The bathroom is a room of the house that we can often overlook and can seem unnecessarily cluttered as a result of the lack of attention it receives. With a fresh perspective and some inspiration in the way of bathroom storage ideas, you can transform the room into a much cleaner, neater, and clutter-free space providing you peace of mind you deserve.
1. Give the ladder a go for valuable bathroom storage
Probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of bathroom storage solutions, the ladder is a surprisingly efficient way to store your cosmetics and products without taking up too much space.
Essentially acting as a multi-tiered shelving unit, the ladder’s rungs act as individual storage spaces giving you plenty of options to store your things. Minimalist enough to blend in with any bathroom style, while also adding a bespoke element, the ladder ticks several boxes.
As well as providing the unique aesthetic, with the ladder you can expect a durable storage solution which is more than capable of catering to any storage needs; from towels to photo frames and decorative ornaments, there’s space for it all.
2. Install a handy built-in shelf
If you’re looking for a neat bathroom storage solution which won’t take up valuable space, then maybe what you need is a built-in shelf. A storage solution you can fit into an existing surface, the built-in shelf is a neat way to create more space and prevent bathroom clutter.
A DIY solution that will add value to the room and provide extra storage without getting in the way, here’s how you can have a go at making your own built-in shelf.
3. Go traditional with the ever-reliable shelving unit
A simple fix to your bathroom storage issues, a shelving unit can be as small or as tall as you like and has room for all of your products.
Either use the shelving unit in a similar way to the ladder – stacking loose items on each shelf – or combine with boxes or baskets to create even more space for whatever it is you need to store away.
Shelving units come in all shapes and sizes, so if you prefer a rustic wood finish or a more modern take, they can adapt to your bathroom and blend in seamlessly.
4. Create a minimalist feel with sleek countertops
Sometimes a more understated approach to design is necessary, and with these basic countertops, you can see why. Providing a visually appealing solution to storage in the bathroom, the countertop is a solid option.
You can install countertops in your bathroom using a variety of materials, depending on the price you’re willing to pay, and the quality you seek. But whichever material you opt for, you will no doubt have a robust space to store your bathroom belongings.
5. Upgrade storage space with a simple shelf
One of the more straightforward options out there regarding storage solutions for the bathroom, the shelf is easy to assemble, and with the right placement, can add a lot to the room – and not least storage space.
Typically made with wood, shelves are the perfect way to inject some rustic charm into the bathroom. Thick and sturdy, or slim and minimalist, they can be made to suit your needs and the style of your bathroom.
6. Stick to basics with baskets
Even more basic than shelves, baskets are the easy storage solution you probably won’t have even thought of.
Another way to add a rustic charm to the bathroom, while storing plenty of towels, toilet rolls, or cosmetic products, baskets – especially those made of wicker – can be an excellent choice.
Handwoven baskets can bring out the best in your bathroom and provide a homely feel to a room that can often feel clinical and devoid of personality.
7. Add depth with a spacious shelf setup
Unlike the shelves covered in number 5 of this list, these ones are slightly recessed, and you can place items inside them, as well as on top of them.
A fantastic wall-mounted storage solution, these shelves allow for plenty of decoration and can present your bathroom essentials more attractively.
Liven up the room with a plant or two or add your favorite aroma with some candles to help transform your bathroom into a place you want to spend more time in.
8. Hide clutter in spacious drawers
While you may associate drawers with the kitchen or the bedroom, they are surprisingly useful to have in the bathroom too.
For when you find it frustrating to find a home for all of your bathroom products and prefer not to see them, drawers can be the answer.
Easy to assemble or to purchase, drawers are an underrated, often overlooked, storage solution for the bathroom which are worthy of consideration.
9. Contain your storage problem with containers
A storage solution that doesn’t require you to leave the house or spend a dime, you surely have plenty of containers laying around the place without a purpose.
While not a glamorous solution, containers – anything from Tupperware to larger plastic boxes – are a perfect temporary storage fix, and can keep your bathroom tidy and prevent unwanted clutter-based anxiety from creeping in.
10. For an elegant storage solution, try an etagere
Resembling an empty bookshelf, but more formally known as an etagere, this multi-tiered shelving unit is a stylish storage solution which can add a unique aesthetic to the bathroom in the process.
A storage unit that can be strategically placed over the toilet to save space, the etagere provides plenty of space to hold all manner of products and bathroom essentials.
11. Get creative with bathroom hooks
Essentially just a wooden plank modified to have hooks, this one is a smart storage solution for towels, robes and even decorations.
