Vertabrae bathroom system for really small bathrooms

After our post on the hideaway sink ran two weeks ago, we received an email from one of our readers asking us if we had seen the Vertabrae® bathroom system. We hadn’t yet seen it, and we thought you might want to see it too. The Vertabrae system is an incredibly compact and vertical bathroom unit that houses just about everything you need in your bathroom. The design is by Paul Hernon of Design Odyssey Ltd.

More information on the Vertabrae:

This stylish aluminum sculpture of seven stacked modules that rotate from the center “spinal column,” has every basic item you need in a bathroom, plus it leaves you some room to bend down to touch your toes without hitting your head on the way up.

With a toilet, sink and two modules (one for children), the Vertibrae gives most of the space in your bathroom right back to you. And the Vertebrae even provides some space for shower, bath, shaving, and cosmetic products right along the column. Cleaning supplies and your favorite toilet paper… in the cupboards under the toilet seat.

Thanks to reader Richard for sharing this interesting concept with us.

Hideaway sink

Better Homes and Garden has some interesting ideas for small bathrooms. Among the many ideas is the hideaway sink (pictured). The sink pulls out of the wall only when needed. The ideas presented in the article can make your bathroom look and feel larger without having to knock out walls or add onto your home’s size.

I have yet to adjust to a smaller shared bathroom in our new home and many of these ideas struck a chord with me. There also is a great list of 22 bathroom storage ideas. Both of these features can give you ideas to keep your bathroom in order, while also making it more relaxing. 

(via Apartment Therapy)

Creating temporary storage that can be reused over and over again

The master bathroom in my home is a nightmare. It has zero built-in storage. There isn’t a single drawer, shelf, or cupboard in the entire space. Not only that, it doesn’t even have a toilet paper holder or towel rack attached to the wall. I wish I were kidding, but I’m not.

I have no idea what the previous owners were thinking when they gutted the room and redesigned it. It’s as if storage were something they feared.

After we finish our bedroom redesign project, we’re planning to take on the bathroom problem. But, until that point, we had to do something as a temporary solution:

We decided to use InterMETRO Shelving because it can be disassembled and reused in another area of our home when we create built-in storage in the bathroom. Additionally, we can reconfigure the set-up of the system as our needs change — add more shelves, swap out the shelves, make it taller, etc.

We also chose to use inexpensive boxes that look nice and can be repurposed when they’re no longer needed in this space. We went with white because it’s one color that appears in every room of our home.

(As a side note, if you’re trying to decide on tile colors for your bathroom floor, do not go with white. Every stray cat and human hair screams “LOOK AT ME,” which means that we are constantly cleaning the floor. A nice light gray would look just as nice and not require daily sweeping.)

If you have a temporary storage problem in your home, think about a solution that can be reused someplace else when it’s no longer needed in its temporary space. The InterMETRO Shelving also is a great idea for renters who need more storage but aren’t looking to make a permanent installment.

Bathroom storage is key

Our new bathroom has some rather odd storage. There isn’t a lot of storage space and we must figure out how to use what we have more wisely. In our new, smaller home, we no longer have our own master bathroom, so we will have to change our bathroom storage habits.

This article from Martha Stewart Living Magazine has some great ideas for bathroom storage. From the article:

To provide sufficient storage, add a standing cabinet. If you can, choose one with separate spaces, preferably one for each person — one drawer can hold Mom’s hair-care essentials, for instance, while another contains the kids’ bath toys.

Bathroom drawers are second only to junk drawers in their potential for messiness. It’s easy to toss grooming products in there pell-mell. Use wooden boxes and trays to help categorize the items. They are available in various sizes and materials, so they can be mixed and matched to fit any sort of drawer. Lazy Susans, too, make accessing toiletries a snap. As a final touch, paint the cabinet a color that coordinates with rest of the bathroom.

We are considering something like this corner cabinet as a storage unit. We have yet to decide if it’s the perfect solution for us, but the bathroom storage situation definitely is on top of our list of problems we need to solve.

Hide away step stool

Pierce Bath ConsoleI received a Pottery Barn Kids catalog in the mail a couple of days ago. I promptly added it to my ever growing list of catalogs that I no longer want using Catalog Choice. As my wife flipped through the unsolicited catalog, she came across an interesting option for a child who needs a step stool to reach the sink.

The Pierce Bath Console adds the step stool as a part of the console so you don’t have to take up space in your bathroom storing one. Obviously, the price on this console is a bit high, but the idea can be implemented into a custom made console that you may take on yourself. Or, look for this option at other retailers if you’re interested.

Don’t let bath toys consume your bathroom

Rubber DuckieI recently visited a home that had two children under the age of four. When I used their bathroom, I was overwhelmed by the crazy amount of bath toys. With bath toys, just like regular toys, you need to get rid of the old when new ones are acquired.

My wife and I have yet to purchase a bath toy for our daughter, but if you have a child you know how toys go. We have a small plastic tote not unlike the one you may have had back in your college days. The plastic tote holds all of my daughter’s bath supplies. Her soap, shampoo, and toys all fit into it. If we acquire a new toy there isn’t much room to work with, so we get rid of something old and keep the baby bath gear down to a minimum.

Unitasker Wednesday: Heated lotion dispenser

Lotion Warmer

How many times have you cursed the ice cold lotion that you apply to your hands? I can honestly say I have never done such a thing, but that’s just me. Conair must believe that a lot of people are sick and tired of using ice cold lotions so they created the Heated Lotion Dispenser.

Now applying lotion to your body is no longer torture. You will now welcome the warmth of the electrically heated lotion. All you have to do is plug in the Conair Heated Lotion Dispenser and in two minutes you have warm buttery lotion to apply to your hands and skin. Features include:

  • Works with your favorite hand or body lotion
  • Heat works synergistically as lotion dispenses
  • Reservoir is removable and dishwasher safe
  • 1 hour auto shutoff
  • 2 Minute heat-up time
  • Variable temperature control
  • 6′ line cord

Now, all you need to do is plug this little thing in and enjoy the nice relaxing warmth of the lotion on your skin. Don’t thank me, thank Conair.

(Thanks to our reader Valerie for the suggested Unitasker.)

** Unitasker Wednesday posts humorously poke fun at the single-use items that seem to find their way into our homes.