Adding Storage to a Vintage Bathroom

Part of the appeal of many old apartments is the original fixtures that call to mind a simpler and sturdier era of construction. Though many of us may swoon at the vintage beauty of subway tiles, basketweave floors and pedestal sinks, the sad reality is that these lovely original bathrooms usually have a very small footprint and little to no storage.The bathroom above is from the apartment I grew up in, the only bathroom that served a family of four with two daughters! Though I always loved the old-school look of that room, I confess I did envy my friends with multiple bathroom houses that included lots of storage for products and appliances. My mom now lives alone in that apartment, but even a family of one has more bathroom product than can fit in that tiny medicine cabinet.

Luckily, a trip to a home store couple of years ago yielded the perfect solution- an additional wall-mounted cabinet that fits the feel of the bathroom and gives Mom space to store extra shampoo, body wash and lotions. The narrow profile of the unit works perfectly for the space without interfering with the door- key in such a confined space. Mom was so opposed to the idea of messing with the bathroom that I had to sneak the unit into the house and hang it when she was out, but once she got home and saw it in place, she fell in love.

If you have a tiny vintage bathroom with little storage and no available floor space, look to your walls to see if you can squeeze in a small cabinet or even a couple of shelves to help meet your needs. Don't be like us- 26 years in that apartment before we found a solution to our storage needs!

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