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Remodeling Your Bathroom? Caddies That Will Fit Your Shower No Matter the Shape or Size

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Remodeling the bathroom in your home allows you to create whatever layout suits you best, but it does also mean that you might have to buy different accessories. While many bath accessories are cheap and easy to get, you don't want to have to keep returning accessories because they just didn't look right or didn't fit. The configuration of the tub or shower stall can really affect which accessories, like caddies, can be used easily in the new enclosure, and knowing what each style of caddy uses can help you find the right one on the first try.

Hanging Caddy

This is the traditional metal or coated wire caddy that you hang from the pipe leading to the showerhead. Most stores sell them, and you can get them in several different sizes. They are a definite space-saver because they hang on a part of the wall that you're not going to use anyway, but they rely on one very important thing: the angle of the pipe coming out of the wall. If the pipe leading to the showerhead is angled down even slightly, the caddy will slip off. Some products come with rubber gaskets to help hold the caddy on the pipe, but those won't help if the pipe is angled down. So if your remodel includes a pipe with that angle, a hanging caddy won't work.

Cross-Tub Caddy

These are the caddies that rest on the ledges on either side of the tub, and they can be helpful for people actually sitting down and taking a bath. Obviously, the caddies won't work in a shower-only stall, but for tubs they can be handy. However, if you're standing up and taking a shower, the caddy can be a trip hazard. Plus, both ledges on the sides of the tub have to be prominent enough to support the weight of the full caddy.

Suction-Cup Caddy

These caddies attach to the wall of the shower or tub enclosure with suction cups. That will work fine if the wall is clean and the items in the caddy are light. But if there's soap scum on the wall, that can make the suction cups slip off. Plus, too many items in the caddy basket can cause the caddy to fall.

Adhesive Caddy

If you have a lot of items but still want to use a wall caddy, you can find some with temporary adhesive brackets. These are strong enough to hold the usual soap, shampoo, and more. The wall does have to be clean when you add the caddy, and you should inspect the adhesive every few months to ensure it's not drying out. Dried-out adhesive can fail and let the caddy fall.

Corner-Pole Caddies

These are corner caddies that have shelves attached to a pole that rests in the corner of the enclosure. They work best if the surface on which the pole sits is level and not angled downward, which can be difficult to find in a shower-only stall. (The floors in those are angled down for drainage reasons.) The shelves are also relatively small. Still, these are easy to install and stay out of the way.

Mesh Caddies

You can now find mesh-bag caddies that you can hang from a hook on the shower or tub door's top rail. These allow water to drain out and also act as a handy carrying bag. These are wonderful for situations in which you might have to move the caddy around a lot, such as if you're remodeling several bathrooms and may have to change which one you use every few days.

Built-in Ledges

Another option, if you'd like to have something more permanent, is to have the contractors installing the new enclosure add in some ledges. These little cubbyholes can hold everything you need, and you can also have bars installed so you can hang washcloths and sponges.

Meet with the contractors to ask about things like pipe angle and wall materials, or else talk with a company such as Central Plumbing Specialties that works with bathroom accessories. The professionals you are working with may know which types of caddies or caddy attachments will be the most stable in your new bathroom.