The bathroom is perhaps the most heavily trafficked room in any home so it is important to have bath and shower products that can stand up to repeated use. The shower curtain and liner should be sturdy with reinforced ring openings which will not tear with the first wayward tug; bath mats and rugs should be heavy enough or feature anti-skid backing so they do not slide and towels should be good quality terry cloth with high absorbency. Cutting corners on bathroom essentials can actually pose a safety hazard.
Look for shower curtains and liners with mildew resistant properties and select good quality shower curtain rings or hooks so that the curtain and liner can slide freely. The addition of a handheld showerhead can not only enhance the bathing experience, it is very useful for cleaning the tub or shower enclosure; a clean bathroom can reduce the potential for mold and mildew to form.
Bathroom clutter can pose a safety hazard so it is important to keep it under control. Reduce slip and fall hazards in the tub or shower enclosure by installing a wall-mounted soap, shampoo and conditioner dispenser. Control product consumption and reduce mess with a toothpaste dispensers; a hand soap and lotion dispenser can be attractive and functional.
Store bath toys in a plastic laundry basket which can be placed in the tub when not in use; there are also small bath toy hammocks and scoops which can be mounted on the wall of the tub enclosure. Many bathrooms use a hamper – look for one which can double as a seat to maximize space.