The best thing about wall hooks is the creative potential when it comes to the materials, the style, and the size. Not only will it not take up much space, but it can also be anything from an animal’s head or tail, to a pair of flip flops.
12. Raise the bar with a well-placed bar stool
A delightfully simple storage solution which you might already have at home, a bar stool can be the answer to your storage woes.
A bar stool might seem an odd way to add storage to the bathroom, but it is the perfect height to place near the bath if you fancy a glass of wine with your next bathing session, or even a tablet to watch your favorite show.
What’s more, bar stools provide an excellent canvas, so you can paint them to match the decor of the room and give the room a more modern flavor.
13. Keep it simple with a classic display cabinet
An essential for most bathrooms, if you don’t have a display cabinet, then now’s the time to invest.
A perfect way to store anything from medicine to cosmetics, a display cabinet can hide your stuff while providing a handy mirror when the door isn’t open.
Best when you place it above the sink, the display cabinet is multi-purpose, so any space it takes up will be well warranted.
14. Serving great storage potential, give trays a go
Sometimes, less is more. That’s why this basic wooden tray is worthy of your time when it comes to storage solutions.
While it may not have space for much, a charming, rustic wooden tray can be a pleasant way to make bath time that much more special, and heighten any guest’s experience in the bathroom.
15. Utilize under-sink space with a cabinet
One great way to make sure you are making the most of the space available in the bathroom is to install an under-sink cabinet.
The space under the sink is a valuable commodity when seen for its storage and space-saving potential. After all, a cabinet is more than capable of storing plenty of bathroom essentials and keeping everything neat and tidy.
16. Create extra space in the shower with a built-in bench
A built-in bench is a novel way to create space for all of your toiletries and bath/shower essentials which often go in places that are inconvenient and difficult to reach.
Often we are met with frustration as we knock the shampoo over for the umpteenth time when reaching outside the shower for it, so address the problem – if you have the space – by installing a waterproof bench inside the shower cubicle.
17. Make shower time more convenient with a metal rack
Much like the built-in bench, a wall-mounted metal rack makes your life much easier when it comes to reaching for the shower gel or towel during and after taking a shower.
However, where the metal rack differs from the bench is in its easy to assemble nature, and in how easy it is to place it in any bathroom, as you simply install it on on the most convenient wall adjacent to the shower.
18. Try an alternative shower storage solution
If the metal rack seems like it would take up too much space in your shower, or you are only looking for a minimalist solution to hanging up the towel, then go for this towel rack idea.
A simple metal bar mounted to the wall in your shower could be all you need to make the process of drying after a shower much more comfortable. In combination with a smaller metal rack for toiletries, a towel rack is a useful option.
19. Store reading material with a magazine rack
A quick and easy way to keep reading material in the bathroom without having to install a bookshelf, the magazine rack can be a handy, little storage unit.
Prevent multiple trips to and from the bathroom by giving your books and magazines a home in the bathroom, while taking up minimal space. If you want it to be multi-purpose, attach some pipes or rods on the magazine rack to serve as toilet roll holders.
20. Alleviate clutter-related stress with an alcove
Similar to recessed shelving, an alcove is essentially a space in the wall where you can place anything from candles to towels or toiletries.
If you have the DIY know-how, you can attempt to make one of these recessed storage units yourself, which can act as a great permanent storage solution for the bathroom.
21. Store towels in a bathroom bucket
A quirky idea to give your bathroom a warm, inviting sauna-like feel to it, a wooden bucket can do wonders for the room both aesthetically and in terms of storage.
An easy solution that allows you to maintain the room how it is, without requiring any work or wall-mounting, the wooden bucket can deliver just the simple storage you need to keep the room feeling spacious.
22. Create space with a two-tiered shelving unit
Essentially a box divided by a shelf, this two-tiered shelving unit idea provides plenty of storage space for bathroom essentials and can be combined with small boxes for extra effect.
Made from wood, with this shelving unit – which you can assemble yourself – you can paint it any color to match the bathroom decor, and make it as big or as small as necessary before mounting it onto the wall.
23. Keep it simple with a towel ring
Taking up less space than a towel rack and convenient if you want your towel to hang right by the sink or shower, a towel ring is a highly convenient storage solution that makes life easier.
With a towel ring, you will be able to hang your towel to dry when it isn’t in use a and have it handy whenever you need it, without having to get the bathroom floor wet.
24. Get your appliances out of your hair with a dryer holder
More often than it not, when it comes to bathroom appliances like the hairdryer which so many of us own, there is seldom a good place to store it.
