Optimize Your Bathroom Storage

Get expert storage tips for organizing your cabinets, drawers and linen closet.

Master Bathroom With Double Vanity With Square Vessel Sinks

Contemporary Master Bath With Double Vanity

Design by Laurie March; photography by Daniel Collopy

By: Peter Walsh

Clutter can be controlled in the bathroom if there is adequate storage. An in-room linen closet can easily hold more than extra towels and beauty supplies if you take an inventory of what you want to store and plan accordingly.

Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

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Use Curtains to Conceal Storage

Add Extra Cabinets for Storage

Hide Your Laundry Hamper

Save Space With Medicine Cabinets

Create His and Hers Storage Spaces

Take Advantage of Dead Space

Use Furniture-Like Storage

Upcycle It

Create a Jewelry Organizer

Add Built-In Shelving


Anissa Swanzy

Create Attractive Displays

Add Floor-Level Cabinets

Hang It Up

Customize It

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Floating Shelves With a Twist

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Install a Cabinet Organizer

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Upgrade Your Vanity

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Get a Hutch

Take Advantage of Unusual Layouts

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Turn to Baskets

Round Up Those Towels

Add Double-Duty Storage


Lisa Vail

Take It Into the Halls

Try This Budget-Friendly Trick

Add a Ladder

"Take out everything you don't use," says Rozalia Kiss, designer and sales manager at TransForm. She suggests labeling a specific shelf in the linen closet for each person who uses the bathroom and installing pullout shelves so users can access the contents in the back of the closet.

Bulky items like folded towels and stacks of toilet tissue will fit on the lower shelves. Smaller items like cotton balls and beauty supplies can fill baskets on shelves at eye level.

A two-tier lazy Susan, often relegated to kitchen cabinets, can be used in the bathroom linen closet to hold nail polish, small makeup bottles and creams.

A well-designed vanity outfitted with drawers rather than cabinets will hold more stuff. "Cabinets are cheaper but drawers are more efficient," says April Bettinger, owner and designer at Nip Tuck Remodeling. She suggests using a vanity with two sinks in both the master bath and the guest bathroom that often doubles as the main bath for other occupants of the house.

Stacks of drawers of varying depths will hold hair dryers, curling irons, electric shavers and electric toothbrushes neatly, keeping the countertop free of clutter. Installing acrylic dividers inside the drawers will keep smaller items like makeup, nail clippers and hair clips neatly organized.

But not all bathrooms are created equal. In a powder room, a place where storage is often minimal, you can make a style statement by installing a pedestal sink or a smaller vanity that does more than hide the plumbing pipes and hold a few cleaning supplies. Pedestal sinks do not generally work in a master bath or guest bath as they offer no storage.

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