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From design ideas to cleaning best practices, the Modern Bathroom Blog provides tips and tricks for creating or maintaining a beautiful bathroom.

8 Tips For Maximizing Space In Your Bathroom

When you’re looking to make the most of small square footage in the bathroom, design is everything. Through a more strategic layout and smarter room organization, you may be surprised at how much larger the bath area can feel. Free floor space by storing products out of sight, for example. Open the layout significantly by going with a smaller vanity or a pedestal sink. There are many ways you can gain space in the bathroom to make it feel larger and more usable.

Here’s a look at some great organization tips that can help:

  1. Paint the walls soft colors. When space is an issue, don’t use dark wall colors, which can often make a room feel smaller. Instead, paint the walls pale colors that will help create an illusion of more space.
  2. Go with a glass-enclosed shower. For the sake of space, skip the shower curtain and opt for glass. A glass-enclosed shower provides a clear line of vision through the room, making it feel more spacious in the process.
  3. Get a bigger mirror. Is the mirror above your vanity as big as it could be? Push the margins of your wall area with a mirror that extends as far — horizontally and vertically — as possible.
  4. Streamline the vanity. Anything that frees floor space will help your bathroom feel bigger. If you can swap the vanity with a leaner model, do it. Consider using a pedestal sink, for example, or a wall-mounted vanity that’s off the floor. Even if the opened surface area isn’t usable, it will make the room appear larger.
  5. Eliminate what you don’t need. Go through all the items in your bathroom and determine what’s necessary. Do you truly need five bottles of shampoo and 10 towels, for example? Could you pare down and keep less on hand? By reducing how much you store, you cut the clutter that can make a bathroom feel smaller.
  6. Add unseen storage. For the items you need to keep in the bathroom, set yourself up with savvy storage solutions. Consider adding a medicine cabinet over the vanity, so everyday bathroom items you need are easily accessible. Likewise, if you have a storage cabinet in a vanity or closet, add organizers to the back of the door and roll-out drawers to cabinets, allowing you to use every bit of space you have.
  7. Make use of shelving. The area above your bathroom door might be perfect for adding an open shelf to store paper products or extra towels. Likewise, a simple shelf above the toilet could be ideal for showcasing eye-catching bathroom trinkets and neatly arranged bath products.
  8. Roll, don’t fold, your towels. Instead of folding your towels (which takes more space), try rolling them. Rolling saves space and adds a spa-like feel to the bathroom.

When it comes to the bathroom, the smarter your storage solutions, the better. Even the smallest powder room feels larger when it’s designed well. To efficiently use your bathroom’s square footage, try the tips above!

Bathtub Buying Guide


When it comes to the bathroom, the right bathtub can make all the difference in terms of usability and aesthetics. Yet because there are so many sizes and styles of tubs available today, the best bathtub for one space may not be the same for another. That’s why, when buying a bathtub, you want to consider all the possibilities.

To help you find the best bathtub material, style, features and size for your space, here’s a bathtub buying guide:

  1. Fit your layout. . Step one in choosing the best bathtub is thinking about your space. Do you need a tub to fit into an existing alcove, or will it be free-standing on the floor? Are you looking for a drop-in model or an undermount style? If you’re remodeling a bathroom, this question may be answered for you already. If you’re designing a space, you’ll have the option to choose which style you like best. Start with what you have to work with regarding available space and preferred design. Then, explore the various types to know which one would be ideal for your room.
  2. Think about your goals. . What do you want from your tub — simply a space to fill with water or something more luxurious, with jets or massaging features? The bathtub market includes barebones designs as well as tubs with all kinds of bells and whistles. Do you want a right-handed model or a left-handed design? Are you interested in maintaining a historic feel in your space with a clawfoot tub, or do you want something modern? Shop to explore what appeals to you.
  3. Understand special installation requirements. . For some tubs, such as a jetted model, you’ll have extra requirements with which to comply: space for a pump, an air switch and an electric timer, for example. Find out what code requirements apply in your space, and think through what will be necessary to make your installation.
  4. Compare tub materials. . There are a number of choices when it comes to the tub material. Acrylic tends to be the most popular, as it’s resilient, versatile and widely available. Cast iron is another long-lasting option, though it tends to be more costly and heavy enough to sometimes require a reinforced floor. Other options include glass fiber/plastic tubs (which are easy to install and fairly affordable), as well as porcelain enameled steel models (which are easy to clean, durable and heavy). Think about what you need in order to choose the best bathtub material for your space.
  5. Consider the tub capacity. . Tubs come in all sizes, holding anywhere from 25 gallons to 150 gallons of water. While a larger tub means more space for soaking, it also means supplying a larger amount of hot water to get the tub full. Will your existing water heater be large enough to feed the water you need into the tub you want? Check the owner’s manual of your hot water heater or the Energy Guide tag on the unit to find out what capacity is doable.
  6. Don’t ignore style. While the look of a tub may not be your first consideration, it is an important one. Bathtubs come in many colors and styles, and you want yours to fit the overall look of your bathroom design.

