We had this in our old flat. It was a one bedroom flat and so space was at a premium. Money was also at a premium to be honest. So when we needed somewhere to keep all our (my) lotions and potions, we had a look in our local B and Q for efficient and cheap storage solutions and came home with this.
It isn't the biggest thing on the planet, but it is a good enough size that it fits a few bottles and other bits and pieces on. I would say that you can get about seven or eight average sized lotion bottles on it. The two shelves are conveniently spaced so that you can fit fairly tall bottles on both shelves but the top shelf is particularly useful as there is no restriction there. The only problem is that you can't fit any particularly wide bottles in there. For example the Tresemme big bottles of shampoo and conditioner don't fit in there unfortunately.
The shelves are also convenient in that they can be free standing (for example, by propping them on the side of the bath) but also can be easily attached to the bathroom wall. It's so long ago that we got it that I can't remember if the fixtures and fittings were included, but it doesn't need anything particularly fancy or expensive.
The only thing that I will say about it in terms of negative things is that it is pretty ugly. It is very much a case of function over form. None the less, I would recommend it because it is very handy to have, especially in a small bathroom.
The other half loves B & Q and there are a hundred and one different items in the store that he feels would enhance his life. Admittedly the DIY store do have a good selection to offer but you do have to watch the prices. Our bathroom has recently undergone a mini makeover, it has been freshly painted, new flooring has been laid and now it looks fresh and clean.
Bathroom storage is a big issue for us. There is no room on the walls for any cupboards and there is no floor space for any free-standing shelving. The airing cupboard houses the clean towels but finding space for the toiletries has presented some problems. The bath foam, soap and shampoo can sit on the side of the bath but they do get knocked off into the bath water. Considering we enter the bathroom only to come out feeling fresh and clean it is surprising how much dust and grime a bathroom gathers.
The 2 tier bathroom caddy caught my eye. It is not the most beautiful thing in the world but it does have a purpose. The chrome caddy is not huge (length 250mm/width 120mm/ depth 355mm) but it is just large enough to hold all of the bathroom essentials. It looks fairly modern and it is easy to fix to the wall. The only reservation that I had at the time I bought it was its ability to remain rust free. Having had a chrome bath tub caddy that rusted quite badly I was a little bit wary.
B & Q have the chrome caddy on offer for just under £12, so by purchasing it I was not going to lose a packet even if it did rust through time. The chrome bathroom storage unit looked good when it was unpacked and it comes complete with two fixing screws. Two holes were drilled ( the screw fitments sit directly under the first shelf) , two raw plugs inserted and the caddy was screwed into the wall. Unfortunately the only available space we have in our bathroom is directly above the bath at the tap end, so it is always going to be a case of removing and replacing the contents of the chrome caddy with care.
The top storage shelf takes the smaller bottles and boxes and the bottom shelf holds the larger shampoo and conditioner bottles. The caddy is high enough up on the wall so we can safely store antiseptic cream, TCP and Dettol in it. It is quite a surprise to see how much the little storage shelves hold and all of our day to day requirements fit into it nicely.
Now for the mildly annoying part. The chrome caddy looks good and it is highly useful but it is a dust collector! The shiny chrome rungs attract the dust like bees to a honey pot. If the caddy was covered in white plastic then the dust would not show but the chrome shows it badly. I have vented my spleen and now I am over it.
Would I have purchased the B& Q chrome caddy if I had known what I know now?
Yes, is the simple answer. I will put up with trying to remove the dust so long as it continues to hold my cosmetics and toiletries in the style that they have become accustomed to.
About this time last year, as Christmas was fast approaching, my husband and I (I sound like the queen!) decided that the bathroom needed a quick and not too expensive, make over. It wasn't that long before that it had been decorated but, as we tend to get a lot of condensation in this room, it doesn't stay looking good for very long. Because of this we tend to not go for expensive fittings and accessories. It simply just isn't worth paying out for expensive items that won't look good for very long. However good they are they won't last for long and will need replacing often. The walls were alright, so hubby simply painted the ceiling and the paintwork. We bought new PVC blinds and some accessories to brighten everything up.
The first accessory we looked for was something to go on the wall at the end of the bath, where the shower is housed. We opted for the two tier chrome shower caddy from B & Q, as it goes with the look we have in there. I would say it's a bit hotel bathroom in style.
Really, because of the damp it would probably be best if we had white plastic fittings but these aren't to be seen very often nowadays. Chrome or wood seem to be the most popular choices. I like the chrome look but knew it would rust in the not too distant future.
We purchased this from Band Q visiting the store to complete the purchase. I had already perused their website to see what was on offer.
This shower caddy looks good. It is a simple, modern design. We already have a chrome towel rail and some other chrome items so it fits in with everything already in the bathroom. Both shelves are enclosed buy chrome effect wiring with the top shelf shallower than the lower shelf.
My husband fitted this on the bathroom wall using an electric drill. It fits onto the wall with screws needing to be fixed into the wall. It took about fifteen to twenty minutes to secure. Screws and fittings are supplied with the caddy and instructions given. Really it is so simple that instructions aren't necessary.
Once fitted it's a great item to have. It holds a good selection of items on its two shelves. I manage to fit into the lower shelf, which has a higher guard around it, a few large bottles of shampoo and conditioner and shower gels. On the top shelf I will put anything of a smaller size as it isn't held as securely on this top shelf. It's ideal for smaller containers of shampoo and shower gels and creams. Any tubes fit here nicely.
We have it placed on the same wall as the shower, but in a position where the shower spray goes above it and misses directly wetting it.
I like the shower caddy because, obviously, it's is ideal to have any necessary toiletries for use in the shower to hand, in an easy to reach position. Also, I personally don't like bottles and containers left on the sides and ends of the bath. I've got to say though, that few of my family actually manage to replace a shampoo or shower gel in its rightful place on the caddy's shelves. It's the same with the towels. We have hooks and towel rails, but has my daughter discovered the best way to hang up a towel? No, they are all bundled up on one rail, and usually fall on the floor, that's if they actually leave her room! Moan over, just those of you with male offspring and no daughters don't think being undomesticated is solely a man thing!
Anyway, back to the item under scrutiny. Now we have had this in our bathroom for nearly a year and it is just beginning to rust a little. I think it will last a fair bit longer and still look smart.
(Taken from B & Q's website- www.diy.com)
Width (mm): 120
Depth (mm): 355
Length (mm): 250
Fixings included: Yes
Waterproof (Y/N): No
Material: Steel Wire
B & Q / chrome bathroom shelf/caddy