Let’s Talk Toilets

Mr Gan received interview request from Mr Sugizaki San to talk about sanitary wares in hospital. The article below is a translation from the Japanese articles published by Mr Sugizaki San.

Let’s Talk Toilets

A businessman who contributes to an ageing society by selling Japanese toilets to hospitals.

Mr. Gan who sells toilets to hospitals in Singapore.  photo: Sugizaki Shinya

There is a businessman working hard to contribute to an aging society by selling Japan-made toilets to hospitals in Singapore. He is Mr. Gan Hong Sang, (55) who is Singapore’s local dealer of TOTO, the biggest sanitary ware manufacturer in Japan.

When he was 19, he moved from Malaysia to Singapore on his own, seeking business opportunities. While working as a salesman of electrical appliances, he was asked by an acquaintance if he would like to sell TOTO products that had been brought into Singapore. He actually felt love at first sight when he saw the products. His first thought was, “it is better than any toilet that is distributed in Singapore.”

However, the business did not go that well at first.

The turning point came when he was invited by a consultant company to participate in a government supported competition for the refurbishment of toilets for disabled facilities in 1999. The facility was built more than 30 years ago at that time. The toilets had become dirty due to wear and tear. The refurbishment was necessary as the disabled people felt stressed and did not want to use the facilities. When he first arrived at the facility, he was met with a bad smell of ammonia before entering the building.

What kind of washroom was necessary? Mr. Gan took over a year to assess the facility two or three times a week and thoroughly examined the details surrounding the toilet by listening to the way the residents used the toilet. He planned and designed the structure inside the toilet in detail, such as the height of the toilet seat, the installation of the handrail, the easy to clean floor etc.

“Bad products are meaningless. if you do not use high-quality items, it will not be an easy-to-use toilet for people with disabilities,” said Mr. Gan.

He was victorious at the competition by appealing with the quality of goods. The washrooms became easy to use after the refurbishment and he got favorable comments by its users.

“You can help disadvantaged people by putting out quality products.”
Such feelings were strongly carved in Gan’s heart.

Mr. Gan’s next aim were hospitals where the elderly people often spent a long time. In Singapore, where the aging of the population rapidly progresses, as with disabled people, elderly people also find the toilet environment difficult to use.

In 2003, the need for countermeasures against infectious diseases was heightened by the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome). As a result, there was a greater need for the refurbishment of hospital toilets. The demand for toilets in each ward was also increased in order to identify the source of infection etc. These factors encouraged Mr. Gan to sell TOTO products to hospitals.

With the increase of demand in toilets for hospital, our high-quality products with technologies that can provide higher sanitation would be in demand in that area” said Mr. Gan.

The other business people who knew about Mr. Gan’s successful renovation of the disabled facilities, also gave him their support.

By doing so, he now has a track record of toilet sales at the 10 hospitals in Singapore and his business had also gotten on track.
“About 60% of the hospitals planned for construction have adopted TOTO’s products,” Gan said.
“Promoting the highest quality toilets will improve the toilet environment for the elderly and will contribute to the aging society. Of course, it also leads to higher earnings. A win-win situation!”

(Globe Asahi. Shinya Sugizaki)

9 Things Every Bathroom Should Have


Here are some things that your bathroom shouldn’t be without.

Majority of people would prefer to have their own bathroom instead of having a shared one. This is because even if it’s a bathroom shared within family members, there’s still something unnerving about using the same bathroom where other people doing their business there too. Plus having your own means no more waiting in line when you’re already running late.

Because of this, the first time you get your very own bathroom in your first “grown-up” apartment; it’s not surprising if you get carried away with decorating. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong in creating a beautiful bathroom you shouldn’t forget to prioritize important bathroom essentials. Here are some things that your bathroom shouldn’t be without.

1. Good Lighting
A good lighting can make a difference in your bathroom especially if you have a small space. It helps open up the whole space and make it look bigger than it actually is.

2. Good Mirror
Just because your bathroom already has a mirror doesn’t mean you can’t put more. You can always mount a bigger one on one of the walls so you don’t have to grab a stool to step on every time you want to see you entire body. Aside from that, it also gives the illusion of a bigger space and makes your bathroom look brighter too.

3. Good Cleaning Supplies
Your bathroom may be off limits to other people but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get dirty and breed germs and bacteria. Always have a stock of cleaning supplies in your bathroom so that you can easily clean at least once a week.

