40 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas

Whether your bathroom is large or small, these savvy storage ideas will help you add space and stay organized.

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July 30, 2020

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Utilize Awkward Space

Forgoing a vanity for a floating sink looks more modern, but doesn't add much in the way of storage. Hanging a floating shelf below the sink keeps with the airy feel while also providing a much-needed storage option.

Baskets Always Work

Or, just skip the shelf altogether and simply place stylish baskets on the floor underneath the floating sink for a casual, rustic look.

Just Add Wheels

Bar carts work perfectly in bathrooms with little to no cabinets or shelves. They can be moved out of the way or closer to the shower as needed.

Ladder Towel Rack

Leaning a ladder against the wall is an unexpected way to hang towels. This ladder doesn't take up a lot of room, and adds an interesting, boho element.

Storage Ladder, Version Two

Or, find a style that fits over the toilet to save floor space and an interesting, visual element to empty wall space.

Carve a Niche

Carve out dead wall space to house floating shelves where towels and soaps can be stored in a pretty display. Nautical candle jars serve as attractive storage for toothpaste, cotton balls and other toiletries.

Classic Clutter Solver

You really can't go wrong with a medicine cabinet. There are so many modern styles available, like the one seen here, that you won't be reminded of Grandma's house.

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Built-Ins, FTW

Built-ins will never go out of style because they solve one big problem by creating storage from thin air. Or, rather, the empty space in your wall. And unlike bulky cabinets or furniture, they don't take up any floor space.

Mini Built-Ins

Built-ins don’t have to be huge, and you don’t need an entire wall to create one. This mini built-in is about the size of a medicine cabinet. We love the mix of teak wood, navy tile and brass lighting in this space.

Hanging Baskets

You don't need a shelf to use storage boxes you love. Just hang them from the walls to create a unique design feature that also saves floor space.

Crafty Finds

Scour salvage stores or garage sales for a cabinet unit in good condition. Then, repurpose it as a budget-friendly storage solution above the toilet.

Custom Solution

Tailor your bathroom storage solutions to the items you’ll be storing. In this airy, Scandinavian-inspired space, the maple floating shelves had holes routed out of them to fit various glass and metal inserts to keep toothbrushes and other toiletries tidy.

Tall and Slim

Think you don’t have space for a cabinet? Think again. This slender cabinet creates additional bathroom storage even in the tiniest spot between the bath and shower. The floor-to-ceiling design draws the eye up in the room, and the dark wood finish adds some warmth against the white-tiled wall.

Pull-Out Storage

The best storage is the kind you never see. This sleek pull-out magically reveals tons of space for toiletries, cleaning products and towels in a space that would otherwise be empty.

Storage Cubbies

Cubbies are typically associated with kids’ rooms or multi-use family dens, but they work great in bathrooms, too. You can store things by height: bath toys at the bottom and mom’s expensive perfume up top.

Tidy Up With a Tray

If toiletries are cluttering up your bathroom countertop, corral them with a tray. This small update will instantly make the space look more organized.

Hang It Up

Cabinets in a small bathroom can take up a whole lot of space. Create storage by using hanging baskets and rails on the wall, then make use of accessory containers to organize all the small stuff.

Hidden Bins

Inexpensive containers from the dollar store or Ikea add convenient storage to the back of any cabinet door. Hanging them with Command strips makes them temporary with no damage to your cabinet.

Wall Rack

This simple yet stylish bathroom rack can be used to hold many things including magazines, toilet paper or towels.

Tub Surround Storage

Utilize the space around your tub to sneak more storage into your bathroom. In this space, built-in shelves serve as a spot to stash towels and other bath essentials.

Multi-Purpose Pieces

A small ledge on this mirror frees up counter space by providing a convenient resting spot for bathroom necessities and decor.

Upgrade Your Containers

Elegant chrome and glass canisters look less cluttered than clunky cardboard boxes of cotton balls and swabs. Use attractive, small containers to hold everything from floss to razor heads.

Spice Up Your Storage

Spice shelves aren’t just for the kitchen! Grab a tiered spice rack and load it with beauty supplies under your bathroom sink. You’ll never have to hunt for hairspray again.

Small Space Hero

When you're short on space, wall storage can be a lifesaver. A multi-use option like this metal shelf has room for baskets and a spot to hang towels.

Go Vertical

Simple wood shelves add ample storage for toilet paper, towels and bathroom essentials. A couple of house plants bring even more life to the design.

Cubbies

Floating shelves may not work in every space. Instead, a mounted wood shelf could be a good option. Wicker baskets create open towel and supply storage.

Storage Towers

This large double vanity ups the ante with even more storage by adding storage towers. The towers draw the eye up in the room, and the walnut finish adds some warmth to the bright white countertop and walls.

Storage Caddies

If you haven’t had a shower caddy since your freshman dorm, you’re missing out. Caddies are a great way to add storage in the shower without renovations, and they come in some seriously sleek designs. Stack a couple of metal caddies in a row for a sophisticated look.

Family-Friendly Lockers

In a shared bathroom – particularly for kids – lockers are a great way to keep towels, toiletries and bath toys organized.

Hidden Hamper

Consider incorporating laundry storage into your bathroom design. In this space, a large built-in cabinet offers linen storage above and a hamper below. The antiqued mirror insets in the upper cabinet doors make the whole space feel larger.

Handsome Hanging Storage

Double hooks keep robes and towels close by the shower door and free up valuable shelf space.

Tucked Away Tub

Keep bathtub essentials within reach with a wall-mounted shelving unit.

Sink Skirt

If you have a tiny bathroom with no room for storage containers, use the space underneath the sink. The skirt allows you to add several storage containers without making the space look cluttered.

Mason Jar Organizer

Free up counter space in your bathroom by taking advantage of the walls for storage. Casey Finn of DIY Playbook made this farmhouse-chic organizer using Mason jars, hose clamps and wood.

Everyday Solutions

Reframe your perception of what works as a storage container. Often you can find attractive, unique options around the house, like this mint julep cup serving as a makeup holder.

Peg Rails

Now a trendy option, vintage peg rails offer staggered spots to hang wet towels. Hang a wooden shelf above the rail to provide additional storage for small bathroom items or decorative ones, like candles and plants.

Apothecary Jars

Apothecary jars are great for storing essentials within reach. Display jars full of cotton swabs, makeup pads and cotton balls for a spa-style look.

Double-Decker Storage

Boost your bathroom counter space with a tiered storage bin. This is a perfect solution for a shared bathroom, providing a designated shelf for each occupant.

Over-the-Door Opportunity

Hanging pocket organizers offer convenient storage and create instant organization in a small bathroom where cabinetry and shelves are scarce.

Crate Shelving

For an easy, budget-friendly solution, hang crates from a craft store to create interesting and functional storage. The wood crate will add a rustic style to your loo — and create an open shelving solution for bath salts, big bottles of shampoo or even a pretty vase of fresh market flowers.

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