
safety glass shelf on a cable shelf bracket is an easy
solution. The cable shelf bracket requires only two
screws for support. If studs aren’t located in the right
positions, use toggle bolts to anchor the shelf brackets.
The glass hangs on the cables. The cable shelf
brackets (No. CSB5B) are available online from
expodesigninc.com and cost $21 per pair. Order a
tempered glass shelf from a local glass company. The
3/8-in.-thick, 12-in.-deep shelf shown here cost $64.
Hate the messy look of curling irons lying on the
vanity or the toilet tank? Here’s a tip for you. Use
hook-and-loop tape to attach 5-in. lengths of 2-in.-
diameter PVC pipe to the vanity door to hold the
curling irons. Do the same thing with 3-in. pieces of
1-1/2-in.-diameter pipe to hold the cords. Just measure
your curling irons to see how long your “holsters”
need to be. Let your curling irons cool before you
stow them away.
Do your toothbrushes end up lying on a wet, messy vanity? Here’s a
Mount neodymium (“rare earth”) magnets on a Corian mounting
strip with Super Glue. Glue the strip to the wall with Super Glue or silicone
Note: Neodymium magnets are incredibly strong but break if handled
roughly. Order several more than you need—shipping is expensive.
Also, don’t handle neodymium magnets if you wear a pacemaker,
and never leave them next to your computer. For more safety
information, see the “Neo Mag Safety” link at kjmagnetics.com.
To make the mounting strip, cut a Corian threshold ($12 at tile
stores) with a miter saw or jigsaw. Mark the
the magnets and
glue them on the
magnets so they
attract each other. Neodymium magnets are
available from kjmagnetics.com (888-746-7556) and other
Internet suppliers. Shown here are 1/2-in. x 2-in. x 1/8-in. magnets,
grade N42 ($3.50 each). You can double them up if you need
more holding power.
to the wall with
Super Glue, hot-melt
Battery-powered toothbrushes have hidden
steel parts that stick to magnets. Mount
standard toothbrushes by adding a tiny
screw or metal washer to the back.
When the floor of your sink cabinet needs a spruce-up, lay
down squares of self-adhesive vinyl tile. They're about a
buck a square at home centers and provide an easy-to-wipe clean surface.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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