4. Good Storage Solutions
There’s no such thing as too much storage (especially if you’re a woman). If you can’t have a lot of cabinetry look beyond the bath stores and consider bedside tables, mini book shelves and étagères with baskets for extra storage. And don’t forget the space behind the toilet!

5. Good Window Treatment
Whether you have a large window or a small one in your bathroom, you should make sure it looks good (meaning it doesn’t look like a grime hive) and it protects your privacy. You don’t want to be exposed to your neighbors while taking a shower right?

6. Toothbrush Holder
This doesn’t seem necessary until your toothbrush falls into the toilet or the floor. Or you catch a cockroach cozily sitting on top of your toothbrush (ewww!) Get yourself a toothbrush holder before this happens to you.

7. Good Smelling Hand Soap
The golden rule is to wash your hands before and after using the restroom. Having nice smelling hand soap or that liquid hand wash in those press dispensers (which are more sanitary to use) should be non-negotiable.

8. Invest In Made-To-Measure Sanitary Fittings And Fixtures
A well-thought-out design can fit all the essentials into as little as two square meters for a bathroom and even less for a shower room. The key is not to squeeze too much in. If you only have a small space, it’s much better to make a focal point of a walk-in shower or a beautiful bath, rather than ending up with a cramped bathroom.

9. Trash Can
You’d be surprised with how much trash you can accumulate in a day. Don’t be that person who has nowhere to dump his trash so it ends up on the sink or counter top. Having a trash can is just easier to maintain a clutter-free space no matter how lazy you are. Plus points if you manage to find one that go with the aesthetic of your bathroom and doesn’t look like a trash can at the same time.

5 Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Sanitary Ware For Your Bathroom

5 Factors To Consider When Choosing The Best Sanitary Ware For Your Bathroom

Your bathroom may be out of other people’s sight but that doesn’t mean you get can get away with carelessly buying just any sanitary ware. It also needs creative input and thorough attention as you would give your bedroom or living room. This is because aesthetics is not the only goal here but to also build a comfortable and functional bathroom.

To achieve that goal, here are some tips that will help your choose the best sanitary ware for your bathroom that suits your needs.

1. Color
If you want your bathroom to reflect your quirky personality, it’s okay to be very creative with different colors of sanitary wares. Just make sure you know how to combine colors that complement each other. Like if yellow/golden would be the accent color that you want, keeping everything else white would be good but powder blue cabinets go well with it too. If you’re not so sure about this, it would be best to stick to white. It’s a safe color, gives your bathroom a classic and elegant appeal.

2. Comfort
Since you’re going to spend money anyway, why not invest on sanitary wares that can make your life a little more comfortable? If you can afford it, invest in a bathtub and a shower that allows temperature adjustment. You’ll thank yourself you did when you’ve had a long day and all your body’s craving for is a long warm bubble bath.

3. Ease Of Cleaning
It would have been convenient if all your sanitary items in your bathroom have a self-cleaning feature. Sadly, that doesn’t exist yet. But until then, think about how easy an item would be to clean before buying them. Otherwise, you’d end up swearing up and down while scrubbing the hell of your bathroom.

4. Size
If your bathroom space is small, you’d better opt for sanitary wares that are on a smaller size because buying big toilet and all of that stuff will make your bathroom look smaller than it is. Though it’s always up to you if you really want big bathtub and other sanitary wares, just don’t say we didn’t warn you when you keep on bumping on everything with your every move.

5. Resistance
While choosing bathroom sanitary ware, two major factors have to be put into consideration. These are the strength and the design. The toilet bowls and bathroom basins should be of a good design and also be strong enough not to chip and break easily. They should therefore have no sharp edges and you should ensure they are well fitted.

5 Tips To Create A Perfect Powder Room

 here are some tips that will help you build a beautiful one even without the help of professional designers.

When designing your powder room, it’s important that you invest just as much as you would in your bathroom because aside from creating a lasting impression on those who visit your home, it’s still a part of your home. So you want it to look as good as possible because it also makes up your entire home’s appeal.

If you can’t afford architects and interior designer to create it for you, here are some tips that will help you build a beautiful one even without the help of professional designers.

1. Flooring
Vitrified ceramic tiles are the one often used in bathrooms or powder rooms because of its water and frost resistance. However, you don’t have to limit yourself to that when it comes to the powder room because the floor will be less likely to be wet. You can also use marble, stone, and granite for alternative and give your flooring some character.