With so many possibilities for bathtubs, you can have fun exploring and getting inspired. Use the six tips above to stay focused in your search, and find the best bathtub to complete your space!

How To Prevent Drain Buildup In Your Bathroom

If you’ve ever encountered black sludge in your bathroom drain, you know how disgusting it can be — yet, unfortunately, drain buildup is a common concern. That’s because even normal, everyday grooming bathroom activities can fuel the slime that forms in your bathroom drain. As skin cells, hair, soap, shaving cream, toothpaste, lotion and other substances collect in the pipes, they create an environment in which bacteria can thrive. How can you prevent drain buildup while still using your sink and shower each day? To help answer this question, here’s a look at some top tips for how to prevent drain buildup at home:

Start with the right drain.

The better and more efficient your drain, the less chance you have of drain buildup. Shop the selection of bathroom and bathtub faucets and bathtubs and shower fixtures at Modern Bathroom, and find options that make it harder for clogs to occur.

Screen your drain.

Stop large clumps of hair or soap from falling down the drain by setting a screen or grate over the opening. Today’s market has options for every fixture — including drains for bathtubs or vanity sinks. Set it in place and pull out the items that get caught regularly.

Heat things up.

If you can get into the habit, run hot water through your sink after each use. Hot water can help any oils caught in your drain move rather than build up and cause clogs.

Shake in some baking soda.

Once a month or so, throw a handful of baking soda in your sink drain and chase it with a kettle full of hot water. Baking soda is a powerful odor absorber and cleaning agent, which may help prevent drain buildup.

Try vinegar.

The acidic nature of vinegar makes it a great tool for removing the crud that builds up in your pipes. Pour a cup of it down the drain, wait a half-hour, and pour in some extremely hot water.

Pull out the big guns for clogs.

If you notice a clog in your drain, act quickly. Pour a 1/2 cup each of salt and baking soda down the drain, and follow it with a 1/2 cup of vinegar. This combination will foam a little. Wait a minute and pour in 2 quarts of boiling water. Nobody likes clogged bathroom drains — but the good news is, they can be prevented with a few basic habits. Implement the six suggestions above to protect your pipes and keep water freely flowing at home!

The 10 Things You Should Have In Your Bathroom Cabinet

When you think about it, the bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home. It’s where people shower, shave, brush their teeth, put on makeup, style their hair, and go for painkillers or bandages. As such, it’s a room where you want to have the tools you need at the ready — so you’re equipped for all that’s involved in daily living. With that in mind, what are the essentials to keep in a bathroom cabinet? To help answer that question, here’s a look at what bathroom cabinet items to include: 

Bandages (and antiseptic cream):

Whether you cut your finger or skin your knee, you shouldn’t have to waste time trying to find your first-aid supplies. Keep them in your bathroom cabinet so they’re always at the ready for emergencies. 

Pain medicine:

Most people know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with a throbbing headache. Save yourself the extra steps of trekking to the kitchen, and keep over-the-counter pain medication in your bathroom cupboard.


Another common malady is a stomachache. Be prepared for indigestion when it strikes, and keep antacids in your bathroom stash, too. 

Cold medicine:

You never know when the common cold is coming, so be ready for it with basic cold medicine in your bathroom. Keep cough medicine, a decongestant and throat lozenges as staples. 


