8 Ways to Rescue a Rental Bathroom

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Following up on last weekend's post, 7 Ways to Rescue a Rental Kitchen, this week I'm looking at temporary solutions for the bathroom. From floor covering to shower heads, here are 8 ways to make the best of even the most vintage bathroom.

  1. Organize the Vanity Most standard bathroom vanities are just one big open space. Make the most of it by installing one or more pull out organizers, like this White 2-Drawer Mesh Organizer from The Container Store. $24.99
  2. Add Some Hooks Towels, clothes, robes, bathing accessories - there's always a need for more hooks in the bathroom. Avoid marring the walls by using something like these Command Timeless Large Plastic Hook with Metallic Brushed Nickel Finish from Amazon. They apply easily, stay up really well and then remove when you're ready to move on. $7.99 each
  3. Corral the Essentials The shower caddy is one of the easiest ways to add some storage to the bathroom. I like this Adjustable Shower Caddy from Simple Human because it's a really nice design and hold a lot of bottles and other bathing essentials. $39.99
  4. Line the Medicine Cabinet Old built-in medicine cabinets can be a rusty, ugly, stained mess. Cover the walls and/or shelves of a medicine cabinet with contact paper, like this Gold Metal Foil from Interior Place, to transform it. $14.99 per roll. Or add metal to the back of your cabinet for extra storage.
  5. Create a Diversion One way to distract from ugly flooring is to use something like MOLGER Decking from IKEA. Each piece is about 15" x 15" - snap a few together to cover up old tile. $9.99 each. For a greener solution, you chould also check out decking from Eco Woods California.
  6. Switch Out the Shower Curtain Rod The person who invented the curved shower curtain rod, like the Vintage Hotel Satin Nickel Curved Shower Rod from Target, should be given sainthood. It's amazing how much roomier a shower can feel. $47.99
  7. Replace the Shower Head That tired old standard shower head in your apartment can be quickly and easily switched out. I like something like this Delta In2ition Shower Head from Home Depot because it's 2-in-1 — a rain shower head and a handheld. Here's a great how-to for replacing a shower head. $105
  8. Customize Your Throne Replacing the toilet seat is another one of those quick tasks that you'll appreciate. This Kohler Cachet Toilet Seat from Bed Bath & Beyond has a quiet closing mechanism. $42.99
As always, share your own temporary bathroom tricks and tips with the community in the comments below.

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