Thursday, June 8, 2017

How to Organize Your Bathroom Reading Material

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Today I am taking a break from the kitchen to update a post I wrote four years ago about two magazine racks I purchased for my bathrooms.  Sometimes the fact that I am the only female living in a male dominated home reveals itself in mundane ways.  One of those ways is the stack of reading materials that grows and grows in the bathrooms.

Do you know what I am talking about?  There are magazines on the back of the toilet.  There are magazines on the floor.  There are magazines on the vanity.  I'm forever picking up, stacking and culling magazines in the bathroom.  That was until I purchased wall-mounted magazine racks.  Finally, an answer to the disorganization caused by reading materials in the bathroom..

I wanted to provide an update to my original post because I realized it has been four years since my purchase and both magazine racks are in excellent, like new condition.  These were a really great purchase and both of these racks are still available.  If you are in need of wall-mounted magazine and toilet tissue holders, these might be perfect for you, too.  I love them and know you will, too.
Use Wall-Mounted Magazine Racks to Organize Your Bathroom

Originally, my search for a wall-mounted magazine rack was a challenge because there weren't many options.  I wanted a polished chrome or nickel rack to blend with the other hardware in the bathrooms.  I found two excellent choices, one of which was a steal.  The first option can be found at Restoration Hardware and originally cost me $125.00.  It is now (6/8/2017) listed at a final sale price of $85. The Chatham combination magazine rack and tissue holder is attractive, easy to mount on the wall, and is excellent quality.

Organize with a Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack


Restoration Hardware Magazine Rack
Chatham Rack

The second choice for a very similar combination rack and tissue holder can be found at several stores including Walmart for $38.24 and Overstock.com for $38.59.  These prices make this rack the "steal"!

Wall-Mounted Magazine Rack Available at Walmart and Overstock.com
The "Steal" Rack
The "steal" rack has an inch wider footprint than the Chatham rack and is mounted to the wall with visible screws.

The Mounting Screws on the Magazine Rack.
Visible Screws


The Chatham rack slides onto hidden mounting disks and has a cleaner look on the wall.

The Restoration Hardware Rack's Wall Attachment.
Covered Mounting

I bought them both.  My then, newly remodeled, powder room had raised panels that were too narrow for the "steal".  The Chatham rack fits the space perfectly.

The Restoration Hardware Magazine Rack.
The Chatham Rack at Home


My upstairs bathroom was also in need of reading material organization, so the "steal" rack found a home there.

The "Steal" Rack Displayed with Magazines.
The "Steal" Rack at Home
Which should you buy?  In my opinion, both are excellent organizational options for your bathroom.  The "steal" rack wins as the overall preference because of the quality, functionality, and the really great price.  If the size of the rack (one inch shorter width) is a concern for you, as it was for me in my powder room, then the Chatham rack may be the right choice for you.  It is excellent quality and very attractive, but you'll pay more.

Oh, in case you are wondering, I hang the toilet tissue with the ends hanging over the front, not behind.

If you like this magazine rack you may also like this "deal" I chose for a wall mounted cabinet.

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8 comments:

  1. Makes me want to redecorate! Of course I have magazines piled up in all of my bathrooms. I thought everyone did!

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  2. Great idea and so glad my hubby and grandson are not bathroom readers!

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    1. I fought a losing battle over the bathroom reading clutter for years. I'm much happier now with the organization from the rack.

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  3. Donna, I am looking at both of these also. Is the RH one heavier than the OI one? What about the finish? Are both
    of these in chrome? Does the finish and overall quality of the OI holder seem more cheaply made? These are all similar to the Samuel Heath Novio. One more question. I see that the RH has somewhat of a back, holditng the magazines away from the wall. What about the OI? Do the magazines lean against the wall? I know that the RH holder is brass with heavy plating and the OI is tubular steel. I am not certain how much of a difference that actually makes. Pottery Barn sells something similar, fyi. Thanks for your help.

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  4. Hi Cornelia. The RH rack is a bit sleeker than the "steal" rack. Both are chrome and look shiny and bright. The magazines lean in both, but are a bit more upright in the RH rack. I have owned the RH rack for longer than the "steal" rack and it continues to look bright and shiny. I continue to think both are great options and if price is a major factor the "steal" is definitely a good buy. I hope this helps.

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  5. Donna,e I can't begin to tell you how much I appreciate all of the knowledge you have shared with me about these racks. I could not have done it without you. I just purchased the "deal" rack. Now this rack is sold in different places over the internet and the original site that I saw it was on Ebay. I looked there and saw that it was $55, I then thought I should check back to see what you had paid. REALLY appreciate the links. I ended up purchasing from Walmart for $35 and free shipping. I would have never have thought to look there if you had not done the legwork for me.

    I also want to tell you that I really appreciate the time and energy that you put into this blog. It provides a wealth of information and you write in such an enjoyable fashion. I know it can be very time consuming to write in such a thoughtful manner and I, for one, am very grateful.

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    1. Hi Cornelia. Yay! I'm happy you found a rack that fits your needs and that I helped you make the selection. Please write back and let me know if you are happy with the rack when you receive it. Thanks for your kind words about Just One Donna. I'm happy I could help you out.

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