When we teamed up with Amazon to create a list of first apartment essentials, the bathroom posed a special challenge. Odds are, the bathroom in a first apartment is going to be short on space and amenities. When it comes to decorating, each piece needs to be functional and attractive.
Sound like too tall an order? Here are some of our favorite picks that will make even the smallest bathroom feel like a relaxing retreat.
This towel rack, from one of our favorite sources for stylish organization products, is a unique take on a common problem. Most non-permanent towel racks go over doors and can clang and bang. This leans artfully against a wall and gives you a chance to display four or more towels at a time.
And speaking of displaying towels, this set of on-trend Turkish ones are only $22 for a set of four. If you still want terrycloth for every day, these can be layered over them on the towel rack for an effortless California vibe.
And speaking of everyday terrycloth, these are a great budget set. Two full sets means you can rotate then out or share with your roommate. Layer the white or grey ones under the Turkish towels on the rack and no one will believe it cost less than $5 a piece.
Even if you're truly short on space, your toothbrush doesn't have to just sit on the counter. The stand's almost non-existent footprint also has the perk of being a hygienic way to store your toothbrush.
Small trash cans that still have a lid can be deceptively hard to find, especially ones that aren't a total eyesore. The twist on a traditional swing lid keeps this minimalist buy from being too boring.
Keep little essentials corralled and in eyesight. Other things that would tuck away perfectly here: cotton rounds, hair elastics, or even creams or bath salts.
An extension mirror that stores flush against the wall will keep you from leaning across a sink to put on make-up or face masks. If you do have the option, consider adding another one of our recent design obsessions: a large round mirror above the sink or even on the opposing wall to open the space up more.
And of course what's a mini retreat without a candle? Even if you're not taking long baths, lighting a candle during your morning or night routine can be a way to make the experience feel more indulgent. Even better? A chic way to keep matches at hand so you're never scrambling to find them.