Three Things to Consider When Buying a Shower Organizer

Smarten up your in-bathroom storage with one of these clever caddies.

While ancient civilizations found ways to shower, it wasn’t until the late 1700s that an invention that pumped water into a basin above the head that could be tilted using a chain was developed. Modern plumbing made showers more widely available, but it was well into the mid-1900s before their use was widespread. By the 1980s, with more of us using showers, and more shower products than ever available, clever storage solutions for shower products were required. Enter the shower organizer.

Hook & Suction Fixings

Features shelves that slide up and down to accommodate larger bottles, as well as specially cut holes to allow storage of bottles upside down and easy dispensing. Amazon

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The first thing to think about when buying a shower organizer is the geometry of the shower space you need to fit it into. Organizers can attach to your shower, the wall itself, or even brace between two horizontal surfaces, whether that’s the shower tray and the ceiling, or the corner of the tub and the ceiling. If you’re looking to attach an organizer to the shower itself, you’ll find that there are some designed to attach to vertical pipes, and others designed to hook over a shower head that protrudes straight out the wall. Make sure you buy one that’s right for your plumbing.

Sticks to Anything

This simple metal organizer comes with four movable holders and uses a transparent, traceless adhesive for mounting on almost any surface. Amazon

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If you’re buying an organizer that needs to be attached or fixed to the wall, check exactly what’s required. Are you going to need to drill into the wall? If so, you’ll need a special drill bit to drill through tile. Using masking tape over the spot that you want to drill will mean you’re less likely to crack the tile. If this seems a bit daunting, don’t panic—many organizers come with adhesive or very strong suction pads that mean you don’t necessarily need DIY skills for wall mounted storage.

Large Capacity

Set of two open metal trays that can be wall-mounted vertically or adjacent using the provided glue, and four movable hooks which give additional options. Amazon

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Shower organizers can be made of a variety of different materials, and while you’re probably going to want to pick something that goes with your bathroom’s design aesthetic, it’s also worth considering other practicalities. A wooden one might work with your zen Japanese spa-style decor, but unless it’s properly treated, it can get damp, grow mold, and even split. Metal organizers are sturdier, but can rust or discolor over time, while plastic ones are easy to clean but may not be able to take quite as much weight.