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7 Small Bathroom Storage Hacks

7 Small Bathroom Storage Hacks

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When you have a super small bathroom, every bit of storage counts. And if you can find ways to add storage, even better! Here are 7 of our favorite small bathroom storage hacks to add storage to any bathroom, no matter how tiny.

1. Get magnetic – Install a magnetic strip on the inside of a cabinet door to create a great place to store tweezers, bobby pins and hair clips.

2. Bring the tension – Install a short tension rod underneath the sink to create a handy hanging rod to store all of your squirt-handled cleaners. Use a basket below it for toilet paper and other essentials.

3. Full length storage – Mount a full-length mirror on the outside of a large inset storage cabinet. When closed, you have a great full-length mirror. When you open it, you have storage space for cleaning supplies, toilet tissue, lotions, shampoo, makeup, hair products, styling equipment and more.

4. Go with tiers – Use tiered storage pieces for bracelets, earrings, watches, make-up and other small items to take up less counter space by going vertical with tiers.

5. Basket the shelf – Install a set of heavy-duty baskets on the wall in place of shelves. They’ll hold more stuff and keep it from looking cluttered since much of it won’t be seen through the front of the basket.

6. Sort it out – Install a wooden mail sorter from an office supply store inside a cabinet or next to a mirror, wherever you need extra storage, and sort it into the boxes. Your counter stays tidy and your items stay sorted and easy to find.

7. Rack it up – Paint a wooden paper towel holder in a color that matches your bathroom (or just white for a clean and fresh look). Slip bracelets, bangles and watches over the center dowel to keep them stacked up and easy to find. If you need it a little shorter, simply saw off the portion you don’t need from the top, give the raw edge a little sanding and a coat of paint. Then you can fit it on a shelf or inside a cabinet if you don’t want it out for all to see.

These 7 storage hacks are some great ways to add more storage area to a small bathroom. Each hack is about doing more with the space you have by going vertical or adding extra storage in clever and often hidden ways. Which small bathroom storage hack is your favorite?

Using Cabinets in Your Child's Bedroom

Using Cabinets in Your Child’s Bedroom: A Simple Storage Solution

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Kid’s room a constant mess? Install cabinets and drawers to keep your child’s room neat and organized. Here are some fresh ideas for using cabinets in your child’s bedroom.

1. Nursery time – Install a block of lower cabinets in the nursery to store extra wipes, diapers, cremes and onesies. Get a portable changing station for the top to create your own changing table that easily transitions into regular storage for clothes and toys as baby grows.

2. Reading nook – Big window? Install a low-profile set of cabinets below the window and top with bench seating and cushions. On both sides of the window, install taller cabinets to store favorite books, toys, extra blankets and more. Voila! A reading nook and extra storage in one.

3. Under the bed – Instead of a standard bed frame that simply allows dust bunnies to congregate under the bed, install a set of wide, low profile cabinet drawers as a base for the bed. The drawers keep the bed off the floor and provide storage space for extra pillows, blankets, toys and clothes.

4. At the head – Install a set of cubby-style cabinets to serve as a headboard. Use cute handled bins to disguise stored items and mix it up with a few “homes” for cherished stuffed animals for a look that is cute and functional.

5. Wall of built-ins – Install cabinets with an inset to create a wall of built-in cabinetry and drawers to keep your kid’s room organized at all ages. Inside cabinets, install short tension rods for extra hanging space for clothes, slide out-style shelves or bins for easy access to toys, and glass front cabinets to display books and keepsakes without damage or dusty build-up.

Cabinetry works well in lots of rooms beyond the kitchen and bathroom. Anyplace you need plenty of storage long-term is a great place to consider installing cabinets and drawers. In this case, cabinets and drawers help keep your kiddo’s space nice and tidy.

Kitchen Organizers for Cabinets

Get Organized with Kitchen Organizers for Cabinets, Drawers and More

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The kitchen can be the hardest room to keep organized in your whole home. With so many different types of items in one room, it’s no wonder the kitchen can be such an organization nightmare. We’ve got the latest news on organizers to help you keep your kitchen tip top and tidy.

Peg Drawer – On the bottom of this drawer is a pegboard with spaces for large pegs. The pegs help keep dishes and other items in place when the drawer is opened or closed. Need a different set-up? Remove the dishes and rearrange the pegs to fit the items you need to store. A simple but flexible storage solution that can be reconfigured over and over.