Being electrical, it is essential to keep such appliances away from the water. One way to achieve this is by installing a simple wall-mounted holder to take your hairdryer and make it both easy to use and store.
25. Install an appliance holder for convenience
If you own more than just a hairdryer, then you will want something that can store all of your electrical appliances in one place.
This appliance holder – a simple board with large holes in it – is perfect for hairdryers, curling irons, and any other appliances you may have in the bathroom.
Making it easy to use your appliances without worrying they will come into contact with water, this storage unit is essential for staying on top of your electronics in the bathroom.
26. Make use of extra space with hidden storage
Like recessed shelving, these hidden shelves can be placed between a couple of walls to provide a satisfying storage solution without taking up any unnecessary space.
If you have an obvious place to set up hidden shelves in the bathroom, then go right ahead and install a few to give yourself more space to store bathroom essentials.
If not, then you could try creating the space using a similar method as outlined in the link provided in number 20.
27. Take inspiration from the gym with a unique towel holder
Ideal for households that receive numerous guests, or house large families, this squared towel holder that you can find in many gyms provides an excellent storage solution for storing several towels.
If you have more than four people using a bathroom, then perhaps a towel ring or towel rack is insufficient, so you could give this unusual squared towel holder a go, and make it to store as many towels as necessary.
28. Combine hooks and shelves for an excellent storage unit
Attaching a hook bar with a shelf is a fantastic way to get creative in the bathroom with regards to practical storage.
With space atop the shelf for adornments and plants, below you will be able to hang towels, robes and anything else you can think of.
A storage solution that can provide you with a different way of decorating the room, this shelving unit with hooks might take up some space, but will be worth the time investment to install.
29. Store and display with a neat glass cabinet
Much like a display cabinet, a glass cabinet will provide plenty of storage space that keeps your belongings safe.
Where it differs though is that the glass cabinet replaces a mirror with a shiny glass display, meaning you will be able to see into it, so it can double up as a way of decorating the room with some of your favorite adornments.
30. Try a different approach to recessed shelving
Since it is one of the most attractive, and practical, ways of implementing more storage into the bathroom, let’s take a look at another recessed shelving idea.
With these horizontal shelves, you should look to install recessed lighting to backlight them and show off whatever it is you decide to place on them.
Whether it’s fancy toiletries or expensive ornaments, whatever you put in these recessed shelves will glow brightly and help take your bathroom to the next level in design.
31. Use under-sink shelving
If you prefer not to install an under-sink cabinet (like the one addressed in number 15 on this list), but like the idea of utilizing that space, try an under the sink shelf.
Fitting in well with the aesthetics of the room, you can install a hidden shelf beneath the sink basin, and store towels or toiletries there which will stay out of the way when you don’t need them.
32. Get your hands on a bespoke circular shelf
Made from metal to provide a robust shelving system, this circular frame is a fun way to add storage to the bathroom while also injecting some character into the room.
With several shelves to place toiletries and bathroom products on, the circular frame can act as a bespoke piece to place on display while also proving extremely practical as a storage solution.
33. Install some wicker basket drawers
While ordinary drawers are certainly fit for purpose, these wicker basket drawers will better suit some bathrooms, and give a quirky character to the room.
Large enough to provide sufficient storage for appliances, bathroom goods, and anything else you can think of, wicker basket draws are both attractive and convenient.
34. Give your toiletries a home with a wall-mounted holder
Incredibly easy to pull off and a practical way to store hand soap dispensers and toothbrush cups, this wall-mounted holder can keep all of your sink essentials in one place.
A simple metal bar with holes in it, the wall holder makes life easier by freeing up space on the sink and taking care of your toiletries.
35. Buy or make a simple soap holder
The best storage solution for a bar of soap, a soap holder is easy to make or purchase, and can ensure the sink stays clean and free of soap stains.
One of the worst things about a bar of soap is how slippery it can get after multiple uses, making it slide around the sink. Solve that problem with this simple soap holder that will keep it secure and within reach.
36. Put up a shelf with a towel rack
A similar idea to the shelf with hooks in number 28, this shelf with towel rack underneath is ideal for storing towels, robes, and toiletries all at the same time.
A neat-looking solution to your storage problems, this shelf with a towel rack is easy enough to put together with some DIY know-how, and can save you a lot of space.
37. Build a simple stacked shelving unit
Essentially two wooden beams mounted onto the wall with shelves attached, this storage solution is a fun way to present your towels and toiletries without taking up too much space.
