11 Over-the-Toilet Storage Solutions That Are Actually Stylish

Create more storage in a bathroom without sacrificing space or style.

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January 28, 2021

If you’re short on vanity space, an over-the-toilet storage unit is a great way to create extra storage by using an area of the bathroom that’s probably already empty. These units are also perfect for rentals since you can add storage and shelves without actually installing permanent pieces such as cabinetry. However, over-the-toilet storage doesn’t have the best reputation for style; so, we’ve rounded up the best, most stylish units for every space, need and budget. Take a look at our top picks, from traditional bathroom hutches to low-profile shelves.

Best Hutch Storage

Hutch-style over-the-toilet storage units are a great way to get that extra cabinet look without actually installing extra cabinets. (Though you should always anchor the unit to the wall for safety.) We love the glass doors on this hutch from The Home Depot. It has that apothecary vibe that pairs well with most interior design styles, from coastal to boho.

Best Metal Storage

Metal units are typically the most lightweight and slim versions of over-the-toilet storage, but the design also screams first college dorm. However, this shiny option from Pottery Barn is gorgeous and would look great against luxe marble tiling.

Best Minimal Storage

There’s no standard size for over-the-toilet storage and a lot of units, especially wooden models, tend to be pretty wide. If you want a wooden rack but don’t have space, this slim leaning ladder from West Elm is a great option. It’s compact but still gives you three additional shelves.

Best Cabinets

One of the most frustrating things about assembling over-the-toilet storage is that most models feature a bar at the bottom that runs behind the toilet. This bar helps counterbalance the unit, but not all toilets have space between the wall to accommodate the bar. You can avoid this with a floating cabinet unit instead. Cabinets are expensive, especially if you’re looking at hardware stores, but we spotted this slim model from Target that’s less than $75!

Best Low-Profile Storage

If you’re concerned that an over-the-toilet unit will make your bathroom look too cramped, consider a low-profile unit. These nest just over the top and don’t take up an entire wall. It’s a great way to get an additional shelf without sacrificing space for art. We absolutely love this sleek model from Target, and it’s less than $70! The shelf wood comes in two colors: light birch or dark walnut.

Best Spa-Inspired Storage

Extra storage doesn’t have to mess with the vibe if you already have a spa aesthetic in your bathroom. We spotted this no-tools-required unit from Bed Bath & Beyond with light wood that is perfect for a Scandinavian spa-inspired theme.

Best for Small Spaces

If you’re trying to add storage to a half bath or super small bathroom, chances are you don’t have enough room for a standing shelving unit between the toilet and the vanity or the toilet and the wall, but you can still mount additional shelving on the wall. This floating unit from Anthropologie is jaw-droppingly gorgeous with Edwardian-inspired brassy steel. Who knew bathroom storage could be so beautiful?

Best Budget-Friendly Storage

While that Anthro shelving unit is swoon-worthy, it’s a pretty penny at about $400. If you’re looking for a stylish option on a strict budget, check out this tiered rack for less than $60. The dark wood is the perfect background for styling apothecary-style glass storage jars and would look great against white subway tile.

Best Storage Set

No matter how pretty, sometimes over-the-toilet storage looks random and out of place — especially next to cabinets of a different style or color. If you like having matching furniture sets, you can buy coordinated bathroom storage, too. We love this three-piece set from Overstock. It comes with a hutch-style storage rack, a wall-mounted floating rack and a low-profile shelving unit. This set would be perfect to bring style and personality to a dorm or rental bathroom.

Best Multipurpose Unit

Unlike pantry or closet shelves, most over-the-toilet storage units don't have adjustable shelves. So, if you have large, decorative glass jars for soaps and cotton balls or larger art and knickknacks, they might not fit. However, this unit from The Container Store features foldable shelves. So, if you have XL shampoo bottles from Costco or just don't need that many shelves, you can just fold them up to accommodate. This is also very handy when moving and packing furniture!

Best for a Kid's Bathroom

A kid's bathroom is where you need the most storage for all those bath toys, but hutches and over-the-toilet units — even when mounted correctly — can become problematic with little hands. These lightweight acrylic cubes from Crate & Kids are a good compromise. They're wall-mounted and safely out of reach from mischief-makers. Plus, you can cluster as many as you need for toys, shampoo and more. An even grid of six or eight across a wall would look cute, too.

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