K Cup Drawer Organizer – K Cup fan? The K Cup Organizer rests on the top of the drawer sides so you can store other flat items below the K Cups such as flat utensils. The organizer features perfectly shaped spots for your K Cups in all of your favorite flavors to keep your stash of K Cups off the counter but handy too.

Food Storage System Organizer – Always searching for the right lids to food storage containers you want to use? No more searching with a Food Storage System Organizer. Lids are sorted by size and shape into different slots and the different containers are sorted into an organizer section below the lids. Everything for food storage handy and easy to find? Brilliant!

Tray Organizer – Hate digging through a stack of cookie sheets to find the one you’re looking for? Try a large lower drawer with a tray organizer. Trays and platters are stored lengthwise on their sides so you can simply locate the one you need and pull it out without digging through a pile of them. This is a great solution for oft-used serving platters and dishes, too.

Pull-out Pots and Pans Organizer – This organizer installs in the center of a large cabinet along the top of the cabinet box and features a slide-out rack with hooks to hang your pots and pans. For extra ease, slide the coordinating lid’s grip over the pan’s handle and grab everything you need in one shot. Organize pans in order from the largest in the back to the smallest in the front and you have a complete pan organization system that’s simple and easy.

Pull-out Refrigerator Storage Drawers – Need more organization inside in your fridge? Invest in extra storage for your fridge with storage drawers that slide on above and below a shelf, adding a drawer below the shelf. Store eggs, fragile fruits and more in the extra drawers to keep the fridge tidy inside.

The kitchen can be a challenge to keep organized. With these handy storage options, you can stay organized in all the ways that make life easier in the kitchen.

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Choosing the Best Material for Your New Kitchen Countertops

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There are so many types of materials available now to choose from for your kitchen countertops that it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The Cabinet Market comes to the rescue with this quick and handy guide to the main materials to choose from.

Marble – Marble was once the main high-end choice for its luxurious look and feel. However, a very porous and soft type of stone, marble doesn’t hold up well to wear and tear. Marble requires a lot of care and is easily stained, etched and damaged by heat or acids. If you absolutely love marble, it’s best to use as an accent say for a baking prep area that isn’t going to see a lot of everyday traffic as it will show the wear and tear quickly.

Granite – Like marble, granite was once a high-end expensive option. With different grades (quality levels) and more of it on the market, granite is now quite affordable and is the most popular natural stone option. Granite options vary from very uniform and common to unique slabs with unusual streaks and swirls of color. Granite is a timeless high-end choice. However, granite is porous and needs to be properly sealed at least once per year to keep it from absorbing stains or showing damage.

Ceramic Tile – Ceramic resists heat and moisture and when glazed tiles are used, they resist staining as well. When the grout is properly sealed, it will also resist moisture, heat and stains. Large ceramic tiles are a more modern take on the old ceramic tile look and minimizes grout lines for a more seamless countertop. Ceramic tiles are a good option if you’re looking for a classic look with a budget-friendly price tag.

Engineered Stone/ Composites – Engineered stone or composite surfaces are usually made from a quartz base and available in a wide array of colors and styles. As a bonus, they are often antimicrobial and never have to be resealed. They resist staining, acids, etching and damage from heat. Engineered stone or composites are one of the most durable options available and still have choices that work with many different budgets.

Concrete – Concrete is a hot trend in countertops right now. Known for its craftsmanship and being totally custom. Every element of a concrete countertop is customized for your kitchen from the casting to the color, shape, finish and more. It’s a smooth and strong surface that can hold up to wear and tear for the long haul.

Stainless Steel – Popular in commercial kitchens, stainless steel has been showing up on more and more countertops in residential kitchens as well. Stainless steel resists stains, etching, acids, heat and is easy to disinfect. It does give the kitchen a more industrial look so designers recommend mixing it up with a stainless steel island and another material for the rest of the countertops or vice versa.

Wood – A warm alternative available in a number of types of wood including cherry, oak, maple, walnut or even bamboo as a butcher block style surface. Wood is the best surface for slicing foods and also makes a great bakery prep area. Like stainless steel, designers recommend keeping wood counters as a secondary space instead of a high-traffic option as the porous nature of the wood is best suited to limited use.

Laminate – Laminate used to get a pretty bad reputation but today’s laminate is nothing like the ultra-cheap, easily damaged versions of the 1970’s and 1980’s. Current laminate options look just like more expensive materials but for far less cost. It stands up well to stains and scratches but is still easily damaged by heat. Laminate options come in an almost infinite number of colors, styles and finishes to provide a custom look for your kitchen.