Build to fit your bathroom and install as many shelves as you feel you will need. This ladder-like shelving unit will provide a minimalist aesthetic and won’t encroach on the room too much.
38. Space out individual squared shelves
If you are looking for a minimalist solution to bathroom storage, then this might be just what you’re after.
Individual square-shaped shelves, these simple slabs are easily mounted onto the wall, and you can place them however you like, to create extra storage space.
Ideal for their non-intrusive look and the potential to decorate them and dress them up to add character to the bathroom, these individual shelves should do the trick as far as storage goes.
39. Stack hollow boxes for a clean-looking storage solution
For this storage solution, all that’s required is to take some hollow square boxes and stack them together.
With plenty of potential for personalization, you can paint the boxes to achieve a multi-colored look, or keep it simple by making them all one color to fit the bathroom decor.
Less is more with this storage solution, which can be temporary or permanent. If you decide you no longer like them being there, you can place them in another room with minimal fuss.
40. Re-purpose those old glass jars
You probably have some old glass jars leftover from the kitchen, and this storage solution puts them to great use.
Glass jars are an easy way to store loose products like cotton buds, matches, small hotel-size toiletries, and other bathroom products.
Address your bathroom storage problem without needing to install anything on the wall and de-clutter the tops of cabinets and shelves by consolidating smaller products.
41. Bring mason jars into the mix
If you don’t have any glass jars around but a couple of mason jars, then don’t hesitate in using those instead.
Ideal for storing those inconveniently small bathroom products that are easily misplaced, especially when the bathroom is shared by many people.
42. Build or buy your own bath caddy
Like the wooden tray in number 14, the bath caddy is a great way to go to make bath time more special, and less stressful.
Made to hook over the side of the bathtub, a bath caddy can hold everything you need for your evening soak, meaning you won’t have to bring the living room chair to the bathroom.
43. Hang some baskets up
A great way to make use of all the spare hooks in the bathroom, hanging baskets can provide plenty of extra storage.
Save yourself the effort of installing shelves and hang a basket up instead, which can act as a more permanent makeup bag for the bathroom.
44. Put up a pegboard
An exciting approach to bathroom storage, a pegboard sits up on the wall and provides a novel way of hanging up bathroom essentials.
A pegboard can help tidy up any room in the house and make things seem a lot more ordered and organized, so get creative.
45. Use a simple organizer
Simple and capable of storing everything from toothbrushes to cosmetics and toiletries, an organizer with compartments is a great storage option.
You can use a stationary organizer, or make your own, and marvel at how simple this storage fix is.
46. Use a hanging fabric organizer
Soft and with plenty of storage space, a hanging fabric organizer is great for storing bathroom products.
One of the main benefits is its fabric material, which makes it child-friendly and less liable to break over time.
47. Play it safe with bathroom bags
A slightly less glamorous, but no less efficient storage solution than hanging baskets, bags are more than capable of doing the job.
Hang from a hook in the bathroom and make use of the bags you don’t use by re-purposing them as storage for cosmetics and toiletries in the room that so quickly picks up clutter.
48. Try out a more sophisticated toilet roll holder
Toilet roll holders usually only hold one roll at a time, which can be inconvenient when you have a packet of 6 or more lying around without a home.
To address this issue, get your hands on a toilet roll holder that is capable of holding several rolls at a time. This way, if you get caught out with the last of the toilet roll, you won’t have to worry, as another one will be readily available to you and within reach.
49. Put your old bar cart to good use
An odd but practical storage solution for any bathroom, an old bar cart can do the job surprisingly well.
With multiple surfaces to place cosmetic products and even folded towels, the bar cart can be moved in and out of the bathroom at your convenience.
Say you have some people over and you need some more towels in the bathroom, you can wheel the bar cart in with fresh towels and even shower gel to make it a pleasant experience for them.
50. Store appliances with a magnetic strip
You typically associate magnetic strips with use in the kitchen as a way of storing knives and scissors efficiently, to keep them within reach.
Well, you can use these same strips to great effect in the bathroom too. For any metal appliances or tools you have in the bathroom, the magnetic strip will suffice and is very minimalist.
51. Use a lazy Susan to store cosmetics
A lazy Susan tray can be the perfect storage solution for cosmetic products, cleaning products, and whatever else you need to store.
What’s good about the lazy Susan is that you can either put it out of sight in a cupboard, so they’re out of mind, or place it atop a shelf or cabinet so that your products are visible and within reach.