Bathroom Functionality and Storage

When you’re ready to remodel your bathroom in your DeKalb County home, two things should take precedence over all others: functionality and storage. Achieving the optimal results in both takes a little ingenuity. This is especially true when remodeling a small bathroom. 

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The most important task is taking stock of your bathroom and overlooked spaces that can increase functionality and offer space for additional storage. Ken Spears Construction has been helping homeowners do just that and creating beautiful, well-designed bathrooms for over four decades. Here we share what you need to know before beginning your bathroom remodeling project. 

Before You Begin 

You know more than the pros about how you live in your home and use your bathroom. Consider who uses the bathroom. Is it a guest bathroom that is only used occasionally? 

Or is this your main bathroom? This will help you prioritize your needs and start your needs list for your remodeling professional. 

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Space Considerations

Let’s begin with space; there can be many places in the bathroom to increase your space. With the right planning and design, there is no limit to how much space you can create in your bathroom. 

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Vanity Space

Small bathrooms with double vanities offer space between the two mirrors for shelving. A vanity with a curved design will assume less space and provide a unique touch to an otherwise basic setup!


Choose custom cabinetry instead of prefabricated options. This will allow you to choose the right size for your bathroom. 


Don’t forget the space within the walls between the studs. As long as this space isn’t housing insulation or plumbing, it’s perfect for a niche. Niches are an excellent way to add personality, style, and storage to your bathroom. 

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Often overlooked, you can use corners by placing a vanity in the space to maximize floor space. 


Replace a tub with a full shower with glass doors. This look will help to extend the room. Or choose a shower that seamlessly fits in. Imagine a bathroom with a tile floor, with one end of the room angling toward a drain. This area is the shower, with no doors. It is simply part of the room. 

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Toilets mounted onto the wall with the tank inside of the wall help to increase space. Use the wall space over the toilet for niches, shelves, and cabinets. 

Door Orientation

Doors that swing into the bathroom take up a lot of space. One way around this issue is a pocket door that opens by sliding into the wall, creating the illusion of more space. Consider installing the ever-popular sliding barn door if your wall doesn’t allow this. 

Larger Changes for Optimal Space

When remodeling your bathroom, think of expansion. Borrowing space from other areas is often the best way to add space. Do you have the room in your home to implement these ideas?

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Takeover a Closet

Closet space inside or just outside the bathroom is a fantastic way to add space to your bathroom. 

Commandeer a Guest Bedroom

That unused guest bedroom would be a terrific way to add space. Use part or all of the space in this bedroom to expand your bathroom. 

Don’t Forget the Space Under the Stairs

Space under stairs can offer storage or be used to create a powder room or add to your current bathroom. 

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Borrow a Few Feet

Bump out a wall, extend the floor a few feet and replace the wall. While a few feet may not seem like a substantial change, every foot counts. 

Storage Considerations

Ample storage is essential in bathroom design. With a bit of creativity, you can add both style and storage. There are plenty of great storage ideas to put to work, including:

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Improve Drawer Space

Add a roll-out drawer to your cabinet as you would in the kitchen. 

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Install Built-In Medicine Cabinets

Use built-in medicined cabinets that are recessed into the wall. These will help you store even bulky items like towels and linens. 

Mount Hooks on the Walls

Hooks can be easily mounted over the bathroom floor, in the shower, or in any other open wall space. These are perfect for holding robes, towels, and other essentials. 

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Use Floating Shelves

Perfect for decorative pieces and cosmetics, floating shelves offer storage and add a nice touch. 

Take On Those Extra Spaces

Don’t miss an opportunity to optimize your storage using unthought-of spaces. For example, consider extending your countertop over your toilet. Alcoves in the walls can provide space for bathroom toiletries. And most shower spaces have areas that can be used for storage. 

Partner with Ken Spears Construction for Better Bathroom Functionality and Storage 

Originality and out-of-the-box thinking are key when maximizing functionality and storage while remodeling your bathroom. If you have a great idea and are unsure how to achieve that perfect look for your bathroom, our team at Ken Spears Construction can deliver an exceptional look with functionality. We can help you maximize space and increase storage with innovative designs that exceed expectations. Schedule your complimentary in-home consultation today! Check out our remodeling blog for more inspiration! 


Greg Spears

Greg is the President as well as the production coordinator for Ken Spears Construction and loves helping others improve their lives and space with modern, beautiful spaces. Some of his favorite home construction memories include all of the different people he’s gotten to work with throughout the years.

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