The different types of materials available for kitchen countertops can be overwhelming. We hope our handy guide to these different materials helps you narrow down your options and find the type of countertop that is best for your kitchen.

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Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips from the Pros

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Getting your kitchen organized can be a big chore, especially if you haven’t done it in a while. By following the process and tips of the pros, you’ll have your kitchen cabinets and drawers organized in no time.

 The Organizing Process

A mistake many people make is trying to organize cabinet by cabinet or drawer by drawer. Often, this just leads to moving the same items back and forth to different places instead of truly organizing anything. The pros know that organizing is a process that involves your entire kitchen. Here’s how the pros approach a kitchen cluttered out of control.

1. Remove everything. Get some moving boxes from the local hardware store and pack up all of the items in your kitchen and move them out.
2. Clean. When clutter sits, even in drawers and cabinets, it can collect dust and debris. Once you’ve removed all of the items from your cabinets, clean them thoroughly inside and out.
3. Organize your items for review. If you had mugs or dishes in more than one place, reorganize them into the same box or set of boxes so you can review each type of item at once.
4. The first purge. The first purge is to remove all of the items that are broken, no longer work, that you never use (heirlooms excluded) or that you just plain don’t like or want. Toss or donate these.
5. Review what remains. If you have items that are worn and need replacing, such as old non-stick pots and pans with scratched bottoms, pull those items out and set aside.
6. Separate heirlooms first. Pull heirlooms and items you use infrequently that you want to keep and put them away in the highest cabinets that are farthest from the sink or dishwasher.
7. Strategically consider what remains. Once you’ve put away the heirlooms, you should be left with a selection of items you use often or daily. Review these items once more before you put them back into the cabinets. Make sure all items that go back into your cabinets are freshly washed.

 Kitchen Cabinet Organization Tips

Tip #1: Consider the flow and layout of your kitchen. For most people, storing dishes, glasses and mugs in the cabinets closest to the sink and dishwasher is the most functional flow. Think about the way you use your kitchen and create a strategy for placing items where it is easiest to find and use them.

Tip #2: Take advantage of special features of your cabinets, such as pull out shelves and dedicated spice drawers.

Tip #3: Continue to edit and remove items as you put things away. Reconsider the necessity of each item you touch and if you find more unnecessary items, donate or toss them (as appropriate).

Tip #4: Recycle all plastic containers. Most people keep reusable plastic food storage containers long beyond their lifetime, causing chemicals to leach out into the food you’re storing or reheating. Consider a small set of glass or ceramic food storage containers for a safer and longer lasting solution for your leftovers.

Tip #5: When reviewing items that need to be replaced, consider whether you truly need them or not. In our example above of the scratched non-stick pan, if you haven’t used it in a while, it might not need replacing. Many people have multiple pots and pans of similar sizes. Keep the best ones and ditch the rest. You’ll have less clutter and less cookware to build up in the sink for washing.

Freshest Trends in Tile

Dress Up Your Shower with the Freshest Trends in Tile

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Your shower doesn’t have to be just ho-hum and functional. Your shower can be exciting and fun with these fresh tile trends.

1. Go for Graphics – Shower tiles with graphic overlays can take your shower from drab to fab. Keep the same color scheme but mix up the patterns for a funky and fresh look. Quick tip: avoid white walls, which will wash out your bold, fun tile choice. Instead, choose one of the main colors in the tile and use that to go bold on bathroom walls.

2. In the Basket – To add a feeling of texture while staying classic and neutral, consider basket weave tiles. The subtle texture adds visual interest in a soft and understated way that is classy and familiar.

3. Make a Statement – A statement wall is a great way to have fun with tile that doesn’t feel overdone–especially with bright or bold tile choices. Choose the wall behind your bathtub or the largest wall in your shower as your statement wall. You’ll make a statement with a big pop of color that doesn’t overwhelm your space.

4. Vary it Up – Variegated marble tiles feature irregular streaks and veins of color in various directions. The look creates a sense of movement, like rippling water. Perfect ambiance for a beautiful shower.

5. Drift Away – Driftwood is hot but wood panels in a shower are not a great idea. Wood warps and rots from excess moisture. Still love the look? Opt for porcelain wood-look tiles. You get the look of driftwood planks that can stand up to the moisture of a bathroom.

