Trash cans are a necessity in every bathroom, but if you position them well or find an interesting way to hide them, they could become a part of a smart design instead of an eyesore. Depending on the size and the current design of your bathroom, as well as the way you handle waste generation and disposal, you could benefit from different designs.
Position and Size
As always, consider the size of your bathroom first. This also means that, before any purchase, you need to measure the space intended for the trash can and make sure there is additional room on top for the lid to open. If your bathroom is on the smaller side and there is simply no room for hiding the trash can, opt for functionality with a small, but well-designed trash can. In that case, it is also important to choose the material of the trash can carefully and go with something heavier. You don’t want to worry about it falling over if you push the pedal a bit harder. Find something sturdier, like steel or thick plastic, which would also simplify its future maintenance.
If you intend to preserve floor space, you can think about the option of mounting your trash can on the wall beside the toilet, or in between other larger elements in the bathroom. Once reserved for public spaces, the design solutions for this kind of trash cans are becoming more diverse and innovative in style and design, taking advantage of the additional room on the lower part of the trash can.
Besides the issue of size, think about where you might find them most convenient. This should determine whether you place them next to the toilet bowl or under the sink, for example, if you generate a lot of waste when putting on or removing make up.
If you are not sure whether hiding your trash can would create a space-related problem in the future, you can save yourself the trouble by trying out a hiding option that’s easily reversible.
If you’re working with more space, you generally have more options at hand; however, you still need to think about adjusting the size of the trash can to the size of the other elements in the room, as well as the amount of waste your household generates in the bathroom.
Do you separate waste in the bathroom or not?
The next thing to consider is whether you generate enough trash in the bathroom to have the need to separate it right on the spot. It is worth a thought as it might make the process easier. In that case, opt for a trash can with separate compartments for different types of waste. This is also a necessary element if you want to leave the impression that the design of your bathroom is practical and well thought-out, and not just in terms of decoration and comfort.
Can you hide it?
If space allows it, you can use one of the ways below to keep the trash can out of sight:
- Hide the can in a cabinet
To ensure that your bathroom looks neat, you can hide your trash can behind a cabinet door. One of the best places for a trash can is a corner cabinet. It separates the trash can from the rest of the elements. It is a convenient spot, even for larger trash cans, but it also keeps them out of sight and out of the way.
Also, many cabinets already come with a special drawer that enables you to simply pull out your trash can when you need it and put it back when you don’t. It is a classic way to keep it hidden, and for a reason. It makes the inner bins easier to remove and it turns trash separation into a simple and time-efficient process.
- Repurpose an old dresser
If you decide to hide it in an old dresser, you also get the option to install the can in a way that you tilt the dresser door when you need to use it. This solution is especially convenient if you have less floor space available.
- Hide it in a basket
The simplest solution is to put your trashcan in a basket, which then allows you to move and clean it easily. In addition, it is a more budget-friendly option.
If you are considering the old dresser option or something similar, but you find the tilt out door to be too much of a hassle, you can just use a curtain instead. This way you can keep your trash can, and possibly other eyesores tucked away. Depending on the style of your bathroom, you can achieve various effects just by choosing the right curtain, and instead of simply masking the trash can, you can add an eye-catching piece to the space.
- Hide it in plain sight
Attract attention to it; incorporate the trash can in an unexpected way. If you separate trash in the bathroom, point it out. Label the sections. Add a reduce/reuse sticker. There are numerous creative ways to own it and acknowledge it, so feel free to explore.