Small Bathroom Storage Ideas – A bathroom doesn’t have to be big to have a great style and function. To us, a small space means a fun challenge when it comes to storage and design, which is why we’ve rounded up some of our favorite small bathrooms from our most recent the house tours to give you the inspiration to beautify your bathroom.
Table of Contents
- 25 Best Inspiring Small Bathroom Storage Ideas is Well Organize
- 1. Fit It All In
- 2. Build in Statement Storage
- 3. Towel Rod Behind the Toilet
- 4. Mix and Match Monochrome
- 5. Ladder Shelving
- 6. Carve a Niche
- 7. Change Out the Hardware
- 8. Hang it All
- 9. Plants!
- 10. Upcycle an Old Favorite
- 11. Utilize Wall Space
- 12. Hide Away
- 13. Hang Up
- 14. Plant Clippings
- 15. Line Up Staging Style Slatted Shelving
- 16. Factor in Cubby-hole Display Space
- 17. Create Counter Space
- 18. Open Up
- 19. Turn Crates into Wall Shelves
- 20. Go High
- 21. Step Up Your Storage
- 22. Wall-to-Wall Vanity
- 23. Think about Freestanding Accessories
- 24. Utilize Unexpected Places
- 25. Fit Shelves Above and Below a Basin
25 Best Inspiring Small Bathroom Storage Ideas is Well Organize
Bathroom storage is essential for keeping your bathroom tidy and clutter free. If you’ve got a small bathroom or a large family or both then you are probably in need of some clever bathroom storage ideas to help keep clutter behind closed doors and more attractive items out on a show.
There are so many essential bits and pieces in a bathroom that you just can’t store elsewhere: razors, hairbrushes, cotton wool pads, loo roll, spare soaps, toothpaste. All of these must-haves need somewhere to live and sometimes more than one set of bathroom storage is needed.
Whether you need one, two or all of these storage ideas, our tricks, and tips for squeezing a little more space out of your bathroom aren’t to be missed. Read on to see how to de-clutter your bathroom.
1. Fit It All In
This bathroom is a study in getting creative with a small footprint. A freestanding tub may be tight up against the vanity, but it seems to work. Also of note is the art, interesting lighting fixture and color palette (keeping the dark paint color to only part of the wall doesn’t overwhelm) that make the compact space feel design forward.
2. Build in Statement Storage
For a designerly feel in the bathroom, commission bespoke statement storage or get creative and build your own. This fabulous recessed under-basin unit not only brings order to the bathroom, but it also makes for an eye-catching feature. Its clean, simple lines would work well with any type of tile or color scheme.
3. Towel Rod Behind the Toilet
Hand towels are great here, given their small size, but if you’ve got the vertical space, don’t be afraid to hang bath towels above the toilet. Don’t be grossed out by the proximity, in a small bathroom, everything is close to the toilet.
4. Mix and Match Monochrome
Choose black and white storage for an arresting color combination that’s stylish and sophisticated. Black floating shelves look smart against a white-painted wall, drawing the eye to the accessories artfully arranged on top of them.
Disguise pipes and cisterns with a purpose-built tiled unit – it’ll create a handy extra shelf, too. Sleek under-basin drawers will keep cleaning products and other practical bits and pieces out of sight.
5. Ladder Shelving
Shelving that is deeper at the bottom and shallower at the top is an efficient use of space that feels less bulky than a standard shelving unit.
6. Carve a Niche
When space is at a premium, install a set of pretty-but-practical recessed shelves. They’re an unobtrusive way to keep bathroom essentials neat and tidy without having to splash out on built-in units.
Building a row of shelves into a false wall is also a clever way to hide unsightly pipework. Remember to position your shelves within easy grabbing distance of your bath, shower or basin.
7. Change Out the Hardware
In this petite bathroom, the black-and-brass found in the shower curtain are echoed throughout the space with matching knobs, hooks, and even outlet plates, tying everything together.
8. Hang it All
If you’re short on floor space, make your walls do all the work instead. Spend time seeking out a wall-hung unit that’s the exact right size for the space you have – too big and it’ll swamp the room, too small and you won’t have enough room for all your stuff. Wall hooks are another great space saver, especially if you use them to hang extra storage, like this pretty fabric bag.
