Crazy-Good Bathroom Accessories Your Family Can’t Do Without!
When it comes to designing the ideal family bathroom, what’s the most important thing? Ask most busy families and its not the theme or the decor – it’s the accessories: those little features that help to make a room more livable.
Accessories are far more than a “nice-to-have”- they have a direct impact on your quality of life and time that you have available to spend with your family. A well-appointed bathroom can work wonders for family life.
In this article, we’re going to take a deep dive into the crazy-good bathroom accessories your family can’t do without. Let’s take a look.
Heated Towel Rail
If you run a busy household with lots of children in and out of the bathroom all day long, managing all those towels can be a hassle. Not only do they flop all over the place – the side of the bath, the toilet, and the floor – but after a couple of days of use, they’re damp and starting to smell quite bad.
Surely there’s a solution?
The good news is that there is: the heated towel rail. Heated towel rails come in all shapes and sizes, depending on how many family members you have, and double up as radiators. Heated rails come as standard in most modern bathrooms, but if yours hasn’t been renovated for a while, then there’s a good chance that you’re missing out on this modern bathroom marvel. Heated towel rails get rid of the problem of damp towels in the morning and help you save on washing. Each person can have their own rail, and the heated unit will provide the drying that you need to prevent the buildup of nasty-smelling bacteria in the towel fabric.
A Shower Tidy
If you’re like most people, you’ve got a power shower that comes with a small, soap-size tray for your convenience. Except, it’s not for your convenience, especially when you have multiple people using the same shower, all with their unique products. A single, small plastic table is hardly sufficient to hold all of the toiletries of an entire family. If you’re like most people, you make do with balancing shower gel and shampoo anywhere that’ll take it, including the annoyingly rounded top of your power shower. It’s not ideal.
What’s the solution? A shower tidy. Shower tidies are super simple: they’re just small racks that attach to the wall of your shower or bathroom and collect all your toiletries in one, easy-to-grab place. Each person in the family can have an individual shelf for all their things, getting around the problem of things falling all over the slippery shower floor.
A Toilet Roll Dispenser
Toilet roll: one of those luxuries of the modern world that we can’t live without. Which is why things can seem desperate when you go to the bathroom, sit on the loo, and notice that you’re fresh out of paper.
Toilet roll dispensers offer a great solution to the problem. Rather than relying on a single roll of toilet paper and having to replenish it daily, you can invest in a toilet roll dispenser – a device that stores toilet rolls in an attractive rack – so that anyone who needs to can swap out a used loo roll for a new one.
The great thing about toilet roll dispensers is that they can be tailored to both high and low budget bathrooms. Some toilet roll dispensers are just a plastic base with a pole, while others wholly clad the loo roll in chrome, hiding it from view until you need it.
A Mirror That Doesn’t Mist Up
What is the point of a bathroom mirror if having a shower puts it out of action? Not much. But the problem of steamy bathrooms mirrors could soon be a thing of the past.
Bathroom mirrors steam up because their cold surface leads to condensation. Water vapour in the air given off by the shower or bath touches the mirror, quickly cools down, and turns into liquid again, producing that annoying foggy effect which you then have to wipe off with your hand (slathering the mirror in hand grease in the process).
But now some smart companies have started offering heated bathroom mirrors: mirrors which don’t lead to condensation when they come into contact with water vapour. Heating the mirror warms up the surface, stopping steam from cooling on the surface and producing water droplets.
Ceramic Light Pull
Okay, so a ceramic light pull might not be particularly high-tech or innovative, but it can make a big difference to the overall feel of your bathroom. Vintage, ceramic pulls feel so much better than regular plastic pulls. They’re chunky, make it easier to draw on the cord, and can be made to match the decor in the rest of the room.
Most of us have a soap dish – either in the form of a small arm with a plate that sticks out of the wall, or indentations in your sink. But while soap trays are practical, they’re not ideal. Soap is messy, leaves marks on whatever it touches, and could be unhygienic if used by multiple people.
A soap dispenser, however, helps you to get around all these problems. With a soap dispenser, each member of your family can wash their hands cleanly and safely, without the risk of spreading soap residue all over the bathroom.
There’s nothing worse than living in a home where people throw their dirty clothes wherever they feel. It creates a mess, and mess creates stress. The problem is that members of your household probably don’t have a set place that they can put their old clothes. What better place than the bathroom? People can remove their clothes, throw it in the laundry, get washed, and then return to their bedrooms to put on new clothes. Problem solved.
Linen baskets come in all shapes and sizes, depending on your needs. Wicker baskets go well with neutral-palette bathrooms.
Body Fat Analyzer
Chances are, you already have weighing scales in your bathroom. But the problem with traditional weighing scales is that they don’t give you the information that you really want: whether your fat mass has increased or not. Sure, you might have put on weight, but it could be something as harmless as water or as beneficial as new muscle.
Some weighing scales manufacturers now include fat analysers in their bathroom scales. These analysers can tell you your BMI, body water and body fat using clever maths.
A Drip-Free Toilet Brush
One of the most horrible bathroom jobs of all is cleaning up after someone has knocked over the toilet brush. Regular toilet brushes collect toilet water during use which then slowly drips out over time while the brush is not in use. Then a child or dog comes along, knocks the brush over, and all the liquid that has collected at the bottom spills out. Not good.
There are some companies, however, that have developed non-drip brushes. These brushes feature a unique brush head and stand that stop the buildup of liquid while preventing the toilet brush from becoming separated from the container if knocked over.
A Shower Speaker
Usually, you should avoid taking electronic devices into the bathroom. But thanks to advances in technology, it’s now possible to make devices fully waterproof so that water and electricity can’t mix. A Bluetooth shower speaker with waterproofing technology allows you to pipe sounds from devices elsewhere in the house – great for when you want to unwind with a podcast.
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