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The Best Ways to Maximize Small Shower Spaces, According to Interior Designers and Organizing Experts

If you’re not actually opposed to keeping items on the floor, you can make it more aesthetically pleasing by putting your products into matching pump dispensers. “Just because it’s a small space, doesn’t mean you still can’t make it a spa experience with simple items that are pleasing to the eye,” Hayslett says. Nayak loves the West Elm Sono Soap Dispenser for this purpose. These are just as handy if you do have an elevated surface but don’t love the look of your favorite products’ packaging — and speaking of “elevated,” adding labels has exactly that effect. 

“I have a weird obsession where I love to have my shower products — soap, shampoo, body wash, shave gel, etcetera — in matching containers with coordinating labels,” says Sklar, who sings the praises of Etsy label designer Paper & Pear. “It has such an impact in making my small shower look tidy and pulled together. I can’t party with a cacophony of bottles.”

So, about shower caddies…

The design pros we spoke to aren’t super into the ever-popular over-the-showerhead product caddy. “I’m not a real fan because of the amount of water that can gather in them, being right at the showerhead,” Hayslett explains. That said, they obviously serve a respectable purpose in the plight for small-shower success, and they can, in fact, look sophisticated.

“A teak model is a great [alternative] to the harsh look of a typical metal caddy against the tile,” says Nayak, who recommends the AquaTeak Original Moa Small Teak Shower Caddy. Meanwhile, Sklar suggests Umbra’s Aquala Shower Caddy, made of mildew-resistant bamboo.

The design pros’ favorite products

Now that you can organize your tiny shower like an interior decorator, why not actually shower like one, too? Both Hayslett and Nayak adore Fresh Sugar Face Polish — Hayslett loves how soft and smooth it leaves her skin. Meanwhile, although they may not be in their original bottles, Sklar keeps True Botanicals Renew Nourish Cleanser in her shower, along with Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash.

True Botanicals Renew Nourishing Cleanser

Cetaphil Ultra Gentle Body Wash

Home is where the heart is, sure — but it’s also where we live our beauty lives. So, we teamed up with the editors at AD to bring you tons of great design tips, trends, and tricks for making over your bathrooms, showers, and vanities. For more like this, click here.


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