2. Materials, Colors, And Texture
When it comes to the walls, try not to go too crazy because powder rooms usually are smaller. So a busy wall may make it look smaller. What you can do is opt for an overall subtle color. Just add a textured accent wall or art work if you really want to have an embellished wall. Reflective wall helps make the room brighter while light colored natural materials as well as elegant light fixtures all helps give it an elegant appeal.

3. True Beauty Is In The Details
Since the space is small, you can’t do large sanitary wares and fittings, otherwise you’ll end up with a cramped looking powder room. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it look a certain way. The key is to look for faucet with cascade flow, wall-mounted toilet, or corner sink. Unique details allow you to add visual interest without over-decorating.

4. Choose A Contemporary Wash Basin
Sculptural washbasin, bronze washbasin, and washbasins made up of marble are all options you can choose from that can really make statement. The best thing about them is that they don’t take that much space, just as functional while adding a wow-factor to the room.

5. Value Limited Space
When planning the layout of a half bathroom there are three major objects to consider: the door, toilet, and sink. If you have a space large enough to accommodate the swing of the typical hinged door that will be the easiest option for most powder room designs. Otherwise, you can go with something that has less (or no) swing, like double doors or pocket doors — these will give you more options in terms of the toilet and sink placement. Consider fixtures that can maximize the room’s limited space. Use wall-hung toilets which are minimalist in design and can make the entire room feel spacious. For example, space-saving toilets with slim seat covers are increasingly becoming a trendsetter.

Top 7 Household Items You Should Really Invest On

Maintaining a house is fun, it can give you a sense of pride and independence, but it’s never without a challenge. But if you have these items, you know you can take on any household chores. So make sure you don’t skimp on these items, otherwise they may give you more trouble instead of making your living easier.

Maintaining a house is fun, it can give you a sense of pride and independence, but it’s never without a challenge. But if you have these items, you know you can take on any household chores. So make sure you don’t skimp on these items, otherwise they may give you more trouble instead of making your living easier.

1. Sanitary Ware
Opting for cheap sanitary ware can certainly cut costs, but you run the risk of bubbles and faults in the glaze, resulting in staining and cracking. And beware of cheaper toilets, because their flushing capability is often compromised. Invest in those that guarantee will last for years without looking like the whole town shares bathroom with you. Aside from that investing in timeless sanitary ware means you won’t have to update your bathroom in a few years. So when in doubt, choose white because it never looks dated.

2. Water Dispenser
Having this at home can bring a lot of convenience and benefits for you and your family. Not only that it’s a lot cheaper compared to buying a lot of bottled water, it also saves space in your fridge, makes you drink more water since you can always see it, healthier than tap water, and gives you quick access to either cold or hot water whenever you need it.

3. Exterior Door Locks
You can never go wrong when it comes to investing in security. With all the crooks roaming in the streets, which by the way are getting craftier by the day, waiting for an opportunity to take advantage, you cannot afford to skimp on strong door locks.

4. Mattresses
You work hard every day to enjoy life and live in comfort. To help you keep going and wake up everyday feeling well rested and fully recharged to take on another day, a mattress that is comfortably soft yet firm enough to support you should be a non-negotiable in your home.

5. Major Appliances
For those appliances you know you need every day and will use often, like refrigerator and washing machine, spending a little more is reasonable provided that the quality is unquestionable. At least you can rest assured that they’ll last for 10 years or more without you needing to take them to the repair shop every few years.

6. Fire Extinguisher
Either you have children or not, you need this. You would not believe how many fire incidents started from small and went to a disaster because people had nothing to put it out with or panicked and didn’t know how to deal with it. At least having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it (of course) you can quickly grab it when the need arise.

7. Vacuum Cleaner/Iron
This one is a 50/50 decision making. It really depends on your priority as a house owner. If you’re someone who absolutely can’t tolerate dust, fur, or hair lying around, then vacuum it is. But for those who like to look polished at work or events all the time then good iron will save your life. But if you can afford to buy a good quality of both items, all the more better!

Things That You Should Consider When Building Your Ideal Bathroom

to find the balance between creating a beautiful bathroom and achieving a well-functional one, here are some tips that you can follow.

Having a functional bathroom is important but it doesn’t hurt to have hotel-ish looking one too. However, you have to remember that your bathroom isn’t solely for good social media photos. So to find the balance between creating a beautiful bathroom and achieving a well-functional one, here are some tips that you can follow.