Plain white subway tiles are not the only option for your shower. Once you explore these fresh tile trends, you won’t even remember that those boring old subway tiles were ever on your list.

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Love Color? The Hottest Cabinet Colors for Your Kitchen

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Color is having a big moment right now–perhaps the biggest moment since the orange-green-brown moment of the 1970s. However, there is one difference, you’ll be far less likely to cringe when you look back at this modern moment for big, bold colors. What’s the freshest way to make the most of this color moment? With your kitchen cabinets!

 

 The Ocean is Calling

Coastal-inspired blues of all hues are big for kitchen cabinets. On the deep-water side of the spectrum, navy and indigo are a fresh way to go dark with your kitchen cabinets. On the beachier side of the blue palette, classic mid-tone blues and teal blues add a splash of fun to your kitchen cabinets.

Feeling Zen

Green is back! Forget the electric-neon-chartreuse from the 70s! The greens of this moment are more earthy than electric with a botanical feel and subtle gray undertones. Think soft sage with a hint of gray on the lighter side. Darker green mixed with a deeper, pewter gray provide a sophisticated green that will have your kitchen feeling Zen.

 

Matte is the New Black

After decades of super glossy, shiny black that showed every scratch, ding and crack, black is going matte. Not only does a matte finish camouflage flaws, it softens the harshness black cabinets can have in a kitchen. And since matte finishes don’t reflect light the way glossy finishes do, the look is understated instead of flashy.

The Sky is Falling

Blue is such a hot hue, we had to break it into two categories! These blues are mixed with shades of gray for a look that is a little darker, like storm clouds on the horizon. Pair with light or white counters to avoid going too dark. On the lighter side of the storm, soft slate mixed with pale blue gives your cabinets style and drama.

The New Neutral

If you haven’t heard, gray is the new neutral. A versatile color that works with a large array of countertops and kitchen styles, gray is taking over the neutral crown. Particularly hot for cabinets are grays with subtle color undertones. For example, a gray with pink or peachy undertones looks stunning with rose gold hardware. With so many ways to go gray, this is one color trend that will stay around for a while.

We love color and we know so many of you do too. Whether you’re feeling Zen or hearing the ocean calling, these colors are having a big moment right now for kitchen cabinets.

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Hot Kitchen Countertop Trends in 2019

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We’re well into 2019 and some definite trends are emerging for countertops this year. If you weren’t planning on new countertops anytime soon, this list of hot trends might have you rethinking your home improvement plans.

1. All That Glitters – If you love glam, this trend is for you. Bold, dark quartz and granite with heavy, dramatic streaks of shimmery gold, silver, copper and well, anything that glitters. A great example of this look is Cambria’s Golden Dragon. The heavy metallic veining against a black marble base make a glamorous statement.

2. Icy Blast – The Slice of Ice series by Wilsonart serves up ice without the hefty price. This line of countertops are designed from actual aerial views of ice glaciers. The look is modern and cool while taking inspiration from Earth’s frosty side.

3. Waterfalls – If you like making a bold statement, a waterfall countertop is for you. The countertop material descends down the side of the island or cabinet for a seamless look. For a waterfall countertop, it’s best to choose an option with a lot of bold contrast and large, eye-catching veining. Keep hardware simple to let the waterfall be the star of the show.

4. Shattered Glass – This look is meant to draw the eye with a deeply colored base (think dark blue, eggplant or even black) with white shears and jagged lines creating irregular geometric shapes. The effect is visually interesting while still elegant.

5. Rustic Metal – With all of the engineered countertop options available now, you can get the rustic metal look with the durability and ease of care that real metal could never give. Trilium countertops by Dekton combine porcelain, quartz and glass for a long-lasting counter material that looks just like rustic metal.

6. Bold Patterns – Engineered countertops in bold irregular patterns are over-the-top cool with a doable budget. The white, blues and grays of Cambria’s Islington countertops provide a fresh and interesting look that’s simple to care for and will look great for a lifetime.

If we had to sum up these 6 countertop trends for 2019 in one word, that word would be BOLD. If subtle screams boring to you, this year’s countertop trends are the big statement you’ve been waiting for.

