Top 10 features every bathroom needs

Phantom Screens / May 1, 2015

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You spend a lot of time in your bathroom, so why not turn yours into a functional and aesthetically pleasing space? If you’re considering a home renovation, focus your efforts on your bathroom and select features you’ll love now and for years to come. Here are the top things you should include in your remodel:

1. Plenty of storage

You may not think that a bathroom needs storage, but you’ll love the extra space. Add counters that have plenty of drawers and cabinets, and install shelving. If you don’t have a lot of horizontal space, create vertical storage. For example, you can use a tall bookcase to store extra bath linens and backup toiletries. Fill decorative baskets with such items and stow them on the shelves. Also consider adding extra towel racks (in case you have guests) and hooks (to store your bathrobe).

2. Adjustable shower head

Controlling the pressure of the water in your shower is a luxurious sensation. A new and adjustable shower head will let you manipulate the stream for a relaxing morning wash. While you’re looking for new shower heads, pick out a few that save water. Some hardware even has an aerator, which shoots air into the water stream. The less water you use in the shower, the more money you’ll save on utility bills.

3. Dual-flush toilet

Speaking of water-saving appliances, a dual-flush toilet is a great investment. These contraptions contain two modes for flushing: one button for solid waste and one for liquid. The liquid waste button uses less water. A dual-flush toilet will save you money on utility bills in the long run, is a great eco-friendly feature and is sure to please future buyers.

4. Faucet aerators

Aerators are devices that fit onto an existing faucet. They push air into the stream to reduce the amount of water you use. Because the air is pressurized, the liquid coming out of your faucet will be as forceful as it was before you installed the aerator. These devices are great for reducing your water bills, a feature both you and future buyers will love.

5. A good fan system

The steam from your bath or shower can linger for a long time if you don’t have a bathroom fan and ventilation system. Invest in one that works well to quickly clear your bathroom. Consider a model that is on a separate switch from your lights.

6. Towel warmers

These devices not only hold your towels, they warm them up as well. Radiant heat pulses off the rack and gives your towels that just-out-of-the-dryer feel. Imagine stepping out of the shower or bath and wrapping yourself in a heated towel.

7. Adequate lighting

Most people shave or do their hair and makeup in the bathroom, so you need to have good lighting. Fortunately, utility lighting can be beautiful. Add a chandelier and wall sconces in addition to the overhead lights. Furthermore, include plenty of natural light in your bathroom design. A well-placed window will bring in the warmth of the sun.

8. Furniture

If your bathroom is large enough, consider adding extra furniture. For example, a cushy daybed or fluffy armless chair is the perfect addition to any master bathroom. It can serve as a functional chair or just act as a decorative piece.

9. Decor items

Many homeowners fail to treat their bathroom the way they would other spaces. However, you can decorate yours to give it a homey and comfortable atmosphere. Hang pictures on the wall, install decorative mirrors and paint using colors you love. When you’re done, the space will be the perfect place to relax in the tub.

10. Separate bath and toilet areas

Couples love having separate bath and toilet areas in their bathroom. This allows one person to use the toilet while the other showers.