Before You Buy
When creating a space, people tend to immediately jump into buying new stuff. I get it; this is the most exciting and fun part. However, you don’t wanna end up regretting and wasting money on sanitary wares and fittings that you won’t be able to use because they don’t fit your existing space. So before you go shopping, measure the space, take note of where the pipe work is and know that relocating them will increase overall cost. Design your bathroom first; this will make it easier for you to buy things.

Set A Budget
Sure it’s nice to have a fancy bathroom but is willing to shell out a lot of money just for the bathroom alone? What exactly is your allotted budget for your bathroom? Settle this before you go ordering fancy sanitary wares and fitting online. Work within your budget. You don’t wanna end up with a pile of credit card debt because you wanted a gold toilet bowl but with more than half of the bathroom unfinished.

Choose A Style
A contemporary bathroom will make a statement in a traditional home, while traditional suites add class and elegance to modern homes. It’s always a good idea to consider bathroom suites that will stand the test of time. Contemporary bathroom suites feature clean lines and strong shapes, which makes them a great option if you want to create a designer look. Traditional bathrooms evoke a sense of nostalgia and will always remain a classic favorite. Create the perfect traditional look with a roll top bath, high level toilet and classic crosshead taps. Choose a style that appeals to you yet still practical for everyday use.

Consider Your Requirements
Figure out what exactly you and your family needs in your bathroom. Look at your bathroom and figure out what you use on the daily basis, what needs replacement, what is hardly touched. Do not feel that you need to have a sauna room in your bathroom just because it’s trendy or looks good on other bathrooms if you know no one in the household will really use it.

Buying Sanitary Wares And Fittings

You can either buy the products individually or you can purchase a complete bathroom suite bundle, which can actually help you to save money.

· Bath
Think about who will be using the bath in your house. This will help you determine the kind of bath that will suit your bathroom.

· Shower
When choosing a shower, space is a major deciding factor. If you have a huge space, then a separate shower and bath is fine. But if you have a narrow space, you might have to opt for combined bath and shower or decide to just stick with a walk-in shower.

· Basin
Basin is one of the most fun things to shop for because there are a lot of different fancy designs to choose from. But, you would have to focus on the space you have and the overall look that you want to achieve in your bathroom. From there, you’d be able to choose the right basin for bathroom.

· Toilet
People assume there’s nothing much to consider when choosing a toilet. When in fact there’s a lot. Nowadays there are different designs that will be better suited to the space you have like wall-mounted toilets for small spaces. Aside from that, you can also find a toilet that includes a soft close seat to prevent accidental bangs, as well as a dual flush cistern to save water.

· Bathroom Vanity Units And Storage
Keeping your bathroom clutter-free is also important. There’s no point in having a hotel-like bathroom if it’ll only end up looking like a mess every time because there’s no space to store bathroom accessories and essentials. So carefully choose vanity units and storage that will cater to your needs.

6 Ways To Maintain An Eco-Friendly Bathroom

there are still ways and habits that you can do to be more conscious of the environment while maintaining a fresher looking and feeling bathroom.

It would be too impractical to renovate the entire bathroom just to achieve an eco-friendly one. However, there are still ways and habits that you can do to be more conscious of the environment while maintaining a fresher looking and feeling bathroom.

1. Replace Sanitary Wares And Fittings
Switch your old leaky taps or shower head for new low-flow or aerated versions. Once known for lowering the flow just a bit too much, modern aerated shower heads still allow you to enjoy plenty of pressure. And just as with leaking toilets, make sure to repair any leaky taps as soon as possible.

2. Maintenance
A leaking toilet and taps may not seem as big deal but you’d be surprised with how much water it wastes in a day. 200 liters—Is the reported amount of water any leaking sanitary wares and fittings waste in a day. Not only that this waste a natural resource but it also means paying money for water you didn’t even use. So better fix them as soon as you notice any leak.

3. Avoid Plastic As Much As Possible
Plastic is an amazing invention, but we use so much of them without knowing how to dispose them properly or limit the usage. So they often end up in landfills when they’re not even biodegradable. If you cannot avoid using them, you should at least limit it. There are so much trash already, let’s try not to contribute to that. Reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics, or better yet ditch them and opt for reusable cloth bags instead. It would also be great if you try to avoid buying bathroom essentials that are wrapped in plastics.