A small bathroom can sometimes feel claustrophobic, and what better way to breath life into space than with plant life!? Greenery that requires low light and humidity tend to thrive here.
10. Upcycle an Old Favorite
Give a tired piece of furniture a new purpose simply by moving it into the bathroom. If you have a bedside table or cabinet that you’re thinking of throwing out, stop! It could be useful in your bathroom and would be a far more affordable way to include storage than a built-in unit. A natural varnished finish will look great in a traditional space, while a coat of paint would make classic styles more suitable for a modern scheme.
11. Utilize Wall Space
Open wall space in a bathroom is the prime real estate. Here, a series of small open shelves provide storage, while a long mirror provides functionality.
12. Hide Away
Plan ahead to make the most of every nook and cranny. False walls are the key in this bathroom. The cistern and unsightly pipework have been boxed in behind the loo with the space above it being used for a handy storage cabinet. One side has a door, the other glass shelves. A similar false wall has also been created behind the bath to include recessed shelves – a stylish, yet practical, the feature that includes colored accent tiles.
13. Hang Up
Choose a sleek wall-hung unit – the fact that it doesn’t hit the floor will make the room seem larger. Choose one with an enormous drawer so there’s plenty of space to hide away any eyesores or practical bits and pieces. Go for a neutral color to create a tranquil scheme that’s the ultimate in versatility.
14. Plant Clippings
If your bathroom doesn’t get enough sunlight, but you love the look of plants, display clippings from your healthier houseplants that survive long periods of time in the water like these monstera leaves.
15. Line Up Staging Style Slatted Shelving
Add well-chosen storage and it can make a huge difference in the bathroom. These simple staging-style shelves tuck easily under a sloping ceiling and can be used for all manner of bathroom paraphernalia, from towels and toiletries to wall art and loo rolls.
16. Factor in Cubby-hole Display Space
When space is at a premium, consider recessed shelves. Line them up in a neat row to turn them into a design feature in their own right. Paint them the same color as the rest of the wall to make them visually blend into the scheme. To create recessed shelving, you’ll need to build a false wall, which can also be used to keep plumbing out of sight.
17. Create Counter Space
If your counter space is limited, try adding a teak bathtub caddy to store your display-worthy toiletries.
18. Open Up
Go for something a bit different with an open washstand that closely resembles furniture you would find in other rooms of the house. There’s plenty of scope for storage on the shelf – baskets and boxes will help to keep your things in order – while favorite trinkets can be proudly displayed next to the stunning mounted basin and tap.
19. Turn Crates into Wall Shelves
Look to the upcycling trend when considering storage. Turn wooden crates into rustic bathroom shelving by fixing the back of the crates to the wall. These are ideal for storing folded hand towels, loo rolls and baskets of toiletries.
20. Go High
Go as high as you want with a wall shelf. Utilize all available space when necessary, like this cleverly positioned shelf which doubles as a towel rod. Bonus: the toilet can be used as a step ladder for easy access.
21. Step Up Your Storage
Use a bookcase for instant freestanding storage in the bathroom. This design is clean and simple and provides eye-catching practical storage and display space for towels, baskets, toiletries, and vases. A deep wall shade and white woodwork will allow bathroom shelves, furniture and sanitaryware to stand out.
22. Wall-to-Wall Vanity
Many bathroom vanities are not custom built for the space they’re in, resulting in unused space on either side. If you happen to be redoing your vanity area, consider a wall-to-wall unit. This beauty houses aesthetically pleasing bathroom accessories and requires no doors.
23. Think about Freestanding Accessories
Consider freestanding storage – it is more flexible than fitted cupboards and can be moved around your space to suit. This curvy tiered basket has a decorative feel. To prevent it from looking messy, color co-ordinates your accessories and separate into categories.
24. Utilize Unexpected Places
Take note of every empty space in your bathroom. Chances are, there’s a piece of empty wall space waiting for you to customize shelving storage that fits perfectly within it.
25. Fit Shelves Above and Below a Basin
Introduce shelving where ever you can in a bathroom. The twin washstands showed here incorporate a lower glass shelf for towel storage while floating wall shelves between basin and mantel mirror provide handy perches for toiletries. A lovely scheme made gorgeous by symmetry.