Bathrooms need to be safe and functional; they should be outfitted with the basics like towels, a good shower curtain and liner, a bath mat and so on. The water pressure in the shower or tub should be robust, drains should clear freely and faucets should not leak or drip. Given that the bathroom is perhaps the most heavily used room in any home, there’s a lot you can do to make it efficient and easy to use.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Home Collection Towels, $19.99 - bedbathandbeyond.com
The best thing to do is to clear out what you don’t really need or use; most bathrooms are on the small side so there is no sense wasting valuable space for non-essential items. Get organized and stock only what you really need. Experts suggest allocating one bath towel, one hand towel and two washcloths per person plus a bath sheet if desired. If you have someone with long hair you may wish to add an extra bath towel. Allow one bath mat per every two people.
Experts also recommend that the shower curtain and liner be replaced on a regular basis to reduce the possibility of mold and mildew. Look for fabrics with mildew resistant properties or quick dry features. When choosing bath mats, be sure to select ones with anti-skid backing; safety treads in the tub or shower are a safe and easy to install preventative measure. Where possible, install grab bars to make the bathroom safe for seniors or invalids.
Add extra elbow room in the shower with a curved shower curtain rod; consider using double shower curtain and liner rods to facilitate greater air circulation and reduce wear and tear on the curtain and liner.