If you’re coming down with the flu or are just feeling funny, having a thermometer is a must. Keep it in your bathroom cabinet so you always know where to find it when illness arrives. 

Allergy products:

The only thing worse than dealing with an allergic reaction is not being prepared to treat it. Keep antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream on hand, as well as calamine lotion, so you can respond to any allergic or itching issues that arise. 


In a world where skin cancer is rampant, it’s hard to be too careful about sun protection. Store sunscreen in your medicine cabinet so it’s easy to shield your skin from UV damage. 

Oral hygiene products:

A healthy mouth starts with good oral hygiene. Stock a toothbrush, plus an extra or two in case an overnight guest needs one. Likewise, have toothpaste, floss and mouthwash available. 

Personal toiletries:

Whatever you use to get ready each day, keep it supplied and organized in your bathroom. This includes makeup, hair products, moisturizers, shaving cream, etc. 

Personal paper products:

Even if you don’t use cotton swabs and cotton balls every day, it’s nice to have them available. Likewise, stash feminine products and other personal paper products in your bathroom storage so they’re there when you need them. The better stocked your bathroom cabinet items, the more prepared you are for life’s unexpected changes. Use the tips above to organize your space. If you’re designing or renovating a bathroom and looking for new components, visit Modern Bathroom to learn more about the best in bathroom storage and bathroom vanities!

Wash Your Shower Liner

You clean the mirrors and scrub the bathtub, but how often do you pay attention to your shower liner? This plastic barrier between the water and the fabric is probably one of the dirtiest parts of your bathroom, yet it hardly ever gets cleaned. Not only does the mildew that builds up on it produce a stench in your bathroom shower, it can also cause respiratory issues, so you don’t want to let it linger. The good news is, you don’t have to completely replace your shower liner if you notice mildew — and even more good news is that it’s easier to clean than you might think. From novice to experienced cleaners, follow these six steps to easily and effectively wash your plastic shower liner:

Step 1: Place the Shower Liner in the Washing Machine

Yes, it’s really that simple. You can wash a plastic shower liner right in your washing machine. Just make sure to remove the hooks first so they don’t damage the machine’s interior.

Step 2: Use Cold Water

Since the liner is plastic, you don’t want to take any chances of it melting. Always use the coldest water setting available.

Step 3: Choose a Detergent

While you can probably use regular laundry detergent with success, using either vinegar or baking soda (not both!) instead will usually produce better results. These cleaners are proven to tackle stubborn mildew with ease. NOTE: Do not use liquid fabric softener on the liner — it will do nothing but make your shower liner smell like chemicals.

Step 4: Add a Few Bath Towels

Before starting the load, add a couple of bath towels. The towels will help provide additional agitation during the cleaning process to help scrub the mildew off while it is being washed.

Step 5: Hang the Shower Liner to Dry

Once the liner has completed the wash cycle, take it out and hang it to dry. You never want to dry the liner in the dryer because it can melt and ruin both the liner and the dryer. However, getting a soaking-wet liner to your bathroom without dripping water everywhere can be slightly tricky. You can solve this problem two ways:

• Have a dry towel on standby to place under the liner as you take it to the bathroom

• Put the liner into the dryer on the no-heat option for a few minutes just to shake off some of the excess water

Step 6: Actively Prevent Future Mildew Growth

Now that you have a freshly cleaned shower liner, be proactive in keeping it clean. By taking a few extra steps when you shower, you can help prevent mildew growth. Mildew grows because of excess water buildup, so the best way to prevent it is to minimize how long the water sits on the liner. You can do this in several ways:

• Open the bathroom door when your shower is over to help the moisture dissipate.

• Open a window while you are showering to help the steam escape.

• Turn on the exhaust fan both during and after the shower.

• Spread the shower liner completely when you’re done showering, so the entire surface area has a chance to dry.

Now that you know how simple it is to clean your shower liner, there is no reason not to do it regularly (it is recommended every three months). With a clean liner, you can keep your bathroom shower smelling great without having to worry about inhaling dangerous toxins — that’s a win-win and definitely worth the effort.

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