Bamboo Trend | Hot New Design Trend

Bamboo: The Hot New Trend For Your Bathroom

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Bamboo is a sustainable, eco-friendly option that can be used for flooring, cabinetry, accessories and even woven into wallpaper. Technically a grass, bamboo grows and matures quickly using limited resources, making it an environmentally sound choice for your bathroom update. Let’s explore some of the ways you can use bamboo in your bathroom:

1. Bamboo flooring – Bamboo flooring is popular in a number of other rooms but gives the bathroom a spa-like quality. Bamboo resists moisture, mold and mildew, which makes it an excellent choice for the steamy bathroom.

2. Bamboo wallpaper – Bamboo wallpaper adds a touch of nature to your bathroom in a textured and sustainable material. Bamboo wallpaper comes in a surprising array of styles and options that look great in any style bathroom.

3. Bamboo vanities – Bamboo vanities are water resistant, sustainable and durable. And bamboo can be used in any way you would use wood–it can be sealed with its natural beauty on display, it can be stained and given a custom finish or it can be painted.

4. Bamboo bath mat – If bamboo flooring isn’t an option, you can opt for a more affordable bamboo bath mat. Bamboo bath mats often have a slightly raised design that allows water to evaporate quickly. And like flooring, bamboo bath mats resist mold and mildew growth, resist warping and are easy to clean.

5. Bamboo decor – Bamboo decor for your bathroom is hot. Look for bamboo baskets, trays and other accessories to dress up your bathroom.

A Few Tips About Bamboo

First, bamboo stalks are glued together to form some of the items listed above, such as flooring and vanities. It’s important to verify that the manufacturer doesn’t use glue products containing formaldehyde or VOCs. The same goes for the finishes used. Formaldehyde and VOCs can cause cancer and contribute to poor indoor air quality–something you don’t want in a small room like the bathroom.

Second, make sure any bamboo items or accents you choose for your bathroom are made from mature bamboo stalks. Mature stalks are more durable and hold up better to the everyday wear and tear in a bathroom.

Lastly, keep in mind that bamboo resists water but isn’t technically waterproof. Make sure to avoid letting water sit on any bamboo surface and wipe right away with a clean dry cloth to keep your bamboo items and accents looking their best for a long time to come.

Are Cubby-Style Cabinets Right For your Kitchen

Are Cubby-Style Cabinets Right for Your Kitchen?

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A growing trend for the kitchen is opting for cubby-style cabinets. Cubbies are a set of smaller squares and rectangles used in place of traditional cabinets or open shelving. Cubbies provide an organized form of storage that keeps items you use frequently easy to access while helping you stay more sorted and less cluttered.

Cubbies are less common than open shelving or traditional cabinets but they can provide the best of both of those options. The open fronts of the cubbies make it easy to locate an item you need while the limited space in each cubby prevents clutter build-up. Open shelving can appear cluttered, depending on what is stored on the shelves–and what migrates there over time. Traditional cabinets are closed and make it difficult to locate an item with a quick glance, though they do conceal clutter and limit the amount of stuff that can be crammed in. Cubbies solve both issues by being both visible and limited in space. Here are some other reasons you might want to consider adding cubbies to your kitchen design:

1. Cubbies are a good solution for “extra space” – If you have a space that won’t fit a traditional cabinet, cubbies could be a good solution. They can supplement your storage in an organized and visually interesting way. Store pet items, wine bottles, coffee mugs or any items you reach for frequently.

2. Cubbies are great organizers – The limited and uniform style of cubbies are great at helping you stay organized in a more effortless way. If you use one cubby for plates and it exactly fits that stack of plates, it’s unlikely you’ll add clutter to that cubby. Fill each cubby with a particular item and you’ll be far less likely to become disorganized.

3. Cubbies collect less dust – One big complaint people have about open shelving in the kitchen is that items collect dust–and do so quickly. Cubbies are more closed in, so items stored in cubbies collect less dust than items stored on open shelves. Of course, traditional cabinets tend to collect the least amount of dust on items. But if you’re looking for something different, cubbies are a happy medium.

4. Cubbies work with many design styles – Whether your kitchen is contemporary, French country, traditional or farmhouse, cubbies work well with almost any design style around. Cubbies can be made from a number of wood options and just like traditional cabinets, can be painted, stained and finished to match the decor of your existing cabinetry or style.

If you like the cubby look but don’t have the money to convert your cabinets over to cubbies, some styles of kitchen cabinets can create a cubby-like look simply by removing the doors. This works best with cabinets that look great inside and outside, with no visible plywood on the inside. You can even add vertical wood pieces in the same finish as your cabinet shelves to enhance the cubby look and feel.

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