4. Choose Eco-Friendly Detergents And Cleaning Supplies
You may not realize that you’re throwing harmful chemicals in the soil, bodies of water, or plants while cleaning your bathroom. Why should cleaning your house cause damage when you have the option not to? Vinegar, baking soda, and borax are great alternative for conventional cleaning products

5. Switch To Organic Hygiene Products
This is another switch that will make a really big difference. Not only that you’re adding to the demand of toxic substances, you also get to save yourself from such elements from being absorb directly into your bloodstream which can affect your health eventually. There are a lot of organic toothpaste, shampoo, and soap that are already available in the market, but if you want, you can also make your own hygiene products. Recipes and instructions in making homemade hygiene products are all online and easy to follow.

6. Plant Few Indoor Herbs Or Plants
Planting more is always a good idea. Better if you can dedicate your whole backyard for an organic garden where you can plant vegetables and other edible plants. But if you don’t have the space, even indoor herbs or plants are great. The space on your bathroom window is enough for tiny pots to be displayed, plus this allows you to have natural ornaments that act as organic air freshener and insecticides too.

6 Ideas To Maximize Space In Your Bathroom

Here are some tips that will help you achieve that goal and if you’re lucky, you might even end up having a hotel-inspired bathroom.

It would’ve been better if you get to have a big bathroom. However, just because you don’t doesn’t mean you can’t build a comfortable but stylish one. Here are some tips that will help you achieve that goal and if you’re lucky, you might even end up having a hotel-inspired bathroom.

1. Go Wall Mounted
Walls are often left unoccupied and unutilized in bathrooms. If you have limited floor space, then use the space you have on your walls. Wall mounted sanitary wares and fittings are great space savers, not only because they free up floor space but also because it gives a smart modern look that makes a space look bigger than it is.

2. Conceal Pipework
While industrial interior design proudly displays the building materials, if your bathroom is already small, you might want to conceal pipework. Unconcealed pipework could make your bathroom chaotic and cramped.

3. Clever Storage Solutions
Storage is important and necessary in bathrooms, but they also take up a lot of space especially is you don’t know how to be strategic about them. For tight spaces, a full on cabinetry underneath the sink may not work but shelves above the sink as well as the toilet are just as great option for storage. Even hooks works well for hanging robes and towels without taking that much space.

4. Create A Wet Room
In a wet room there’s no shower door, and the water drains away directly through a drain in the floor. If you don’t have the budget for a wet room, you can still achieve a similar look with a walk in shower enclosure and low level shower tray. A walk in shower features a frameless glass screen and no door, which creates a bright and airy feel.

5. Make A Statement
While a huge artwork probably won’t fit but you can still get creative with a small space. You can use color scheme for both the walls and the floor which makes it difficult to tell where the floor ends and where the wall start. This creates fluidity in the space which can make any space look much bigger. Or using a bold tile design can still create statement without making the room feel and look small.

6. Accessorize
No ensuite is complete without a matching set of bathroom accessories and new towels. Display candles, perfume and luxury beauty products that are just way too nice to hide away in a cabinet. You could even add a touch of greenery with a couple of houseplants.

5 Steps Of Fitting A Vanity Unit

A worn-out sink and vanity can really be a sore thumb. Opt for a new sink or vanity as this one change can make a big difference.

A worn-out sink and vanity can really be a sore thumb. Opt for a new sink or vanity as this one change can make a big difference. Vanity’s often take center stage in a bathroom and help bring in a bit of style and form. You’ll be glad to know replacing them is probably easier than you think.

1. Remove The Old Sink
Fitting any sanitary wares and fittings to your bathroom is so much easier with a clear spot. So if you’re planning to install a new vanity unit, start by removing the old sink. This way nothing is in the way and you can make adjustment accurately. But before you hack off anything, don’t forget to switch off the water supply and disconnect the water supplies for the hot and cold valves and basin waste. Afterwards, inspect if the basin is screwed to the wall or fitted with sealant. If it’s the first one, you simply have to remove the screw to detach the sink from the wall, but if it’s the latter you either use a sealant remover or apply heat to the sealant to soften it to make the silicone sealant easier to slice with a blade.

2. Positioning The Vanity Unit
Keep in mind who use the bathroom when positioning the vanity unit. This way you can prevent fitting it too high or too low. If it’s just you, then all you have to do is stand in there to see how high or low you want it to be. But if you share it with other family members like children or those who use wheel chair, you might want to take their reach into consideration.

Use a pencil to mark the edges. If the vanity unit has an open back to allow for the pipework you can make a start on fitting it. If it has a closed back, you will need to cut holes so the pipes can fit into the vanity unit.

