7 Clever Ways to Store Bath Towels and Toilet Paper
Call them the twin conundrums of bathroom storage. Relatively bulky, utilitarian, yet essential to have at the ready, towels and toilet paper can pose a challenge for style-conscious bathrooms — especially if you don’t have a linen closet. The best strategy? Get creative with containers and unexpected uses of space with these seven tips.
- Small furniture piece. Whether it’s a simple wall-mounted bookshelf or an antique pie safe, a freestanding piece of furniture makes a charming place to stash towels, TP and other flotsam. To prevent moisture buildup, choose one that allows for adequate ventilation (read: no airtight chests).
Elegant Bathroom with Vintage-Inspired Storage Containers
In this nature-inspired bathroom, the shower floor is covered in soft pebbles to give the allure of showering alfresco. Exotic marble flooring in the vanity area brings a luxurious touch to the space. And to accommodate toiletries and other sundries, baskets are placed under the open vanity for an unexpected design twist.
- Open or skirted sink. The area beneath an open sink is typically wasted space. Put it to work by adding cubbies or containers, built-in or freestanding, to hold neatly stacked supplies. If you’d rather not have them on display, consider attaching a fabric skirt to the sink with hook-and-loop tape.
- Portable basket or tub. What could be easier than arranging neatly rolled towels or stacking extra toilet tissue in a pretty container? Get creative — large urns, planters, locker bins, bushels, and other receptacles work just as well as woven baskets. Simply choose one whose size and style are well suited to your space.
- High perimeter shelf. The 18 inches or so beneath most bathroom ceilings is prime real estate for storage. Install a simple shelf that runs the perimeter of the room, and use it as a place to keep basic bathroom gear. Roll or stack towels and TP neatly for graphic appeal.
- Corner cubbies. Got an odd niche between your sink vanity and the wall? Transform it into a slim cabinet, just wide enough for a row of toilet paper rolls or towels. Add a door to conceal it or leave it open for ease of access.
Wine Rack Towel Holder
Think outside the bottle with this accordion-style rack that's typically used to store wine or bottles of Pellegrino. A wine rack in the bathroom is a clever way to keep a few towels right at hand. It's a perfect solution for a guest bathroom, so friends don't need to hunt down a clean hand towel. Simply roll up towels and place bath towels on top and smaller hand towels and washcloths in the spaces below. Design by Jen Jafarzadeh L'Italien. Photography by Charlotte Jenks Lewis
Photo courtesy of Charlotte Jenks Lewis
- Wine rack. It may sound odd, but a wine rack is perfect for corralling rolled-up towels. A built-in style with crisscross cubbies (the kind often seen in kitchens) looks especially tailored, though a freestanding or wall-mounted model works too. Just choose a style and finish that complement your bathroom fixtures.
- Hanging baskets. If you have an empty corner, a hanging wire vegetable basket is a terrific solution for towel and paper storage. Want a more modern look? Turn wire or wicker baskets on their sides and anchor the bottoms to the wall, creating a grid of de facto shelves.
Making use of every inch of space is essential in a small bathroom. Marian Parsons of Miss Mustard Seed hung an easy-to-make handmade cabinet to make use of the empty wall space. The different compartments store a variety of bathroom items while maintaining an organized look.
This built-in storage tower not only stores several towels, but it also brings visual interest to the neutral bathroom. Designer Lina Khatib placed rolled towels in the compartments to add color and texture to the space. The floating vanity has open shelving for even more storage.
Freestanding storage is a great option if you frequently change the design of your bathroom. Ana White of Ana-White.com built this simple storage ladder and stored different items at each level. Paint the ladder any color to match your bathroom design style, and fill the ladder with different types of containers to bring dimension to the space.
Designer Sarah Richardson placed two large wicker baskets on a vintage vanity shelf to keep bathroom toiletries at hand and to bring visual appeal to the all-white bathroom. The vanity's vintage design provides a place to hang towels.
This Old World-style bathroom, designed by Thom Oppelt, is centered on a large vanity with oversize drawers for plenty of storage space. The vanity mirror is flanked by two deep niches complete with shelving to store towels for guests.
If you have a tiny bathroom with no room for storage containers, use the space underneath the sink. Marian placed storage bins underneath this pedestal sink and covered it with a patterned sink skirt. The skirt allows you to add several storage containers without making the space look cluttered.
A custom-made armoire adds a warm, inviting feel to your bathroom while providing plenty of storage. This cottage-style armoire, designed by Shane Inman, coordinates with the custom vanity for a seamless look. Drawers underneath the sink provide additional storage.
Stacked Wicker Baskets
Stacked wicker baskets are a simple, efficient way to add storage and visual interest to a small bathroom. Place the baskets underneath a pedestal sink to save room and to allow easy access to toiletries. Design by Judith Balis
For easy, budget-friendly storage, Ana purchased and painted inexpensive crates from a craft store to create a decorative and functional storage solution. Hang them on a wall to save space, or keep them at hand on the vanity.
Custom Shelving Unit
Custom-made built-in shelving is one of the best options for an irregularly shaped bathroom. The different-sized shelving compartments allow for storage of a variety of items without making the space feel cluttered.
Several pegs line a wooden rail in Dream Home 2006's bunk bathroom, providing plenty of room to hang towels, toiletries and other bathroom items. A wooden shelf sitting atop the peg rail gives room for lotions and jars filled with toiletries.
Tropical-Style Towel Rack
Leaning a ladder against the wall is an unexpected way to hang towels. Designer Luis Caicedo chose this handmade tropical-style ladder because it doesn't take up a lot of room, and the material is carried through to the framed mirror for a unified look.