Small Bathroom, Big Problems!

Small Bathroom, Big Problems!

Gregory Han
Jan 28, 2010

Q: I hate my vanity. I live in an rental apartment in Japan, and like many Japanese apartments my bathroom has a separate area for the toilet, bath and sink. The sink is an eyesore. There are multiple issues with this area. It's the first area past the entryway, and the reflection in the mirror is my kitchen. There's no avoiding it.

Secondly, it's the only area besides the kitchen sink for guests to wash their hands. Thirdly, the walls are concrete. Fourth, the walls that aren't tiled are covered in what I can only describe as "wall linoleum." No painting. And perhaps most importantly, there is very little storage.

Everything I don't use is often stuffed into the cabinet under the sink. The container holding the iron and towels is a drawer from a plastic storage unit. The pockets are hung from nails in the molding (I use that word liberally) at the ceiling. Everything else is on constant display. Does anyone out there have some suggestions to optimize my space while improving the impression it makes?

Sent by Laurel

Editor - Laurel, looks like you might have space to squeeze one or two of these laundry caddy storage units (if they're too wide, perhaps you can have more narrow ones made or trim them to fit).

Any other recommendations for Laurel's small bathroom dilemma?

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