3. Fitting The Vanity Unit To The Wall
Double check the marks you’ve made on the wall to ensure they are level. Make sure there’s no difference between the position of the pipes and the holes in the back of the vanity unit by placing it against the wall. If all matches up you can begin to fit the vanity unit. Locate the wall studs before screwing the vanity unit into the wall. Drill into the studs and fit the unit to the wall making sure it’s securely attached before installing the basin. Once fitted to the wall, use a spirit level to ensure it’s perfectly level.

4. Fitting The Basin To The Vanity Unit
If you don’t want to struggle fitting the basin, install the tap and waste first. Then it will be easier to fit the basin into the vanity unit. Place and align the basin on top of the vanity unit. To avoid water damage, apply silicone sealant to the gap between the basin and the vanity unit to create water tight seal. This sealant usually takes 24 hours to set, so if you share bathroom with other family members or roommates, remind them not to use the unit for at least a day.

5. Check For Leaks
Always double check for leaks before running the water supply. You don’t want to redo everything and waste all the work you’ve done because you didn’t want to bother checking. Switch the water back on, run the tap and check the connections between the tap, drain and pipework. If there are no leaks and everything is secure, you’ve successfully fitted your vanity unit. While the silicone sealant is setting, avoid placing heavy objects on top of the unit.

9 Tips To Upgrade Your Bathroom

here are some tips that you may find helpful, especially if you’re planning to renovate.

Traditionally, bathrooms were only needed for personal hygiene and excretion. However, times have changed which also altered how people view and utilizes their bathroom nowadays. Today, bathrooms have become a place where people retreat to when they want to relax and soak their stress away. In fact, a long warm bubble bath is now one of the famous ways of destressing. If you’re one of those who view their bathroom as more than a utility room and find it necessary that it reflects your personality as well as the modern era, here are some tips that you may find helpful, especially if you’re planning to renovate.

1. Alternative Freestanding Baths
Make your bathtub the focal point in your bathroom. Choose one that has a quirky twist. It can be an atypical shape or get an infinity tub. This immediately draws the attention to the bath and gives the room a modern vibe even when it’s the only thing in the bathroom that is futuristic in a sense.

2. Hand Dryers
If you hate using loo rolls to dry your hands and don’t like re-using the same towel to dry your hands, try adding a hand dryer in your bathroom. If you’re worried about the noise since those in malls and hotels are often noisy, you can get a model that is from a quiet range in the market nowadays.

3. Funky Taps
You know those taps with unconventional design and equipped with a proximity sensor and mechanism that opens its valve to allow water to flow in response to the presence of a hand or hands in close proximity? They don’t just give a hotel-ish vibe in your bathroom but reduces water waste making the investment definitely worth it.

4. Multifunctional Mirrors
Gone are the days where you can can’t hear your music properly in the bathroom or worrying that your device will get water damaged, the Jarrow LED mirror has its own integrated Bluetooth speakers. You simply need to pair it with your smartphone or tablet, and then you can listen to your music whilst you’re having some down time or getting ready. As it includes four LED strips of lighting and de-misting technology it can illuminate your face efficiently, giving you the perfect amount of lighting to apply your makeup evenly.

5. Sophisticated Vanity Units
If you spend a lot of time using the vanity unit, it only makes sense that you switch it up with a sleek and elegant design. Plus points if you can get one with clever storage solution! So that you have space for all your toiletries, cleaning products, makeups and other stuff that you need in your bathroom.

6. Over-The-Tub Wire Rack
Something as simple as this makes your time in the bath more comfortable, convenient, not to mention posh. No more having trouble finding a way to have your book, phone, candles, and glass of wine near you while enjoying a warm bath.

7. Freshen Up Your Sanitary Wares
Okay, this may be not the cheapest option when giving your bathroom a makeover. But, if you’ve been living in the same house for 5 to 10 years or more, then chances are that you sanitary wares already have scratches, discoloration, or nicks and chips around the edges especially if you share the same bathroom with other family members. With that said, buying new ones will not only make the entire room feel new again, but will also make a lot difference in looking better.

8. Update The Hardware
Bathroom fixtures including hooks, handles, faucets and soap dispensers can be quickly and easily replaced and will give the space an updated feel. Most bathrooms look their best when all of the metals match in color and finish.

9. Replace Your Lighting
Remember how lighting can make a room feel cramped or spacious depending on how it illuminates the room? Aside from that, it can definitely change a room’s appeal by replacing lighting fixtures. If you’re still using standard fluorescent, how about you change it up with a statement lighting piece? Your lighting fixtures can really date your overall bathroom design.